Present sta­tus of English com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills of Filipinos

Panay News - - REGION - By Reina Liza Loy­ola, Teacher III, Com­mis­sioner Luis R. Asis Na­tional High School, Panay, Capiz

THERE are many rea­sons why English is so pop­u­lar in the world for in­stance speak­ing English al­lows you to ac­tu­ally broaden your world, from job op­por­tu­ni­ties to the abil­ity to re­late to peo­ple from ev­ery coun­try. Speak­ing English also can be a great way for you to have more friends all over the world.

The Philip­pines is one of the coun­tries that are best known in speak­ing English as their sec­ond lan­guage. In fact, some statis­tics can’t deny that Filipinos from all over the world are one of the best to com­mu­ni­cate through uni­ver­sal lan­guage even though some Asian coun­tries like Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia are more learned to speak English. Fur­ther­more, Philip­pines is the only coun­try in the South­east Asia to fully man­date a bilin­gual pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion for all chil­dren start­ing from grade school aside from Malaysia. In this case, the sta­tus

of Philip­pines ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem in terms of us­ing English is very unique. There is a fully man­dated pol­icy that uses English lan­guage as one of the medi­ums to be used in teach­ing and learn­ing sub­jects in all schools.

Both Filipino and English are be­ing used, how­ever English i s the only lan­guage that can be used to teach Science, Math­e­mat­ics, and tech­nol­ogy cour­ses. If you’re won­der­ing when this pol­icy was is­sued, it was in­tro­duced in 1987 af­ter the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of coun­try’s new con­sti­tu­tion.

This i s one of the rea­sons why presently the Philip­pines is rec­og­nized glob­ally as one of the largest English­s­peak­ing na­tions. This is be­cause the Philip­pines has the ma­jor­ity of i ts pop­u­la­tion that is hav­ing at least some de­gree of flu­ency i n the l an­guage.

Well, this is not a new thing for Filipinos since English has al­ways been one of the coun­try’s of­fi­cial lan­guages where in fact is spo­ken by more than 14 mil­lion Filipinos. It is the lan­guage of com­merce and law, as well as the pri­mary medium of in­struc­tion in ed­u­ca­tion.

Through good com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the Filipinos were able to make some big changes. For ex­am­ple, the coun­try has been at­tract­ing vis­i­tors from English­s­peak­ing coun­tries. Well, this is be­cause our na­tion has peo­ple with good sense of com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills mak­ing the num­ber of tourist in­creased from year to year. One of the Filipinos strength in learn­ing and be­ing ef­fec­tive in speak­ing English is their pro­fi­ciency. Through this, Filipinos helped their coun­try in many as­pects such as econ­omy, ed­u­ca­tion, and busi­ness. (

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