VietTESOL International Convention 2018 Pre-convention Workshops Open for Registration

VietTESOL International Convention 2018 Pre-convention Workshops Open for Registration

Dear Teachers,

We would like to share with you an update from VietTESOL Association that VietTESOL International Convention 2018 Pre-convention workshops are now open for registration. These five workshops are conducted by the Convention keynote speakers from the U.S., the U.K., and Australia.

One of the workshop trainers is Mr. David Kertzner who is U.S. Department of State English Language Specialist provided by the Regional English Language Office, U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Please find below further information about the pre-convention workshops and register here if you are interested in attending. Please contact VietTESOL Association at if you need assistance.


David Kertzner – ProActive English, USA

David Kertzner founded ProActive English in 1997 to deliver English language training for professionals and vocational employees at domestic and global companies. He has delivered or managed training programs at major software companies in Silicon Valley, at two Japanese pharmaceutical companies and at a market research firm with locations throughout Asia.

Assoc. Prof. Margaret Kettle – Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle teaches and researches in the area of second language education in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. Her teaching areas are the theory and practice of second language teaching and learning, and socio-linguistics in the Master of Education (TESOL) and research methods in the Doctor of Education course.

Dr. Johanna Motteram – British Council, UK

Dr Johanna Motteram is an experienced English language teacher and an English language assessment specialist based in Singapore. She collaborates with British Council colleagues in the region to deliver evidence-based programs to support English language learning and test preparation and provides advice on assessment related problems to schools and other stakeholders.

Dates: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Venue: 4th Floor, Building A12, Hanoi University of Industry, 289 Cau Dien Street, Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi

WORKSHOP 1: Introduction to Language Test Item Writing (6.0 hours from 8:30 to 16:30)

Instructor: Dr. Johanna Motteram, British Council

In this workshop we will introduce the fundamentals of the language test production process and language test item writing. The language test production process will be demonstrated with reference to large scale tests. Item writing will be explored collaboratively. We will start with models of overall language ability and then connect those models with the idea of “test construct”. We will then consider how we can develop language test items which investigate candidate’s abilities with respect to those constructs. Following this we will work together with different test task types to determine which are appropriate for different purposes. Finally, we will review test specifications for different purposes and practice writing items which follow specifications.

By the end of the workshop participants will have a degree of understanding of models of overall language ability and language test constructs. Participants will also have an understanding of the test development process, language test tasks and design, and an understanding of the purpose and implementation of test specifications.

The workshop will include multiple opportunities for small group work and discussion. This is a full day, 6 hour workshop. Participants must attend all day.

WORKSHOP 2:  Creating Simulation Activities for Workplace Settings (3.0 hours, from 8.30 am to 11.30am)

Instructor: MA. David Kertzner, Proactive English, USA

Tailoring curriculum for ESP settings requires trainers to walk through production lines, examine technical documents and understand the business processes of the client.  Transferring that acquired knowledge into curriculum requires a framework that integrates functions of the workplace with functions of expression.  The presenter shares a framework that has proven highly effective in ESP settings and teaches participants to apply the framework as they develop curriculum for their settings.

WORKSHOP 3: Academic writing in English: Principles and practices of successful scholarly publication (3.0 hours, from 8.30 am to 11.30am)

Instructor: Assoc. Prof. Margaret Kettle, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

This workshop focuses on academic writing in English. It presents the principles of organising ideas and arguments according to western academic traditions, with particular reference to English for scientific communication. It offers foundational ideas on Contrastive Rhetoric and more contemporary notions of Intercultural Rhetoric and the ways that second language writers use dynamic repertoires of skills and understandings for writing in different contexts. The workshop will focus on two key sections of scholarly publication, namely the Introduction and the Literature Review.  These sections set up the argument and scholarly contribution of a publication, with both demanding specific forms of organisation and language. The workshop will present these text-level and linguistic demands and provide opportunities for practice with input and feedback. The workshop is designed for people who are publishing research and/or writing a Master’s or doctoral thesis. The outcomes will include understandings of the rhetorical principles underpinning scientific writing in English, guidelines for organising key sections of a written argument, and practical opportunities for writing and feedback.

WORKSHOP 4:  Teaching Business Writing in the Workplace (3.0 hours, from 13:30 to 16:30)

Instructor: MA. David Kertzner, Proactive English, USA

Creating a simulation activity for the workplace sounds scary and complicated to many EFL teachers.  In reality, simulations can be no more difficult to create than lesson plans, as long as the teacher follows a few guidelines.  The outcome can be a dynamic, re-usable learning experience for participants with immediate impact on their use of English in the workplace.  In this workshop, participants learn some simple guidelines for creating simulation activities – and then create one in small groups!

WORKSHOP 5: Education Research methodology (3.0 hours, from 13:30 to 16:30)

Instructor: Assoc. Prof. Margaret Kettle, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

This workshop presents five key principles for conceptualising and mobilising research in education.  The principles concern the following: (i) the context of the research problem; (ii) the existing field; (iii) the theoretical perspective that will orientate the study; (iv) the methodology that will operationalise the investigation including analysis; and (v) finally, the contribution that the study will make to the education field. Participants in the workshop will learn about these principles and have opportunities to apply them to their own emerging ideas for a study. The workshop is intended for people planning to conduct research into an aspect of education practice that is recognisably problematic and in need of new understandings and solutions.