Ateneo Language Center

Director
Apricinia B. Fernández, M.A.

Background

The Ateneo Language Center was founded by Fr. John McCarron, S.J. in the fifties in response to the need for speech improvement in English. The speech courses taught by Fr. McCarron were part of the graduate program offered by the Ateneo Graduate School. They were also popular courses for non-degree students who were interested in improving their oral English.

In the sixties, the Center was the service and research unit of the Department of Language and Linguistics. Since teacher training has always been a crucial component in the Philippine educational system, there was a need for continuous updating of language teaching with the latest research findings. The Center responded by updating, reorienting, revitalizing, and enriching the training of language teachers specifically in English and Filipino.

In the seventies, with the Ateneo-PNC-De La Salle Consortium for a Ph.D. in Linguistics designed to produce trained personnel for teaching and research in linguistics, the Center played active roles in such activities as the production of language materials and tests, training teachers in Filipino and English, language analysis and language planning. When the Consortium shifted its thrust to bilingual education, the Center provided training to key people involved in the national bilingual policy.

For over four decades, the Center has continued to provide short-term training programs such as seminar-workshops at the national, regional, divisional, district and school levels. For in-service and pre-service training, special courses were designed to build the competence of teachers in English and Filipino. This included. Oral English, Rhetorical Writing, English and Filipino for Foreigners, Strategies in Language Learning, Materials Development, and Language Testing. There were also packages for updating and enriching English and Filipino language teaching/learning.

The Ateneo Language Learning Center (ALLC) has evolved into a research and training center of the Department of English, School of Humanities, Ateneo de Manila University. As such it uses for and extends to its clientele the quality training, experience, and expertise of the English Department faculty

The English for Foreigners Program

The program is designed primarily to improve proficiency in English so the language can be used effectively and efficiently in various situations with enough self-confidence. An integrated approach consisting of the communicative, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA) will be used. Participants go through a variety of exercises to equip them with language learning principles as well as communicative strategies to build up their self confidence through knowledge of correct and appropriate English.

The program also includes packages such as intensive courses, specially arranged groups, and tutorials covering the four macro skills-listening, interacting, reading, and writing.

Objectives

The program is designed primarily to improve proficiency in English so the language can be used confidently, effectively and efficiently in various situations.  An integrated approach using communicative, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA) will be used. Participants go through a variety of exercises to equip them with language learning principles as well as communicative strategies to build their self-confidence through a knowledge of correct and appropriate English.

The program includes packages such as intensive courses, specially arranged groups, and tutorials covering the four macroskills - listening, interacting, reading and writing.

  • Develop communicative skills for participants to effectively take part in situations where English is used.
  • Develop self-confidence through effective communication in the working environment and for academic work where English is used.
  • Equip participants with communicative skills and strategies appropriate for meaningful and constructive participation in English.
  • Train participants to express their thoughts and opinions in correct, idiomatic speech.

Modules/Levels

  1. Basic English
    1. Basic Oral Communication Skills
      • developing listening ability
      • improving pronunciation
      • taking part in interactive oral exercises
    2. Basic Reading Skills
      • developing basic reading comprehension
      • using basic reading strategies
      • building vocabulary
  2. Low Intermediate English
    1. Oral Communication Skills
      • improving listening comprehension
      • developing oral fluency
      • pronunciation
      • expressions for conversation
    2. Reading Skills
      • improving reading comprehension
      • developing and using strategies
      • improving vocabulary
    3. Basic Writing Skills
      • writing correct sentences
      • developing simple paragraphs
      • spelling and mechanics of writing
  3. Intermediate English
    1. Oral Communication Skills
      • advanced listening comprehension
      • improving conversational fluency
      • developing accuracy in oral communication
      • simple oral presentations
    2. Reading Skills
      • comprehending authentic reading texts
      • using advanced reading strategies
      • improving vocabulary
    3. Writing Skills
      • writing effective paragraphs
      • developing unity, coherence and emphasis in writing
      • advanced grammar
      • writing simple letters

*Fees and Rates

These are listed in a separate sheet available upon request.

Clientele

The ALLC has been a collaborative partner in addressing the specific language needs for English of different groups including Georgetown University for East Timor college teachers, the Jesuits’ Korean scholastics, the Ateneo-Cambodia’s exchange program’s Cambodian teachers and the East Asian Pastoral Institute’s students in the Loyola campus.  It has conducted and continues to conduct tutorial classes tailored for the individual needs of Brazilian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laos, Mexican and Chinese nationals.  Filipino students desiring to improve their English language proficiency have also been in the ALLC program.  The modules offered to these various groups range from general English to English for academic purposes which focus on the four communication macroskills - listening, interacting, reading and writing.

IELP Program Schedule

Cycle I Cycle II
Module 1 Module A
Module 2 Module B
Module 3 Module C

Each module runs for 7 weeks at 20 hours per week or 140 hours for the entire module.

Modules can be taken as independent programs or as a progressive cycle.  Cycles I and II have a 1-year duration.

Professional & Training Staff

The Language Center is composed of a highly qualified core and resource faculty who will provide a wide range of expertise  in language and communication based on their professional training and experience here and abroad.  The faculty is drawn mostly from the Ateneo English Department.  The base of operations is at the Ateneo Loyola Campus.

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For more information, contact:

The Director
Ateneo Language Learning Center
Alingal Hall, Loyola Schools
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City 1108
P.O. Box 154, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: 426-5662/426-6001 loc. 4042
Email:allc@admu.edu.ph