Teaching and Innovation in Language Education: 2013 Pan-Asian Conference in Dec 5-7, 2013, in Cebu City

Stephen Krashen

Stephen Krashen

Huw Jarvis

Huw Jarvis

The UNESCO’s Millennium Goal Education for All which seeks to eradicate illiteracy, if viewed in the context of today’s Globalization and Information Communication Technology (ICT) age, point to the need for one to be multi-lingual – literate in at least three languages: his own tribal language for a sense of identity as a member of his tribe, his country’s national language for unity with his countrymen, and English, today’s global language for modernity.  Moreover in the ICT age, literacy is now expanded to encompass digital literacy which calls for the use of technological tools to send and search for information in the internet and communicate with others online in cyberspace.

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

The 21st Century skills that schools are tasked to develop include among other things creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, decision making and learning in order to develop learner autonomy; collaboration and communication to enable one to work harmoniously with others; Information and Communication Technology to develop ICT literacy; and citizenship, life and career, personal and social responsibility to enable one to live in the present technological age.

With the Millennium Goal of Education in mind and the 21st Century skills needed to attain that goal, the Philippine Association of Language Teaching (PALT) Inc. sees the need to examine the innovative means taken to meet the demands of those thrusts.

As such it has chosen Tradition and Innovation in Language Education as its theme for the 2013 Pan-Asian Conference.

Conference Topics

  • Mother tongue-based multi-lingual education                    (MTB-MLE) in the K-12 curriculum
  • World Englishes
  • Translation
  • Use of multi-media, multi-level and multi-text types to develop functional literacy
  • Multi-tasks and strategy training for learner autonomy
  • Interactive and collaborative tasks to develop oral communication skills
  • Face-to-face and online computer-assisted language learning
  • Extrospective and introspective measures to evaluate language proficiency
  • Top-down discourse approach to develop reading and writing skills
  • Shifting from the traditional goal-centered  input-based education (IBE) approach to  the learner-centered outcome-based education (OBE) in designing language plans and programs
  • Language education policies in multi-lingual societies
  • Classroom and action research
  • Innovative language teacher education programs

Featured Speakers

Stephen Krashen (University of Southern California, USA)
Language acquisition scholar

Huw Jarvis (University of Salford, UK)
Language teaching and learning expert

Kevin Cleary (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan)
Language teacher development leader

and other scholars from Africa, Asia, and North America

Participation Details 

Early Registration: US$ 120 on or before 1 October 2013

Regular Registration: US$ 150

Registration fee covers meals and materials only.

To register, send an email expressing interest to participate to pac.palt2013@gmail.com. Visit www.paltpilipinas.org for other details.


For other inquiries, please e-mail digicastillo@yahoo.com

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