Duong Thi Hoang Oanh

SCD Oanh Duong
School: School of Communication & Design
Department: Department of Languages
Position: Senior Lecturer
Location: RMIT Saigon South
Email: oanh.duongthihoang@rmit.edu.vn
Phone: (+84) 8 36223669

Dr. Oanh D is an experienced and dedicated instructor who possesses significant professional instincts and strives to constantly innovate with her pedagogical methods. In her teaching, Dr. Oanh D applies both academic and vocational content, which ensures the highest levels of utility and applicability in the workplace. She combines teaching and research in order to train the students to be flexible and adaptable (in knowledge, skills, and attitude) in a constantly changing world. Within the classroom, she aims to create a sense of community where each and every student has the opportunity to flourish and develop.

  • Associate Professor in Education (2012-current) (Lifetime tittle granted by the State Council of Vietnam)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics (Curriculum Design and Development), Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand (2004)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with Distinction, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia (1994) 
  • Graduate Diploma in TESOL, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia (1989)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English with Distinction, Hue University, Hue, Vietnam (1985)
  • Post-Doctoral Learning
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship in International Studies, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Melbourne, Australia (2010)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Higher Education Management, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America (2006-2007)



Teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels; courses include Interpretation and Translation, Introduction to Linguistics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Cross-cultural Studies, Effective Communication Skills, Academic and Professional Literacy, Curriculum Design and Innovation, Testing and Assessment, Research Methodology, Appropriate Methodology, Applied Critical Thinking, EFL/ESL (English as a Foreign/Second Language), Language Integrated Skills, Academic Writing, Public Speaking, Interview Skills. 

Course Design

  • Designing and developing courses for two new majors (Language and Interpretation and Translation) for Bachelor of Languages, RMIT, Vietnam (2017 – current).
  • Designed course and textbook on Applied Critical Thinking for first-year undergraduate and graduate students of all fields, Thu Dau Mot University, Binh Duong, Vietnam (from 2014, second edition 2019).  Undergoing expansion to other institutions.
  • Established and developed a new Professional English Training Programme (PET) for the International School of Business, University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2013-2014).
  • Established and developed the course “Business Academic Skills in English” at both BA and MA levels for the International School of Business, University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2013-2014).
  • Designed and developed MA in TESOL courses “Advanced Methodology”, “Teaching Practice”, “Second Language Acquisition”, and “Discourse Analysis and EFL Teaching” for the Open University- Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho University (since 2008)
  • Established and developed central Vietnam’s first MA in TESOL programme (approved by the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam) at Hue University (1995).
  • Established and developed a new four-year BA major in International Studies at Hue University (2005).
  • Establishing and developing new majors, short-term and long-term training courses.


  • Applied critical thinking in teaching and learning interpreting and translating (T&I) and EFL.
  • Approaches and application of bilingualism/multilingualism in T&I, ELT and TEFL embraced in light of the evolving concepts of world Englishes and globalisation.



  • Oanh, D. & Dat N. (2018, 2015) . Tư duy biện luận ứng dụng (Applied Critical Thinking). Vietnam National University Publication. 
  • Oanh, D. (2011). Tertiary education in America and Vietnam: Educational structure and learner autonomy. (Giáo dục Đại học tại Mỹ và Việt Nam: Cấu trúc giáo dục và khả năng tự học của sinh viên). Vietnam National University Publication. 
  • Oanh, D. (2011). Đánh giá kỹ năng nói Tiếng Anh cấp đại học- Các lưu ý trong phỏng vấn - ứng đơn quốc tế (Assessment for Oral Communication in Tertiary Education). Vietnam National University Publication. 

Book Chapters

  • Oanh, D. & Dat N. (2018). Learning EFL in the Vietnamese Classroom in the 21st Century: Applied Critical Thinking and EFL Pedagogy in Vietnam. The AsiaTEFL Book series, "Learning EFL in the 21st Century Asian Classroom”, Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education 
  • Oanh, D. (2012). Global vs. glocal English: Attitudes and conceptions among educators, administrators and teachers in eight Asian countries. English as an International Language in Asia: Implications for Language Education. Kirkpatrick, Andy, Sussex, Roland (Eds.), Springer Publishing Company, New York.
  • Oanh, D. & Mark A. (2009). Developing Globally Competent Citizens: The Contrasting Cases of the United States and Vietnam
  • Intercultural Competence and Global Citizenship: The Harmonization of Theory & Practice, The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence. EDITOR: Darla K. Deardorff, USA. 
  • Oanh, D. (2009). Memorisation and CLT in Vietnamese Foreign Language Study. TESOL Classroom Practice Series, TESOL, Inc., Virginia, USA.
  • Oanh, D. (2006). Learner Autonomy in an Asian Context: Independent Learning and Independent Work at a University in Vietnam. 
  • Language Teacher Research Asia, LTR Series TESOL, USA. 


