On the morning of May 14th, 2022, Ho Chi Minh City TESOL Association in collaboration with Horizon TESOL co-organized the webinar titled BEST PRACTICE AND EDTECH IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO YOUNG LEARNERS (TEYL) CLASSROOM and a special Graduation Ceremony in Microsoft Teams platform. This virtual event welcomed the participation of many attendees across the regions in Vietnam.
The program had the honor to welcome guests: Mr. Bui Duc Tien – Master of Applied Linguistics, Curtin University, Australia – Lecturer at Ho Chi Minh City University of Education specialized in Pedagogical English and Translation/Interpretation; Ms. Mona Sara Nainie – Academic Director of Kidsloop Vietnam; Ms. Lien Do – Director of Teacher Training and Development at KidsLoop Vietnam and holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from Hanoi University, Vietnam; and last but not least, Mr. Huy Pham – the Academic Manager of Horizon TESOL. Also, contributing to the success of the event is the presence of valued lecturers of Horizon TESOL, TESOL course graduates and many participants.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Mr. Huy Pham delivered the welcome remarks to all lecturers, students, and participants in the seminar.
Soon after that, Ms. Mona Sara Nainie and Ms Lien Do kicked off the presentation by discussing the use of technology in children’s education, focusing on the teaching and learning of English in the current 4.0 era.
The last section of the program was Mr. Tien Bui’s sharing about Montessori teaching strategies for young children in their first six years. This is a significant milestone that affects children’s later development phases and is also the most responsive period for learning, lowering the strain of teaching English to children at higher levels from grade 1 to grade 12, university and college level.
Furthermore, the seminar was very dynamic and successful, with active and engaging participation from the attendees who came and shared their interests and concerns about teaching English to young learners, how to use technology in children’s education, and how to increase young learner interaction in academic English learning.
After the break came the Graduation Ceremony for TESOL LIVE 14, INTAKE 81, INTAKE 82, LIVE 15 and INTAKE 84. These are undoubtedly memorable and special moments for each student, as they mark their first success on the teaching path. The ceremony was held in a warm and energetic setting, with lecturers and students from TESOL LIVE 14, INTAKE 81, INTAKE 82, LIVE 15 and INTAKE 84 in attendance.
Mr Pham Hong Hai, Mr Nguyen Quang Vinh, Mr Huynh Huy Hoang, Mr Luu Hoang An and Mr Vu Nguyen Dinh Nghia, who guided and witnessed the student’s performance over the last two months, took time to send the students best words of encouragement and congratulation. Professor Dr. John R. Baker and Ms Mona Nainie also offered their hearty congratulations to the students and wished everyone good health and success.
The announcement of the graduates’ graduation was followed by student remarks. Mr. Vo Nguyen Dong Giang from the Live 14 class said that thanks to Horizon TESOL, the course has helped me a lot in understanding the foundations of teaching as well as students’ psychology and needs. Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Nga, a candidate from Live 15, said that she felt great when she had been studying at the centre for nearly 2 months. This time was not too long, but she learned a lot of great things at the centre. She was thankful to the teacher for guiding and supporting her throughout the course. Next, Ms Nguyen Thi Hoai Thuong said: “It was not until the time I join the teaching knowledge class at Horizon Tesol, which is renowned for its quality that I am aware of the fundamental components and skills of language teaching and how to apply this valuable information to manage and maintain energy in classrooms.” Last but not least, Ms Duong Thi An-a candidate from INTAKE 82 said: “After finishing 3 modules, I have learned meaningful theories, optimal teaching methods, and effective classroom management. Thus, now I am more confident to carry out my teaching work in the future!”
At the end of the event, everyone took pictures together, sharing the wonderful spirit of a milestone in the TESOL holders’ English teaching career. Following today’s event, each Horizon TESOL student will undoubtedly open a new door, new avenues to tremendous achievements in the coming time. Horizon TESOL hopes that the knowledge shared during the event will assist students in further developing their teaching expertise. Furthermore, the center hopes that the knowledge, experience, and valuable time gained during the Horizon TESOL course will enable all TESOL candidates to confidently enter the English teaching profession with excitement, enthusiasm, and excitement to obtain the greatest outcomes.