Kỷ yếu Hội thảo Khoa học Tháng 7/ 2020

Ngày 31 tháng 7 năm 2020 vừa qua, Khoa Ngoại ngữ Kinh tế đã tổ chức hội thảo khoa học với chủ đề: “On-line teaching of English during the pandemic”. Dưới đây là tóm tắt các bài viết đăng trong kỷ yếu:

  1. STUDENTS’ PERSPECTIVES TOWARDS ONLINE LEARNING OF ENGLISH DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
    Le Thi Thao Linh, M.A     
    The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed various aspects of life and sectors of countries around the world. Among them, education and training have significantly suffered and fundamental changes have to be made accordingly to keep up with teaching and learning. The main purpose of this small scale study is to shed light on students’ perspectives regarding online English learning amid Covid-19 pandemic in University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH). Participants of this research include first-year students of General English program. Online surveys are employed to figure out their perceptions towards online learning during the first semester 2020. The study indicates that participant students are generally positive about the online platform to study English during the pandemic. Besides, some immediate problems that need more attention also emerge. The study concludes that online learning platform has great potential to enhance academic performance and may go hand by hand with offline lessons in the long run.
  2. ON-LINE TEACHING OF ENGLISH
     Vo Thi Hong Le, PhD
    The Internet has significantly changed every aspects of our lives. As teachers, we acknowledge that it is no longer the matter of how to use technology to teach, but the way the world is developing and the role that online engagement plays in students’ learning. When the communicative approach became popular, Communicative Computer assisted language learning (Communicative CALL) arose around the 80’s and 90’s. The advantage of this approach to CALL was that new knowledge could be constructed from the learner’s existing knowledge through exploration, problem solving and hypothesis testing.
    The contribution of online teaching of English is further emphasized in the context of an increasing need of online teaching and learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In this paper, I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of on-line teaching of English and how teachers of English can get the most out of on-line teaching.
  3. STUDENTS’ READINESS TO ADOPT FULLY ONLINE COURSES
    Nguyen Luong Hoang Thanh, M.A
    The COVID-19 pandemic has created dramatic impacts on every part of social life including education. As the virus outbreak progressed, many colleges and universities in the world have shifted their classes online as a swift response to the situation. The University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) can be considered as one of the institutions in Vietnam which show a steely determination to waste no time and keep providing students with lectures, seminars, and tutorials. This definitely deserves a round of applause. However, educationalists also argue that moving instructions online can be a double-edged sword. This brings us to ponder whether our students have been ready to adopt fully online learning. This research paper aims to study this issue.
  4. THE COMBINATION OF GROUP-WORKING DESIGNS AND TRADITIONAL LECTURES IN AN ON-LINE ENGLISH CLASSROOM            
    Ho Thi Phuong Nam, M.A
    There has been a global crisis starting from the end of 2019, and this is supposed to remain for any length of time as the COVID-19 pandemic has not been profoundly contained worldwide. The spread of coronavirus throughout the country of Vietnam has been judiciously controlled for the past several months, yet the national fear does still exist. This fear leads to changes in abundant fields, and the field of education is not an exception. In addition, instructors from different educational institutions, especially in higher educationwhereby students’ autonomy is highly recommended, witness the brand new appearance of these changes. As a result, on-line instructionas well as virtual assignments have arrived in profuse numbers amid the pandemic; this is a good omen of long-lasting changes in the ways that higher education instructors will make for years to come. In Internet-based classrooms, some teachers are delivering lectures in traditional ways precisely like those used in off-line classrooms, and this matter sometimes entails the distraction, then the inefficiency in students’ knowledge acquisition. This article is analysing how traditional lecture deliveries affect students knowledge acquisition and suggesting group-working designs as a way to enhance students participation during on-line class meetings.
  5. LE FRANÇAIS POUR VOUS (TIẾNG PHÁP DÀNH CHO BẠN)
    MỘT VÍ DỤ CỦA KÊNH HỌC TẬP TRỰC TUYẾN TRONG ĐẠI DỊCH COVID-19
    Nguyen Thien Phuong, M.A
    Trong bối cảnh dịch bệnh, một nhóm giảng viên tiếng Pháp đã có ý tưởng ra mắt một kênh dạy học trên Youtube, mang tên Le Français Pour Vous (Tiếng Pháp dành cho bạn), nhằm đảo bảo sinh viên học tiếng Pháp được tiếp tục học tập. Tác giả bài báo đã gặp gỡ trao đổi với một trong số những giảng viên phụ trách kênh dạy học này và dựa vào những dữ liệu được cung cấp để kể lại khởi thủy của ý tưởng này, đồng thời phân tích những yếu tố tạo nên sự cuốn hút của một kênh giáo dục. Những kinh nghiệm này cần được chia sẻ và những nỗ lực trên cần được nhân rộng, thậm chí sau giai đoạn đại dịch, nhằm tăng cường việc tiếp thu ngoại ngữ của người học.
  6. ENGAGING STUDENTS IN EFFECTIVE ONLINE ENGLISH TEACHING
    Le Thi Tuyet Minh, M.A
    Online education has grown dramatically over the past decade, especially during the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the past 6 months, schools and universities have moved towards online teaching. According to Hodges et al. (2020), ‘online learning carries a stigma of being lower quality than face-to-face learning, despite research showing otherwise’. Online teaching and learning have their own possibilities that instructors can take advantage of and enhance new learning experience for learners. In this paper, the writer first gives an overview of online teaching, then suggests ideas for promoting effective online English teaching.
