For a country whose people use Tagalog, native vernacular, in their daily activities and English as a secondary medium of communication – Have you ever wondered why Filipinos communicate well in English?
The Filipinos complete the whole loop in the communication process which are reading, speaking, writing, and understanding. Perhaps, because the Philippines was under the US Colony for five decades, it was able to learn the English language by heart.
Way of Life
In schools, English is utilized as the means of teaching. At the onset, English subjects are being taught in schools all over the country. In elementary schools, children are taught the American ABCs, and how to read English. Punctuation, grammar, and right sentence structure are stressed from the start. The advanced schools have speech laboratories that allow the learners to hone their skills in talking exceptionally, particularly out in the public. With all these sorts of practice, it isn’t surprising to find Filipinos turning out to be great communicators and authors of the English language.
From 2016 onward, the Department of Education of the Philippines had replaced the elementary and high school curricula with a K1 to K12 system. It is expected that the additional two years of education will provide the learners’ mastery over the subjects.
Further, in most of the Philippine homes of the upper and middle class, English is the spoken language. It is also the language found in printed materials like: books, newspapers and magazines; in movies; TV shows; video games; and more.
Benefits of Communicating Well in English
This capacity of the Filipinos to communicate in English gives them an advantage over their Asian partners with regards to getting employments in English-talking nations. Foreign businesses seek Filipino personnel, they deem communication skill as vital and expect that they won’t have any trouble understanding each other.
The Philippines is quickly turning into the world’s English tutor that provides education at a low rate. According to the Philippine Immigration Bureau more than 24,000 people have applied for a study permit compared to 8,000 a few years back. Aside from the English language students, there are a number of students applying for graduate and post-graduate courses in other niches. Foreign students from Korea, Japan, China, Europe, and Middle-East countries have found the Philippines as a haven for their educational needs. The educational cost in the Philippines is only a fraction compared to countries like US, Europe, Australia, and Canada. The level of teaching and programmes can compete with those found anywhere in the world
There are YouTube videos that promote the Philippines as the place to study, especially medicine, because of the high quality of education that is offered at amiable rates. Language is not a barrier, the medium of teaching is English and the facilities are at par with international standards.
If, you had been assisted by a Filipino call centre agent you might find them indistinguishable from Americans. These centres have outsourced work to the Philippine since Filipinos can easily adapt to the American accent and can converse well in the English language. Callers never recognize that the person they are speaking with is from the other side of the globe.