Demonstrating a shared commitment to providing quality professional development for teachers of the English language, National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of global education company Cengage Learning, and the National Foreign Languages 2020 (NFL2020) Project are working together to improve English language instruction in Vietnam. Using NGL's ELTeach, an online, integrated professional development, assessment and certificate program developed in partnership with Educational Testing Service (ETS), more than 1,400 teachers and trainers in Vietnam have participated in professional development opportunities under the NFL2020 initiative. As a project by the Vietnamese government to build national foreign language capacity, NFL202 provides initiatives to evaluate and improve English curriculum and English teacher education curriculum.
Through the collaboration, 600 teachers of English were selected from ten Departments of Education and Training (DoETs) acrossVietnam to complete the ELTeach English-for-Teaching online course and assessment. Another 838 trainers also, took part in a training of trainers (ToT) program using ELTeach, which included face-to-face training delivered by NGL to provide the skills necessary to train large groups of teachers moving forward. In September 2014, the participating teachers and trainers took the Test of English-for-Teaching (TEFT™) Assessment developed by ETS and received a score report and certificate from NGL and ETS upon completion.
"We are delighted to be collaborating with the NFL2020 Project to help Vietnam achieve its English language education goals," said Dennis Hogan, executive director, National Geographic Learning. "Since its release in 2012, more than 10,000 teachers spanning 19 countries have successfully completed courses using ELTeach. These teachers, and the teachers and trainers in Vietnam, are joining a global community of leaders in English language teaching that are better equipped to teach English in English and are more confident in the use of educational technology. In fact, an interim efficacy report from the Vietnam collaboration notes that of those surveyed, 89% of teachers cited increased confidence in using English in the classroom and 98% of ToTs reported more confidence supporting and coaching teachers."
"After this course, I have the energy and confidence to start a new school year and an eagerness to apply what I have learned from the ELTeach program," said Ho Thi Phi Phuong, Bui Thi Xuan Upper Secondary School, Hue city. "I hope that in the coming years, the government could create more opportunities for English teachers to take part in professional development courses, like ELTeach, so that we will have chances to connect with native teachers, using updated teaching methods."
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