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Annual Summer Conference 2012

The Philippine Association for Language Teaching (PALT) will be holding its Annual Summer Conference
in Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet on 3-5 May 2012. This summer’s conference theme is
“Managing Change” which highlights the major reforms that will be implemented in the educational system
beginning with the K-12 curriculum. Experienced speakers and experts are as follows:

· Mr. Alan Holst, Cultural Affairs Officer, US Embassy (“The Teacher as Change Manager”)
· Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela, Senior Specialist, SEAMEO Innotech (“Regional and Global Imperatives for National Curriculum”)
· Ms. Emily J. Khulman, US English Language Fellow (“Multilingualism and Higher Ed”)
· Dr. Ma. Lourdes Tayao, University of the Philippines Diliman (Ret.) (“Research in Basic Ed”)
· Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, Miriam College-High School (“Teaching English in Junior High School”)
· Dr. Eufracio C. Abaya, Jr., UP Diliman (“The Role of Culture in Early Literacy”)
· Dr. Rosario I. Alonzo, UP Diliman (“ Transitioning L2 Filipino/English”)
· Dr. Ma. Milagros Laurel, UP Diliman and Prof. Aurelio Vilbar, UP Cebu
(“Formulating Agenda for Materials Development and Research)

This convention aims to:
1. affirm the roles of Language Teachers as change managers in light of the
education reform initiatives that have bearing on the professional discipline of
language education;
2. explore potentials of indigenous materials and contexts in developing language
skills in one’s mother tongue and in the target language in the early years;
3. realize the need for teaching approaches that facilitate the transfer of language
skills from one’s mother tongue to the target language;
4. articulate implications of a standards-based view of language teaching in basic
education, higher education, and technical-vocational education; and
5. formulate a research agenda that will help monitor and evaluate the outcomes
of changes in language teaching brought about by state education reforms

We are offering subsidized conference fees as follows:
Live-in registrants: Php 4,500.00 (Food, kits, and with lodging)
Live-out registrant: Php 3,000.00 (Food and kits only)

Attached are the CHED Memorandum and the official invite. We
hope we can be together in this professional gathering of scholars and seasoned
practitioners in the field of language teaching.

PALT Summer Convention 2012 Invites

 

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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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