Phạm Tấn currently teaches at English Department, University of Education, HCMC. He believes in joyful learning - a short cut to success and happiness in the classroom. His ELT philosophy is “present joys, future gain”, not “no pain, no gain” as often found in many dry-as-dust English classes. Antidotes to these painful classes are two, according to his view. One is happy tasks which result from a good blend of happiness education and task-based learning. The other is an effective and standardized framework for measuring students’ progress and achievement in English.