The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) organized an English Language and Philippine Culture Summer Camp for faculty and students from Tan Trao University (TTrU) in Vietnam and Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University (SNRU) in Thailand.
The Camp, which runs from June 26-July 14, includes visits to tourist destinations and historic places in Mindanao including the indigenous peoples’ communities. The campers will also have a glimpse of some Mindanao festivities like Kadagayaan Festival. Aside from experiencing all the fun in tours, English language classes are also offered.
During the opening ceremonies on June 27 at the USeP Obrero, Davao City, the University President, Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao, underscored that global communication is greatly facilitated by the use of English language as the lingua franca or a “bridge language”. The USeP President also hoped that the TTrU and SNRU faculty and students will have a meaningful summer camp experience.
“Our partnership with TTrU and SNRU is a clear illustration of how English Language bridges people with the same goals from different places in the world”, Generalao said.
“I know that this Summer Camp has a lot in store for the campers and I believe that through this, our partnership as institutions will be strengthened and furthered”, the USeP President added.
The Camp is organized by the USeP Office of Public and International Affairs (OPIA) headed by Dr. Genna J. Carmelo together with College of Teacher Education and Technology (CTET), College of Education (CEd), and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).
Assistant Professor Sirilak Sriphachan, Assistant to the President for Languages and International Relations, heads the SNRU delegates (four teachers, three students) while the TTrU campers (one teacher, 15 students) are led by Ms. Do Hai Yen, Deputy Head of Office of Science Management and International Relations.
The USeP students from the Bachelor of Physical Education showcased some of the Philippine Folkdances during the opening program. Also, students from SNRU and TTrU presented their culture through a dance performance in the same ceremony.
According to OPIA, the English Language and Philippine Culture Summer Camp 2019 provides a unique experience for faculty and students from partner universities to learn about English language with an emphasis on English as medium for instruction. It is also an opportunity to learn Philippine culture while enjoying summer at USeP.
It can be recalled that the University also held an English Camp for Korean students. (MCP,RMA)