The Department of Education and the US Embassy launched a second virtual webinar training titled “Teaching Grammar Communicatively in the Philippines” for DepEd teachers and supervisors last March 22.

The six-week seminar will run from this week up until May 2 with more than 3,700 DepEd teachers and supervisors participating.

A team of three American English language specialists will lead the virtual lessons that were co-developed by the US Embassy, the US Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs, DepEd’s National Educators Academy of the Philippines, the Bureau of Learning Delivery, and the Bureau of Curriculum Development.

“In addition to providing the Philippines over Php1.1 billion ($23.4 million) in COVID-19-related assistance and being the largest donor (Php97.9 billion/$2 billion) to the COVAX vaccine facility, the United States has partnered with the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education to enable the transition from in-person to alternative learning,” US Embassy Public Affairs Counselor Philip Roskamp said.

“We hope this ‘Teaching Grammar Communicatively’ course enables teachers and students to meet their educational goals.”

Participants will also gain access to an on-demand resource library that includes a viewing guide, activities, and discussion questions for local learning communities.

DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio thanked the US Embassy for organizing and collaborating with DepEd on the launch of the webinar.

“The teaching of grammar is essential so that we can make our fellow Filipinos more confident in communicating with the rest of the world,” San Antonio said.

The first six-week seminar by the US Embassy and DepEd, titled “Bridging the Distance Together, went from Sept. 14 up to Oct. 23, 2020 with more than 1,600 participants. It reached 3.7 million views on Facebook. Arvee Christine R. Biscocho