EL Fellow facilitates seminar-workshop

As a development of the partnership between USL and the American Embassy, part of the first semester’s Academic Seminar which was held from June 4-6, 2014, was facilitated by Dr. Kelly Wonder, an American English Language Fellow (EL Fellow) to the Philippines.

The EL Fellow to the Philippine Normal University (PNU) Manila, Dr. Wonder took the opportunity to come over to USL for the seminar-workshop on “Rubrics for Alternative Assessment.”

The seminar-workshop was meant to intensify the rubrics-making practices of USL faculty from the Elementary, High School and College departments for improved student learning.

Rubrics are used to determine the proficiency level of students in performing complex tasks that are directly associated with a measurable learning outcome. It is a reflective practice on the part of both students and teachers.

Dr. Wonder emphasized in the seminar the advantage of using an alternative learning assessment method to evaluate students’ valued skills focused on their performance and the quality of the work performed.

Dr. Wonder said that the use of rubrics can pave the way for improved performance among students, given a set of explicit and clear guidelines as they accomplish their learning tasks.

As earlier reported in this site, the University expects to accommodate another EL Fellow to be part of the Languages Department and the English Language Center of the University for school year 2014-2015.

Meanwhile, a training program entitled “Integrating Technology in Classroom Teaching” was held as part also of this semester’s Academic Seminar. This was facilitated by Mr. Herbert Corpuz and Mrs. Marife Tibule, both USL instructors.