Hundreds of English language educators and policy makers from the Philippines and Southeast Asia are expected to attend the International English Teachers Conference (INETCON 2017) slated on Aug. 18-20 at the Teachers Camp here.
Organized by the Baguio-based Vivixx Technical Academy, the international event is also expected to draw the participation of delegates from the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as well as the English as the Second Language (ESL) and Business Process Management (BPM) sectors.
Vivixx Academy president Ace Estrada II said the event is significant because it will serve as venue for the said three government agencies responsible for education to discuss problems and intervention measures and solutions in Filipino English oral proficiency with the input of the ESL and BPM industry.
Moreover, the event will coincide with the launching of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) test in the Philippines and the direct hiring of the first OPI raters outside of the U.S. by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), according to Estrada.
Keynote speakers during the event will be Sen. Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture; Deputy Director General Diosdado Padilla of TESDA; Undersecretary Benito Bengson Jr. of the Department of Tourism and Executive Director Penny Bongato of the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). Conference highlights include an exhibit, job fair, ESL school tour, dinner concert, plenary and workshops and ACTFL training. Aileen P. Refuerzo / ABN
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