The TESOL Unconference Summary
On December 14-15, 2023, Tan Tao University hosted a TESOL Unconference sponsored by the US Department of State’s 2023 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). The participant-driven event brought together more than 120 English educators from many higher education institutions in the Mekong Delta provinces and in Ho Chi Minh City. At the Unconference, the attendees tackled a variety of topics relevant to both current and future teaching contexts, including Technology Integration, Classroom Activities and Techniques, Classroom Motivation, Classroom Management, Teaching English for Specific Purposes and Standardized Tests, and Cultural Sensitivity and Global Citizenship. The event also discussed ways to organize an Unconference effectively so that the participants can replicate the model at their respective teaching affiliates. After the two-day Unconference, the participants left the event with renewed enthusiasm and armed with fresh and practical ideas in English instruction. The event also fostered a strengthened network of colleagues across universities in Mekong Delta and in Ho Chi Minh City, igniting a shared commitment to collaboration, growth, and innovation for “Transforming English Education Together”.

Unveiling moments with a wave of snapshots from TESOL Unconferencevn 1 held on December 14-15, 2023 at Tan Tao University, in Long An.

Mr. Jeremy Luna, the Information Officer, a representative of the US General Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, delivered a speech online.

The project team of TESOL Unconference

Dr. Nhon Dang, Dean of the School of Languages (TTU), the project team lead introduced the project

Dr. Loc Do, Vice Provost of UEF and President of HCMC TESOL Association, delivered a welcome speech to the Unconference

Dr. John Baker (from the right) awarded the Commemorative Plaque to Dr. Nguyen Mai Lam (from the left), TTU Vice Provost.

Dr. Nhon Dang offered heartfelt words of appreciation

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Vu addressed the message of Unconference ‘Transforming English Education Together’ at the opening of the Unconference event.

Mr Phuoc Nguyen (from Zim Academy) introduced the Unconference agenda

A/P. Dr. Dhirawit Pinyonattagarn from Thailand shared his experience at the Unconference

Horizon TESOL, the office of HCMC TESOL Association, and other educator attendees at the event

Discussion session facilitators awarded Certificates at the Opening Ceremony

Q&A session created an interactive and lively discussion atmosphere

Attendees at TESOL Unconferencevn 1 gathered for a memorable group photo

Breakout room discussion session on classroom motivation led by Assoc.Prof. Dr. Tham Duong (from left)

Breakout room discussion session on activities and techniques led by Assoc.Prof. Dr. Thao Tran

Breakout room discussion session on AI and technology integration led by Assoc.Prof. Dr. Vu Nguyen

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