Seminar 1: Reanalyzing English Grammar and Training in Error Density Index (EDI) Analysis

Schedule:  Tuesday-Friday; 9a-12n, 1p-4p

Date:          14-17 May 2019

Venue:       Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman


This seminar focuses on various grammatical constituents and rules of International English, reanalyzed based on modern linguistic theories. Using the problem-based learning strategy, the seminar leads the participants through several English constructions that often puzzle English teachers and learners alike such as:

  • If I will survive is in the simple future tense, what is the tense of I would survive?
  • Is it is or are in the sentence If there _____ more than one hypothesis, choose the simpler?
  • Is the Labor Party’s campaign slogan Who can you trust to lead the nation grammatically wrong?
  • Is it unite or united in the sentence It’s about time we _____?
  • Should the sentence You will pass this test if you _____ be completed with the phrase will study hard, or simply study hard?
  • In the question Would you like to be her?, is the pronoun her the object of the verb be? Can be have an object?

These and many more materials culled from international media are puzzling to those depending on the traditional grammar in most English language textbooks. Modern grammar easily and clearly explains these.

Modern grammar is also applied to Error Density Index (EDI) analysis, an English language teaching strategy presented at the 13th Philippine Linguistics Congress in November 2018. This seminar trains the participants in using EDI analysis of learners’ written outputs to produce statistics that can be used for the evaluation of the proficiency of the learners’ foreign language strategy in expression, and the learners’ progress in cleaning up their outputs. The participants will also be trained in using EDI analysis for research into systematic errors in Philippine media to generate materials that can be used for alerting the learners to such errors they are exposed to.

Ultimately, the goal of this seminar is to train the participants towards becoming good proofreaders, able to provide accurate, timely, and comprehensive feedback to their students.


Seminar 2: Critical Reading and Writing

Schedule:  Tuesday-Friday; 9a-12n, 1p-4p

Date:          14-17 May 2019

Venue:       Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman


This seminar introduces the participants to the evaluation phase which is common to both process writing and process reading. It is the locus of critical reading and writing, where texts and speeches are subjected to evaluation for rhetoric, discourse, assertions, and argument. The seminar uses materials from local and international media, as well as pieces of written communication from government institutions and multinationals. Rhetoric targets qualities associated with sociolinguistic congruence and language aesthetics, including figures of speech. Discourse targets the qualities of unity, integrity, and cohesiveness, and various modes of development. Assertions target meaningfulness, verifiability, and factual fit. Argument targets logical relations, modes of reasoning, and fallacies. Also employing the problem-based learning strategy, this seminar uses a series of exercises to drill the participants in the various modes of evaluation.

Ultimately, the goal of this seminar is to train the participants towards becoming good copy editors, referees, and critics, able to train their students in professional communication.


  1. Fill out the Online Registration Form.
  2. Pay via any of the following options:(1) UPD CASH OFFICE
    Account Name: Linguistics Academic and Extension Projects/Programs Trust Fund Account Number: 9774241-499-439
    *Download the payment slip here: https://uplinguistics.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2019-ssl-payment-slip-1-page.pdf and present to the cashier.

    (2) LANDBANK
    Account Name: UP Department of Linguistics
    Account Number: 3071-0350-92

  3. Please email an image of your UPD Official Receipt (Option 1) or Bank Deposit Slip (Option 2) to lingg@kssp.upd.edu.ph.


Participants are requested to arrange their accommodation for the Summer Seminars in Linguistics (SSL). The SSL seminar fee does NOT cover the accommodation of the participants. You may view suggested accommodations here.


UP Department of Linguistics

Room 1325 Palma Hall Pavilion 1

Quirino Street

University of the Philippines Diliman

Email: lingg@kssp.upd.edu.ph

Phone: 981 8500 local 2128



for teachers of social sciences, languages, and introductory courses in linguistics

Facilitator: Professor Emeritus Jonathan C. Malicsi, PhD

Schedule:                   May 15-19, 2017
Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City

This seminar-workshop is designed to provide senior high school social science teachers with an overview of linguistics and language studies as part of the subject “Disciplines and Ideas in the Social Sciences (DISS)” in the Grade-11 HUMSS track curriculum. Facilitators of language and introductory linguistic courses are also invited.

The seminar-workshop provides content and strategies for discussing linguistics in the lens of the social science. Topics include the structure of languages, variation, language acquisition and learning, language change, language planning, evolution of language, and language and culture.

Course Outline & Schedule

Session Topic
1      May 15
Animal vs Human communication
2      May 15
Language forms and processes: sounds and words

– articulation

– acoustics

– affixation

– sound changes

– compounding

3      May 16
Language forms and processes: sentences and meaning

– semantic primitives

– meaning relations

– rules

– trees

4      May 16
 Language acquisition

– monolingual

– multilingual

5      May 17
Language learning

– grammar + lexicon

– phrasebook

– immersion

6      May 17
Language skills

– expression

– comprehension

– evaluation

– negotiation

– translation

7      May 18
Language change

– evolution

– differentiation

– extinction

8      May 18
Language planning

– national language

– official languages

– instructional languages

– orthography

9      May 19
Language and mind

– cognition

– memory

10   May 19
Language and culture

– linguistic relativity

– ethnolinguistics


Registration fee is P 3,500 inclusive of syllabus and course materials payable at the UP Cashiers Office. Certificate of Completion will be given to participants.

To request for an invitation, please e-mail us at lingg@kssp.upd.edu.ph.

Registration Procedures:

  1. Download the PAYMENT SLIP.
  2. Pay the registration fee at the UP Diliman Cash Office (beside PNB – UP Campus Branch, behind UP Shopping Center).
  3. Register through the ONLINE FORM. Registration is until May 10, 2017 or until all slots have been filled (25 maximum number of students).
  4. Submit a copy of the UP official receipt to Department of Linguistics (personally or via email).




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