EMP Lectures

 The Emy M. Pascasio Memorial Lecture 


Current Memorial Lecture (2019)


        Edmundo F. Litton, Ed.D.

Loyola Marymount University
School of Education


Date: September 14, 2019 (10 AM- 12 NN)

Venue: Ateneo de Manila University (Ching Tan Room SOM 111)


Pls. call 4266001 LOC 5310/5311 or 4266120 to reserve a slot.

Promoting Language Diversity in the Philippines:  Lessons learned by a Filipino immigrant in the USA


The Philippines is a land of great linguistic diversity.  However, it is only in recent years that various regional languages have been given the importance and prestige they deserve by being recognized as relevant languages for educational purposes.    Th implantation of mother tongue instruction has been met with both resistance and acceptance.  What can educators do to promote the use of various regional languages in the Philippines?  How does regional identity impact how mother tongue is implemented in schools?    Much can be learned from the context of the United States on language teaching and learning.  Educators in the United States are continue to struggle to promote linguistics diversity in schools.  While bilingualism is considered an asset, young students are actually encouraged to forget their non-English mother tongues only to be taught those same languages in high school or college.    How do issues of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and culture impact how languages are learned in schools?  Lessons from language learning and teaching in the United States in recent years can be applied to the Philippine context.  The talk will explore various factors that educators in the Philippines need to consider as they continue to implement mother tongue instruction.  



Edmundo F. Litton, an immigrant from Manila, Philippines, is a Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University.  He was the Chair of the Department for 11 years.  Currently, he serves as the Senior Director for Global and Local Initiatives in the Department.  He oversees the teacher preparation programs for teachers who work in under-resourced Catholic and public schools including programs throughout the state of California.  He pioneered the Study Abroad programs in the Department and brings graduate students to Manila every year to work in public schools in the Metro Manila area with Teach for the Philippines.   At LMU, he teaches courses on educational linguistics, bilingual education, and research methods.    Edmundo Litton completed his Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the School of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University.  He also holds a MA in Educational Technology and a Doctorate in Education in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. Prior to immigrating to the United States, he was a high school teacher in the Philippines at La Salle schools in Manila and Bacolod.  In the United States, he has taught in both Catholic and public schools.  He is also a published author on topics related to teaching English and respecting diversity in schools.  


Past Memorial Lectures


8th EMP Memorial Lecture, 2017

Margarita Felipe Fajardo (Ateneo de Naga University)

“Tensions in critical literacy pedagogy: Case studies of three college teachers in the Philippines”


7th EMP Memorial Lecture, 2015

Maria Luz Elena N. Canilao

“The use of English in multilingual classrooms: Frameworks, features, and factors”

6th EMP Memorial Lecture, 2013

Marianne Rachel G. Perfecto

“Contextual factors in teacher decision making: Extending the Woods Model”

5th EMP Memorial Lecture, 2012

Paolo Niño Valdez

“Investigating identity in globalized worlds: Impacts for language teaching”


Priscilla Angela T. Cruz

“Constructing identities through language: Text analysis and a ‘nationalist’ pedagogy”


4th EMP Memorial Lecture (incorporated in the 2010 LSP-NCGM), 2010

Ricardo Ma. Duran Nolasco

“Ang hamon ng MTB-MLE sa mga edukador ng Pilipinas”

3rd EMP Memorial Lecture, 2009

Ma. Milagros C. Laurel

“Textese one more time: Further explorations into text message”


2nd EMP Memorial Lecture (Ateneo de Manila University, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Linguistic Society of the Philippines, Inc.), 2008

Napoleon Imperial (NEDA)

“Reflections on the Philippine languages­-in-­education Issue”


Ms. Rose Camacam and Ms. Norma Duguiang (Lubuagan Central School)

“Improving student competence in Filipino and English: The Lubuagan



1st EMP Memorial Lecture, 2007

Allan Benedict Bernardo

 “1+1=Magellan, 2+2=Lapu-Lapu: Filipino bilinguals’ cognitive processing of number facts”Edmundo F. Litton, Ed.D.