The three faculty members from Cebu Technological University mark in the Linguistic Society of the Philippines International Conference (LSPIC) held last March 11-13, 2021 with the partnership of Santo Tomas University via zoom.
This fully digital conference provided the teachers, practitioners, researchers and students to present issues pertinent in linguistics and language education. The conference revolved around Philippines on their current research in language, linguistics and English language.
This conference was attended by different universities; Waseda University (Japan) University of California Santa Cruz (USA), Shantou University (China), Curtin University (Australia), De La Salle University (Philippines), University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), University College London (United Kingdom) and other universities around the world.
Ensuring the success of the conference for every student and researcher will guide them to have an affective orientation to provide right information about the LSP including the COVID-19 semantics and semantic change despite of the challenges because of the pandemic.
Prof. Aida Verga V. Un presented their research entitled “Semantic change and word formation in the time of COVID-19: Evidence of Language Change in the Philippines” while Prof. Allan Mariñas presented the “COVID-19 semantics affecting the lives of Filipinos. This research tackled about experiences, perceptions, protocol, and well-being including the SDGs #3: Good Health and Well-Being.
Prof. Un said that this conference was very enriching. As a language teacher, she found this very helpful in teaching English language to her students.
Prof. Mariñas also shared his knowledge and thoughts about how helpful for both teachers and students to have a chance to present their research work internationally. He also added that this conference would help boost their knowledge on the “how to” in research and encourage them to do more research projects by looking at the recommendations made by some researches.
On the other hand, Dr. Mangompit also presented a research paper about reading comprehension to the grade 7 & 8 students. This project was funded by the office of research way back 2012. She added that the students and teachers had to be critical and keen in selecting instructional materials.
The conference was a successful event together with the working led by Dr. Leah E. Gustilo, the Director for Conferences of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines, Executive Board Dr. Rachelle B. Lintao, the Chair of the UST Department of English. –April G. Belga/BSDevCom