Apart from its well-loved tourist attractions and trademark Filipino hospitality, the Philippines is a country that promises a more productive and memorable experience to every non-native English speaking tourist by means of comprehensive and cost-effective ESL (English as a Second Language) training.
There are several reasons why the Philippines can be called a prime territory for “educational tourism”: more affordable tuition fees despite being one of the top ten English-speaking nations (third to be exact, according to the local Department of Tourism), lower cost of living, and constant exposure to residents who speak and write English as required in the business world and everyday living. A major chunk of the country’s population are highly meticulous when it comes to the English language – particularly in terms of spelling, grammar and intonation – as today’s hot jobs dealing with foreign clients (e.g. jobs in the hotel and outsourcing industries) require above-average comprehension and fluency in English with an American, British or neutral accent.
The quality of Philippine-based ESL classes is being trusted by most Europeans and fellow Asians especially South Koreans, who make up the most number of visitor arrivals beginning in 2008. Not only they get to know the basics, but they are also given opportunities to apply what they learn as most of the subjects taught in the country’s best schools and universities are in English. Furthermore, the Department of Tourism came up with a Philippines ESL (English as a Second Language) Tour Program as an all-in-one package for foreign students to be more familiar with ESL and Philippine tourism at the same time.
For those who prefer to focus on mastering English, whether for business communication or casual setting, there are training centers recognized by the Department of Education that offer complimentary and discounted customized courses administered by Filipino and foreign instructors. In no time, students will be speaking and writing English in the same capacity as native English speakers such as Americans, Brits, and Australians.