The 42nd Thailand TESOL International Conference addressed a wide range of timely themes regarding innovation, engagement, and resilience for TESOL communities concerning the digital era’s impact on English teaching and learning during this ever-changing disruptive sociocultural and educational contexts. The paper presentation experience during the two-day conference of TESOL Thailand last January 27-28, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand has been a great opportunity for me to meet fellow educators and language enthusiasts all across the globe.
The conference commenced with the opening ceremony and Dr. Singhanat Nomnian president of the TESOL Thailand shared that there should be resilient ELT practices, processes and policies play significant roles to offer significant research for a better tomorrow. Meanwhile, the keynote speaker Dr. Phra Dhammavatjarabundit of Chulangkorn University, Thailand shared about English language teaching and learning in the future. Plenary talks of the invited plenary speakers were also shared about finding balance in the post-pandemic world, ideas for coping with stresses in today’s classroom, and enhancing teachers’ digital competence by focusing on the delivery of blended teacher education. Paper presenters like me were given an avenue to share our research with an audience and it was such a great experience having an exchange of ideas with fellow speakers of different cultures and beliefs to make difference in the world of language learning.
It was highlighted during the closing ceremonies that TESOL practitioners from a variety of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary fields to nourish insightful ELT ground-breaking research, pedagogies, materials, and innovations for current and future endeavors in local and global contexts. Existing challenges and new opportunities for teachers call for more innovative, engaging, and resilient ELT practices.
The Research Department of JBLFMU-Molo conducted its First Training-Workshop on Patent Search and Patent Drafting last March 14-17, 2023, held at the Third Floor of the University Library. This seminar-workshop was attended by thirty (30) faculty and staff from JBLFMU-Molo and five (5) from JBLCF-Bacolod.
Mr. Robert O. Parcia, Administrator of JBLFMU-Molo, gave his welcome remarks. Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, Regional Director of DOST-Region 6, was the Inspirational Speaker, and Dr. Armando R. Reosura, Director of Intellectual Property Management at Carlos Hilado Memorial State University, was the resource speaker. On the last day of the workshop, the participants presented their respective inventions and utility models.
a. The Use of Institutional Development Innovation Grant (IDIG) E-module to Improve the Students’ Academic Performance in Navigation 2 (Terrestrial and Coastal Navigation) (Presented by Ms. Ma. Elena S. Francisco): Ms. Ma. Elena S. Francisco and C/M Carlos Victoriano BEST RESEARCH PAPER – 3rd Place
b. Acceptability of the e-Learning Module in Seamanship 2A (Trim, Stability, and Stress) (Presented by Ms. Clarence Kay S. Gabasa):
Ms. Clarence Kay S. Gabasa and C/M Carlos Victoriano BEST RESEARCH PAPER – 2nd Place
Ms. Clarence Kay S. Gabasa BEST ORAL PRESENTER – 2nd Place
c. Contributing Factors and Strategies Applied Onboard Ship: Basis for Development of Booklet to Enhance Seafarers’ Mental Health (Presented by Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas):
Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas and 2/M Angelo F. Casanare BEST RESEARCH PAPER – 2nd Place
Dr. Brian Gil S. Sarinas BEST ORAL PRESENTER – 1st Place (Champion)
Hats off to Mdpn. Angelo Ryan Giltendez of JBLCF-Bacolod for bringing the name of JBLFMU to this year’s Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities for Students (IAMUS AGA 20) through his well-applauded virtual presentation of the paper “Psychological Issues Experienced by Seafarers Onboard during Contract Extension.”
For several years since 2015, JBLCF-Bacolod has represented JBLFMU at the Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities, where the university is among its active members. The IAMU is a global network of leading maritime universities providing Maritime Education and Training (MET) of seafarers for the global shipping industry founded in 1999 and is currently composed of 71 universities/academies/faculties of the world’s maritime education and training institutions, and The Nippon Foundation as its members. Aside from the main conference, which professionals from various maritime industry sectors attend, part of the annual assembly is a gathering of maritime students who present their research papers at the IAMU-S.
The IAMUS AGA 22 was held in Batumi, Georgia, on October 19-22, 2022. This year, a paper authored by maritime students from JBLCF-Bacolod and their mentors made it for oral presentation to the conference after going through rigid screening.
Due credit is attributed to the research team composed of Joemel E. Paulmitan, Mikko D. Dadivas, and Mark John P. Priolo, who were unavailable as they were already required to report to their shipping company in Manila. Mdpn. Angelo Ryan Giltendez of BSMT 2-Polaris was selected to present the paper on behalf of the team. The team and the assigned presenter were mentored by Dr. Elisa V. Garcia and Dr. Emeliza T. Estimo, who ensured the overall preparedness of Angelo for the conference. Sincere gratitude is extended to the support team composed of Ms. Alyn G. Libertad, Mrs. Joanna S. Gudio, and Ms. Geneveve M. Aguilar for the much-needed moral support and vote of confidence, and the Administrator of JBLCF-Bacolod, Engr. Roberto Neal S. Sobrejuanite, for his unwavering support and inspiration.
October 28, 2022 was a challenging but memorable day for the faculty and staff researchers of JBLCF-Bacolod as, finally, the proposals they have conceptualized since August 2022 and written for two months since then were presented and reviewed by external experts. The 2022-2023 Oral Presentation and External Review of Research Proposals virtually took place thru Zoom with the researchers themselves, the Administrator, and some members of the Unit Research Committee and Department Heads in attendance.
Dr. Dennis V. Madrigal, Dean of the Recoleto de Bacolod Graduate School of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, and Dr. Carmen C. Menes, Head for Research, Accreditation, and Quality Management Office, served as this year’s external reviewers/experts. As outstanding research leaders of their respective institutions, Dr. Madrigal and Dr. Menes shared their vision of elevating the papers in terms of quality, making them worthy of international publication. The process was tedious yet gratifying as both experts scrutinized the areas that needed to be strengthened, improved, or even revised while offering helpful suggestions to the researchers.
Engr. Roberto Neal S. Sobrejuanite, who remained attuned in the day-long activity, was all praises for having witnessed the entire exercise. He expressed his gratitude to the external reviewers for their patience in sharing their expertise and declared his all-out support to the researchers.
This activity articulates JBLFMU’s unrelenting quest for excellence in the field of research, making it part of the research process that researchers undergo, from the conceptualization to the completion of their papers.
This year’s research proposals deal with research topics in various disciplines in the context of Maritime Education and Training, as well as other issues and concerns affecting seafarers and the industry, and the physical and social environment.