Present status of English communication skills of Filipinos
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. (