  7. EMPLOYING SOME ONLINE TOOLS AS A TOOL KIT IN TEACHING ENGLISH ONLINE AT UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS HO CHI MINH CITY (UEH)
    Ha Thanh Bich Loan, M.A
    The pandemic caused by nCoV in 2019 has been changing the world in numerous areas, and education sector is not out of this consequence. In Vietnam, to stop the spread of nCoV, people had to stay home to practice social distancing regulation ruled by the government. This made face-to-face activities with many people unworkable, hence the activity of classroom teaching and learning was the first to be banned. With the motto “Pausing learning activities at school but not stopping studying” (T.Ha, 2020) by the government, educational organizations nationwide, especially universities, were forced to use Internet-based tools to support the process of teaching and learning in distance. The original purpose of these tools is to mainly serve business meetings, but they have gradually become exceedingly convenient channels for various areas. The fact that those are chiefly used for online meetings, but employed in teaching and learning has inevitably caused confusion to their users. Experiencing a few months of distance learning, to a certain extent, instructors and learners have gained copious knowledge and better skills of using online platforms. Although the quarantine expired and students have come back to school, recommendations on the use of common online tools as a tool kit in teaching English at UEH may be practical for stakeholders in online education, an indispensable trend in Industry 4.0. 
  8. STUDENTS’ PARTICIPATION IN ONLINE ENGLISH CLASSES
    Duong Thi Thuy Uyen, M.A.
    The pandemic – COVID 19 – triggered a big change in teaching and learning at universities in general and at University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh city (UEH) in particular. Most of the courses have been conducted online with the exploitation of video conference tools/services like Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. During the online English classes there, it was a nice surprise to find that the students actively participated in class discussions and eagerly showed their answers to the exercises in the chat box. The study was to find out what motivated them to “speak up” more and what the English teachers could do to encourage their participation both in online and offline courses.
  9. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING|
    Ho Dinh Phuong Khanh, M.A
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an important paradigm which is having an increasingly powerful impact on many fields, including education. Thanks to rapid developments in AI, a lot of learning tools are now available to make digital language learning truly personalized to each learner. This article provides some concrete examples of how AI is being used to enhance the language learning experience.
  10. INFLUENTIAL AND SUPPORTING FACTORS TO STUDENTS’ ONLINE LEARNING QUALITY AT UEH
    Ho Minh Thang, M.A
    COVID-19 pandemic started with several of the early cases in December 2019 from Wuhan, China then spread out all over the world since February 2020. The World Health Organization later made an official announcement to address the COVID-19 as the world pandemic. It became a totally new experience to every human life’s aspects from social distancing, online education to pandemic lock down or quarantine all suspiciously infected people. In Vietnam, almost all schools and universities switched to online learning and teaching to encourage students to finish their on-going semester. This created both challenges and opportunities to all educational institutions during the process of organizing and managing online classes. There have been problems with the online platforms, Internet connections, learners’ motivation, etc. They are, however, the opportunities for teachers and students to have greater, faster and more convenient access to knowledge and information than in the traditional offline learning and teaching. This research was conducted to have a better look at the factors influencing online learning; consequently, to raise some possible recommendations to enhance the quality of online learning experience.
  11. MANAGING LARGE SYNCHRONOUS ONLINE EFL CLASSES
    Phan Thi Van Thanh, PhD
    Teaching and managing large EFL classes may be challenging and exhausting if communicative pairwork and groupwork activities are included sufficiently. In a traditional brick-and-mortar setting, facilitating communications among students of a class of approximately 50 students to some teachers has already been an overwhelming job. At UEH, the situation seems quite a dilema for those who would like to ensure the quality of in-class communicative actitivities. Hardly can students’ speaking learning outcomes be met if instructors do not provide enough guidance and facilitation. Nonetheless, if they do support students diligently and thoroughly, they may very well end up being unfairly burned out. It has been a series of stories told but seemingly and perhaps pretentiously unheard by adminitrators who keep juggling incoming students into oversized classes and ironically hoping for decent English outcomes among prospestive graduates. The situation deteriorated when the COVID-19 hit hard at our community and serverly impacted our teaching practices. Classes were moved online without much preparation; instructors had to improvise as if it were their responsibility that the COVID-19 occurred and consequently had to take full charge for the online transfer process. In such setting, some unexpectedly valuable experiences of teaching online classes synchronously came along to me. In this brief paper, I would like to share those as a bitter sweet memory hoping it could help us to have a better online teaching preparation in case of another wave of mandatory online teaching.
  12. “BASED ON INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH CERTIFICATES, BUILDING ENGLISH STANDARDS FOR DIRECT ADMISSION OF HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS TO UEH”
    Bui My Ngoc, M.A
    The university of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) announces a number of criteria for direct admission of high school pupils to UEH annually. This year, UEH offers 5 types of direct admission which publicly available on UEH’s website https://tuyensinh.ueh.edu.vn/tin-tuc/2376 and in some local and national newspapers.
    In the five types of direct admission, English is one of the UEH criteria used for its direct admission. As the vice Dean of SFLE as well as the manager of SFLE English programs, I need to search and select which International English certificates are internationally valid and accepted worldwide. From that, we compare and find out their correlation among them in our assessment.