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Filipino as a global language

March 12, 2008 11:47am
Filipino As Global Language

When : Monday Mar 17, 2008 to Wednesday Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Where : University of Hawaii at Manoa
Spalding 255, 2540 Maile Way
Honolulu , HI 96822
Telephone: (808) 956-5978

Contact : Ruth Mabanglo
Telephone: (808) 956-6970

International Conference of Filipino Language

HONOLULU—The Filipino and Philippine Literature Program and the National Foreign Language Resource Center of the University of Hawaii will hold “An International Conference on Filipino as a Global Language."

This is the first conference geared towards establishing a tradition of scholarly sessions by educators and other practitioners in the field of Filipino language, literature, and culture studies. Registration ended on February 1.

Educators, students, writers, and agencies involved in the promotion and nurturing of the Filipino language are invited to join conference workshops, propose papers, and discuss exchange ideas on research resources, assessment tools, and practices in teaching, program administration, and language promotion.

The conference will also focus on issues pertaining to the role of Filipino as a global language. In the last three decades, the Filipino diaspora to many countries on all continents has extended the reach of the Filipino national language.

Conference workshops include sessions on teaching and assessment, storytelling, translation, poetry writing, and literature and politics. Fifty students (25 college and 25 high school) are being sponsored to attend a Youth Track, which will include sessions on traditional folk and contemporary hip-hop dancing.

Two Philippine National Artists for Literature will come and speak at the plenary sessions of the conference: Virgilio S. Almario, who writes under the pseudonym Rio Alma, is a Filipino poet, critic, translator, editor, teacher, and cultural manager; he is the dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of the Philippines. Bienvenido Lumbera is a prizewinning poet, critic, and dramatist from the Philippines; he is widely acknowledged as one of the pillars of contemporary Philippine history, literary criticism, and film.

Also invited as speakers are Dr. Ricardo Nolasco, chairman of the Commission on Filipino and Ambeth R. Ocampo, author, historian, and chairman of the National Historical Institute of the Philippines.

The UH Manoa’s Filipino and Philippine Literature Program is nationally and internationally recognized as the leading program in Filipino language teaching and curriculum development. Most Filipino language programs across the nation use textbooks and multimedia materials developed and authored by UH Filipino Program faculty.
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