Today, the state of English and English language teaching in the Philippines is at a critical point. Recent studies confirm the common impression that the English language proficiency of Filipino students is rapidly deteriorating. It is imperative that the trend be reversed if Filipinos are not to lose one of their most useful assets in contributing to national development and international communication.

The Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT) is a center for education and development in English language and literature teaching (ELLT). It follows the Jesuits’ prime education objective - "to form men-and-women-for-others who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ" (Arrupe, Pedro, S.J., July 1973: 26). ACELT seeks to contribute to this task through the formation of professionally competent, socially concerned teachers, teacher trainers, and ELLT managers - multipliers for the process of institutional and social change.