More than 220 English language teaching professionals from across Ho Chi Minh City recently heard from Professor Scott Thornbury from the New School New York on the ‘Secret History of Methods’ and ‘Discourse Practices’ in English language education at the second TESOL Talks event.
Professor Thornbury is well-known in the English language teaching community for his expertise as a curriculum designer and teacher educator.
His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, such as 'About Language' (Cambridge University Press).
The audience, representing 15 local universities and five private language colleges, gathered for the plenary presentations at RMIT Vietnam Saigon South in mid-October as part of the quarterly seminar series for practitioners in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
RMIT Vietnam Coordinator Professional Learning Fiona Wiebusch said Professor Thornbury is one of the most prominent figures in the English language teaching profession today.
"We're thrilled to have Professor Thornbury in Vietnam to share his expertise and experience with the English language teaching community," Ms Wiebusch said.
"Professor Thornbury will now be able to share the context of English language teaching in Vietnam with his global audience."
RMIT Vietnam English Language Instructors Juliet Markis and Eric Asato joined four English language practitioners from the Australian Centre for Education (ACET), The University of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Vietnam National University, to host discussion forums on 'task-based learning' and 'blended language learning'.
This second event represented the growing interest from TESOL professionals in Vietnam to engage in a collaborative approach to sharing ideas about practice.
The first event was held earlier this year at RMIT Vietnam, with 75 industry professionals joining discussions focused on the theme of student engagement and motivation.
TESOL Talks was established by RMIT Vietnam's Centre of English Language, in collaboration with ACET and HCMC TESOL Association.
The next event will be hosted by ACET in early 2015.