For the second year running, the VietTESOL Association is holding its annual VietTESOL International Convention (VIC) virtually, from 22–24 October 2021. This year, British Council Viet Nam will be one of VIC’s platinum sponsors, with British Council providing a raft of speakers and sponsoring 100 teachers from across the country to attend free of charge.
Having commenced in 2015, VietTESOL is one of Vietnam’s premier ELT events. This year’s event is being organised by the VietTESOL Association along with the National Foreign Languages Project (NFLP) and Vinh University, who would have been the ‘live’ hosts had it not been for the pandemic.
Over the three days, VietTESOL 2021 is expected to feature well over 300 presenters and speakers, including four keynote speakers, five featured speeches and nine pre-convention workshops. Over 1,200 have registered for this year’s convention with at least 700 expected to attend.
Among this year’s speakers, appearing at the event courtesy of British Council in Viet Nam, are:
- Keynote speaker Gabriel Diaz Maggioli, IATEFL President, who will talk about “Foreign Language Teacher Education: Lessons from COVID-19”
- Featured speakers Victoria Clark and Johanna Motteram, from the British Council’s Global Assessments Solutions Team will share their experience in this field in a talk entitled “All our ducks in a row – improved learning outcomes through the Comprehensive Learning System”
- A pre-convention workshop entitled “Making Effective Use of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Frameworks for Teachers and Teacher Educators” will be facilitated by British Council Viet Nam’s English for Education Systems (EES) Academic Manager
- Jan Langeslag from the British Council East Asia Assessment Solutions Team (EAAST) will present “Online life and language testing: Rethinking test-taking and preparation”
- Yulia Tregubova from the British Council Hanoi Teaching Centre will speak on Exploring learner needs and fostering learner autonomy in a virtual EFL classroom environment.
- Fiona Dunlop from the Wimbledon School of English who recently partnered with VietTESOL as part of the British Council’s PRELIM project will give a presentation entitled “Accessing Meaningful CPD for Busy Teachers”.
As mentioned above, as part of this year’s British Council sponsorship, VietTESOL have offered 100 teachers from across the country, including remote and disadvantaged areas, an opportunity to attend the virtual conference free of charge. We look forward to hearing their reflections on being able to attend the event remotely, perhaps one positive outcome from the pandemic.
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