U.S. Embassy Supports Training for English Language Teachers

David Bohlke at workshop with elementary school teachers from Balanga City, Bataan.

Manila, July 19, 2018 — From June 25th to July 13th, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Regional English Language Office implemented a series of professional development workshops for more than 190 English teachers from Imus City in Cavite, Balanga City in Bataan, and across Mindanao.  Visiting American expert David Bohlke delivered the workshops, organized in collaboration with local offices of the Philippine Department of Education.

Mr. Bohlke visited the Philippines as a participant in the Embassy’s English Language Specialist Program, one of several Embassy programs that promote professional development for Philippine English teachers by connecting them to U.S. experts in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.  Mr. Bohlke demonstrated techniques for adapting, supplementing, and localizing textbook content.  He also presented on critical thinking, creativity in the classroom, and collaborative learning.

On July 14th, English Language Fellow Leah Jordano-Kudalis conducted a workshop on assessment and rubrics for the teachers from Mindanao.  Ms. Jordano-Kudalis teaches at Philippine Normal University in Manila as part of the English Language Fellow Program, a U.S. Embassy initiative that brings U.S. educators to teach at Philippine universities.