The use of computer-assisted language teaching, particularly on mobile devices, has enabled students to be more interactive and creative in their study of English, education experts said at a recent conference in Ho Chi Minh City.

Web-based and mobile technologies in English-language teaching are helping students become more proficient in the language, said Doan Kim Khoa, a lecturer at HCM City University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology.

Khoa spoke at the annual Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) conference, annually organised by Vietnam-USA Society English Centres (VUS).
More than 2,000 English-language teachers, including those from Thailand , the Philippines and Cambodia , attended the event.

Also speaking at the conference, Clyde Fowle, a manager of product development and teacher training for East Asia-based Macmillan Education, said that more and more learners of English in Vietnam were taking international exams, such as Cambridge English's First Certificate in English and International English Language Testing System.

David Persey, a training specialist at National Geographic Learning, said that super-realistic images in photos and videos also contribute to better learning. These images help children visualise what they actually see on a trip, at home or on TV, he said.

However, traditional teaching has often discouraged children from using their creativity in the classroom, he added.

At the conference, Sadie Maddocks, a Southeast Asia product manager at Oxford University Press, spoke about the benefits of digital story-telling.

Stories help children make sense of the world around them and share that understanding with others, she said.

Many new web tools allow teachers to use digital stories as a means of enabling young learners to collaborate, communicate and connect in an engaging and motivating way, she added.-VNA