Doctoral student presents research to Aussie forum

Last updated 12:00 03/12/2013

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A Palmerston North-based doctoral student is on stage in Australia today presenting his findings on international teachings.

Massey University senior doctoral student Huan Nguyen is presenting his research study to the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference in Adelaide this week. Mr Nguyen, a senior lecturer at the Centre for Foreign Languages at Cantho University, Vietnam, has been studying fulltime towards his PhD in Education at Massey University since February 2010.

His research topic is on higher education in Vietnam, the government's priorities and beliefs about learning in English for specific teaching purposes in Vietnam.

Mr Nguyen said there was demand for "active learning" in higher education in Vietnam, but teaching styles at universities were primarily based on lecturing.

To meet the Vietnamese Government's goals of reforming teaching and learning in higher education, lecturers needed to change their instructional strategies, he said.

Institute of Education director associate professor Sally Hansen said Mr Nguyen had worked hard to get to this stage of his research and discuss his findings with other international colleagues before he would return to his fulltime academic position in Vietnam.

"Doctoral journeys are always challenging but when you come from another country and English is not your first language the stakes are increased substantially," Dr Hansen said.

"Huan has always accepted these high-level challenges with positive determination and has made remarkable progress."

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- Manawatu Standard


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