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Adveva, F.M., 'New Trends and Issues in Teaching Filipino to Non-Native Speakers: The Case in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.' February, 2016.


The Teaching of Filipino Language to non-native speakers has been so challenging all these years.  The foremost problem is that Filipino and other Philippine-type languages are not yet fully studied and analyzed in terms of their forms and functions in contexts.  The challenge goes on like a domino effect as to what methods and techniques are most effective in teaching and learning the language. 

This paper imparts the experiences and challenges that the teachers of Filipino are facing in Malaysia and Brunei.   This will include methodology and teaching strategies, designed modules, testing techniques, technology and innovations to teaching Filipino to Malaysians and Bruneians within their own contexts.  This paper will also present a brief development of the Filipino Language Program at Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

Mohamed Mohieldin Ahmed., 'Teaching Arabic Language Skills for Beginners According to the Objectives of Common European Framework Reference (CEFR), Through Computer Based Language Learning Games.' Second International Conference for teaching Arabic, University of Jordan April 21st to 23rd, 2015.


The Council of Europe recommends using the CEFR for assessing language skills of learners of additional languages. CEFR recommends using the communicative approach, where the student is at the centre of the learning process. Use of technology in education is growing and forces educators to create new teaching methods using technology. This research aims to develop teaching methods for teaching and learning the Arabic language skills focusing on beginners (A1 level on CEFR scale) through computer language learning games in and outside the classroom, and to set a model of computer language learning games that can be used for teaching Arabic language to speakers of other languages. This research is based on analysing and describing methods by explaining how teachers can use online language learning games to achieve the objectives set out in CEFR. The proposed method consists of ten steps that could develop all the language skills through online language learning games. The proposed method in this research puts students in the centre of the learning process and provides the communicative approach by helping students to use online language learning games using computers, phones and tablets. Finally this research recommends the use of online language learning games in the process of teaching and learning a foreign language.

Adveva, F.M., 'The Filipino Language Programme in Brunei: Challenges and Updates.' Language, Culture, Multiculturalism, Multilingual Education, and the K-12 Curriculum: Trends, Issues, Challenges, Practices. University of the Philippines-Diliman. November 20 - 22, 2014.

The Filipino Language Programme in Brunei: Challenges and Updates

The opening of the Filipino Language course at the Language Centre of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in 2010 contributed to the rise in popularity of the language not just in the working sectors in Brunei where Filipinos are currently employed, but also in the academe. The Filipino Language programme started when the Faculty of Brunei Studies required their majors to take up ASEAN languages; which include Filipino language. Apart from this, it is also currently offered by the Philippine Consulate General in Brunei during term breaks to teach Filipino language and culture to Filipino children born and raised in Brunei.

At present, Filipino is being offered at UBD's Language Centre as an elective course open to all degree programmes. It is also part of UBD's Continuing Education Centre programme of Foreign Language classes open to the public. With the ongoing Filipino Language Programme as the newest language programme at UBD, Filipino teachers are also actively involved in providing specialist courses, consultation, and translation services to industry and government departments. This paper will present a brief development and updates of the Filipino Language Programme inside and outside UBD. It will also impart the experiences and concerns of the Filipino teachers. This wil include teaching strategies and assessment techniques that the presenter found to be effective in the teaching of Filipino to Bruneians within their own contexts.

Adeva, F. M., 'Filipino Language Teaching in Brunei: Acquisition and Retention.' 5th International Language Learning Conference 2013, Penang, Malaysia. 11-13 November, 2013.

Adeva, F. M., 'Filipino Language Teaching and Testing for Beginners: The Malaysia and Brunei Experience.' International Conference on Language Proficiency and Testing in Less Commonly Taught Languages, Bangkok, Thailand. 17 - 18 August 2012.


Mohd Norazmie bin Mohd Yusof., 'Drama in Education: A possibility of a creative and engaging learning experience.' Australasian Conference on Business and Social Sciences, Sydney, Australia. 13-14 April, 2015.

