CAS teacher completes OPEN global online course

A faculty member of the MMSU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has recently completed a global online course sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.


Mr. Ryan Roi B. Domingo, also the faculty in-charge of the university’s digital media services, took a training course on “Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an English as a Foreign Language Setting” from September 29 to November 24, 2020. 


The program is under the Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program provided by World Learning (WL), an international nonprofit organization. 


The 8-week course enabled Domingo to analyze his classroom experiences and resources to think critically about the teaching content and processes based on the cultural context.


“We also examined ourselves as cultural beings and assessed learners’ needs and goals to develop concrete lessons that reflected their view of critical thinking and intercultural competence,” Domingo said. 


He said that topics under the online course were on culture, critical thinking, multiple perspectives, intercultural communication, contextual lesson planning, and teaching critical thinking.


The CAS faculty was nominated by the US Embassy to the said program, and was later on accepted by WL after a rigid screening process. He received digital badge and certificate after his completion of the training.  


Funded by the US government, the OPEN program offers foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to take innovative, online university-level classes and online professional development programming for teachers through FHI 360, a nonprofit human development organization based in North Carolina, US. – Daniel P. Tapaoan, Jr. (StratCom)