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ELS alumnus calls for adequate funding for research

ELS alumnus calls for adequate funding for research

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AN ARTLET alumnus has urged English Language Studies (ELS) majors to persuade political leaders to properly fund the academe and the research sector as they play key roles in developing knowledge. Wilfred Gabriel Gapas, an educator and independent researcher, said research efforts in various Philippine higher education institutions are being crippled by immense defunding and systematic disinvesting. “Universities are in crisis and is a highly unstable industry […] This crisis has two reasons. The first reason is an economic reason. This is decades of systematic disinvestment and defunding of higher education institutions’ research and development initiatives,” Gapas said during the “Ready, Set, G!” career webinar last Nov.18. “We engage in the scholarship of teaching and learn...
Understudied languages can diversify psycholinguistics knowledge—expert

Understudied languages can diversify psycholinguistics knowledge—expert

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by ARTHUR N. APOSTOL RESEARCH ON understudied languages, such as Filipino, could help broaden and deepen the understanding of language acquisition and processing in the field of psycholinguistics, an expert said. “Typically, these understudied languages are those spoken in developing countries like ours [the Philippines], and it makes research on understudied languages a priority,” Rowena Garcia, a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, said in a webinar organized by the UST English Language Studies Society last Oct. 30. She added that most knowledge on language acquisition is conducted in English and other Indo-European languages, so she focused her research on Tagalog. “This bias means that these languages are taken as the prototype for...
ELSSOC to hold forum exploring psycholinguistics

ELSSOC to hold forum exploring psycholinguistics

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by ARTHUR N. APOSTOL THE UST English Language Studies Society (ELSSOC) will conduct a psycholinguistics webinar on Saturday, exploring the relationship between language and the human mind. The forum titled “Tell Me More: A Webinar on Psycholinguistics” aims to hone the participants’ understanding of the discipline concerned with the psychology of language, ELSSOC said. “The proposed academic webinar will be discussing the field of psycholinguistics and aims for BA English Language Studies students and other interested participants from other universities to understand another branch of linguistics that is essential in honing their knowledge of the connection between the language we speak and our human brain,” the organization said. In the event, Patricia Amillos, a doctoral...
Strengthening mother tongue, key to students’ effective learning—experts

Strengthening mother tongue, key to students’ effective learning—experts

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by MARIE CLAIRE "BLANCHE" S. LAGRISOLA and ARTHUR N. APOSTOL Most educators do not fully understand the essence of Mother Tongue Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) as most schools prioritize learning the English language, often neglecting the mother tongue, a Filipino linguist said Wednesday in a webinar. “[K]ahit [ang] mga taga-DepEd (Department of Education) hindi na-ge-gets ito. 'Yong importansya, na kailangan manatili 'yong L1 (first language) as primary MOI (Medium of Instruction) throughout the elementary cycle, tapos kailangan sanayin natin ‘yong mga bata sa L2 (second language),” MTB-MLE expert Ricardo Ma. Duran Nolasco said. The MTB-MLE policy aims to teach in the first language or mother tongue of the students while slowly transitioning into other languages. Nolas...