Deadlines are approaching fast if you are a college student interested in applying!
Here is the link: http://scholarships.fastweb.com/e-filipino-students
"Taking the Tagalog Level 1 class online was great! To be honest I was a little wary because it was online. But there really was nothing to worry about since taking it online did not hinder my learning experience. If anything it helped it even more since having the lessons one-on-one significantly helped my pronunciation as well as drilling the different exercises. I also felt extremely comfortable to ask any questions without worrying about taking up the time of other students. I would definitely recommend taking Tagalog Level 1 class online." -- J.F., Lev
If you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area or if you can pass on this event to your friends who live there.
Join the talented Marissa Esperanza Catubig and I at a "Special Evening wtih Oscar Penaranda and Friends" on Wednesday, 4/24 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Bindlestiff Studio!
Come out, come share some "kwento, kwento" ("talk story") with the legendary poet/author/community activist/teacher, Oscar Peñaranda at the one and only Bindlestiff Studio in the South of Market! On a personal note, if you don't all already know, Oscar is my Tito on my mother's side and has been a great mentor to me for over 30 years, so this event is very special to me and would mean so much if you can come, as he shares his stories to the FilAm community-at-large.
We will have special evening of poetry, short stories, and live music. Various guest readers include Chris Mayrena (Hyperaje Productions), music by Sheila Alix (Sheilani) and Lendl San Jose (Ukelenny), and Mr. P himself. Admission is sliding scale of $5-25+.
$10 at the door, includes book of poems (Full Deck, Jokers Playing )
$25, get book of stories
(Seasons by the Bay)
$27 or more, get both books!
50% of proceeds will go to help keeping Bindlestiff Studio running strong.
Pass on the event to your friends and family, again, a rare appearance by Oscar and he will be signing and selling his books at the event!
Appreciate it Joanna!
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--Thanks Eleanore F. for sharing!
How funny (unfortunate, really) that Tagalog classes are having to be offered to Filipinos who live in The Philippines!
Here is an interesting article on GMAnetwork.com on the proliferation of Tagalog Classes as summer activities for upper and middle class Filipino children who are living in The Philippines who cannot speak Tagalog. It reports:
" ...These problems arise when families decide to emphasize one language over the other, fearful that even two languages might be too many. Between Filipino and English, preference is given to the latter, sometimes even banning the use of Filipino in some homes and schools. When one language dominates, it can affect the way the second language is learned, for example, children growing up with English as the dominant language will have problems learning to read in Filipino, despite what seems to be a simpler arrangement of consonants and vowels...."
Read more here
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