  • Oanh, D. & Ian W. (2014). Native- and non-native English language teachers: Student perceptions in Vietnam and Japan. 
  • SAGE Open, USA. 4(2). 
  • Oanh, D. & Ian W. (2012). Native- and non-native speaking English teachers in Vietnam: Weighing up the benefits 
  • TESL-EJ: Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, USA. 
  • Oanh, D. (2012). Relevant Governance Factors Influencing Learner Outcomes at Tertiary Level in Taiwan. The New English Teacher.  Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand.  
  • Oanh, D. (2011). Native’ or ‘Non-Native’? A Look at Vietnamese Student Preference for Teachers of English.The New English Teacher. Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand.  
  • Oanh, D. (2009).  Comparative Studies: The case of classroom practices. Hue University Academic Journal.
  • Oanh, D. (2007). Meeting Students’ Needs in the Two EAP Programmes in Vietnam and New Zealand: a Comparative Study
  • RELC Regional English Language Center. 
  • Oanh, D. & Hien N. (2007). Memorization and EFL Students’ Strategies at University Level in Vietnam. TESL-EJ Special Issue: Doing Language Education Research in International Contexts, USA, Volume 10, Number 2, TESL-EJ, Link: http://www-writing.berkeley.edu/tesl-ej/ 
  • Oanh, D. (2006). Community Values and Classroom Dynamics. 
  • Teachers’ Edition (ELI- US sponsored organisation in Vietnam, Lao and Kampuchea.
  • Oanh, D. (2006). Testing and Assessment in Oral Forms of EFL students at Hue University. Hue University of Science Academic Journal. 
  • Oanh, D. (2005).  Meeting Students’ Needs in a BA English Program in Vietnam. Teachers’ Edition. 
  • Oanh, D. (2004). Pursuing Meaningful Student Feedback about Courses. Teachers’ Edition.
  •  Oanh, D. (2003). Feedback on Courses. Guidelines, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre.
  • Oanh, D. (2003). Integrative Classroom Technique for Teaching and Learning Vocabulary for Learners of EFL (English as a Foreign Language). Teachers’ Edition
  •  Oanh, D. (2003). A Second Look at the Question of Teacher Development in Vietnam. Teachers’ Edition. 
  • Oanh, D. (2000). Teaching with video
  • Hue University of Science Academic Journal. 
  • Oanh, D. (1999). Images of Vietnamese Women in Ho Xuan Huong's Poems. National Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi Printing House, Vietnam.
  • Oanh, D. (1999). Child Language Acquisition and Adult Language Learning. The Fourth International Conference on Language and Development, Hanoi.  Conference Proceedings.

National & International Conference

  • Oanh, D.  (2016) (Plenary Address)
  • Critical Thinking and Application in Teaching EFL Integrated Skills.
  • International Conference on English Language Teaching (ICELT 2016). Vietnam National University, VNU-HCM, Vietnam
  • Oanh, D.  (2016) (Featured speaker, representative to Vietnam)
  • Learning EFL in the Vietnamese Classroom in the 21st Century: Applied Critical Thinking and EFL Pedagogy in Vietnam
  • "Connecting Professionally on ELT in Asia: Crossing the Bridge to Excellence". The 14th Asia TEFL International Conference and 11th FEELTA International Conference, Russia.
  • Oanh, D.  (2015) (Plenary Address)
  • Applied critical thinking and successful application to work and studies. 
  • Thủ Dầu Một University, Vietnam.
  • Oanh, D.  (2015) (featured speaker)
  • Thoughts on Appropriate FL Pedagogy for Vietnamese contexts. 
  • Academic and Professional Development, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
  • Oanh, D.  (2012) (Plenary Address)
  •  Internationalisation and Its Impacts on Education.
  • First Forum on International Collaborative Academic Programs. Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand- China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, 2012.
  • Oanh, D.  (2012) (Plenary Address) 
  • Globalisation and World Englishes: What are the benefits of non-native teachers in teaching English as a Foreign Language?
  • Language International Association (LIA) International Conference 2010: World Englishes across Cultures. Indonesia, 2010.
  • Oanh, D.  (2007) (Featured speaker) 
  • Socio linguistics and application across cultures.
  • The American Association of Applied Linguistics 2007 Annual Conference. Costa Mesa, California, USA.
  • Oanh, D.  (2005) (Featured speaker)
  • Blending English in Asian Cultures: Implication for EFL classes. 
  • GMS (Greater Mekong Sub region) Conference. Thailand. 