Mohd Norazmie bin Mohd Yusof attended the Australasia Conference on Business and Social Sciences held on 13 & 14 Apr 2015.  The conference, organized at the Central Queensland University Sydney Campus aimed to promote and publish relevant and current ideas in business and social sciences fields such as Accounting, Economics, Education, Politics and Management. In Education papers were related to pedagogy, learning and teaching, educational psychology, curriculum and instruction.

Participants represented 30 different nations. Around 110 papers were presented during the 2 day conference. Keynote speaker was Vice Chancellor and President of CQU, Professor Bowman. He highlighted how CQU survived during the past 5 years by developing a project of helping less fortunate students from Australia and other countries. By helping others he said CQU can create a better future for the less fortunate which is good for the university itself; a win – win situation.

My presentation, 'Drama in Education: A possibility of a creative and engaging learning experience' focused on the benefits of using drama in education as a platform of pedagogy and the possibility of using it as part of other teaching methods. Research by educational psychologists and ‘drama/theatre in education practitioners’ in Europe has involved interesting case studies with the use drama as a platform to boost students’ understanding and participation while creating a safe context for learning.

Drama has potential to become a platform for ‘edutainment’ activities and promotes constructive learning strategies. From my observations during my teaching career in primary school and vocational school, positive outcomes resulted when I used drama in the classroom. Many of the audience (mainly educators) agreed that we need to try different approaches to teach students. We need to be bold enough to step out of our comfort zones and innovate.

This was my first conference and the experience of delivering my paper internationally boosted my confidence.  My paper showed some of the creative pedagogy that I have used during my teaching career in primary school in UK and in vocational school in Brunei. It gave the audience some insights into aspects of education in Brunei and demonstrated that we are just like other educators from other countries striving for the excellence in delivering knowledge and skills to students. During the conference I had discussions with educators around the region and we exchanged ideas. This has given me new ideas for teaching and researching in the future.

Adeva, F. M., 'Aspect in Cebuano, Filipino and Bahasa Melayu.' 3rd International Conference on Filipino as Global Language Conference, Manila, Philippines. 3 - 5 August 2012.

Adeva, F. M., 'Semantic correlates of Transitivity in Cebuano and its implications to teaching Filipino.' 2012 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 10 - 13 January 2012.

Min Shen. 'Challenges and Problems to develop Chinese Education for Specific Purposes in a Multi-Lingual Environment - A case study of Brunei Darussalam.' International Conference on Chinese For Specific Purposes and Teaching Chinese Culture, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan. 20 - 23 June 2012.

Mohamed Mohieldin Ahmed and Saidai Hitam. 'UBD`s experience in Teaching and learning Arabic.' National Arabic Conference, UNISSA. Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. 27 - 28 March, 2013

Nicol, M. and Elgar. A., 'Developing Academic Writing Skills in University Students: Current Practices and Problems at UBD. E4BT Conference. ITB 24 - 25 October, 2012.

Noor Azam Haji-Othman., 'Foreign Language Teaching and Learning in Southeast Asia (SEA): Trends and Future Challenges.' 3rd Annual International Symposium of Foreign Language Learning (#rd AISOFOLL), Jakarta, Indonesia. 31 October - 1 November 2012

Zurinah Hj Ya'akub. 'Penggunaan Dialek Melayu Brunei (DMB) di Kalangan Warga Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD): Manifestasi Jati Diri Bangsa Melayu Brunei.' 11th Borneo Research Council Conference, Chancellor Hall, UBD. 25 - 27 June 2012

Elgar, A. G., & Nicol, M. 'The vocabulary knowledge of Brunei school leavers; some practical suggestions for improvement.' Paper presented at the Brunei English Language Teachers’ Association International Conference, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. April 2012.

