U.S. Embassy and DepEd Launch Third Webinar Series Project
U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Officials Public Affairs Counselor John Groch and Regional English Language Manager Carleen Velez mentor Education Department Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio during the launch of the webinar series from March 21 to April 27, hosted by three American English language specialists.
Manila, March 21, 2022—Today, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and the Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) launched a new six-week virtual training webinar series on “Integrated Early Childhood Language Learning : Emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy” to further support teachers and school DepEd heads amid the pandemic.
Around 3,000 DepEd teachers and supervisors from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are expected to participate in the series, which will run during the week of April 25.
The U.S. Embassy, U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs, DepEd’s Division of Teaching and Learning, and Office of Learning Delivery have co -developed the curriculum to meet the specific needs of K-3 teachers and learners in the Philippines during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The course will provide guidance, methodology, materials and teaching resources to English teachers via a team of three American English language specialists, who will lead the virtual sessions.
“This morning we are launching an important project, the third series of collaborative webinars between the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and DepEd since the pandemic. I want to express my gratitude for this partnership to our program partners at DepEd, led by Undersecretary for Programs and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio,” said Public Affairs Advisor John Groch.
DepEd Undersecretary San Antonio praised the webinar series for its role in preparing Filipino educators for the future. “We are pleased to partner with the U.S. Embassy English Language Office to undertake a very important and noble initiative in our efforts to create 21st century learners with 21st century skills,” did he declare.
Upon completion of the course, teachers and school leaders will share what they have learned with other teachers in their area for implementation with K-3 learners. As part of this webinar series, educators will have access to an on-demand resource library that includes a viewing guide, activities, and discussion questions for local learning communities.
The first six-week webinar series for DepEd teachers and administrators, “Bridging the Distance Together,” ran from September 14 to October 21, 2020 and provided flexible learning training to more than 1,600 teachers and reached 3.7 million viewers on Facebook. About 3,000 teachers and supervisors attended the second six-week series on “Teaching Grammar Communicatively in the Philippines” from March 22 to May 6, 2021, which had a Facebook reach of over 1.5 million. .