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The Philippines as Destination for English Lessons

by: Sarah Joson

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Outsourcing News |

English Language Learning Destination

An article posted at www.BBC.co.uk stated that the Philippines is rapidly becoming known as a destination for affordable English lessons. Foreign students were said to be flocking to the country to enrol in English-speaking universities to learn how to communicate in English. 

Factors that were found to have contributed to the growth in the number of foreign enrollees are the inexpensive fees and neutral English accent. If compared to English-speaking countries such as the UK, the US or Australia, the Philippines is singled out by Russian, Iranian, Brazilian, and Libyan students who want to learn English as it is more economical to study the language in the country.

An English teacher cited that her school’s fee of $500 (£313) for a 60-hour class is only one-third of the same course in Canada or the US. Furthermore, the ability of a Filipino to speak with a clear American accent makes the country more ideal for learning the English language.

The country is also home to a lot of companies that offer call center services, where employees are often trained to speak like an American so callers will understand them easily and will not know that they’re talking to people who are not from the US.

The Philippine Immigration Bureau announced that 24,000 candidates applied for a permit to study this year, far from the 8,000 back in 2008. Another positive factor for the Philippines is that most of its universities teach lessons in English.
According to Cristino Panlilio, Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippines is ready to accept more students and as the demand increases, the country should likewise improve marketing strategies to address the trend.


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