AMES 86-680: Filipino Language, Elementary I 
Mondays 6-8 p.m. Williams Hall 215 
Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. Williams Hall 4

Instructor: Erlinda B. Juliano (Ginang Juliano)
Admissions, Graduate School of Education
Rm. B-31, GSE Building
Tel: (215) 898-6455 (Office)
(609) 616-2896 (Home)

Background and Rationale of the Course:

    The Filipino (commonly known as Tagalog) language course is offered to students to learn it for academic, professional and/or personal use. This course will generally provide and develop student to speak, listen, read and write Filipino language at its beginning (elementary) level.
Course Objectives:
At the end of the course, each student should be able to :
    1. Acquire and appreciate the overview of the historical and cultural background of the Philippines in relation to its language development.
    2. Familiarize, pronounce, and compare the Filipino alphabets and numbers to other languages.
    3. Learn basic grammar rules and apply this in role playing and short essay writing.
    4. Build confidence to carry on a short dialogue using the language in any given situation.
    5. Apply and practice the newly acquired language skills for academic, business and/or personal use.
    Lecture discussion, role-playing, oral reading and presentation, brainstorming, and workshops. Tagalog will mainly be the medium of communication.
    Students, both graduate and undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, who want to learn the Filipino course in its basic level are eligible to attend. The course is equivalent to one credit unit. No auditors or observers are able to attend unless approved by the instructor.
Course Requirements:
  1. Attend all classes, unless arrangements have been made in advance with the instructor.
  2. Submit exercises and projects on time. Non-submission of these will be considered incomplete.
  3. Towards the end of the course, each student should show the ability to speak, listen, read and write Tagalog language in its basic level, using proper pronounciation and in accordance with Filipino basic structures (grammar).
Grading Policy:
The final grade will be computed according to the following criteria:
    30%: Attendance and Participation
    25%: Submission of homework, video tapes and exercises
    25%: Exams and quizzes
    20%: Final Project (Group Presentation)
Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15-6 p.m. Others by appointment.

Required Books:

  1. Ramos, Teresita V. 1985. Conversational Tagalog. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  2. Ramosa,Teresita V. 1990. Modern Tagalog. Grammatical Explanations and Exercises for Non-Native speakers. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

  3. These books are available for sale at the University of Penn. bookstore and on reserve at the Van Pelt Library.
Reference Books:
  1. Wolff, John U. et al. 1991. Filipino through Self-Instruction. Part One to Four (4 volumes) Cornell University Southeast Asia Program. (On reserve at Van Pelt Library)
  2. Ramos, Teresita V. et al. (unpublished). Tagalog for Beginners (this book is only available from the instructor. Back-up exercises will be drawn from this).