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English language teachers in Lang Son province will explore culturally responsive classroom teaching, to help ethnic minority learners develop their English language skills. 

Teachers will develop lesson ideas and activities to inspire other teachers, and help ethnic minority learners develop English language skills – drawing on shared cultures, language, and heritage.  

The training workshops are focused on developing English Language skills for participants without losing a connection to their own culture and language. Through an international community of exploratory practice, the project will develop collaborations between the UK and the Vietnamese language teaching community, providing new insights into the relationship between language and cultural connections. 

About the collaborators

The collaboration with University of Leeds, Vietnam National University (ULIS), Tay Bac University and University of New South Wales, brings together a wealth of expertise. Dr Laura Grassick (Leeds) has extensive experience in teacher development. Dr Judith Hanks (Leeds) is expert in teacher education, interculturality and Exploratory Practice. Dr Lan Anh Tran (ULIS) is an expert in teacher education and in-school support for teachers. Dr Nga Ngo (Tay Bac) is recognised for her work on equity, equality and access in education for minority groups in Vietnam. Dr Hoa Nguyen (UNSW) is a leading expert in teacher education and mentoring support. 

How to take part

The series of workshops and mentoring for English language high school teachers began in April 2023 and will re-group in July and October in Lang Son.

Resources from the project will be available in 2023. 

Watch the record of webinar Exploring Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in English Language Teaching in November.

Register to join webinar “Contextualising Exploratory Practice: global case studies of English language teachers and learners” on 8 December. Research and speakers information here.