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Vu Tran Thanh

Research Student

Research Student in the School of Education



Vu Tran-Thanh is an ESRC-funded doctoral student at the School of Education, Durham University. Prior to his studies, he worked for seven years as a high school ESOL teacher and two years as a teacher trainer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vu founded and runs a professional learning community called TESOL Research Collaboration Network, which gathers and supports early career researchers in language education in Vietnam. This group has organised multiple professional development activities for both practising ESOL teachers and researchers in Vietnam for the last two years.

Vu mainly explores language teacher education and queer inclusivity in the language classroom. He has presented at different international conferences and published in some peer-reviewed journals. Besides, Vu has served as a reviewer for a number of conferences and journals in his field, such as Reflective Practice, VietTESOL Convention, TESOL International Convention & Expo etc.

For his doctoral project, Vu investigates the construction of LGBTQ+ language teachers' professional identities as they include queer-related materials into their classrooms. He believes that queer teachers are being unintentionally discriminated against by not sufficiently being considered as professionals. 

Research interests

  • language education
  • queer theory
  • teacher education


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