SEARCA initiates new fiscal year with customized training for incoming scholars

  • 14 July 2023

SEARCA initiates new fiscal year with customized training for incoming scholars

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has commenced its new fiscal year by offering customized training to incoming scholars for the academic year 2023–24.

A group of 11 scholars hailing from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam actively participated in the Basic English Course. The course, which started on 4 July 2023, kicked off with its first module focusing on conversations for social and academic interaction, as well as pronunciation improvement. This initial module was conducted online via Zoom. Subsequently, eight of the 11 scholars will continue their language learning journey through face-to-face sessions at the SEARCA headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna. These sessions will cover various aspects of English language skills, such as reading, vocabulary enrichment, writing, and grammar.

The Basic English Course is an annual offering by SEARCA designed to enhance the scholars' English proficiency and foster their comfort in using the language in preparation for their academic studies. This learning event serves as a refresher course and foundation for the scholars to further develop their English skills. Moreover, it is part of a broader range of academic and extracurricular learning opportunities that assists the scholars in completing their academic requirements on time, while also supporting their social well-being.

SEARCA initiates new fiscal year with customized training for incoming scholars

Amidst the diverse array of SEARCA scholarship programs, all participants serve as ambassadors of the institution and carry the SEARCA brand. Developing their communication skills is instrumental in helping them represent the Center not only as scholars but also as future alumni. SEARCA acknowledges and appreciates the dedication and hard work of all its scholars who have demonstrated perseverance in mastering a language that is not theirs.

Heading the training team is retired professor Emerita Cervantes, who has been a longstanding provider of English language courses for the SEARCA scholars, as well as regional events held in Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam under the Institutional Development Assistance (IDA) program.

In addition to the Basic English Course, the scholars will participate in an orientation and team building activities, joining their fellow scholars as they embark on their academic journey together.