LY PHAM (UNIVERSITY OF LANGUAGES AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES)
DUONG HUYEN (International School, Vietnam National University, Hanoi)

THE INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY TO REFORM THE APPROACH TO ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES : BLENDED LEARNING AND SOCIETY

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) has been described as challenging to both teachers and learners as the existing body of literature delineates. The survey among students and teachers in the research context has revealed limitations of an EAP course such as being “tedious” or “fruitless”. This presentation is to demonstrate an attempt to reform the common practices of teaching and learning EAP with the integration of technology. The model of flipped classroom has lent the theoretical underpinings to this innovative approach. With the assistance of such applications as Microsoft Sway, Mentimeter, Quizziz, and Kahoot and the use of classroom debate, EAP lessons have turned out to be more motivating and productive as reported by students via interviews and classroom observation. The findings are hoped to assist students confront their fear when taking EPA courses and have optimal learning outcomes.

Ly Pham has been an English teacher and a program developer for over 10 years. She has been working at Univeristy of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National Univeristy since she obtained her Master Degree from The University of Queensland (Australia) in 2011. Her research interests include professional development, mentoring, extensive reading and teaching English to young learners. She can be contacted at phkhanhly@gmail.com.

Huyen Duong (MA) has been an EFL teacher for over 10 years, and she has experience with various groups of learners ranging from young learners to teenagers and adults. She has always intrigued by the profound impacts of technology on every aspect of life in general and on English language teaching in particular. Her research interests, therefore, inculde blended learning, computer-assisted language learning, interactive communication, and material development.