English Linguistics for English Teachers


VENUE & DATES: Linguistics Audio-Visual Room, Palma Hall Rm 428
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
Thursday-Saturday, 30 May – 1 June 2013


This is a two-and-a-half day seminar which introduces the contemporary linguistic analysis of English to English teachers (high school or college level). It is premised on the concept of the English teacher as one who is proficient in (1) English language skills, (2) language teaching strategies, and (3) linguistics. This third component has not been addressed by other seminars and workshops for English teachers, yet it is imperative that the teacher and the teaching program be continually updated in both the science and pedagogy of the language.

Linguistics being unfamiliar to most English teachers, this seminar aims to acquaint them with the basic concepts and methods used in the analysis of sounds, words, sentences, and meanings. The approach is pragmatic—each lesson focuses on forms and processes that have puzzled many teachers and students of English, and offers explanations or “solutions” based on scientific principles. In this manner, the lessons have a direct and positive impact on subsequent classroom teaching by the participants.

This seminar is an outreach project of the Department of Linguistics, UP Diliman, as part of its Summer Seminars in Linguistics program.


Each session will last for three hours, including a short recess. The sessions will be held from 9:00a to 12:00n, and from 1:00p to 4:00p, each with a 20-minute break.

Thu, 30 May
Introduction to the linguistic sciences
SOUNDS: Phonetics and Phonology (focus on articulation, pronunciation, and prosody)

WORDS: Morphology (focus on inflection and derivation) and Lexicology (focus on lexical accuracy)

Fri, 31 May
SIMPLE SENTENCES: Syntax 1 (focus on the generation of the core sentence and its transforms)

COMPOUND & COMPLEX SENTENCES: Syntax 2 (focus on conjoining and embedding)

Sat, 1 Jun
MEANINGS: Semantics (focus on componential and propositional analysis)

Advance Registration = Php 2,500 per person, payable up to Friday, 17 May 2013
Regular Registration = Php 3,000 per person, payable up to the morning of 30 May 2013

The advance registration fee may be paid through the teller at any BPI or BPI Family Bank branch, to the ATM savings account of The Classics Foundation, Account Number 4253-04451-4. The deposit slip should be faxed to (02) 926-9887, or e-mailed as attachment to multling@philonline.com. The official receipt will be issued on the morning of May 30, before the first session.


Please register online at http://goo.gl/kXT3i.


Each participant gets his handouts per session, designed to be put in a ring binder provided by the seminar. These will be issued only to participants who are physically present during the session, or participants who have a valid excuse, preferably communicated in advance to the coordinator, for being absent.

Each participant also gets a copy of Dr. Malicsi’s English Manual (8th edition) which is based on his continuing research into Philippine and international English, begun in 1991, as the main concern of the English Linguistics Project (ELP).


The Department of Linguistics issues the Certificate of Participation. To qualify for such, the participant must have participated in at least four (4) sessions. Other rules on attendance and punctuality may be imposed.


Optimally, the seminar is limited to a maximum of 30 participants.


Dr Jonathan Malicsi is Professor of Linguistics at UP Diliman, where he teaches courses in phonology, grammar, semantics, and sociolinguistics. He was the Coordinator of the UP English Language Project from 1991 through 1999, an assignment which measured the English proficiency of UP students systemwide, as well as of students and teachers in other universities, which led to the development of an alternative course design for college English. He is now the Coordinator of the English Linguistics Project, a research and extension service based at the UP Department of Linguistics.

He holds a BA in English, MA in Linguistics, and PhD in Philippine Studies (Anthropology & Sociology) from UP Diliman. He attended doctoral courses in Linguistics (Semantics, Sociolinguistics, and Language Planning) at the State University of New York in Buffalo as a Fulbright Fellow. He was a Research Fellow at the Regional Language Centre (RELC) sa Singapore.

He served twice as Chairman of the UP Department of Linguistics and has held a series of professorial chairs in Linguistics since 1983. He has authored and co-authored books on English studies, published articles in local and international publications, and presented papers in local and international conferences. He designed the English language program at the Foreign Service Institute, including the intensive course for diplomats of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, and for top government officials of Timor Leste. He has served as consultant in terminological analysis for UNESCO, and in English, organizational communication, and research methods for various government and commercial institutions, notably the Foreign Service Institute, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Special Intelligence School of the AFP, National Computer Center, the Ayala Group of Companies, the Magsaysay Group of Companies, the Malayan Insurance Company, Accenture, Deutsche Knowledge Services, and Shangri-La Hotels. He has also served as a consultant in the GE English programs of several colleges and universities nationwide, from Laoag to Jolo.

For other particulars, contact Mr Michael Manahan or Ms Vicky Vidal at Rm 2110, Faculty Center, UP Diliman, 1101 Quezon City; Tel/Fax 926-9887, 981-8500 local 2128; e-mail lingg@kssp.upd.edu.ph.

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