Fr. Joseph Galdon Fund


ACELT is allotting twenty (20) slots for qualified teachers to participate at the 55th ACELT Conference-Workshop on “Translingual Practices in ELT: Bridging Theory and Practice in Multilingual Classrooms” to  be held on Nov. 11-13, 2021 via Zoom. 

To celebrate its 40th founding anniversary, the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT) is proud to announce the Fr. Joseph Galdon Fund for DepEd/CHED teachers and/or officials and other school administrators. This funding is given to qualified teachers so that they may attend conference with a 50% discount on registration fees.

The fund is named after Fr. Joseph Galdon, S.J. who founded ACELT together with Dr. Edna Manlapaz in the 1980s. As an educator and former chair of the English department, Fr. Galdon shared in Dr. Manlapaz’s vision of a teacher-training center that would help teachers ‘to tink,’ that is, to engage in the tinkering of ideas and practices that would help teachers become facilitators of knowledge.

To honor his spirit, the Fr. Galdon Fund was established to help finance the training and professional development of novice teachers and academic leaders in ELT by sponsoring their participation in ACELT certificate course/workshop/conference.

For now, we are offering twenty (20) slots for the registration fees of selected applicants to the 55th ACELT Conference-Workshop on Nov. 11-13, 2021. 

DEADLINE for APPLICATIONS: Nov. 9, 2021; email,



Following are the guidelines for those who wish to avail the fund:

1. The fund may only be applied for by Filipino DepEd/CHED teachers with at least five years experience in the field and/or holds an administrative position which allows him/her to make administrative decisions and effect positive change in their school/s).

2. This is also available to teachers and academic administrators from small private schools in the Philippines.

3.  Subsidy will be limited to 50% of the registration fee only (i.e. it will not include membership fees).

4. Selected applicants are committed to completing the entire duration of the workshop and are invited to write a short write-up regarding their experience for possible publication in the ACELT Forum.

5. The subsidy is non-transferable. In case the original recipient of the subsidy is, for whatever reason, unable to attend the workshop or conference he or she was granted for, another recipient may be chosen from among the applicants or the money is returned to the Galdon Fund.

Guidelines for the selection of applicants:

1. Applicant must be currently teaching and/or holding an administrative position in any DepEd/CHED-supervised school or a small private school in the Philippines.

2. Applicant must have at least 5 years cumulative teaching experience and must show proof of this experience.

3. Application will be done through a personal letter written by the applicant to the Executive Director, Dr. Cecilia A. Suarez stipulating the reason/s why attendance to the workshop is relevant to his or her professional and academic community development. The applicant must also submit a short resume and supporting documents that will prove his or her number of years of teaching and administrative assignments. The letter should be endorsed by the applicant’s school principal or direct supervisor.

4. ACELT, through its Executive Director, reserves the right to evaluate the application of individuals for subsidy and will email applicants individually at a duly appointed time.

5. Priority will be given to public school teachers and administrators from low-performing schools (as determined by the students’ overall NAT exam performance) and small private schools.