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ProActive English in Vietnam

English Language Specialist with U.S. State Department

David Kertzner, again, recently returned from Vietnam where he had the privilege of leading teacher training workshops at Hanoi University of Industry (HaUI), working with university teachers there in the English for Occupational Purposes program. The trip was sponsored by the U.S. State Department through the English Language Specialist program which assists U.S. Embassies in delivering and maintaining quality English language programs overseas and promoting mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries.

David was also invited to give the opening keynote address at VietTESOL 2018 with its focus on “English language education in the industrial revolution 4.0: Meeting the needs of the dynamic labor market”.  His address was titled, From University Classrooms to Company Training Rooms:  A Path for EFL teachers and EFL Curriculum

The workshops focused on EOP curriculum and content development for HaUI teachers and were supplemented with a series of Curriculum Review Meetings with leaders of EOP faculty. David also met with IT staff to discuss evaluation of Web-based learning tools. The three workshops were titled:

• Developing ESP Curriculum for Workplace Settings
• Creating Simulation Activities for Workplace Settings (delivered twice)
• Writing for Business Situations (delivered twice)

Each workshop was designed to demonstrate the experiential learning process with workshop participants engaging in a learner-centered activities that they could then share in their classrooms.

You can read more about the trip on LinkedIn – here.



The demonstration of the simulation and the experience of the learning process was really eye-opening. I think I understand the role of teachers in an active classroom better. It involves a lot more scaffolding and modeling and explaining than I previously thought.

Hong T.

EOP University Professor

Hanoi University of Industry


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