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English Language Innovation, Implementation, and Sustainability

  • Date: 28 July 2015

A TESOL Symposium in Danang, Vietnam

Based on Vietnam’s National Foreign Language 2020 Project (NFL 2020), this TESOL symposium will be the first of its kind in Vietnam. TESOL International Association will bring six speakers from around the world to talk about English language teaching innovation, implementation, and sustainability.

This symposium will focus on the drive to increase language proficiencies for students and teachers. You will participate in hands-on training that you will immediately be able to implement in your classrooms or use in your university studies. 

TESOL International Association is proud to partner with the National Foreign Language 2020 Project and the University of Foreign Language Studies, the University of Danang, for this symposium.


TESOL gratefully acknowledges the support of National Geographic Learning, a TESOL Strategic Partner.

TESOL would also like to acknowledge the support of our Event Partners.



28–29 July 2015


University of Foreign Language Studies, the University of Danang
131 Luong Nhu Hoc St.
Danang City, Vietnam

Registration and Accommodations

TESOL Symposium Registration Form

TESOL Symposium Registration Form

Hotel Listings in Danang

Event Workshop Themes

  • Innovation: Current trends, digital textbooks, NFL 2020, curriculum 
  • Implementation: Best practices, content-area instruction, learning technologies
  • Sustainability: Capacity building, securing resources, advocacy, teacher training

Event Speakers

Jill Boggs, Department of Education, University of Oxford, England
Anne Burns, Professor of TESOL, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Hoang Van Van, Professor of Linguistics and Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Le Thi Giao Chi, Deputy Dean, Department of English, University of Foreign Language Studies, the University of Danang 
Pham Thi Hong Nhung, Deputy  Rector; Director, Language Teacher Development Centre, Hue University of Foreign Languages 
Rosemary Orlando, Institute for Language Education, School of Arts and Sciences, Southern New Hampshire University
Thai Duy Bao, Senior Lecturer, Vietnamese Courses Convener, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia
Lillian L. C. Wong, Centre for Applied English Studies The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Tuesday, 28 July 2015
  8:00–9:00 am  Registration
  9:00am–12:00 pm  Presymposium Workshops
  12:00–1:00 pm  Lunch
  1:00–2:00 pm   Opening Ceremony and Welcome
  2:00–4:00 pm  Innovations Keynotes
  4:00–4:30 pm  Tea Break
  4:30–6:00 pm  Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

 8:30–10:30 am   Implementation Keynotes
 10:30–11:00 am  Tea Break
 11:00am–12:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
 12:30–1:30 pm  Lunch
 1:30–3:30 pm  Sustainability Keynotes
 3:30–4:00 pm  Tea Break
 4:00–5:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
 5:30–6:00 pm  Summary and Closing Ceremony

Who Should Attend?

  • English language practitioners from primary and secondary schools 
  • Primary and secondary teacher candidates from local universities
  • University professors from primary and secondary teacher training programs
  • University lecturers and other faculty interested in TESOL
If you  have any questions, please contact Sarah Sahr

Speaker Bios

Jill Boggs is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford, researching how feedback can increase the grammatical accuracy in the writing of second-language learners. She is a teaching assistant for the University of Oxford’s MSc Teaching English in University Settings. She is passionate about using research to solve real-world classroom problems.

Anne Burns is professor of TESOL, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and professor emerita in language education at Aston University, Birmingham, England. She has worked with many teachers internationally and has published extensively. She is known for her work in teacher education and action research.

Hoang Van Van is a professor of linguistics and dean, School of Graduate Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi. He received his doctorate in linguistics from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He is well-known as chief author of the English textbook series for Vietnamese upper secondary schools and the 10-year English textbook series for Vietnamese schools under the NFLP 2020. 

Le Thi Giao Chi is a senior lecturer, and a vice-dean, English Department, University of Foreign Language Studies, University of Danang, Vietnam. She completed her doctorate in applied linguistics at University of the West of England, UK, in 2014. She embraces nontraditional teaching techniques and widely adopts role-play and project-based learning as tools to advance student learning and experience.

Pham Thi Hong Nhung obtained an masters degree and her doctorate in applied linguistics from the University of Queensland, Australia. She is a full-time lecturer and deputy rector of Hue University of Foreign Languages. She has 18 years of experience in training English language teachers and has published widely in the fields of language education and applied linguistics. 

Rosemary Orlando is a professor at Southern New Hampshire University, in Hooksett, New Hampshire, USA, and teaches in the Masters TEFL degree program, and in the Intensive English Program teaching both graduate and undergraduate students. She is also an English language teacher trainer at the Vietnam National University, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. 

Thai Bao Duy is currently the convener of the Vietnamese Programs of School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University. He received his doctorate from the Vietnam National University, Hanoi, and his research lies at the intersection of contemporary critical theories and reality of language use, language change.  

Lillian L. C. Wong has a doctorate in applied linguistics and is a senior lecturer in the Center for Applied English Studies, University of Hong Kong. She is coordinator of the Graduate School English Program and teaches English for academic and specific purposes and information technology in language teaching and learning at undergraduate, postgraduate, and teacher education levels.

Attendee Testimonial

Sa Chau Vu, a TESOL Symposium attendee, talks about her experience at the July 2015 TESOL Symposium in Danang, Vietnam.


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