As speaker

  • Oanh, D. (2019). Translation and Interpretation to connect: Taking advantage of bilingualism to ensure pragmatic subtlety
  • The 17th Asia TEFL International Conference and the 6th FLLT International Conference. Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Oanh, D. (2014). Appropriate FFL Pedagogy for Vietnamese contexts: role of linguistic skills in intercultural competence, academic literacy and ESL/EFL testing system. 
  • Language Academic Group, Language Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. UTS. Sydney, Australia.
  • Oanh, D.  (2012). The Change Experience: Reflecting on Past Success and on “the Road Ahead” in VNU-Ho Chi Minh city.  
  • “Traversing Borders-Building Collaborative and Sustainable Partnerships to Create Transformational Change in Vietnamese Institutions of Higher Education.”  The 4th Engaging Viet Nam:  An Interdisciplinary Dialogue Conference.  USA. 
  • Oanh, D.  (2011). Internationalisation in Education and Its Impacts on Teaching and Learning at the Tertiary Level in Vietnam and Australia: A Comparative Study. The 12th International Conference on Education Research, Seoul National University, South Korea. 
  • Oanh, D.  (2010). Globalisation, World Englishes and EFL: Taking advantage of your NNEST background to stir your learners’ interest in class activities! LIA International Conference 2010: World Englishes across Cultures. Indonesia.
  • Oanh, D. (2010). Insights into Internationalisation of Higher Education across Different Contexts in the Asia-Pacific Region. RMIT research seminar, “Ideas and issues in higher education”, Australia, 2010.
  • Oanh, D.  (2007). American Studies in Vietnam: Work in Progress
  • Annual Meeting: ASA Convention, "América Aquí: Transhemispheric Visions and Community Connection, Philadelphia, USA. 
  • Oanh, D.  (2007). The era of Vietnamese integration: opportunities, challenges and action in education. Yale University, USA. 
  • Oanh, D.  (2007). Resurrection of Memorization as a Foreign Language Learner Strategy. Yale University, USA.

  • Australian Government Endeavour scholarships for Post-Doctoral Research (2014, 2010)
  • USA Fulbright scholarship for Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2006-2007)
  • Grants for American Studies Association (ASA) annual conferences (2006, 2007) 
  • Research grant from USAid, KIAsia and Mae Fa Luang University, Thailand, on "Blending English in Asian Cultures: Implication for EFL class", GMS (Greater Mekong Sub region) (2005).
  • Research Grant from RELC, SEMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization) on classroom practices, Singapore (2004).
  • Scholarship granted by the New Zealand Government for Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (2000 - 2004).
  • Scholarship granted by the Australian Government for MA in TESOL (1994) and for Post Graduate Diploma in TESOL (1989).
  • National grants for national level research on assessment, higher education management and leadership, and educational reforms (1999, 2004, 2006, 2007)
  • Grants for to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (August-September 1995) and the follow up conference in New York (2000) attended by leaders of the women’s movements in Vietnam and other countries (by Ford Foundation).



MA in TESOL, Education and Linguistics

  • Võ Thị Thủy Chung. An Investigation into the Current Teaching of Writing in In-Service Classes of English at Hue College of Sciences. 2004
  • Nguyễn Thị Mỹ Hòa. A Study of University Entrance Tests for English Major in Hue University. 2004
  • Hồ Hiền Quyên. An Investigation into the Current English for Specific Purposes Course Material for Students of Eco-Economics at Hue College of Economics. 2004
  • Hoàng Thị Linh Giang. Portfolio as a tool to develop EFL gifted students’ potentials in learning writing at Hue University College of Foreign Languages. 2007
  • Nguyễn Công Trí. A Study on Communicative Language Interaction PowerPoint-Assisted English Language Teaching in some High Schools in Binh Dinh. 2008
  • Hoàng Thị Khánh Quy. Teaching ESP at the College of Finance and Custom-Status and Implication. 2009
  • Nguyễn Thị Thu Hiền. Issues in Teaching Multi-Level EFL Classes for Non-English Major Students at KonTum Junior College of Pedagogy. 2009
  • Trần Thị Thủy Hoài. How do ESP students of Forestry at Hue University-College of Foreign Languages Learn New Vocabulary? 2009
  • Lê Thị Ngọc Nữ . The Impact of Note-Taking strategies on L2 vocabulary memorisation. 2010
  • Huỳnh Thị Hồng  Sương. Pragmatics transfer of politeness strategies produced by Vietnamese EFL learners. 2011 
  • Lê Liên Khương. Intercultural awareness of nonverbal communication between Vietnamese and native speaker users. 2011
  • Lý thị Trà Mi. Pedagogical Spoken Discourse Features and Potential Teaching Techniques. 2012
  • Ngô thị Thùy Như. Features in oral communication and application in improving EFL teaching effectiveness 2012
  • Phan Nguyễn Duy An. A Study on the Application of Cooperative Learning in English Speaking Classes at the University of Information Technology–VNU-HCM 2013
  • Nguyễn Thị Thuỳ Phương. An investigation into oral communication strategy use of English major students in speaking classes at Hue University of Foreign Languages . 2014
  • Phạm Lê Kim Tuyến. A study of classroom activities in debate classes under the light of communication language teaching in relation to promoting English major’s studying speaking skill. 2015
  • Nguyễn thị Linh Ân. The current situation of using differentiated instructions in teaching English speaking skill at Vien Dong college. 2015
  • Võ Thị Dung. Đặc trưng ngôn ngữ – văn hóa trong tục ngữ bàn về lời ăn tiếng nói của người Anh và người Việt. 2006


