From teacher-centered and learner-centered pedagogy to learning-centered pedagogy


During my graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn GSE), I examined the relationship between teacher-centered and learner-centered pedagogy in Southeast Asia. This topic has always interested me because I grew up in the Philippines where ‘teacher-centered’ pedagogy was more common. Then when I moved to the U.S., I experienced more ‘learner-centered’ approaches. At that time, the different teaching methods and teacher-student dynamics baffled me. Over the years, however, I’ve grown to appreciate the spectrum of teaching philosophies, principles, and approaches. What I love about my time at Mawlamyine University is the fact that I am able to use all of what I have learned and experienced so far and engage with the interplay between theory and practice.

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Htamané (Glutinous Rice Festival) – February 16, 2017

img_1706Htamané is held during Tabodwe, the eleventh month of the Burmese calendar. Men collaborate to make sticky rice, which is to be offered first to Buddha and monasteries, and then to family, friends, and neighbors. On February 16, each department from the university competed to produce the most delicious sticky rice. Students and faculty arrived early (about 6 or 6:30 a.m.) to prepare for this annual competition. Unlike the sticky rice found in other Southeast Asian countries, the sticky rice in Burma is made with peanuts, coconuts, sesame seed, ginger, peanut oil, and of course, white rice.

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First ESL Teacher Program – Mawlamyine, Myanmar


Mingalabar! Greetings from sunny Mawlamyine, Myanmar. It has been about two weeks since I arrived in Mawlamyine. I traveled with members of the Fort Wayne Sister Cities Mawlamyine committee to discuss and conduct our first ESL teacher program. Fort Wayne, Indiana is the first U.S. city to have a Friendship City relationship with a city in Myanmar. [Click here for more info on our Friendship City agreement.]  

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