25th ACELT Bi-annual Conference

 

Posted by: tasyo 

Date: 2011-07-25

25TH ACELT Bi-Annual Conference
"Reading for Critical Thinking"
02 September 2000
ISO Complex, Ateneo de Manila University

CONFERENCE ABSTRACT

In this age of Information Technology where knowledge is readily available at the click of a computer icon or the punch of a button, students have long begun to shun the printed page. Teachers then lament that their students do not read enough or are reading the 'wrong' things. Undoubtedly, we teachers need to rethink constantly our approaches to teaching reading.

This conference aims to bring together teachers from all levels - elementary, secondary, and tertiary - to consider sound principles in and creative approaches to developing reading comprehension. These approaches shall highlight the skills needed by students to acquire not only basic interest in reading but also a discriminating and critical eye for encountering various texts today.

PARALLEL WORKSHOPS

For Tertiary Level

WORKSHOP A -- CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS AS A READING FRAMEWORK
Facilitators: Carolina A. Nuñez and Priscilla Tan
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Schools

Because language always involves selection, there can be no real objectivity in a text. Readers need to be made aware, then, of the ways in which writers (re)present and interpret their subjects from a particular "ideological" perspective. In this way, they can learn to read both what is said and what is not said. To discover how this happens, this workshop will engage participants in an examination of newspaper material through the use of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as a framework for reading.

WORKSHOP B -- WOMEN'S VOICES IN THEIR TIME
Facilitators: Cynthia N. Lumbera and Caroline Pile
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Schools

The introduction of the English language to Philippine culture brought about a new discourse of power in society. Education became a tool for social mobility. The language also gave new voice to women who went to schools. Since then, there has been a tradition of Filipino women writing in English. Just how much we can glean from these voices of their time is the subject of the historical-cultural approaches to reading literature. This workshop pays particular attention to the feminist poetry of Filipino women writers in English.

For Secondary Level

WORKSHOP C -- CRITICAL QUESTIONING FOR CRITICAL READING
Facilitators: Paulina Santos and Socorro Perez
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Schools

The kind of reading that teachers expect from students involves not only understanding but interpretation, that is, reacting to a text and the meaning it communicates. But what goes on in students' minds while they read? How do they interpret the language of, for example, a literary text? Knowing these cognitive processes can help teachers formulate better questions which, in turn, help students better prepare for the reading task. This workshop provides some linguistic principles and practical guidelines that will equip teachers with a sound basis for formulating such questions. After all, if questions make students think, then critical questions make students think critically.

WORKSHOP D -- READING, RESPONDING AND REFLECTING: DEVELOPING CRITICAL SKILLS FROM THE READING-WRITING CONNECTION
Facilitators: Esperanza J. Chee Kee and Frederick Tomas
Ateneo de Manila High School

Readers are not mere passive receptacles of writers' ideas but active meaning-makers when they transact with a text. Unfortunately in the English classroom, it is often difficult to see how we can turn passive readers into active ones. This workshop aims to introduce ways to help teachers create opportunities to (a) make students become aware of how their previous knowledge and experiences can be brought to bear on a text, and (b) adjust or adapt their thinking and reading strategies to suit the text at hand. These, we hope, will put an end to students' view of English class as a game of 'Guess what the teacher's thinking!'.

For Elementary Level

DEVELOPING THE LOVE FOR READING IN YOUNG LEARNERS
Facilitators: Rowena Andrada and Elizabeth Bermio
Ateneo de Manila Grade School

Fairy tales, Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter. The love for reading can and must be developed in young children, and it usually begins with the right book. This workshop shows teachers some guidelines for choosing the appropriate titles for children of different age levels. Then it demonstrates some principles in formulating discussion questions that can deepen this appreciation for both the content and language of a story. Finally, teachers are guided through a lesson planning exercise where they can discover how to bring these skills home to their classrooms.

PROGRAM

AM   
7:30 - 8:30    Registration
8:30 - 9:00     Opening Ceremonies
9:00 - 9:30     KEYNOTE ADDRESS Conrado de Quiros Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer
9:30 - 10:00     Awarding Ceremony to Honor Fr. Joseph A. Galdon, S.J., Founder of ACELT
10:00 - 10:30     Snacks
10:30 - 12:00     Parallel Workshops A, B, C, D, E; Session 1

PM   
12:00 - 1:00     Lunch
1:00 - 2:30     Parallel Workshops A, B, C, D, E; Session 2
2:30 - 3:00     Snacks
3:00 - 4:00     Parallel Workshops A, B, C, D, E; Session 3
4:00 - 5:00     Plenary Session; Distribution of Certificates

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Fees:
§ P900 including lunch, two snacks, handouts, and certificate
§ P800 for early registration, to be paid in half at least a week before September 2nd.

Limited to 120 participants only. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
Workshop choice will be on a first come-first served basis. Facilitators welcome teachers from any level in their workshops; however, their content and activities carry a bias for the particular level indicated in the description.

For more information, contact:
VICKY CALDERON at telefax no. 426 4322 and trunkline no. 426 6001 ext. 5315