Understanding & Unlocking Learner Potential

General Information

The last 10 years have seen a period of rapid development and globalization for Vietnam and in this context, the study of English has played a crucial role. This period of change for Vietnam has also coincided with huge improvements in the world of information technology and communication with the growth of the internet, social media and smartphones.

With global competition, students now need more than just English language skills to be able to effectively compete in the international marketplace. This provides a challenge for teachers and educational institutions who need to ensure that they understand their students’ needs and have materials and teaching strategies to unlock their potential.

Dai Truong Phat Education JSC is proud to organize the seminar "Understanding & Unlocking Learner Potential” with the purpose of sharing skills, methods and innovative learning materials in order to aid the development of English language teaching in Vietnam.

DTP Education Group is a leading enterprise in the field of foreign language teaching and learning. Founded in 2003, the group is home to over 300 experienced staff specializing in publishing, testing, training, teaching and information technology.

For over 15 years DTP Education Group has been working closely with strategic partners
including publishers, educational groups, and well-known technology corporations worldwide and highly reputable national education organizations such as the Ministry of Education and Training and Departments of Education and Training of more than 54 cities/provinces.

DTP Education Group has supplied foreign language books, and English textbooks to more than 5000 Pre-schools, Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and High Schools, Colleges,
Universities, International Schools, Language Centers, Libraries, and Bookstores nationwide.

Event Information




7:30-8:00 Welcoming Guests
8:00-8:15 Opening Ceremony
8:15-8:45 Plenary Understanding and Unlocking Learner Potential Ms. An Nguyen
8:45-9:00 Break
9:00-9:45 Breakout 1 Introducing Key Competences for Very Young Learners Ms. Sonya Stevens-King
9:45-10:00 Teabreak
10:00-10:45 Breakout 2 Skills Development for  ALL Young Learners Ms. Teress Nguyen
10:45-11:30 Breakout 3 Learner Independence - Making Homework Fun Mr. Stephen Faulkner
11:30-11:45 Lucky Draw & Closing
ROOM 2    
9:00-9:45 Breakout 1 Using Technology in the 4 C's Classroom Ms. Teress Nguyen
9:45-10:00 Teabreak
10:00-10:45 Breakout 2 Motivating & Inspiring Students with Accelerated Learning Strategies Ms. Sonya Stevens-King
10:45-11:30 Breakout 3 The Role of Digital Resources in Improving Learning Outcomes Mr. Ben Porter
11:30-11:45 Lucky Draw & Closing




7:45-8:15 Welcoming Guests
8:15-8:25 Opening Ceremony
8:25-8:55 Plenary Understanding and Unlocking Learner Potential Ms. An Nguyen
8:55-9:00 Break
9:00-9:45 Breakout 1 Introducing Key Competences for Very Young Learners Ms. Sonya Stevens-King
9:45-10:00 Teabreak
10:00-10:45 Breakout 2 Skills Development for  ALL Young Learners Ms. Teress Nguyen
10:45-11:30 Breakout 3 Learner Independence - Making Homework Fun Mr. Stephen Faulkner
11:30-11:45 Lucky Draw & Closing
ROOM 2    
9:00-9:45 Breakout 1 Using Technology in the 4 C's Classroom Ms. Teress Nguyen
9:45-10:00 Teabreak
10:00-10:45 Breakout 2 Motivating & Inspiring Students with Accelerated Learning Strategies Ms. Sonya Stevens-King
10:45-11:30 Breakout 3 The Role of Digital Resources in Improving Learning Outcomes Mr. Ben Porter
11:30-11:45 Lucky Draw & Closing
HO CHI MINH CITY Monday, 9 April 2018 | 7:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Capella Parkview
03 Dang Van Sam, Ward 9, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City

Ms.Kim Ngan - 0902 716 696 - kimngan@daitruongphat.com
CAN THO Tuesday, 10 April 2018 | 7:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Ninh Kieu 2 Hotel
03 Hoa Binh St., Tan An, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho

Ms.Kieu Loan - 0918 400 257 - loanntk@dtponline.vn
NGHE AN Thursday, 12 April 2018 | 7:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Vinh Plaza Hotel
03 Mai Hac De St., Vinh City, Nghe An

Mr.Trung Tien - 0912 373 918 - tiennt@dtponline.vn
HA NOI Friday, 13 April 2018 | 7:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Blue Lotus Convention Center
66 Le Van Luong St., Nhan Chinh, Thanh Xuan, Ha Noi

Ms.Thu Thuy - 0982 848 132 - thuydt@dtponline.vn



Ms. An Nguyen holds a Master Degree in TESOL (University of Canberra). Since the beginning of her EFL teaching and teacher training career, An has focused on helping her students create and increase their intrinsic motivation in learning. She believes that students should be allowed to be as creative as possible in expressing themselves. She is a member of the Asian Creative Writing Group with a number of short stories and poems published. She has developed a strong interest in looking for materials that provide more opportunity for both teachers and students to teach and learn English more effectively through the use of technology.


