Learning English: More Fun in the Philippines

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.

(24) Comments

  • sara December 17, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    thanks for providing this information really it is helpful

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  • Jerl S. Rey August 12, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.” This is the tag line of Department of Tourism that attracts foreign to uniquely experience the culture and traditions of Philippines. One that is really common to all Filipinos is being Hospitable yet we have more than that.
    Truly, Filipinos are easy to adapt and adjust on whatever culture or environment he / she maybe in. Filipinos are also known of being ‘Matiisin.” (enduring or long suffering). With this, Filipinos, not only English but also other languages. The Philippine government continues to support its constituents with the help of the Department of Tourism to generate more job opportunities to sustain its growing economy. English language is commonly used medium of communication to any other foreign visitors. I also agree that even the neighboring countries are willing come here and learn English. At the end of the day, they settle here and began to see the possibility of having good business. Again, It is as good as generation of labor among the Filipinos. I should say, “It’s REALLY more fun in the Philippines.”

  • Herschelle Marquez August 13, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    Information is very good to know. It is very uplifting as a Filipino. Filipinos become used to the language. In school, teachers and students converse in English and grow consciousness with the grammar and pronunciation. In industries environment, English becomes the medium of communication because it is the language that is comprehensible between Filipinos and foreigners.
    BPO industry, which contributes for the GDP of our country, is fast growing. Numbers will show not just by observations. They choose Filipinos to work for them because we are versed in speaking English and our native tongue is easily adaptable with the accent.
    I, once, had an encounter with an Indian student during an enrollment period in a university. I asked her why she took the risk of flying from India to Philippines to get education. She said that the tuition for a medicine course is 600% cheaper than in India, if to convert in terms of peso. Books are in English. Lectures are, too. She pointed out that Filipinos are good in speaking English than Indians, understandable, clear and coherent than them. She can get used to people speaking English in a lot better way and help herself learn, too.
    Well, that is very astonishing. There are so many times I love being a Filipino. I appreciate Philippines as venue of learning. Our country offers bigger rooms of opportunities in learning the English language and become nature speakers of the language.

  • Ma. Jelyn Gayo August 13, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

    I’m glad that we are being recognized as one of the top Ten English-speaking nations today. I don’t wonder that much since we’ve been taught to speak and read English since we first step on our respective schools. Aside from that, OFW’s enormous count compare to other nationalities working abroad can easily communicate with different kind of race across the globe trough our English-speaking fluency which made it easy for international community to notice our capability. I completely agree with the writer’s article as it’s really more fun in the Philippines.

  • Maisie A. Chavez January 16, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

    “It’s more fun in the Philippine”. We often hear this quotation positively. Most especially in learning English here in the Philippine, because many foreigners are coming here to study English because they believe that Filipinos are good teachers compared to other nation. And most especially it is cheaper to study here than in any other country.

  • Renee Evangeline M. Granadino February 2, 2015 @ 4:50 pm

    It is a privilege and honor to be part of a non-English speaking nation that teaches quality English education to other non-English speaking nationalities. The article speaks well of the facts why mostly prefer to study in the Philippines. Our hospitality, low cost of living and the quality of education are the key factors why foreigners enjoy studying here. These are also the reasons why our BPO industry is growing each year even beating India in terms of the size of outsourcing investments made by different international companies.

  • Emma Claire P. Claveria February 2, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

    Indeed, everything is more fun in the Philippines, including learning English. As observed, the number of foreign students in the country is essentially growing. Everywhere you see some students from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and some from the Arab countries. Our country is not only rich in natural resources and scenic tourist spots, but we are a people of diverse culture. We may be Filipinos but we have embraced the English language like ours.

  • Hazel Faye S. Cuba February 6, 2015 @ 9:17 am

    Being one of the top ten English speaking nations allows the Philippines to attract more tourists to visit the country. Aside from our beautiful sceneries, unique Filipino cuisine, hospitable and optimistic character, I believe that foreigners find it easier and more enjoyable staying in our country because they can easily communicate with us Filipinos. Knowing and using English breaks the barriers in communicating with foreigners. “It’s more fun in the Philippines” says it all.