About the Conference
The conference will be an avenue for bringing together scholars, writers, language teachers, researchers and other practitioners from around the world to discuss issues related to the role of Filipino as a global language. Participants can be teachers, researchers, program administrators/ coordinators, writers, students, and other practitioners; and the young people and program advocates whoare directly or indirectly involved in the promotion and nurturing of the Filipino language and culture. This conference is geared towards establishing a tradition of scholarly meetings among practitioners in the field and supporters of the Filipino language, literature and culture studies.
About the Organizer
The Council for Teaching Filipino Language and Culture (CTFLC) is a non-profit organization in the state of California. It is composed of distinguished teachers, supporters and advocates of the language. From its members are the teachers who wrote the California Subject Matter Examination: Filipino, the teacher-credentialing test in California, which became the model for less commonly taught languages. Some of its members are recipients of international, state and local awards, recognizing their role as teachers and their contribution to language teaching. The Council has organized local and statewide conferences on Filipino. It has worked with school districts and universities on curriculum, pedagogy, and professional development.
Consistent with the United Nations’ efforts to promote unity in diversity and global understanding and national government’s recognition of the importance of languages and cultures, thereby supporting and giving the long overdue attention deserved by less commonly taught languages, the Filipino Language program in California, in general, and in San Diego, in particular, is at the forefront in establishing the program and developing curriculum materials that meet national and state standards. Recognizing the cultural diversity of this nation, the Filipino language program offers an opportunity for students to learn and study another language and culture which might be different from their own, thus encouraging respect for people of another background. The Program will prepare future scholars and teachers of Filipino whose expertise will eventually address a national need for more competent, literate users of Filipino, the national language of the Philippines and the lingua franca of Filipinos worldwide.
The general strands of the conference are: Pedagogy, Literature and the Arts, Community, Youth, and Advocacy. Papers will need to directly focus on one or more of the following topics:
- Curriculum Development, Needs Analysis, and Syllabus Design
- Materials Development
- Teaching Literature
- Teaching Culture
- Language Teaching Approaches
- Filipino Linguistics: An Overview and Directions
- Articulation, Assessment and Implementation of Standards
- Heritage Language Learners: Needs Assessment and Curriculum Development
- Program Development, Administration and Coordination
- Program Evaluation Methods and Practices
- Research Funding and Grant Sourcing
- Teacher Training and Professional Development
- Language Teacher Certification
- Translation, Interpretation and Dubbing
- Service Learning, Community Sourcing, Student Organizations
- Filipino in the Media and Diplomacy
- Language and Politics
- Establishing and Developing a Global Filipino Language Programs