Sonya works as a teacher, teacher trainer and materials developer for Dai Truong Phat. She initially joined the company in May 2015 as a writer / trainer on the first edition of i-Learn Smart Start book series, before moving to the Academic Department.  Sonya has over five years’ experience working as an ESL teacher, primarily focusing on teaching kindergarten and primary school students.  She believes that bringing fun into the classroom is essential key to successful learning at an early age and that technology plays an integral role in assisting with this.


Teress Nguyen received her BA in English Linguistics and Literature from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in 2004 and her MA in TESOL from Irvine University, USA in 2009. She has 14 years of experience in teaching English language to all age ranges and levels at prestigious language centers, universities and companies across Ho Chi Minh City. Furthermore, she has been involved in teacher training for over 10 years with over 100 training workshops conducted in teaching methodology and techniques. She is a strong advocate of hands-on, sharing-based training that give workshop attendees practical experience as both teachers and learners.


Stephen Faulkner is Senior Training Coordinator for DTP. He has over 12 years of experience teaching students from very young learners to teenagers and adults.  This experience has allowed him to gain a deep insight into the Vietnamese teaching context. It also gives him opportunities to apply different approaches and means to enhance his own teaching. Stephen strongly believes that learning English is about more than just learning the language and that developing other skills is also crucial.


Ben Porter is Vice President of Business Development for Reallyenglish.com Co., Ltd. and is based in Asia where he has lived for almost 25 years. Reallyenglish develops and operates digital ELT courses and platforms for the teenager and adult markets. Ben has worked as an English teacher for all age groups and has almost 20 years of EdTech experience. Ben believes that blended learning (the combination of technology with face-to-face teaching) will dramatically improve education services and improve learning outcomes for students.


Introducing Key Competences for Very Young Learners

Learn with Ollie

Ms. Sonya Steven-King

Teaching English to Kindergarten students presents its own set of unique challenges and opportunities. As students develop their linguistic competences, teachers must also strive to help students discover more about themselves and the world they live in. By doing this we can ensure that students grow up with the skills and character required. This presentation will discuss how very young learners learn and the activities and materials that can aid the development of the key competences.
Skills Development for ALL Young Learners

Resource: Cool Kids - Second Edition

Ms. Teress Nguyen

Teaching young learners effectively demands that teachers keep the students engaged and motivated. Teachers need to ensure that a wide variety of activities are used to enable all students to learn and also to make sure that students develop the skills they need for their future. This presentation will highlight the skills that need to be developed and materials and activities that can help to do this.
Independent Learning – Making Homework Fun

Resource: Fun English & Pictionary & ISS Reader

Mr. Stephen Faulkner

Independent learning plays a crucial role in language development. To progress, young learners need to study for a huge amount of time that is just not possible with only classroom based learning. However, with so many potential distractions, persuading children to learn independently can be very challenging.

This presentation will look at how technology can help to overcome this problem and motivate students to want to study independently and have fun doing so.

Using Technology in the 4 C's Classroom

Resource: Sure

Ms. Teress Nguyen

The rapid development of technology is bringing massive change to all sectors of society and education plays a key role in adapting to these changes. Students now need to have both English language knowledge and the key skills of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. Learners also demand that their educational experience reflects their real life use of technology. This presentation will look at practical applications of technology in the classroom and the benefits it can bring.
Motivating & Inspiring Students with Accelerated Learning Strategies

Resource: Jetstream

Ms. Sonya Steven-King

Accelerated learning involves a variety of techniques and methods designed to speed up the learning process and ‘train the brain’ to receive and retain information more effectively. These techniques can involve kinesthetic activity, memory training, humor, creativity, and promoting a stress-free learning environment.This presentation explores the key principles behind accelerated learning and highlights practical classroom techniques that can easily be adopted.
The Role of Digital Resources in Improving Learning Outcomes

Resource: Reallyenglish

Mr. Ben Porter

To improve in a language, students need a combination of input and output such as practice in class with peers and teachers and independent study at home. The challenge for educators lies in ensuring homework is effective and engaging but does not overwhelm teachers with checking and grading.

Using digital resources (with automated feedback) for homework that focus on developing grammar, vocab, listening and reading skills, frees up teachers to focus on running a communicative classroom and assigning and grading writing tasks.

This presentation will look at how blended learning using digital resources can achieve improved learning outcomes and allow the teacher to better understand their students.

Level: 3
Age: 3 -5
Learn with Ollie is an exciting new series which aims to provide pre-primary children with the initial building blocks for future success in English. It focusses on early childhood development not only on a linguistic level, but also on social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills.

The content has been carefully planned and structured so that it promotes the development of essential skills in a fun and motivating way.

