Training Workshop on Implementing the STEM-Focused EnglishWorks! program

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From March 13th to 15th, 2024, lectures from the School of Foreign Languages, School of Southern Khmer Language, Culture, Arts and Humanities, Tra Vinh University participated in a training workshop on implementing the STEM-Focused EnglishWorks! program at the SEAMEO RETRAC Center. Over 30 officials and lecturers from 10 universities and colleges, as well as other educational institutions nationwide, also participated in the training.

 

Launching the STEM-Focused EnglishWorks! program
Launching the STEM-Focused EnglishWorks! program

The program was jointly organized by SEAMEO RETRAC, the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, and the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City. This is the second consecutive year that the School of Foreign Languages, School of Southern Khmer Language, Culture, Arts and Humanities, Tra Vinh University have been selected as partners to implement this project.

 

This year, the main goal of the project is to enhance English language proficiency, leadership skills, critical thinking, and the ability to use English in the STEM field for students and disadvantaged youth, preparing them for future learning and career opportunities.

 

Participants had the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas with experts from RELO and SEAMEO RETRAC on useful topics related to the application of STEM in education, curriculum development, and integrating technology-enhanced English teaching materials.

 

STEM education equips students with practical applied scientific knowledge, enhancing opportunities to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and soft skills.

 

Dr. Huynh Ngoc Tai, Dean of School of Foreign Languages, School of Southern Khmer Language, Culture, Arts and Humanities, Tra Vinh University, representing 33 officials and lecturers from partner institutions, spoke at the closing session of the training workshop: “We are ready to implement the STEM-Focused EnglishWorks! program, a meaningful program contributing to the development of local and regional human resources.”

 

Dr. Huynh Ngoc Tai, representing participants, spoke before the conclusion of the training program.
Dr. Huynh Ngoc Tai, representing participants, spoke before the conclusion of the training program.

Building on the successful implementation experience of the program in 2023 in Tra Vinh, in 2024, the Faculty of Foreign Languages plans to launch the EnglishWorks! program in April with the spirit of inheritance, leveraging the strengths of previous activities and introducing new elements focusing on career-oriented English training with a STEM orientation, providing opportunities to develop language skills and useful soft skills.

 

The lectures receiving certificates after participating in the 3-day training
The lectures receiving certificates after participating in the 3-day training

The lectures from the School of Foreign Languages participating in exchange activities and taking photos with experts

It can be said that this English training program brings many practical benefits to the community, and the School of Foreign Languages is chosen by project management units as one of the partners of the program. This affirms the growing reputation, quality of training, and international cooperation capacity of Tra Vinh University in general, and the School of Foreign Languages, School of Southern Khmer Language, Culture, Arts and Humanities in particular.

By Ngan Truong

Photos: SEAMEO RETRAC