Titled Task-Based Language Teaching and Its Discontents, this invited paper draws inspiration from critical and contemporary insights on second language acquisition, mother-tongue education, and materials design and development. The results arrived at shall also be presented at the University of Harvard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and at Princeton University in New Jersey in June, 2012.
A number of interests from fellow researchers from different universities across Luzon and the Visayas have been expressed in order to contextualize the paper's findings outside DLSU-D. The core of the collaboration is to interrogate on monolingual approaches to teaching English vis-a-vis the role of mother-tongue and pragmatic and sociocultural influences in the Philippine context which is highly multilingual or plurilingual. Faculty members from both LLC and LLD participated in this national conference. Invited speakers come from Harvard University, Cambridge University, National University of Singapore, Summer Institute of Linguistics, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University Manila, University of the Philippines in the Visayas, among others.
For decades, the Linguistic Society of the Philippines has been an internationally recognized English language teaching organization where only contemporary and breakthrough research findings are invited for presentation. The 2012 LSP conference was made possible through the initiatives of Dr. T. Ruanni Tupas, Senior Lecturer of the Centre of English Language Communication, National University of Singapore and Dr. Arwin Vibar of the University of Asia and the Pacific.