Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution has created a dynamic transformation of how all aspects of business and production are done. Countries can’t now be defined within their borders but must reach out to the whole world. Businesses in this new era demand for people with sharp critical thinking, strong problem solving skills, and the ability to interact across the globe. Schools must come out of their shells to adapt with the revolution and create the adequate contexts for students to be prepared for the future jobs.

But how should this revolution impact on English Language Teaching in particular? While it emphasizes the continuing need for teaching and learning English as a global lingua franca, the application of what the revolution can bring along to maximize English language teaching and learning has become an urgent need for educators and learners. It is this essential that has sparked our interest in the theme “ELT 4.0: THE ERA OF AUTOMATION AND PRODUCTIVITY”, which will serve as the focal point of VUS TESOL Conference 2019.

Conference Agenda (Tentative)

07:30 – 08:00 Checking in Reception Area
08:00 – 08:30 Opening Ceremony Venus
08:30 – 09:40 Plenary 1 Retooling for a New World: Reinventing Language Teaching
and Learning for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Mr. Gordon Lewis (Oxford University Press)
09:40 – 10:00 Coffee Break Lobby
10:00 – 11:00 Breakout 1 Opening the Black Box: Is AI Technology Ready to Revolutionize the
Assessment of Speaking?
Mr. Trevor Breakspear (British Council)
Is Blended Learning a Practical Mode of Industry 4.0
in EFL Education?
Dr. Ha Van Sinh (PTC Language School)
21st Century Learning in the ELT Classroom
Ms. Ana Bratkovic (NEAS)
Taking Reader’s Theater into the Digital Age
Ms. Erika Heppner (CUNY) & Ms. Nguyen Thi Anh Dao (VUS)
Paranomasia: Using Humor in the English Language Classroom
Mr. Ricardo Franco Ribeiro (Shantou University)
How Can AI (Artificial Intelligence) Really Assess English,
with Focus on Speaking and Writing?
Ms. Urica Lopez (Pearson)
11:00 – 11:10 Break Lobby
11:10 – 12:10 Breakout 2 Building 21st Century Competencies: Workshop 4.0
Mr. Christopher Vasiliou (MM Publications)
Gamification in Education 4.0 to Encourage
EFL Learners’ Autonomy: Trends and Practices
Ms. Ho Thi My Linh & Ms. Pham Nguyen Doan Trinh (VUS)
Developing AI Speakers for EFL Learners
Ms. Patrick Hwang (e-future)
Padlet - A game changer in EAP practice and beyond
Ms. Bui Thanh Thao (The University of Melbourne)
Digital Coaching: Continuing Professional Development
in the Era of Industry 4.0
Mr. Christopher Sheen (OUP)
Creating and Operating Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs)
for Teaching Writing
Mr. Pham Ngoc Duc(National Institute of Education Management)
12:10 – 13:40
13:50 – 14:50 Breakout 3 The Wheel of Pedagogy:
Putting the Microscope on Classroom Practice
Mr. Derek Spafford (Macmillan)
Test-takers’ Perspectives on the Predictive Validity
of Automated Testing
Dr. Jeremy Jones (University of Canberra)
The Application of the 21st Century Skills into the Preparation
of Writing Exams for Young Learners
Ms. Mai Thi Thuy Van (VUS)
Applying Shadowing Technique and Authentic Materials
to Promote Phonological Awareness
Among Young Learners of English
Ms. Nguyen Hong Oanh (Banking University of HCMC)
Teacher 4.0 or 0.4 - Making the Most of What Technology Can
Offer in the Teaching and Testing of English
Ms. Uyen Pham (Cambridge Assessment English)
Beyond the Book: Creative Strategies to Engage
Young Learners in a Skills Based Classroom
Ms. Julie Hwang (National Geographic Learning)
14:50 – 15:10 Coffee Break Lobby
15:10 – 16:20 Plenary 2 Future-ready Learners – English in the 4.0 world
Mr. Allen Davenport (Cambridge University Press)
16:20– 16:50 Closing & Raffle Venus


  • Gordon Lewis

  • Allen Davenport

  • Trevor Breakspear

  • Hà Văn Sinh

  • Ana Bratkovic

  • Nguyễn Thị Anh Đào

  • Ms. Erika Heppner

  • Ricardo Franco Ribeiro

  • Urica Lopez

  • Christopher Vasiliou

  • Hồ Thị Mỹ Linh

  • Phạm Nguyễn Đoan Trinh

  • Bùi Thanh Thảo

  • Christopher Sheen

  • Phạm Ngọc Đức

  • Derek Pafford

  • Jeremy Jones

  • Julie Hwang

  • Mai Thị Thùy Vân

  • Nguyễn Hồng Oanh

  • Patrick Hwang

  • Uyen Pham