  • Recipient of medal from Vietnam National University- Ho Chi Minh City for great and constant contribution to the cause of education (2014).
  • Recipient of medal from the Minister of Education and Training of Viet Nam for great and constant contribution to the cause of education of the country (2006).
  • Recognised and award for Excellence in Academic Work and Community Service, from Hue University (1999-2010). 
  • Recognised and award for Excellence in Academic Work and Community Service, Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training MOET (2008-2009). 
  • Recognised and award for Excellence in Academic Work and Community Service, VNU-HCM (2010-2012)
  • Recipient of various awards on academic activities and managerial tasks from Hue University, Vietnam (1985-2009)


  • Other Professional Activities (Consulting, Interpreting, Translating) Worked by Invitation (on an as-needed basis) with several International and Provincial Organizations:
  • Country representative to Asia TEFL (professional organisation for TESOL with more than 17,000 members from 40 countries in Asia and 39 countries elsewhere) (since 2015)
  • Asian EFL Journal, Reviewing Editor, http://www.asian-efl-journal.com (since 2006)
  • Fulbright (USA, since 2007), CEEVN (USA, Centre for Education Exchange with Vietnam) and Ford Foundation (USA, since 2000), NZAID (New Zealand, since 2008) as lecturer, curriculum designer, and examiner to select candidates for overseas training programs at BA, MA and Ph.D. and post-doctoral levels
  • Professional interpreter for important international conferences and events (since 1989).


Teaching experience

  • RMIT University (Vietnam). Lecturer (2017 – current)
  • Co-acting Programme Lead (2017- July 2019) - Vietnam National University-HCMC. International University. Vietnam.
  • Associate Professor in Education (2012-current) (Lifetime tittle granted by the State Council of Vietnam).
  • Lecturer/Senior lecturer (2010-2012). Vietnam National University-HCMC. University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Vietnam.
  • Senior Lecturer (2016-2017). Hue University. College of Foreign Languages. Vietnam.
  • Lecturer (1985-2010).


Administrative experience

  • Associate Director, (leader) Department of External Relations, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Responsibilities include initiatives in promoting external relations of VNU-HCM; designing, directing, supervising, developing, and evaluating tasks such as training courses for language/communication enhancement and professional development (in international relations), international projects, conferences, visitors, and events (from March 2011 to 2014)
  • Director, Office for International Cooperation, Hue University (2007-2010)
  • Director, Centre for Interpretation and Translation of Hue University (2007-2010)
  • Dean of the International Studies Department, Hue University (2005-2006)
  • Director of Office for International Relations, Research Management and Post-Graduate Education, Hue University (2003-2004);
  • Dean of the English Department of Hue University (1999-2000).


Other teaching/researching engagements:

  • The Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia. Visiting Professor (2016)
  • University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Visiting Scholar (2014)
  • National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan. Visiting professor (2011)
  • Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea. Visiting Professor (2011)
  • California State University – Long Beach, Long Beach, California, United States of America. Visiting Professor (2007)
  • Yale University, Connecticut, United States of America. Visiting Scholar/Professor (2006-2007, 2009)
  • Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand. Visiting Scholar (2005)
  • Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Language Centre (SEAMEO RELC), Singapore. Visiting Scholar (2004)
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Visiting Scholar (1999)
  • Indiana University – Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America. Visiting Professor (1998)
  • Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, United States of America 
  • Visiting Professor, Course Designer (1998).