28th ACELT Bi-annual Conference


Posted by: tasyo 

Date: 2011-07-25

28TH ACELT Bi-Annual Conference

"Teaching The Classics"

07 September 2002

Conference Hall, Social Development Complex

Ateneo de Manila University,

Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Philippines



The novelist, Italo Calvino, says “it is no use reading classics out of a sense of duty or respect, we should only read them for love.” Yet, at a time when young people are passing over the pleasures of reading a book for hours before an electronic monitor, how does one convince students that classic literature is still relevant or even palatable? How do teachers communicate the nobility of Shakespearean heroes and heroines, the drama of Homer’s Odyssey, the pathos of Steinbeck’s characters, or the insight in a Japanese haiku?

In this conference, teachers and lovers of literature are invited to share in a discussion of how the classics can be taught in a way that today’s students may discover, find resonance in and learn to love the stories and the timeless spirit they continue to bring.






7:30     Registration

8:30     Opening Ceremonies

9:00     Plenary SESSION A

            Keynote Address: Eduardo Calasanz, Jr.

            Ateneo de Manila University

9:30     Snack Break

10:00   Panel Presentations

11:30   Open Forum




12:00    Lunch

1:00     Plenary Session B

            Keynote Address: Judy Celine Ick

            University of the Philippines

1:30     Panel Presentations

2:30     Snack Break

3:30     Open Forum

4:00     Closing Ceremonies

4:30     Distribution of Certificate



    •    Dramatic reading of "The Iliad"

    •    Haiku poetry reading

    •    Video excerpts from Tanghalang Ateneo's "Merchant of Venice"




The Breakthrough of the Classic

Eduardo Calasanz, Jr.,

Department of Philosophy

Ateneo de Manila University

“A classic breaks through the barriers of space and time and makes us more aware of these barriers. That is why it is both timeless and timely . . . The classic expresses the human because being-human is a perennial ‘breaking through’."


Not Your Mother’s Shakespeare: Teaching the Classics Today

Judy Celine Ick,

Department of English

University of the Philippines

“Once classics are understood not as repositories of past wisdoms but as active shapers of present knowledges, they become more meaningful and alive for our students and ourselves.”




Plenary Session A


Text, Context, and Experience in Teaching the Epic

Rica Bolipata-Santos, Ateneo de Manila University

Using the triangle of text-context-experience for a fuller understanding of the ancient Greek epics, “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” -- their poetic form, their unique historical and social contexts, and their relevance to students' experiences


Women in Tragedies: From Back Door to Center Stage

Margarita Orendain,

Ateneo de Manila University

Offering strategies and strong readings as ways by which Sophocles’ “Antigone” may find its way back into the syllabus of survey courses in literature


Haiku for Health and Beauty

John Labella, Ateneo de Manila University

A discussion on the spiritual functions of the poetic form – or, the beautiful, sobering uses of haiku in a chaotic, crazy world


Plenary Session B


Key Instructional Strategies for Engaging the Adolescent Learner

Esperanza Chee Kee,

Ateneo de Manila

Engaging the adolescent reader with tasks that are based on textual evidence and that will help eliminate students’ "bola" tactics.  Strategies will focus on Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" but can also be adapted to any fictional material.


Waiting for a Response to Godot

Bernard Julian Patiño,

Ateneo de Manila University

Applying reader response theories to equip students with critical tools to make literature accessible and fulfilling. These tools will be applied to helping students understand the redundancies and overall absurdities of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot.”


A Critical Approach to Teaching the Classics

Ron Darvin, Ateneo de Manila University

Examining how great literary works become labeled as “classic” by people from specific backgrounds and historical periods and realizing that what we valorize as “universal” is always historically and culturally specific



Fees (inclusive of lunch, 2 snacks, kit & handouts, certificate):

§ P1,100 on site

§ P900 early registration


A minimum downpayment of 50% must be submitted to the ACELT Office, Rm. 202, Kostka Hall, Ateneo Campus — behind the administration building — on or before Monday, August 26.
Phoned-in reservations will only be confirmed upon receipt of pre-payment.
Registration cancellations received before August 26 will incur a 50% cancellation charge. After this date, prepaid registration fees will no longer be refundable.


For more information, contact:
VICKY CALDERON at telefax no. 426 4322 or trunkline no. 426 6001 ext. 5315
Email address: acelt@admu.edu.ph
Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT)