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Mai Trang Vu

Educational qualifications: Recognised university teacher



Works at

Associate professor at Department of Language Studies Units: English
A, Humanisthuset, korridor HUM.K.2 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

My research lies in the intersections of teacher education, sociology of education, and applied linguistics.

My PhD thesis, Logics and Politics of Professionalism: The case of university English language teachers in Vietnam, 2017, Umeå University, Department of Language Studies and School of Education, explores the dynamics between teacher professionalism, teacher knowledge, and higher education policies and practices.
My current research topics also include critical pedagogy, inclusive education, gender, and internationalisation.

Research areas: Teacher professionalism, Teacher professional development, Teacher knowledge, Teacher agency, Critical pedagogy, The multilingual classroom, Education policy
PhD (2017): Department of Language Studies and School of Education, Umeå University, Sweden
MA English Language Teaching (2004): School of English and School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK
BA English Studies (2001): College of Foreign Languages, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam

Reviewer/Member of Editorial Review Board of several international journals in the field


International Perspectives on Critical English Language Teacher Education: Theory and Practice
Vu, Mai Trang
Pedagogy, Culture & Society, Routledge 2023, Vol. 31, (3) : 477-497
Vu, Mai Trang; Pham, Thi Thanh Thuy
RELC Journal A Journal of Language Teaching and Research in Southeast Asia, Sage Publications 2021, Vol. 52, (3) : 574-587
Vu, Mai Trang
Quality in Higher Education, Taylor & Francis Group 2019, Vol. 25, (3) : 324-339
Vu, Mai Trang
Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, Vol. 11, (1)
Vu, Mai Trang; Olsson, Magnus
European Educational Research Association (EERA) 2019
Vu, Mai Trang; Sandström, Karyn
English language teacher preparation in Asia: policy, research and practice, London: Routledge 2018 : 261-277
Vu, Mai Trang
Universitetspedagogiska konferensen 2017: undervisning i praktiken – föreläsning, flexibelt eller mitt emellan?, Umeå: Universitetspedagogik och lärandestöd (UPL), Umeå universitet 2017 : 54-55
Bindler, Annika; Vu, Mai Trang; Olsson, Magnus
Doktorsavhandlingar i pedagogiskt arbete, 73
Vu, Mai Trang
‘Teacher Education from a Global Perspective’, Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) network, University of Malta, 19-21 May 2016
Vu, Mai Trang
European Educational Research Association (EERA): 2016
Vu, Mai Trang
Critical inquiry In Language Studies, Taylor & Francis Group 2016, Vol. 13, (2) : 132-156
Vu, Mai Trang
Språkdidaktik: researching language teaching and learning, Umeå: Department of Language Studies, Umeå University 2015 : 43-60
Deutschmann, Mats; Vu, Mai Trang
Transitions in Teacher Education and Professional Identities, Brussels, Belgium: ATEE - Association for Teacher Education in Europe 2015 : 483-492
Vu, Mai Trang
The Journal of Asia TEFL, Asia TEFL org. 2014, Vol. 11, (4) : 89-108
Vu, Mai Trang; Pham, Thi Thanh Thuy
British Council “Teacher Competency Frameworks: Developing Excellence in Teaching” Conference, Kuala Lumpur, February 26–27, 2013
Vu, Mai Trang; O'Rourke, John
The Teacher Trainer Journal, Vol. 26, (2) : 7-8
Vu, Mai Trang
New Directions: assessment and evaluation: a collection of papers, London: British Council 2011 : 121-128
Vu, Mai Trang

English Language Teacher Education

Meriterad lärare, Umeå University, appointed Autumn term 2022

Selected Teacher Education projects I have been involved in:

.      Council of Europe ECML Building blocks for planning language-sensitive teacher education

·      EU Project All means All on Inclusive Education

·      Vietnam Ministry of Education (with Pearson). English Textbooks for Lower Secondary Education (Grades 6-9), New series, 2011-2016

.     US Department of State, US Government International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), 2012

·      Vietnam Ministry of Education. Vietnam English Language Teacher Competency Framework, 2009-2012

.      National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning. International Textbook reviewer. 'Our World' textbook series, 2012

·      Vietnam Ministry of Education. National Curriculum Framework for Secondary English Teacher Education, 2011-2012

·      British Council. Young Learners English Teaching. East Asia. 2009-2012

·      Temasek Foundation & National University of Singapore. Teacher Education Materials development, ASEAN countries, 2009-2010