AEAAP 2024

Assistant Professor and Head of Alumni and Community Relations Office, Corazon A. Padilla, represented Visayas and served as one of the invited panelists in the Alumni Talks on the launching of the American English Alumni Association of the Philippines, Inc. (AEAAP) or AE Alumni PH.

The event which ran from April 20 to 21, 2024 at Bayview Hotel Manila was attended by more than a hundred educators and American English Program alumni from all over the country.

Asst. Prof. Padilla, popularly known to Viscans as “Ma’am Cory” is an AE Alumna who has successfully participated in and completed one of the American English (AE) programs, specifically the Online Professional English Network (OPEN) program. 

She completed the course Professional Development for Teacher Trainers, provided by the Arizona State University from January 10 to March 7, 2023 and was delegated as one of the AE OPEN High Performing Alumna (HPA).

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in education at VSU in 2009, graduated with a Master of Education major in English at VSU, and also then pursued a Doctor of Philosophy in English major in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Silliman University. She has also published some articles in some international Web of Science indexed journals.


Accompanying her was Ms. Kay T. Juanillo, a faculty member of DALL, who is also a #ProudViscan who also qualified to be among the chosen scholars to participate in the launching of AEAAP. She also completed the OPEN Winter Program, specifically Teaching Grammar Communicatively (TGC) by World Learning.

Learning alongside other educators opens doors of opportunities, connecting our two DALL faculty members with other language educators nationally, and building linkages with notable personalities in the field, other universities, and organizations.

“It opened some doors for me when we had to exchange ideas on our best practices, instructional strategies, and the integration of technology in education with fellow language educators and practitioners,” Asst. Prof. Padilla said.

The association acted as a platform where they could advocate for continuous professional development and collaboration among language educators. This emphasized the importance of community-building within their field and how vital their contributions play a role in shaping a dynamic and inclusive educational landscape in the Philippines.

“It was not only a professional honor but also a personal milestone in my continued pursuit of academic or professional excellence,” she added.

During the event, Dr. Carleen Velez, Regional English Language Officer, US Embassy Manila, said, “This is your organization. I am excited to see how you do your very Filipino thing and grow and build this organization to be uniquely yours, uniquely Filipino, uniquely the American English Association of the Philippines.”

The two-day launch is a project grant from the English ACCESS Microscholarship Program, FHI 360, and is supported by the US Embassy in the Philippines.

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