Mohamed Mohieldin Ahmed. 'Study on Scenario of Teaching Arabic Language in Brunei Darussalam.' International Conference for Arabic Language, Jakarta, Indonesia. 9 - 12 July 2012.

Mohamed Mohieldin Ahmed. 'Teaching Arabic Songs to the Beginners of Non-Arabic Speakers by using the Computer.' International Conference for Arabic Language, Beirut, Lebanon. 19 - 23 March 2012.


Adeva, F. M. B.  (2012).  ‘The Aspectual System of Filipino and Cebuano.’  Philippine Journal of Linguistics.  Manila: De La Salle University Press (forthcoming).

Adeva, F. M. B.  (2005).  ‘Semantic Correlates of Transitivity in Cebuano Short Stories.’  Philippine Linguistics Journal.  Manila:  De La Salle University Press.

UBD researchNoor Azam Haji-Othman & Wood, K., (2016). ‘Perceptions of Learner Autonomy in English Language Education in Brunei Darussalam’.  In R. Barnard & Jinrui Li (eds.), Language Learner Autonomy: Teachers' Beliefs and Practices in Asian Contexts.  Phnom Penh: IDP Education.


McLellan, J. & Noor Azam Haji-Othman. (2012). ‘Features of the Brunei Darussalam variety of English.' In Azirah Hashim & Low Ee Ling (eds.), English in Southeast Asia. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Noor Azam Haji-Othman. (2012). ‘Is it always English? Duelling aunties in Brunei Darussalam’.  In V. Rapatanaha & P. Bunce (eds.), English language as Hydra.  Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Noor Azam Haji-Othman. (2012).  ‘Teaching an endangered language: Basa’ Tutong in UBD’. In A. Clynes, Selected papers from the 11th Borneo Research Council Conference, 2012 [UBD, Online publication]


Noor Azam Haji-Othman. (2012).  ‘Teaching an Unwritten language: Bahasa Tutong’. In M. Boutin, P.G. Sercombe & A. Clynes, Memorial Volume for Professor Peter W. Martin.  Newcastle: BRC

Noor Azam Haji-Othman, Suciyati Haji Sulaiman, Liyana Puteri Pg Abd Ghani, Saidai Haji Hitam & Zurinah Haji Ya’akub. (2013). ‘Codeswtiching practices at Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s Language Centre’. In R. Barnard & J.A.H. McLellan, Codeswitching in university English language classes: Case studies and perspectives from Asian contexts.  Multilingual Matters

Saidai Hitam, Rosnah Ramly & Amey Metassan (Eds.). (2006). 20 Years of UBD; a Photographic Journey. Brunei: UBD

picsSaidai Hitam, Hassan Abdul Maksoud, Abd Rahman Cik, Abd Karim Hayaza, Ali Obied Braima & Abdur Rosyad Syuhudi. (2004). Silsilat at-Ta`lim el-Lughah el-`Arabiyyah Li Ghairi Natiqin biha (Teaching Arabic For Non Arabic Speakers – Book I & 2 ). Brunei: UBD.


Hosted Public Talk, Curriculum Development Challenges and Opportunities at a Canadian Technical College in Qatar, by Mr Derrick Clifford Hann, College of North Atlantic, Qatar. 21 February, 2013.

Hosted Public Talk, English Education in Korea: Challenges Korean University Students Face in Acquiring English, by Mr Vladan Kajgo, Dankook University, Cheonam Campus, South Korea. 21 February, 2013.

Hosted Public Talk, Lesson Plan for Complete Beginners of Japanese, by Ms Yuki Akita, University of Birmingham. 13 February, 2013.


Hosted Public Talk by Juan Pablo Mora, Visiting Lecturer from Sevilla University, Spain. October 2012. Co-hosted BELTA Conference with Brunei Engilsh Language Teachers' Association. April 2012.

Korean Film Night - 2015 2014, 2013, 2012.
German Film Night - 2015

Korean TOPIK Test - in conjunction with Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

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