Throughout the course, children are presented with content and tasks that encourage them to steadily move from comprehension to production.

Level: 6
CEFR: A1 - A2
Age: 6 -11

COOL KIDS SECOND EDITION is a six level series for primary school children. It caters to different learning styles and encourages students’ participation, giving them opportunities to use the language in meaningful ways. It also fosters learner autonomy.

With Cool Kids SECOND EDITION, students will:

  •  learn and reinforce vocabulary using Cool Pictionary
  •  use everyday expressions included in the Cool Expressions section
  •  develop creative skills and consolidate learning through Cool Crafts
  •  develop reading skills through comics and non-fiction texts included in Cool Reading

Level: 4
Age: young adults

 SURE is a new 4-level course book by successful author team Martyn Hobbs and Julia Starr Keddle for today’s digitally native and globally aware students.

SURE presents appealing, contemporary themes integrated within a grammar syllabus aligned with the CEFR and Cambridge English (Key, Preliminary and First) and Trinity (ISE Foundation, I and II, and GESE) exams.

SURE is the result of extensive research carried out with students and teachers.

SURE is an effective tool for the classroom which also allows students to learn autonomously at home.
SURE guarantees a smooth and systematic start to each level thanks to its unique syllabus which revises previously learned language through a range of fresh new topics.

Level: 6
Age: adults

JETSTREAM is a brand new digital-age 6-level course for adult learners. Its carefully balanced pace and challenge offer a learning experience that is fun and motivating and which prepares students to use their English effectively in work and life.

  • Interesting contemporary topics to get students talking
  • Balanced syllabus to provide confidence
  • Video with dialogue karaoke for realistic speaking practice
  • Extra online content for individual or class use
  • Workbook with revision and practice, progress checks and writing skills development
  • Comprehensive and extensive support for both newly-qualified and experienced teachers – in print and online.

Vietnam News Agency Publishing House
CEFR: Pre A1 – Pre A2
Age: 6-11

Pictionary was developed with the aim of forming a solid English foundation for children. Pictionary allows children to practice more than 600 essential first English words categorized in 56 familiar themes, with vivid illustrations, precise Vietnamese definitions and interactive learning activities. In addition, meaningful readings, along with catchy songs and highly educational games greatly assist children in developing their confidence in using language.

Key features

  • Inspires young children to learn English actively
  • More than 600 essential vocabulary items are organized in 56 attractively illustrated themes guided by 3 fun characters Nick, Daisy and Sam the squirrel
  • Aligned with CYLET and MOET (Vocabulary & Structures)
  • Special themes of Math, Science, and Social Studies are exclusively featured to familiarize children with expressions commonly used in these subjects
  • A variety of fun activities and catchy songs activate children’s fine motor and cognitive skills
  • Meaningful readings reinforce children’s vocabulary retention, as well as instill in children the interest of reading in English
  • App offers opportunities for language revision and exam preparation
  • Practice tests get young children ready for Cambridge YLE (Starters and Movers) and MOET


CEFR: Pre A1 – Pre A2
Age: 6 - 11

 Readers for i-Learn Smart Start are great for the improvement of children’s reading ability in English. The stories are diverse and specially selected for the textbooks i-Learn Smart Start to support students in consolidating, complementing, and validating what they have learned in this textbooks.

Key features   

  • Intriguing topics
  • Vivid illustrations
  • Varied vocabulary and structures
  • Authentic language
  • Native speaker’s recording
  • Educational values
  • Personalization in communication


CERF: A1 - C2
Age: Adults

Reallyenglish is a language learning platform hosting many English courses with rich digital and print resources, ideal for e-learning, m-learning and blended learning. 

  • Blended learning - Our classroom materials complement the online lessons and include handouts, teachers' notes, and audio ­files
  • Deployment - Choose the most convenient registration method and customize your course passing requirements.
  • For partners - Inquire about our white labeling and co-branding solutions.
  • Study tracking and analysis - Monitor the progress of your students and export reports from our Training Management System
  • Learner support - Let our Coaches encourage your students and answer their questions, introducing them to the wealth of learning tips and topics in the Students' Forum


i-Learn Smart Start Fun English is a great way for children to learn English and have fun at the same time! Play games, sing songs and learn to speak, read, listen and write in English. Help your kids get the Smart Start they need in learning English!

Key Features
• Created by education experts for young learners
• For kids aged 5-11
• Learn 300+ English words and use them in a wide variety of contexts and situations
• More than 100 fun and engaging games
• 2 free themes = 12 exciting games
• Bright, attractive and colorful pictures
• Catchy songs to aid language retention
• Intuitive, child-friendly games – pick up and play!
• Use as a standalone resource or combine with the i-Learn Smart Start series of textbooks for a comprehensive approach to learning English


Start Time

7:30 am

Monday, April 9, 2018

Finish Time

12:00 pm

Friday, April 13, 2018


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