Empowering Vietnamese TESOL teachers to innovate: insights from a teacher educator

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Andrew, Martin (2014) Empowering Vietnamese TESOL teachers to innovate: insights from a teacher educator. In: Foreign Languages in the Trend of International Integration, 11 November 2014-12 November 2014, Hanoi University.

Abstract

Insights from critical pedagogy inform TESOL educators in Vietnam that pedagogical interventions should be particular to their context and environment. This paper presents a qualitative descriptive analysis of four teachers who are students in a Master of Education (TESOL) program delivered in Vietnam by Victoria University (Melbourne) via a partnership with Hanoi University. The study draws on the assessed work of students in the unit ‘Innovation’ which aims to encourage its students, all of whom are professional educators, to identify a research problem specific to their teaching and learning environment and design a research question built around a pedagogical or curricular intervention they can ethically implement and evaluate within their workplaces. This activity, serving as both curriculum and assessment, empowers students to apply a segment of an action research cycle to their classrooms. The study presents four narratives of teacher/researchers engaged in innovation research, identifying research problems, developing topics and lines of enquiry and ultimately evaluating their projects reflectively. This pedagogical approach articulates the idea that the best people to know what innovations are required in Vietnamese educational contexts are the teachers themselves.

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Initially titled Using Innovation and Action Research to Build TESOL Teacher Capacity in Vietnam

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/27811
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords Teacher education; TESOL; Language learning; Innovation; Action research
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