Workshop on using mother tongue in a foreign language class

On April 4th, 2018, at ULIS Sunwah Hall, a workshop on “The use of Vietnamese in the English language classroom” was organized with the participation of Mr. Michael Harrington, a scholar of the School of Languages and Cultures – the University of Queensland (Australia), as the keynote speaker.

At the workshop, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michael Harrington gave a brief presentation about using mother tongue in a foreign language class. He introduced the history of this field and conventional viewpoints before focusing on modern schools of thought.

After that, participants completed a questionnaire on the frequency and purpose of using mother tongue of both teachers and students in English classes. Results of this questionnaire were compared with data collected from many other countries five years ago. Based on the knowledge of language acquisition, and new research findings, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michael Harrington encouraged participants to think more positively about the role of mother tongue in teaching foreign languages.

This activity, which was organized by the Faculty Of English Language Teacher Education, attracted the attendance of more than 60 people.