RMIT shares best digital practice with local English educators

RMIT shares best digital practice with local English educators

Teachers from Thang Long English and Vocational Training School learnt how to build interactive and engaging online activities for virtual classrooms in recent training conducted by RMIT Vietnam School of English & University Pathways (SEUP).

The training aimed to support and upskill Thang Long School’s teachers as they switched to online teaching for more than 360 students.

Sponsored by Saigon Children's Charity CIO and established in 1994, Thang Long English and Vocational Training School has been offering free English, IT, soft skills, and vocational courses for vulnerable children and young people from District 4, Ho Chi Minh City.

“Their teachers are enthusiastic about professional development opportunities,” said SEUP senior educators Mary Perez and Matthew Kelly who conducted the training online over Zoom - the platform used in Thang Long School’s online classes.

“We demonstrated activities that could be included in a lesson with the tools that Zoom provided and how to incorporate other web-based tools to engage students and help them practice their English skills,” Ms Perez said.

Teachers from Thang Long English and Vocational Training School in an online training session run by RMIT’s School of English & University Pathways. Teachers from Thang Long English and Vocational Training School in an online training session run by RMIT’s School of English & University Pathways.

The training with Thang Long School teachers gave SEUP educators an opportunity “to view different perspectives on how students engage in their lessons and progress their learning on an online platform”.

“We made use of different tools and received feedback from the teachers that their students reported a positive experience in their classes,” Ms Perez said.

For Ms Perez, it was also a great professional experience to be able to work with a different school “as it allowed me to view the similarities and differences with online teaching and to broaden my perspective of teachers' experiences”.

“With the newly acquired understanding, we were able to discuss the various tools and activities that would suit our learners better,” she emphasised.  

The workshop’s participants highly appreciated SEUP’s support, sharing that they had learnt a lot of useful knowledge that suited their school operations and children’s learning preferences. 

“The RMIT trainers were really great and very supportive. They listened attentively and provided us with practical advice to run online classes smoothly,” they said.

“We can immediately apply those authentic and interactive activities to make our online classes more engaging.”

Story: Ha Hoang

04 June 2020

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