MSU-IIT to host National Conference-Workshop on Language and Literature

MSU-IIT to host National Conference-Workshop on Language and Literature

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 ( More information is available at the conference site

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.

Topics : NCWOLL  national conference  language  literature  English

CASS conducts 3-day Teacher Training on Reading and Literature

CASS conducts 3-day Teacher Training on Reading and Literature

by Michelle Jeanne C. Caracut, OPI

To create an avenue wherein teachers could share experiences, learn from each other, inspire others with their best practices, and be empowered to create their own reading programs in their schools, the College of Arts and Social Sciences through the Department of English conducts a three-day training on reading and literature on February 17-19, 2017.

This training is a continuation of the extension programs of the English Department beginning 2010. It had three previous extension programs, namely: Reading Remediation Program at Echavez Elementary School, Reading Remediation Program in Iligan City North Central School, and Reading Towards the Creation of Theater: Enhanced Scaffolding Techniques in Increasing Reading Comprehension Level at Iligan City East High School. These extension programs were the department’s response to the call to take part in addressing the reading problems in the city.

It targets 65 elementary teachers from the North, South, East, West, and City Central Districts of Iligan who will receive lectures and trainings from resource persons coming from Davao City and MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology.

Resource persons are Dr. Melanie P. Estacio, Department of Education (DepEd) Region XI Language Program Supervisor; and Dr. Christine F. Godinez-Ortega, Literature Professor and OPI Acting Director of the Institute. Estacio talks on “Doable Frameworks to Address Pervasive Literacy Gaps” while Godinez-Ortega lectures on “The Teaching of the Literatures of Mindanao”.

Trainers in the parallel workshops for Teaching Reading are Dr. Jinky B. Firman, Elementary School Principal III of Doña Asuncion Hizon Elementary School, Bangoy District of Davao; Dr. Brenda B. Jacobo, Regional Education Program Supervisor II of the Field Technical Assistance Division; and Dr. Melanie P. Estacio. Trainer and facilitator for Teaching Literature using distillation is Prof. Amado C. Guinto, Jr., faculty of the Department of English.

Prof. Onnah Pierre P. Talle, the department’s Extension Committee Chair lays down the four objectives of the training: (1) to establish institutional linkages with the Department of Education-Iligan City Division; (2) to empower the teachers in the teaching of reading and literature; (3) to empower teachers to create reading programs in their institutions; and (4) to strengthen the capacity of MSU-IIT to deliver quality education.

Attending the three-day training are Dr. Angelina B. Buaron, DepEd’s Regional Language Supervisor, Region X; and officials of Iligan City’s DepEd, namely: Dr. Randolph B. Tortola, Schools Division Superintendent; Dr. Alicia E. Anghay, Chief Education Supervisor; and Dr. Henry B. Abueva, Education Program Supervisor I.

Topics : CASS  teacher  training  reading  literature  english

English Department holds current issues and trends in language, literature and cultural studies and a workshop on strategies for oral language skills and reading for children

English Department holds current issues and trends in language, literature and cultural studies and a workshop on strategies for oral language skills and reading for children

Faculty members of the Department of English of the College of Arts & Social Sciences (CASS) who had presented papers in international conferences in Manila, Quezon City, Cavite, Cebu, Japan, and in Indonesia in 2012-2013 will conduct echo presentations during plenary sessions along with the paper presentations of selected MAELS and AB English students in parallel sessions on March 14-15, 2014 at the CASSalida Theatre.

This activity co-hosted by the AB English Organization (ABEO PRIME) expects about 200 participants from the MSU main campus, MSU Naawan, other schools in Iligan City and in Ozamiz City.

Featured during the echo presentations with the titles of their papers are: Dr. Christine Godinez Ortega “Narrativizing the Legend of the Snake Woman into Short Fiction as Part of a Novel-in-Progress”; Prof. Venus R. Parmisana “Creating Discourse Space for Typhoon Victims Using Perlocutionary Acts in News Stories”; Dr. Faith O. Miguel “Developing Learning Autonomy and Self-Reliance through Metacognitive Strategies in Reading: Their Effects on Writing Competence”; Prof. Lynnie Ann P. de Ocampo “Linking Classroom Tasks and Test Tasks: Challenges Encountered by Pre-Service Teachers in a Pedagogical Shift”; Prof. Honeylet E. Dumoran “Reel Rendition: The Challenges and Prospects of Audiovisual Translation and Analysis in the Philippines;  Ms. Fatimah Joy S. Almarez “Images of Mindanaoans and the Literary Devices that Shape Them In Poems and Short Stories by Mindanaoan Writers”; Dr. Steven Patrick C. Fernandez “Why Establish a Cultural Studies Program?”; and, Mr. Amado C. Guinto, Jr. “Yeyeleng: A Morphological Analysis of Iligan Gay Talk.”

The English Department is also conducting “Making Words Come Alive: A Workshop on Strategies for Teaching Oral Language Skills and Reading of Children’s Stories” to 32 Grades 1 to 3 teachers of the Iligan City North Central School. This is part of the department’s Extension Program according to Prof. Jean Graciela E. Penola, Department Chair.CGO for OPI

Topics : english

English Department holds current issues and trends in language, literature and cultural studies and a workshop on strategies for oral language skills and reading for children

Language Research Approved

A research project that seeks to look at the morphological and syntactical aspects of five Philippine languages was approved on Feb. 12, 2014 by MSU-IIT upon the recommendation of the Institute Research & Extension Committee (IREC).

The research project entitled, “Ang Wikang Tagalog, Tausug, Maranao, Cebuano, and Chavacano sa Morpolohikal at Sintaktikal na Aspeto” will be undertaken by several Institute officials and faculty members from the College of Arts & Social Sciences (CASS).

Topics : english  research