How can you celebrate 20 November in 2021?

If you are a teacher, a teacher educator or just interested in learning more about teaching English, we have a whole range of activities, events and resources for you. Below we let you know about some of what’s on offer this month. 

Celebrate ELT innovation – ELTons on Monday 15 November 

Did you watch the international awards that celebrate excellence in innovation in English language teaching and learning? Now in its 19th year, the ELTons celebrate the most innovative ways to learn and teach English from around the world, as well as the teams behind them. Innovators and leaders from across the English language education community, and beyond, gathered again for the awards – in our first hybrid ELTons event.  

Among the winners on the night was The Hands Up Project for their project in Palestine. Hands Up are currently partnering with Can Tho University and IH London on the Digital English Theatre Project in the Mekong Delta as part of our Digital Learning Innovation Fund. Congratulations to Hands Up and all the winners.   

Learn more about all the winners of ELTons 2021 and watch the recording of the live event here.

Explore our wide range of resources for teachers using the new branding Teaching English Viet Nam

Whether you visit our website, are one of over 8,000 followers of our Facebook page or one of the almost 20,000 people who subscribes to our You Tube channel, by 20 November you should start to notice a common branding – Teaching English Viet Nam. This is an extension of our global website for teachers TeachingEnglish and the TeachingEnglish Facebook page, which is followed by over 4 million teachers worldwide.  

One of the latest resources on our You Tube channel is the Teacher Takeaway playlist of four webinars. The term ‘takeaway’ refers to a concept, activity or technique, that teachers can take directly take from the webinar and use in their own classrooms. The series presents ideas from international perspectives and contexts, with British Council trainers from China, Japan and Viet Nam presenting their classroom ideas on different topic areas for teachers to ‘take away’. 

We are also relaunching our monthly newsletter, formally the VTSN, as the ‘Teaching English Viet Nam update’. Each edition will include information about free events, resources and activities that teachers and teacher educators can access and use free of charge. To join the mailing list for this monthly simply subscribe here

Take part in a CPD webinar for teachers on Saturday 20 November (15.00-16.00) 

In the first of a new series of webinars, specifically designed for teachers and educators in Viet Nam, Fiona Dunlop from the Wimbledon School of English, who recently partnered with the VietTESOL Association as part of the British Council’s PRELIM project will present a webinar entitled Accessing Meaningful CPD for Busy Teachers. In it, Fiona will share some of her experiences of PRELIM in Viet Nam before presenting some practical CPD suggestions for teachers. Click here to register for this webinar. 

In future months, we will feature more webinars and presentations from our three Digital Learning Innovation Fund pilot projects, who will not only present information about the projects themselves but also share some practical suggestions for teachers to help you with your professional development.

Indeed, Fiona’s webinar is one of many Continuing Professional Development (CPD) webinars for teachers in Viet Nam at the moment. 

  • Saturday Tech-Talk – Immediately, following Fiona’s webinar, will be the third webinar in the Saturday Tech-Talk series from our British Council and i-TELL colleagues in Indonesia. This week’s topic is Maintaining Classroom Interaction online. The session is also on Saturday 20 November, 16.00–17.00 and you can register here 
  • ASEAN teacher webinar series – From September 2021 to March 2022, we have monthly webinars on a range of practical topics for teachers. You can still watch the first two here. To register for the third one on How to Teach Listening on Tuesday 23 November, click to register here. Times and dates of the other webinars will be shared in due course, so stay tuned. 
  • World Teachers' Day webinars – Finally, as we celebrate Vietnamese Teachers' Day, don’t forget you can still watch all eight of the TeachingEnglish webinars for World Teachers' Day (5 October) by clicking on the playlist here

However you choose to celebrate, we at British Council wish you a very happy Vietnamese Teachers’ Day.