“SEUP upscaled its learning model in February to deliver an exceptional online experience for nearly 1000 English students across three locations in Vietnam, and received positive feedbacks from students about their virtual learning experience.”
The Teacher Talks event offered two workshops with a focus on the practicalities of switching to remote teaching, such as safeguarding online and netiquette. It also took participants through a practical workshop on activities to engage learners online through different warmers and fillers, collaborative writing and speaking activities.
“The teachers had time to network and review the different activities, discuss how they could be transferred to their own remote teaching contexts, and join online Q&A sessions”.
A lecturer from the University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University – Hanoi, Mai Van Ket said he found the event relevant and rewarding, “as we are in a pandemic and have to use virtual classroom tools”.
“I learned how to divide students into groups and how to make the best use of the breakout time,” Mr Ket said.
A return participant, Mr Ket said he was most impressed by the professionalism of the event.
“The coordinators were knowledgeable and helpful,” he said. “The speakers shared a lot of collaborative teaching techniques in the virtual classroom.”
Mr Ket emphasised that based on his experience at Teacher Talks, he would definitely attend next events.
SEUP plans to continue to deliver Teacher Talks in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Hanoi. The next Teacher Talks event is scheduled for later this year and will cover the same theme Connect and Collaborate to support teachers and schools as they reconnect physically.
“For the series planned later in the year, SEUP will deliver the practical workshops that are proving popular with the current participants and introduce a new panel discussion whereby multiple experts will share views on areas which English language teachers have elected as relevant,” Ms Benson said. “Participants will then workshop how methodologies can be applied to their specific classroom context.”
Story: Ha Hoang