HA VAN SINH

BIO

Dr. Ha Van Sinh is the founder (1994) and currently Director of PTC Language Center in Nha Trang. Working as an EFL classroom teacher and teacher-trainer since 1979, he has many opportunities meeting with English teachers and lecturers from North to South, from pre-school to university institutions. His research and life experience in Australia (MA study in Adelaide under Australia Awards program, PhD study in Melbourne, professional development at the Center for English - University of Sydney under the Australian Executive Award Program) and in the US (Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of Pennsylvania) also enriches his career in teacher-training and language education management. Email: havsinh@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

Developing EFL Learners with 21st-century Skills via Relevant Adaptation of Textbook Activities
As suggested by Beall (2015), our responsibility is to prepare EFL learners for their future in the best possible way, developing them with core skills and competences to live and work in globalised workplaces. These skills have been known as the 21st century skills or deep learning skills (Douglas & Haźžµler, 2015). Communication & collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity & innovation, and ICT literacy are the key 21st century skills that should be developed throughout the process of learning and acquiring a foreign language. However, not many of us have a clear idea of how to incorporate these skills into the lesson or are using some textbook versions that are not updated yet. This presentation will provide an overview of the 21st century skills and introduce several adaptation techniques to make the textbook tasks/ activities more effective in developing learners with the relevant 21st century skills while improving their English.