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Course Description

This course focuses on skilling beginning teachers with ways to tackle the complex topic of the Vietnam War.

The course will deconstruct the content into manageable approaches and incorporate effective teaching and learning strategies to suit different learning abilities, presenting complex historical information in a variety of simple structured ways.

Learn more about targeting the most relevant resources to teach and program, improve your ability to assist students’ writing skills when addressing extended response questions and exam techniques.

Explore a variety of ways to teach higher-order thinking skills to students. The course will provide you with different ways to formally and informally assess students' learning.

conflict in indochina


- Beginning teachers

Existing teachers wanting a revivor course

Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities,

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs:   Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning,

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Hello, I am Lubna

    • Syllabus breakdown, outcomes and HOTs

    • Key Features and HSC Questions

    • Teaching Essentials and Tips for Visual Learning

  • 2

    SURVEY --- Conflict in Vietnam, 1954–1964

    • Survey - Decolonisation in Indochina

    • Conflict in Vietnam 1946–1954 AND the nature of Vietnamese victory against the French in 1954

    • The significance of the Geneva Conference for Indochina in 1954

  • 3

    FOCUS STUDY --- Conflict in Vietnam 1954 - 64

    • Focus Study - Overview

    • Political, social, economic and military developments within North and South Vietnam

    • The nature and development of US policy towards Indochina to 1964

    • Teach by Presidential themes

  • 4

    The Second Indochina War

    • Second Indochina War - Teaching Overview

    • US foreign policy towards Vietnam from 1964

    • The nature and effectiveness of the strategy and tactics employed by the North Vietnamese Army, the National Liberation Front, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and the USA

    • Participants feedback and questions, and teaching strategies

    • Impact of 1968 Tet

    • Impact of the war on civilians in Vietnam

    • The nature and significance of anti-war movements in the USA and Australia

    • The reasons for and the nature of the US withdrawal

    • The reasons for the Communist victory in Vietnam

  • 5

    The spread of the conflict into Cambodia and Laos

    • Historical and Teaching Overview

    • Impact of conflict on civilians in Cambodia and Laos

    • The reasons for the Communist victories in Cambodia and Laos

    • Democratic Kampuchea under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge: aims and impact of the regime, foreign policy

    • HSC questions - some thoughts

  • 6

    More teaching skills and assessment ideas

    • Note taking and summarising skills

    • Organising and Structuring Information

    • More teaching and learning

    • HSC Questions

  • 7

    Resources for you

    • Some readings for you..

  • 8

    You made it

    • Reflection

    • Thankyou

    • Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback.

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Lubna Haddad

Lubna Haddad

Lubna is an accredited History and Legal Studies teacher, and considers herself a curriculum and history nerd. She also founded Higher Learning in 2009, which partnered with TTA in 2023. Higher Learning offers high quality face to face professional development courses for teachers in NSW.
br> Lubna was Head of HSIE for ten years, and has marked the HSC and judged and marked the SC. She also presented at the HTAA’s annual conference on Nazi propaganda through film and Leni Riefenstahl.

Lubna has been creating and delivering Modern History courses since 2009, helping and supporting hundreds of teachers to improve their pedagogy, confidence in the classroom and ultimately, their students’ results. Her courses include Power and Authority, Civil Rights in the USA, Conflict in Indochina, Germany as the national study and Leni Riefenstahl. Most recently, she ran the booked-out workshop 'This is NOT Peel – Writing and Source Analysis in History'. Her courses are available online via TTA, and face to face through Higher Learning.

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