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1st International Conference
The conference will be a venue for bringing together scholars, writers, language teachers, researchers and other practitioners from around the world to discuss issues pertaining the role of Filipino as a global language. Participants can be teachers, researchers, program administrators/coordinators and other practitioners who are directly involved in the promotion and nurturing of the Filipino language, literature and culture. This first conference is geared towards establishing a tradition of scholarly meetings of this kind among practitioners in the field of Filipino language, literature and culture studies.

Distinction
UH Manoa’s Filipino and Philippine Literature Program is nationally and internationally recognized as the leading program not only in the field of Filipino language teaching but also in curriculum development. Most Filipino language programs across the nation use textbooks and multimedia materials developed and authored by UH Filipino Program faculty. The Program’s track record shows excellence in producing pioneering work and innovative materials incorporating new approaches and methodologies. The Filipino program and its faculty have been recipients of local and national grants for the development of teaching materials and study abroad programs.

Need
Consistent with the national government’s thrust of supporting and giving the long overdue attention deserved by less commonly taught languages, the Filipino Program at UH Manoa is at the forefront in developing materials and preparing future scholars and teachers of Filipino whose expertise will eventually would like to address a national need for more competent, literate users of Filipino, the national language of the Philippines and the lingua franca of Filipinos worldwide.

Goal
To provide a venue for the exchange of ideas among teachers, researchers, program administrators, writers, and other agencies involved in the promotion and nurturing of the Filipino language and culture for the purpose of:

Your host…
The Filipino and Philippine Literature Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of the Philippines, its national language and its people among heritage and non-heritage students.  The program through its Bachelor of Arts degree courses aims to train language and literature scholars, researchers and teachers to become competent and literate users of Filipino, and to lead the field of teaching Filipino and Philippine literature locally, nationally and internationally with innovative and state-of-the-art pedagogical materials and research.