A new learning tool to polish English skills

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


TWENTY-FIVE students of the Negros Occidental Language Information Center (NOLITC) in Bacolod City had enrolled for a week with the LEAP (Learning English Application for Pinoys) program.

LEAP is a stand-alone, computer-based training program with lessons and exercises to help users improve their English language skills.

The software was developed by the University of the Philippines - Diliman and funded by the Department of Science and Technology - Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO).

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As part of its closed beta testing phase for the nationwide rollout of the LEAP program, the UP and the DOST-ICTO has chosen the NOLITC as its fourth beta testing center in Visayas.

The DOST-ICTO aims to polish the basic skills of Filipino students in English grammar, vocabulary, and speech.

LEAP project leader Dr. Susan Festin said the main objective of the software is to help improve the competency of Filipinos in the English language in order to supply a steady manpower pool for the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.

Aside from this, the group also aims to equip K to 12 students around the country once the software is deployed.

NOLITC officer-in-charge Ma. Cristina Orbecido said this new learning tool will surely enhance the level of English proficiency of their graduates.

NOLITC has partnered with leading call centers in Bacolod for the employment of their graduates in Contact Center Services and Finishing Course for Call Center Agents.

The LEAP testing in NOLITC is in partnership with the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) and National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP).

The 25 NOLITC students who enrolled in the LEAP program are currently taking up 365-hour Contact Center Services training.

After the module, the team will manually assess the takers’ level of proficiency in the English language as compared to their result prior to availing the LEAP program. The result is expected to be out in two weeks.

Initial post-evaluation with the trainees reported that they found the LEAP software very useful and interesting. The grammar modules were identified by the trainees as the most challenging part of the training.
Similar testings were done in the Cebu, Davao and Bataan.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 22, 2014.

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