Successful workshop for Vietnamese teachers
Earlier this year, on 11 August 2019, Dr Jill Murray and her PhD student, Anh Ton Nu, ran a one-day training workshop entitled "Incorporating Pragmatic Knowledge in Teaching English - A Key to Improve Vietnamese Students' English Communicative Competence" for 51 Vietnamese high school teachers of English in Da Nang City, Vietnam. This workshop was financially supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Alumni Grants Fund.
The workshop gave the participating teachers the opportunity to update their knowledge of pragmatics in English Language Teaching, learn about research results on major shortcomings of in-use textbooks in terms of pragmatic input, and be involved in supplementary activities to incorporate pragmatics into some teaching units in their textbooks. They also participated in a self-designed pragmatic activities contest, in which they worked with their colleagues to design some activities for their daily teaching practices basing on the knowledge and information achieved through the presentations by the two presenters. The workshop received 100% positive feedback from the participating teachers, who will share the knowledge they have gained with their teaching colleagues to enhance the quality of English teaching at Vietnamese high schools.