I stopped adding to this blog in 2014 when I gave up teaching to return to the UK to care for my Mum. At the time, I thought it was going to be a temporary absence from the classroom. As I write this in 2017, however, it feels more permanent, so I have decided to archive this blog. I've deleted all the non-teaching related posts and will leave those that remain as a reference for interested parties.
I recently attended Cambridge Day, Vietnam in Ho
Chi Minh City, a free seminar for teachers organised by Cambridge University
Press in conjunction with Fahasa, Ho Chi Minh’s biggest English-language
bookseller.It was held in the plush
surroundings of the Kim Do Hotel in District 1.
It was a full day made up of four presentations,
two given by each of the two speakers.These speakers were:
Murphey – a researcher from Kanda University
of International Studies in Japan.He is
the co-author of ‘Group Dynamics in the Language Classroom’ and his current
research is into Vygotskian socio-cultural theory with an emphasis on community,
play and music.
Vinnie – the Senior ELT Training Consultant
for Cambridge University Press in South-East Asia.His background is as a teacher, examiner,
teacher-trainer and coordinator.
All four presentations/workshops were
participatory, interesting and thought-provoking and I and my colleagues came
away with lots of ideas to apply in our classrooms.You can read about each presentation in separate blogposts.