|A VIRTUAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXTRAVAGANZA!|
Tan Tao University (TTU), the Ho Chi Minh City TESOL Association, and Horizon TESOL, with their participant-driven ‘sharing and learning’ platform, have done it again! However, this time, they sponsored their third TESOL CAMP online, welcoming an enthusiastic group of 280 ESL teachers, researchers, educators, employers and student teachers. The other two TESOL camps were held on-site at TTU in 2017 and 2019. The Pandemic offered a unique challenge, but it was not a deterrent. Life must go on! You must push “Beyond The Limit.”
Teachers, researchers, and student teachers at home and abroad attended the online TESOL CAMP 2021 by HCMC-TESOL Association, Horizon TESOL and Tan Tao University.
THE OPENING CEREMONY
Opening remarks were made by Dr. Loc Do, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City TESOL Association. Dr. Loc Do is a charismatic speaker who clearly believes in the importance of networking within the English language educational community and in the furthering of English training.
The keynote speaker was Prof. Thach Nguyen, Vice Provost of Tan Tao University, who joined the event from the United States. Prof. Thach Nguyen firstly thanked TESOL teachers for their teaching to help improve English proficiency for Vietnamese people, and thanked the Organizing Committee for making the TESOL CAMP 2021 possible and invited to deliver a speech. While, as a medical professor in the USA who has attended many international conferences in the field, served as the Editor-in-chief of many journals, and published articles extensively, Prof. Thach fervently shared of his personal experiences in learning English to draw in his receptive listening audience.
Dr. Loc Do, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City TESOL Association (left) and Prof. Thach Nguyen, Vice Provost of Tan Tao University (right)
The event featured two very competent MCs – Mr. Andrew McEvoy and Mr. Danh Le.
Mr. Danh, a superstar Vietnamese presenter from TTU, recently graduated from the School of Humanities and Languages, Tan Tao University. Mr. Danh was certainly well chosen for his role. Mr. McEvoy, who is from the UK, is a glib and personable speaker. He has a natural presence with a smooth intonation that enthralls an audience.
The Conference also warmly welcomed Dr. Ngoc Dang, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tan Tao University, Mr. Nhon Dang, Vice Dean of the School of Humanities & Languages, TTU, Mr., and Mr. Huy Pham, Academic manager of Horizon TESOL. In addition, Mr. Huy Pham served as the ‘Technical Guru’ of the virtual camp. Without his help and devotion to detail, TESOL CAMP would not have been made possible!
Mr. Andrew McEvoy, Dr. John Baker, Prof. Thach Nguyen (first row from left)
Mr. Huy Pham, Dr. Loc Do, and Mr. Nhon Dang (second row from left)
THE PLENARY SESSION
Dr. John Baker from Ton Duc Thang University expertly conducted the Plenary Session regarding the overall importance of ‘Extensive Reading’ programs. Dr. Baker is a cool, calm and collected presenter. He wove through his subject with the knowledge and passion of a true professional educator. His presentation could have easily been a full day workshop, as he impressively covered a great deal of information in a short amount of time.
Dr. John Baker (the first one) presented “Extensive Reading” programs
VIRTUAL STREAMING ‘INSPIRATIONAL’ PRESENTATIONS
Upon the closing of the opening ceremony, TESOL CAMP 2021 featured 12 ‘real-time’ streaming presentations. They were conducted by a group of very experienced presenters and trainers, who are committed to English language training at different levels of development.
Stream I: SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
*Moderator: Mr. Huy Pham (Horizon TESOL)
- Tien Bui (HCMC-TESOL)
“The Way For All Successive English Learning”
- Mi Le (TTS-TTU)
“Instruction On EFL Learners’ Grammar Performance”
- Thanh Nguyen (FPT Polytechnic in Da Nang)
“An Investigation Into The Use Of Role-Play Activities In Improving High School Students’ Communicative Competence”
Stream II: INDUSTRY 4.0 PARADIGMS APPLIED TO EDUCATION
*Moderator: Mr. Nhon Dang (TTU)
- Jonathan Lankford (TTU)
“The BLESS Program From ACE School Of Tomorrow”
- Ton Ngo (HCMC TESOL)
“Enhancing Classroom Interaction With Technology
- Robert Goldberg (TTU)
“Overcoming The Robotic English Speaking Syndrome: The 4 KEYS”
Stream III: LEARNING BEHAVIORS & CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
*Moderators: Mr. Nghi Tran (HCMC Food Industry) & Mr. Vu Tran (Saigon
- Dong-Hai Nguyen (Tennessee Wesleyan University, USA)
“Fostering The Teaching Of Math And Science Subjects In English To Vietnamese Students”
- Peter Huynh (TTU)
- Pierre Camps (Horizon TESOL)
“Classroom Management With Young Learners”
- Hoang Huynh (Monash University, Australia)
“Incorporating Silence Into Cooperative Classroom Activities At The Tertiary Level In Vietnam”
- Ngan Le (HCMC-TESOL)
“Challenges For Online Instruction And Solutions”
- Tuong Huynh (Ton Duc Thang University)
“Motivating Learners To Engage In EFL Classroom”
COMMENTS FROM THE PARTICIPANTS
PHOTOS FROM THE VIRTUAL TESOL CAMP 2021 CONFERENCE