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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).