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Teachers become students


By Robbie Pangilinan

 
 

At the Diliman Preparatory School (DPS), one of the country’s leading educational institutions, the teachers also become students to learn more about their craft and to be updated on developments and innovations in the field of education.

The faculty had a two-day Development Workshop sponsored by Epip Academy International on May 19 and 30 at the DPS auditorium. The seminar covered topics related to teaching and learning, and communication skills.

The teachers were given an update on Pedagogical Trends and Perspectives to set the tone for their learning. They learned “The Different Ways of Being Smart: Multiple Intelligence and Why it Matters,” which is becoming popular these days due to the acknowledgment of children’s differences. Armed with this knowledge, the teachers also underwent training in “Creative Learning in the Classroom” to suit the different needs of the learners.

Language Arts was given emphasis in the two-part workshop titled “Integration of the Language Arts and Teacher Training: An Examination of Speech Communication Instruction in English Classrooms.”

DPS has partnered with the Edulynx English Proficiency Intervention Program (ePIP) to address the rising concern about English in the country. ePIP is an intervention program that allows English learners to individually and interactively learn through an interactive, online, multi-sensory program that is fun and easy to use. ePIP is the only language learning technology in the market that provides complete curriculum and content-based training that can be applied to any number of classes, students, and levels. It provides an educational platform that can be accessed by students both at home and in school, giving them maximum exposure to correct English wherever they are.

Former Senator Nikki Coseteng, DPS President, says that being proficient in a language other than one’s own results in better performance in school, at work and even among social relations and events. She adds that most educational materials are written in English and proficiency in English gives students a big advantage in research, comprehension and expressing oneself.

Further, in the Philippine educational system, the five main subject areas taught are English, Science and Health (both taught in English), Makabayan with its components Technology and Livelihood Education, PE, Music and Arts, and History and Geography, all of which have English as their subject matter. Math is taught bilingually, but the subject matter is also in English. Pilipino is the only subject purely taught in the vernacular.

“We must make sure that our children are competitively proficient,” says Raymund Ang, ePIP president.

Coseteng said that because of ePIP, DPS students have become more confident, have overcome their shyness and inferiority complex, are now able to communicate effectively and have higher comprehension levels. Their vocabulary has been enhanced, enabling them to argue a point and ask questions, thereby increasing class participation.

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Rediscovering English


by Robbie Pangilinan
 
 

The Philippines was once considered the third largest English-speaking country in the world.

However, a recent US state department report in 2007 revealed that English language proficiency is declining in the country so we need to “restore the comparative advantages it once enjoyed to attract more investors and to support higher growth.”

Diliman Preparatory School (DPS), one of the country’s leading learning institutions today, knows and understands this too well. English is the primary language of focus in DPS and the school wants to achieve an international standard level of proficiency in the English language in the future.

Former Senator Nikki Coseteng, DPS president, says that being proficient in a language in school, at work and even among social relations and events have advantages. She adds that most educational materials are written in English and proficiency in English gives students a big advantage in research, comprehension and expressing oneself.

“We must make sure that our children are competitively proficient,” says Raymond Ang, president of the Edulynx English Proficiency Intervention Program (ePIP).

DPS has partnered with Edulynx ePIP to address this rising concern about English in the country. ePIP is an intervention program that allows English learners to individually and interactively learn through an interactive, online, multi-sensory program that is fun and easy to use. ePIP is the only language learning technology in the market that provides complete curriculum and content-based training that can be applied to any number of classes, students, and levels. It provides an educational platform that can be accessed by students both at home and in school, giving them maximum exposure to correct English wherever they are.

Coseteng said that because of ePIP, DPS students have become more confident, have overcome their shyness and inferiority complex, are now able to communicate effectively and have higher comprehension levels. Their vocabulary has been enhanced, enabling them to argue a point and ask questions, thereby increasing class participation.

“The best thing about ePIP is its ability to fit into any learning situation. Whether it is for individual home use, or for a school of thousands, ePIP is able to provide the necessary learning platform for learners to improve their language skills,” Ang proudly says.

“A new interface, no log-in delays, a bigger content library, and possibly a web-based application that allows users to access ePIP directly from the internet without the need for downloading or installation on your PC are some developments being undertaken from the technology side that are intended to make ePIP as easy to access and to use for students, whether in school or in the comfort of their homes,” Ang reveals.

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