UE SHS Profs, Students are Trailblazers in Int’l Research Conference

The photo shows the UE SHS Manila delegates (from left) Prof. Kim Tony Dizon, Mr. Raymundo Miguel Pineda, Prof. Jean Syrah Macalalad, Mr. John Mark Ico, Prof. Hermie Visaya, Prof. Arnold Nicholas Santos, Ms. Ela Rae Vaño, Ms. Dominique De Guzman, Ms. Trixie Martan Tambuyat, Ms. Myrea Manely Caccam, and Ms. Anamor Loraine Rojas at the Panel Discussion Welcome Reception of the 15th Annual CamTESOL Conference.

The photo shows the UE SHS Manila delegates (from left) Prof. Kim Tony Dizon, Mr. Raymundo Miguel Pineda, Prof. Jean Syrah Macalalad, Mr. John Mark Ico, Prof. Hermie Visaya, Prof. Arnold Nicholas Santos, Ms. Ela Rae Vaño, Ms. Dominique De Guzman, Ms. Trixie Martan Tambuyat, Ms. Myrea Manely Caccam, and Ms. Anamor Loraine Rojas at the Panel Discussion Welcome Reception of the 15th Annual CamTESOL Conference.

No challenge is too difficult to surmount for an academic workforce that receives overwhelming support from its own community and administration. Breakthrough is certain for an institution whose foundation lies in the learners and the faculty alike.

Such is the case of the UE Manila research team that carved a name for the University in a recent CamTESOL Research Conference, a Cambodia-based conference for professionals in the field of English language teaching and related issues―TESOL referring to the profession of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Fostering the culture of research and popularizing its research capabilities in the international arena, the University of the East-Manila Basic Education Department sent four faculty members and seven student research-presenters in the 15th Annual CamTESOL Research Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, early this year, on February 15-17.

Led by Prof. Arnold Nicholas Santos, the English Department Coordinator, the team was comprised by three other faculty presenters of the said Department―Prof. Hermie C. Visaya, Prof. Jean Syrah S. Macalalad and Prof. Kim Tony Dizon―and seven student presenters―Trixie Martan Tambuyat, Myrea Manely Caccam, Ela Rae Vaño and Dominique De Guzman of STL12-3P, Raymundo Miguel Pineda of STE12-5M, Anamor Loraine Rojas of ABM12-3P, and John Mark Ico of ABM12-1M, all then-graduating SHS students of UE Manila.

Working on language methodology, Profs. Santos, Visaya and Macalalad presented their paper titled “Demystifying the Second Language Anxiety of Filipino ESL Teachers,” which zeroed in on identifying preponderant causes of language anxiety and fear of negative evaluation among English-as-a-second-language teachers and their quintessential effects on the effectiveness of ESL instruction.

Meanwhile, Prof. Dizon, Ms. Rojas and Mr. Ico presented “Correlates on the Relationship of ELearning Utilization towards the Grammar Proficiency of Filipino L2 Learners.” Their paper dealt with the use of computer-assisted software and applications like YouTube and their capacity in enhancing the grammar learning of students.

Ms. Vaño, Ms. Tambuyat and Ms. Caccam made up an all-student research team that pioneered in the creation of a motivation technique called “Triangulum Method,” as applied in language pedagogy, in their research titled “Everything Works Best in Three: A New Motivation Technique in the Teaching and Learning of English.”

On one hand, Mr. Pineda and Ms. De Guzman, in their paper titled “Factors Affecting the Languge Use of Students in Writing Formal Essays,” applied Corder’s Error Analysis on students’ formal essays, whose results were used in identifying factors underlying such problems in writing.

The University’s red and white soared as the UE SHS team emerged triumphant in the research conference, attaining the feat of bringing in the youngest set of presenters in this highly intellectual engagement of experts working on ELT.

The then senior high school students defied the odds despite their young stance and proved true that with the right coaching, on top of their personal motivation to explore a new field, efforts will come to fruition. But their success did not happen overnight. There had been a confluence of efforts from different individuals checking on literature lapses, presentation rehearsals, and pre-departure checklists.

This successful research venture also signified how eager the teacher-mentors of UE Manila’s Basic Education Department are in teaching the learners, to awaken their innate potentials and discover natural intelligence through various means, as exemplified by their involvement in research undertakings such as this.

This three-day research conference was held at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC). With “Teachers as Learners” as theme, the conference sought to provide a platform for the sharing of best practices, latest updates and prospects of the ELT industry.

To ensure maximum intellectual exchanges, the conference held several plenary talks and discussions and parallel sessions for research presentations, with our teachers and students as active participants. Sessions were categorized according to the key areas of ELT, such as language teaching/methodology and acquisition, second/foreign language, grammar and linguistics, literature teaching, and technology integration, to name a few.

As widely noticed by the other participants, the UE SHS students were the only high school-level presenters who participated in the international conference, in the process receiving scholarly appreciation from both Filipino and foreign researchers.

With the conference being an ELT-driven academic activity, the students, as young scholars embarking on a new discipline, were sent under the supervision and mentorship of the faculty members, to ensure the accuracy of results and data.

As a premier professional development conference in the Asia-Pacific Region, CamTESOL gathered an average of 1,700 audience members, both attendees and research presenters, 600 of them international participants from more than 30 countries.

Having sent several faculty members and students to national and international research conferences annually, the research program of the UE Basic Education Department-Manila has amped up through the efforts of the Department’s research-driven administration, spearheaded by the Principal, Dr. Nieva Discipulo and the Assistant Principal, Prof. Gerardo V. Venturina, in coordination with Dr. Olivia C. Caoili, the University’s Research Coordination Director; the UE Manila Chancellor, Dr. Linda P. Santiago; and the UE College of Education Dean, Dr. Evelina M. Vicencio.

This in line with research being one of the primal thrusts of the University under the leadership of UE President, Dr. Ester A. Garcia, which brought forth an unprecedented research influx, produced by faculty members and students inspired by the utmost support extended by the University.

Kudos, SHS Warrior Mentors and Students!

Writeup and photo courtesy of Prof. Hermie C. Visaya

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