The Philippine Association for Language Teaching, Inc. (PALT) wishes to announce its decision to postpone the conduct of the 60th PALT Anniversary and 2020 PAC International Conference originally scheduled to be held at the Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines on December 3-5, 2020.
PALT is saddened by this development because it has been looking forward to welcoming its friends and partners from its affiliates from the Asia Pacific and beyond to its celebration of its 60th anniversary and its hosting of the Pan-Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies (PAC) International Conference on Language Education. This milestone in PALT’s history as a professional organization would have been a perfect opportunity for language teachers, researchers, planners, and policymakers to engage in discussions that promote sharing of the latest trends, developments, and practices in the teaching of language in Asia.
However, after a thorough evaluation of conditions we all find ourselves in, PALT has decided that the gravity and the uncertainty of the situation demand that we act with due caution, mindful of the participants’ welfare and safety as our primary concern. More importantly, PALT strongly feels that at this time, everyone must devote one’s time and resources to ensuring the well-being of our families, communities, and countries.
Despite this challenge, PALT hopes to hold this anniversary conference next year once the circumstances permit it. Meanwhile, PALT will continue to keep in touch with its affiliate organizations and its general membership on matters pertaining to this conference as well as on other activities that the association has lined up for the year. In this connection, members and other interested parties are strongly encouraged to visit the website, https://www.paltphilippines.com, and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PALTNationalConference/, for the latest information. They can also go to the membership page, https://www.paltphilippines.com/regular, for instructions, renewal of membership, and other concerns.
PALT is one with the nation and the world in this time of pandemic. Together, we, the community of language scholars, stand united in our efforts to conquer this disease and prove that our ideals will prevail.