27th ACELT Bi-annual Conference


Posted by: tasyo 

Date: 2011-07-25

27TH ACELT Bi-Annual Conference
"Critical Reading: Implications For Materials Developent And Assessment"
09 February 2002
ISO Complex, Ateneo de Manila University



In her plenary Gill will discuss the relationship between what goes on in the language classroom and the language testing batteries against which language performance is measured. Her paper examines definitions of what characterizes a communicative approach to language testing of the four skills and how the principles of CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) can be applied to the writing of good test items.

In her workshop session, Gill will work with teachers to give them a better understanding of how to evaluate how well test items meet communicative language testing criteria. She will also focus in on an analysis of items to test reading and will look at the advantages and disadvantages of using selected or constructed item types to test the reading skill.


The first step that teachers should take in teaching critical reading strategies is to get their students to focus on meaning. While this sounds simple enough, the task is complicated by the fact that meaning is seldom fixed. Finding meaning in a text is simultaneously a process of interpretation (done by the individual) and negotiation (when the individual shares his/her understanding with others). Since a reader’s interpretation reflects one's own unique, creative response to a text, readers are involved in a process of "making meaning"--- analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating their interpretations to a text. As they share their interpretations of the text with others, the group as a whole is involved in the same processes, but with special emphasis being placed on evaluating since all interpretations must be supported by the text or outside information relevant to the text.

The workshop portion of this presentation will utilize poetry and prose (both creative and journalistic) to illustrate different strategies teachers can use to help their students read (and think) critically.


Critical reading is one, if not the most important, skill that we need to address today in the education of the youth. In the Philippines, where English is a vital language of communication, attending to the needs of our students for critical reading in English is even doubly important. This conference aims to respond to the nationwide call to help teachers become aware of principles of critical reading and develop strategies to translate these principles into effective classroom teaching practice. The emphasis in this conference is (a) the development of materials that will enhance reading skills and (b) the development of testing strategies for reading.

This conference has two plenary sessions; each followed by workshops facilitated by the plenary speakers and joined in by all participants. The morning plenary, focused on developing materials for reading, is by Dr. Thomas Kral who is an American ELT specialist and currently Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Manila. The afternoon plenary, focused on communicative language testing with implications for the teaching of reading, is by Gill Westaway who is a British ELT testing expert and currently the new Director of the British Council in Manila.


7:30     Registration
8:30     Opening Ceremonies: National Anthem, Invocation, Opening Remarks
8:45     Plenary A: "Developing Materials to Enhance Critical Reading"
9:15     Workshop Round 1.A: Materials Development
10:15     Snack
10:30     Workshop Round 2.A: Materials Development

12:00     Plenary Wrap Up
12:30     Lunch
1:30     Plenary B: “Communicative Language Testing: Implications for the Teaching of Reading"
2:00     Workshop Round 1.B: Testing
3:00     Snack
3:15     Workshop Round 2.B: Testing
4:15     Plenary Wrap Up
4:45     Closing Ceremonies, Distribution of Certificate


Fees (inclusive of lunch, 2 snacks, kit & handouts, certificate):
§ P900 on site
§ P800 early registration, to be paid on or before 26 January 2002
Please pay at the ACELT Office, Rm K202, Kostka Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines

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)


THOMAS KRAL is the Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. He holds a PhD in Education with a focus on Language and Policy Studies from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He was the Regional English Language Officer for East Asia, based in Manila from 1984-88. He has been the U.S. Embassy English language specialist in Turkey, Russia, and Thailand and the Associate Peace Corps Director for EFL in Afghanistan. He was the Editor-in-Chief of "The English Teaching Forum" from 1993-96.

GILLIAN WESTAWAY is the Director of the British Council in Manila. She holds an MA in Language and Literature in Education and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) both from the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. Her most recent post before coming to Manila was in British Council, Indonesia where she was Manager for English Language and Arts. She has worked on projects in the various ELT fields, among which is testing and evaluation. In the latter, she has been involved in developing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which is partly managed by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.