BIO-DATA Dung Do Thi Thanh has been teaching English for both English majored and non-majored students for almost 5 years. She also participated in training English proficiency courses for teachers of English at primary and secondary schools in Northern provinces under the Vietnam National Foreign Language Project 2020. She received her Master’s Degree (2015) and Bachelor’s Degree (2013) in English Language Teaching at University of Languages and International Studies - National University, Hanoi. Her research interests include theme-based language teaching, teaching young learners and learner autonomy. She has attended several national and international conferences on English language teaching such as ASIA TEFL, SEAMEO RELC. Contact: email@example.com.
Dung Do Thi Thanh, a lecturer of English at Hanoi Pedagogical University 2 – a lead teacher training university in Vietnam.
WHEN A TEACHER BECOMES A LEARNER AGAIN IN A MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE “USING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSROOM”
During 5 years of teaching English, the so-called technologies I have frequently used include but not limited to my laptop, videos and articles on the internet and a projector to show them on screen. These things are considered innovative teaching compared to what I experienced in high school. However, they are no longer new in the 21 st century with the boom of the internet. As a teacher trainer; therefore, I need to train my students, pre-service teachers, to use quality software/applications so that they are able to work well in the technological age. This can be achieved only if I implement some of them in my classes. This leads me to an online teacher professional development course titled “Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom” from April 22nd to May 20th 2018. The course provides learners with technologies assisting teaching and learning English skills and considerations associated with using them. Currently, I am in the second week in which technologies for teaching reading and writing are presented. I have three more weeks to go so many other tools will be soon revealed. Therefore, this paper, instead of being a study on the use of technology, is a review of the MOOC course and a strategic plan to apply newly-learned technologies in the upcoming semester in September 2018. It is hopefully a source of motivation and a guideline for teachers to “learn, unlearn and relearn” (T. Alvin).