Teachers from nearly 90 universities across Vietnam attended the Academic Teaching Excellence (ATE) course. ATE is a foundation course in English as the Medium of Instruction designed for non-native English speaking lecturers who teach their subjects in English. It offers lecturers of all disciplines hands-on linguistic tools and teaching strategies in order to communicate their materials more effectively.
A total of 131 teachers (mostly subject teachers) participated in the seven classes which took place in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City at the end of last year. They attended a range of sessions covering topics as varied as the principles of teaching through the medium of English, advanced language skills review (pronunciation, stress and intonation, presentation skills, use of discourse makers and signpost language) and teaching strategies and practices ( teaching in a variety of contexts, effective classroom management, student engagement techniques, and motivating classroom activities). One of the highlight sessions was Microteaching where the teachers got feedbacks from trainers and peers.
Participants’ feedback, both formal and informal, has been extremely positive.
Teachers found the training to be ‘useful’, ‘practical’ and ‘up to date’. Other teachers stated that “It was very great course” and “Very informative course! Helpful and friendly teacher!” They found it very practical and mentioned that “I have gained and learned many useful skills from this course, from the teacher's style thanks a lot of for British Council and teachers”.
ATE was co-developed by the British Council and the University of Oxford’s Department of Education and has been rolled out in many countries around the world, however Vietnam is only the second country in Asia to run it. It was implemented in Vietnam as a joint partnership between British Council Vietnam and Hanoi University and is one of the various activities undertaken by the Vietnam National Foreign Language Project 2020 which aims to increase English proficiency levels nationwide.
For a number of years now, British Council Vietnam has been successfully delivering in-service training programmes to teachers as well as train the trainer programmes. These have included Primary Innovations, Certificate in Secondary English Teaching and now, Academic Teaching Excellence. Adding to this rosta of pre-exisiting training are some tailor-made courses. Below are details of a variety of training courses that have taken place across the country.