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The Languages Department of Holy Name University, in partnership with the Department of Linguistics of the University of the Philippines Diliman, implements the English Linguistic Project (ELP) by incorporating the College English Courses(CEC) Program into its General Education (GE) English Communication Skills Courses, effective in the second semester, SY 2010-2011.

The ELP started with the Certification Workshop for College English Course Phase I, last October 28-29, 2010. All English Language Teachers attended the Certification Workshop and were introduced to the relearning of English based on international media, findings of current linguistic and psycholinguistic research, coaching techniques to develop learner autonomy and automaticity as differentiated from traditional teaching techniques, instrumented team learning, content — and — learning integration, and quality management applied to foreign language teaching.

In his introduction during the two-day workshop, Dr. Jonathan Malicse, Professor of Linguistic, UP Diliman and ELP Coordinator, said: "English is a foreign language. Thus, despite near native proficiency, Filipino English Teachers must still refer to foreign texts and linguistically-trained native speakers for standards and trends. The Filipino variety of English, like other varieties of English that sprung where it is a second language, will continue to be heteronomous, i.e., subject to the influence of standards and trends in countries where English is the first language. The idea of codifying and teaching of Filipino variety of English is, therefore, a pedagogical fallacy."

In order to effect a paradigm shift particularly, shifting English varieties, from Pinoy English (PE) to International English (IE), the Certification Workshop aimed to:

  1. Update participants on forms and rules of International English, in contrast to Philippine English;
  2. Make participants keenly aware of the problematic differences between English and Philippine Languages; and
  3. Acquaint the participants with the various teaching-learning strategies of the College English Course (CEC) design.

To realize the objectives the two-day workshop was organized into four sessions:

Session 1.

Rationale for the workshop (by the convenor)
Presentation: Pinoy English as a Course of Languages Drift
Introduction to International English (IE) in contrast with Filipino English (PE)
Discussion of citation research and reference research as basic tools for self-improvement in the foreign language.
Speech Exercise — to make the participants more fully aware the contrast betweem FE and IE and become sensitive to the sounds of IE.

Session 2.

Feedback on Diagnostic Test results and explanatin of instrumented learning with the manual, workbook, and a recent collegiate dictionary; overview of the forms and rules of English
Discussion of CEC test analysis
Assignment of participants to teams.

Session 3.

Grammar Games(using Grammar Review Exercise of the Workbook)
Feedback on the Writing Exercise
Problem-solving exercises in English linguistics

Session 4.

Video: Discovering the Future—The Business of Paradigms Course design planning workshop.

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