On August 28-30, 2014, the 5th Annual International Conference on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) on “New Trends in English Teaching and Learning” was held at the Center’s premises by SEAMEO RETRAC in cooperation with Curtin University, Australia.
More than 240 participants attended 27 presentations and 4 workshops presented at the conference by eminent researchers, lecturers and scholars with such a variety of topics as: Creativity and Innovation in English Language Teaching and Learning; Technology in English Language Teaching and Learning; Teaching and Learning English for Communication in Globalization; Qualities of English Teachers Nowadays; and Capacity Building for English Language Teachers.
The conference was a forum for professionals in the field of English language education to share and discuss research findings, experiences, and practical and theoretical issues related to the teaching of English to learners of different backgrounds, levels, interests and motives. This was a valuable opportunity for English teachers to take part in their continuing professional development, networking and cooperation activities with their colleagues coming from different part of the world.
Organizing international conferences, seminars and workshops for foreign language teachers is one of the strengths of SEAMEO RETRAC, contributing to the professional development for English teachers in order to successfully implement the goals of the National Foreign Languages Project 2020, and expanding the cooperative links with regional and international countries in the field of language teaching.
On this occasion, the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City sponsored the registration fees for 50 participants who are English teachers from different provinces in Vietnam to attend the conference.