April 7, 2022 – The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Learning and Delivery (BLD), in partnership with the US Embassy – Regional English Language Office (RELO), has launched a webinar series on Integrated Language Learning in Early Childhood: Focus on Literacy and Numeracy.

“It is good to have partners who believe in the efforts of the Department to strengthen the capacity of teachers in improving their numeracy and literacy teaching skills. This event will surely equip them in developing the culture of reading and love for mathematics among our learners,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

Spearheaded by BLD, the webinar series contains six modules for teachers and school heads that will run from March 21 to April 27, 2022, with different schedules for participants according to their respective regions.

“This course is designed to provide teachers and school heads with an overview of Content Integrated Language Learning, Early Literacy, and Bilingual Education. They can also learn specific strategies and tasks which can be implemented in the classroom and community to improve K-3 students’ literacy skills,” Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio noted.

Different topics on teaching literacy and numeracy will be tackled throughout the series including content and attitude goals in the classroom, developing literacy skills, and activities and assessment in teaching in English, among others.

Each session will run for 2 hours in a lecture-demo approach to include the question and answer and completion of activities. A total of 3,000 participants all over the country are expected to attend.

The program aims to equip the teachers and school heads with necessary skills to apply innovative strategies and techniques to developmentally appropriate literacy lessons which will motivate K-3 students and develop their skills.

“Through this webinar, participants are also expected to contribute and support the school community and all stakeholders involved in the education of young learners,” Usec. San Antonio added.

The course also seeks to provide understanding of the underlying pedagogy of Content Integrated Language Learning, Early Literacy, and Bilingual Education for the development of K-3 literacy lessons.

Furthermore, the Department calls on the selected teacher representatives from each grade level in grades K-3 to join the closed Facebook group dedicated to the training series. This information is sent through the registered email one week prior to the start of the event.

Participants can access the webinar series via Zoom or live stream on DepEd Philippines and US Embassy pages on Facebook.