by Michelle Jeanne C. Caracut, OPI
MSU-IIT, Iligan City — Language and Literature teachers all over the country are encouraged to register for the National Conference-Workshop on Language and Literature on November 9-11, 2017. This is the first national conference-workshop hosted by the Department of English and will be held at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City.
“This is an opportunity for academicians, students, teachers and scholars to gather and discuss current issues on English language studies, especially in diverse context. It is exciting how we can problematize these issues and create frameworks for the answers,” said Dr. Nelia G. Balgoa, chairperson of the Department of English. “This will enable the Department to create a niche of its own in this particular build. We also look forward to build networks and collaborate with our counterparts from other parts of the country.”
Themed “Rethinking Literature and Languages: New Paradigms in the Teaching and Reading of the English Language/s”, the conference-workshop will focus on rethinking and reevaluating what texts to use in the teaching of literature and what language as a medium of instruction and expression proves more effective in a multicultural and multilingual classroom. It will also include discussions on the paradoxes and fractures of the country’s curricular innovations to institutions of higher learning.
The three-day workshop will feature speakers such as Dr. Jaime An Lim, Filipino poet, historian and storywriter; Dr. James Howard McLellan, a Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Brunei Darussalam; Dr. Steven Patrick C. Fernandez, director of the Culture and Arts Studies Center of the Institute; Dr. Aurelio P. Vilbar, Associate Professor of the University of the Philippines High School, Cebu; Dr. Rolando B. Tolentino, Professor at the College of Mass Communications, University of the Philippines-Diliman; and Dr. Melanie P. Estacio, Education Program Supervisor of Region XI. Workshops on Language and Literature, Language Testing and Assessment within the K-12 context, Language and Peace, and in Children’s Literature are included. Selected participants will also present their research papers on various topics in the conference.
The conference-workshop targets over 150 participants from across the Philippines. Interested participants can register online byfilling in the Google Form (http://bit.ly/2t6sk7x/). More information is available at the conference site https://ncwoll.com/.
About the Department of English
The Department of English of MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology is under the College of Arts and Social Sciences and offers a bachelor’s and master’s degree program in English Language Studies and a doctorate degree program in Language Studies. It also provides training services and workshops in developing communication skills and English proficiency. Since 2011, the department has extended to the local community through conducting trainings and workshops on teaching and reading language and literature, reading remediation, and reading towards the creation of theater.