SEAQIL Goes to Manila, the Philippines

After Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam, SEAMEO QITEP in Language (the Centre) visited Manila, the Philippines to conduct one of its leading programme, SEAQIL Goes to Schools: Workshop on the Compilation of Language Teaching Techniques. The activity was possible to be conducted on 25-30 June 2018 thanks to the Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philippines who has helped the Centre organising it. Long before the workshop day, the Centre and DepEd team had been closely working together, including on 25 June 2018 when the two parties had brief coordination meeting, to prepare the workshop.

In the morning of 26 June 2018, Undersecretary Tonisito M. C. Umali, Esq from Department of Education of the Philippines, who is also the Centre’s Governing Board Member for the Philippines, gave welcome remarks during the Opening Ceremony. Also in attendance was Dr Ramon C. Bacani, Director of SEAMEO INNOTECH.

Photo 1: Undersecretary Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq gives welcome remarks in the opening ceremony

Photo 1: Undersecretary Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq gives welcome remarks in the opening ceremony

Photo 2: The participants and resource persons take pictures after the opening ceremony

Photo 2: The participants and resource persons take pictures after the opening ceremony

Undersecretary Lorna Dig Dino from Department of Education of the Philippines also visited the workshop and gave message to the language teachers. There were 33 language teachers participated in the workshop which consist of teachers of Chinese, English, Filipino, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

The activity aims to encourage teachers to share their language teaching techniques which will eventually be compiled and published in form of a book entitled “Compilation of Language Teaching Techniques from Teachers of Southeast Asia”. To assist teachers to share their teaching techniques, the DepEd invited experts on foreign language and education, namely Dr Milagros Laurel and Dr Elsie Marie Or (University of the Philippines) as well as Dr Yolanda Gonzales (Tarlac National High School). Furthermore, the Centre’s personnel (Dr Bambang Indriyanto, Dr Sumharmoko and Ms Limala Ratni Sri Kharismawati) were also assigned as resource persons.

During the workshop, the teachers were asked to share their language teaching techniques to their fellow participants and resource persons. They did individual as well as group assignments based on their respective languages. By the end of the activity, all language teachers were able to submit their instruments and presented their group works.

Photo 3: French group presents their language teaching techniques

Photo 3: French group presents their language teaching techniques

The activity was then officially closed by Ms Margarita Consolacion C. Ballesteros (Director of International Cooperation Office, DepEd). For the near future, the Centre will visit Malaysia on the second semester of 2018. The compilation book itself is set to be published by 2021.

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