The Department of Science and Technology- Science Education Institute in partnership with Batangas State University College of Teacher Education conducted a regional training on Language Strategies in Teaching Science and Mathematics for teachers under the Department of Education in Region IV-A, on September 11-13, 2019. It was attended by over 100 participants and was held at the Lecture Room, International Affairs Office, CITE Building, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City.
Said training aims to equip science and math teachers with proper communication skills necessary to overcome learning challenges in the classroom caused by language barriers.
In her opening remarks, Dean of CTE Dr. Rowena R. Abrea stressed the need for teachers to adapt to a changing environment. “If we want a nation where our future leaders have the ability to understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today, building students’ skills, content knowledge and fluency in science and mathematics are essential” she said.
Meanwhile, VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Erma B. Quinay, shared her gratitude to DOST-SEI on behalf of University President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo. “We are very fortunate now because DOST is already playing a vital role in implementing this kind of activities” she imparted. In addition, Dr. Quinay also reminded the teachers of their roles in ensuring students’ development. “Part of our role as educators is to develop teaching methods and strategies to make our lessons more accessible and easily comprehended by our students especially subjects that are considered to be technical or abstract” she said as she tackled the importance of proper communication.
During the three-day training, participants were familiarized with the different language methodologies thru the lectures and workshops delivered by CTE professors namely: Mr. Celso Zara; Dr. Nerrie Malaluan; Dr. Erma Maalihan; Dr. Charity Aldover; Mr. Leonald Osera and Mr. Bryan Manalo. Topics presented include: Learning in Second Language; Language, Science and Mathematics Learning; Implications of Language in Teaching Science and Math; “Sheltered” Instruction for Inquiry Based Science Teaching; and Writing for Mathematics.
On the last day of training, participants had separate sessions for effective lesson planning and teaching demonstration.