Integrating English Lessons with Sustainable Development Goals at Primary Schools in Northern Vietnam

  • Duc Ngoc Pham National Institute of Education Management
  • Ha Thi Hai Nguyen Faculty of English Teacher Education, Hanoi University of Languages and International Studies
  • Huong Thi Viet Vu Faculty of English Teacher Education, Hanoi University of Languages and International Studies
Keywords: SDGs, presentation, pair work, group work, role play, integrating, supplementary materials

Abstract

Integrating global issues and United Nation (UN)’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) into English classrooms has really been a newly-created initiative for English teaching in remote areas in the north of Vietnam. A great deal of generated education ideas or programs fostering 17 themes in SGDs confirmed by the UN in 2015 has also supported the more roles of teachers' assumption than merely providing the knowlegde of language, put the learning process in a more practical context, and inspired learners to actively perceive their responsibilities to the wider world.

A small pilot conducting a language lesson (English 3) project asociated with one SDGs’ theme - life below water - has successfully and beneficially been recognized for teachers and primary school learners in a mountainous city, Lang Son, Vietnam. Employing such various motivating teaching techniques as games, role play, pair-work or group-work was the most noticeable merit for teachers.

The findings for the research question 'How do integrating lessons affect mountainous primary learners’ inspiration in learning English language and informative content?' are relatively positive. Active manner, positive attitude and exciting participation are three recorded typical features of learners in the classroom that strongly motivated children practicing the new language items and improved their awareness of protecting the ocean animals and plants.

The research concludes that integrated SDGs’ themes with English language lesson is probably new to the context of mountainous areas in northern Vietnam,and introduced to primary school teachers there for such lessons directly and highly benefit the teaching and learning English.

Author Biographies

Duc Ngoc Pham, National Institute of Education Management

Mr. Pham Ngoc Duc has been working as an education specialist for 12 years and 10 years of experience in ICT. His research in developing digital materials for sea conservation program in primary school received awards from Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam, Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). His current study is to build open STEM lessons integrated to school textbooks then share online for widely interested schools and educators. Duc holds a BA in IT Engineer, two MAs on Education Management and TESOL, many certificates from US Embassy.

Ha Thi Hai Nguyen, Faculty of English Teacher Education, Hanoi University of Languages and International Studies

During her 15 years of experience in teaching English as a lecturer at FELTE, ULIS, VNU (since 2002), Hanoi; 10 years as a Speaking Examiner of Cambridge English (since 2007), CU; and two years as a Microsoft Innovative Educator/ Expert (since 2015), Ms. Ha Nguyen Thi Hai is passionate about using technology to enable innovative learning experiences and bring increased creativity to teaching and learning. More importantly, inspiring educators and empowering learners to create new learning environments through a mix of digital and real world tools as well as developing confidence in the learning process to achieve more are her on-going purposes.

Huong Thi Viet Vu, Faculty of English Teacher Education, Hanoi University of Languages and International Studies

Vũ Thị Việt Hương (M.A. in Linguistics) is currently a senior EFL lecturer, materials writer at Faculty of English Teacher Education, Hanoi University of Languages and International Studies. She also teaches students in IELTS preparation courses. She has published internationally in the SEAMEO magazine and review. Her research interests mainly focus on ELT teacher education, practical techniques and activities for teaching English pronunciation, the four separated language skills as well as the integrated ones.

Published
2018-07-31
How to Cite
Pham, D., Nguyen, H., & Vu, H. (2018). Integrating English Lessons with Sustainable Development Goals at Primary Schools in Northern Vietnam. VietTESOL International Convention Proceedings, 34-43. Retrieved from http://proceedings.viettesol.org/index.php/VIC/article/view/26