Saturday, 21 May 2016 marked the inaugural session of TESOL Talks Hanoi, a speaker series aimed at fostering dialogue among local professionals of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
An expansion of the popular Ho Chi Minh City TESOL Talks series, TESOL Talks Hanoi is a collaboration between RMIT Vietnam’s Centre of English Language and the Australian Centre of Education and Training (ACET). Organisers plan to run regular events in the coming years, with the aim of fostering dialogue and sharing best practice with teachers in the region.
The inaugural TESOL Talks Hanoi event was a technology-focused, one-day conference at RMIT Vietnam’s Hanoi City campus.
Entitled E-learning in the digital age: practical solutions, the conference included eight workshops by English-language educators working in Hanoi, all focused on sharing ways of utilising new technologies to enhance learning and the student experience.
It concluded with a plenary discussion by a panel of experts including Jake Heinrich, Head of RMIT Vietnam’s Centre of English Language, who shared insights about emerging trends in digital learning.
“The entire landscape of education is changing dramatically as new technologies emerge,” Heinrich noted, praising the teachers who shared tech-focused innovations at the event.
“Forward-thinking teachers are using these technological advances to find new and better ways of engaging and teaching their students.”
Around 54 local language educators attended the TESOL Talks Hanoi event, while another 100 joined the concurrent TESOL Talks event in Ho Chi Minh City.
TESOL Talks Hanoi organisers plan to offer additional events in the coming years, following the model that has run successfully in Ho Chi Minh City since 2014.
A collaboration between RMIT Vietnam’s Centre of English Language, the Australian Centre for Education and Training, and the Ho Chi Minh City TESOL Association, TESOL Talks was founded in 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City with the aim of increasing dialogue between TESOL professionals to further English-language training efforts in Vietnam.
Six TESOL Talks events have run in Ho Chi Minh City, covering a variety of themes related to English-language education. This inaugural Hanoi event was the seventh for the overall series.
“The community’s response to TESOL Talks has been incredibly rewarding,” shared Heather Swenddal, an RMIT Vietnam Centre of English Language department head and co-founder of the TESOL Talks series.
“We are proud of the impact this has had so far, and we look forward to continued learning, collaboration and growth in the coming years.”
Story: Heather Swenddal