Tan Huynh, Vientiane International School
Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom
) is a secondary English teacher specializing in English language acquisition. Tan is currently at Vientiane International School, an IB World School, in Vientiane, Laos. In August 2018, he will be moving to Ho Chi Minh City where he will be joining the elementary school at Saigon South International School. He blogs at EmpoweringELLs.com
in order to share research-based strategies that help all educators become teachers of language. His work has been featured on Larry Ferlazzo’s Education Week blog and in Globally Informed. Tan has also provided professional development training at such places as the American School of Milan and Teach for America-Atlanta Office. He has also presented workshops at conferences specifically for international schools, such as ECIS MLIE, EARCOS, and ELLSA. Additionally, Tan is the co-founder of #ellchat_bkclub, which offers EAL teachers a community to read and talk about EAL-related books. Tan also co-founded #VirtuEL, a virtual conference for EAL teachers to learn from leading experts in the field. Tan is currently developing online courses related to EAL instruction so that more teachers can learn remotely.
Tan loves meeting new colleagues. Please find the time to introduce yourself and have a chat with him while at ACAMIS, or send him a tweet to start the conversation.
Keynote: Shifts Happen: Embracing Changes that Empower English Learners
The ESL classes that I was placed in when I first arrived in the U.S in the 1980s look quite different than those many ELs have now. This keynote address will discuss the different shifts in EAL instruction in past 30 years, from pull-out to sheltered instruction, from self-contained to co-teaching, from low-challenge work to high-support learning, and, most importantly, from the “can’t do” to “can do” mindset. Participants will learn how to design instruction that honors the shift towards more inclusive instruction.