CAS mentor completes US-sponsored online course



A faculty member of the MMSU College of Arts and Sciences has recently completed an online course under the American English (AE) E-Teacher Program.

Mr. John Vincent B. Toribio underwent the course on Professional Development for Teacher Trainers from April 7 to June 2, 2020 offered by the Arizona State University, USA. 

The eight-week course, administered by an international non-profit organization called FHI 360, is designed for both new and experienced teachers which taught them methods for creating, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training workshops. 

The Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the U.S. Department of State nominated Mr. Toribio to the said program. After a screening process, Toribio became one among the selected participants from the Philippines.

Toribio received his digital badge and certificate for successfully finishing the course, saying that the course has equipped him with teacher training tools and strategies for impactful training in the local context.

Toribio expressed his gratefulness for the US Embassy for giving him an amazing and nurturing experience in a top US university and that he is excited to share his learning to the University. 


The CAS mentor is also the chief of the Information Services unit under the MMSU Office for Strategic Communication, and the concurrent Editor-in-Chief of the MMSU Chronicle, the official in-house publication of the university. 

Aside from Toribio, Dr. Mee Jay A. Domingo, another CAS faculty member, and Mr. Jerville Jake Cabansag, Graduate School (GS) student, were the first and second participants of the AE E-Teacher Program, respectively.

Students from CAS and College of Teacher Education also enjoyed other U.S. programs such as the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

The said course is among the online English programs which are being sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. 

The said department provides programs and materials on English language teaching and learning to countries such as the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Island countries. 

Ms. Connie Chico, the Cultural Affairs Specialist of the English Language Programs of the Embassy of the United States of America commends the MMSU participants who complete the English online course, assuring that the program enhances the participants' skills for delivering engaging and relevant teaching. (StratCom)