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Writing the Classroom 4
June 17, 2021 @ 8:00 am - June 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pmPHP2000
Special Session on “Using Audiobooks in the Teaching of Philippine Literature”
Audiobooks are the wave of the future. While the sales of print books and ebooks have seen a decline in the past few years, the sales and popularity in the West of audiobooks has been soaring in the past decade, and the pandemic has driven sales of this literary format to an all-time high. The combination of the cellphone and the digital downloading has made literature come alive for millions of readers/listeners who can now immerse themselves in the literary experience while taking a walk or doing household chores. The pandemic has only emphasized the need for new formats of learning like audiobooks to make students appreciate this mode of conveying literature in an intimate manner. In the Philippines the audiobook format has not been explored well, especially for educational purposes. For this reason the author and some friends created an online domain to promote Philippine audiobooks to be accessed online by any student in the Philippines (https://literature.ph/). The author will share his pedagogical approach of his first time to use an audiobook in the teaching of Philippine literature as well as the reviews and reactions of his students to the audiobook experience. He will end with insights regarding the prospects for the future and the challenges of this medium for teachers in general.