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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching



Discourse Analysis

and Language Teaching

by noted scholar Dr. Teun van Dijk


a continuing professional development

symposium-workshop for language teachers


8:30 am – 4:00 pm, December 13, 2011

CHED Auditorium, Higher Education Development Center

C.P. Garcia Street, University of the Philippines

Diliman, Quezon City


Teun A. van Dijk was professor of Discourse Studies at the University of Amsterdam until 2004. Since 1999 he is a visiting professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. His work in the 1980s focused on two major areas, viz., the study of the structures, production and comprehension of news reports in the press, and the analysis of the expression of ethnic prejudices in various types of discourse (textbooks, news reports, conversations, parliamentary discourse, corporate discourse), with special emphasis on the relations between discourse structures, (prejudiced) social cognitions about ethnic minority groups and Third World peoples, and the ways “elite racism” is reproduced in (Western) societies. At the symposium-workshop, he will share his knowledge on discourse analysis as it applies to language teaching. Discourse-based teaching demonstrations will follow his talk.


Email for inquiries

and reservation of slots. Registration costs Php 1,200.

Only 150 people will be accommodated.


About The Philippine Association for Language Teaching, Inc. (PALT)

History Founding the Association The Philippine Association for Language Teaching, Inc. (PALT) is the oldest professional organization of language teachers in the country. It was founded in 1960 by a group of professional language educators headed by Prof. Aurora L. Samonte. Since then the College of Education of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City has been its base. Goals The association primarily devotes itself to the promotion of excellence in language teaching, language education research, and professional development. It does not only concern itself with the teaching of English but also with the teaching of Filipino, local languages, and for some time, foreign languages such as Spanish. Activities PALT holds annual conventions on language teaching that showcase the expertise of the members of the national executive board of officers, its members, and invited scholars here and abroad. In 2001, PALT held its first international conference. It also holds midyear seminar workshops. In its effort to establish scholarship in language education, PALT gives financial assistance to its members through its Thesis/Dissertation Awards and the Research Grant. Current Status At present, PALT is one of the newest country affiliates of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) . PALT was installed as the newest country affiliate of the Pan-Asian Consortium for Language Teaching (PAC) on January 25-27, 2007. PAC members are: English Teachers' Association - Republic Of China, Korea Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Thai Teachers of English to Speakers Of Other Languages, The Far Eastern English Language Teacher' Association of Russia, and The Japan Association for Language Teaching. It also established a stronger linkage with the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association on June 8, 2007.


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