This paper was presented by Thy Tran during the first "Global Learn Asia Pacific" conference in Penang (Malaysia) - 19 June 2010.
Since 2006, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in Vietnam has required all the grades in high school to use new sets of textbooks in all subjects. In addition, the MOET also requires schools to “reasonably use ICT in every subject, avoid ICT abuse” (MOET, 2008, p.3) to improve the quality of education. Many workshops were organized to instruct teachers how to use the new textbooks and technology. In teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL), teachers have tried to shift from the traditional methodology to the progressive methodology, which emphasizes a communicative approach (MOET, 2008). However, teachers still have difficulties of how to teach English to meet the new trend. This paper provides three 10th grade lesson plans as examples of adopting the new textbook, Understanding by Design (UbD) framework and ICT with concept maps, spreadsheets and hypermedia to activate students in classrooms.