Wednesday, February 01, 2006

English language education is billion-dollar industry

I TOTALLY agree on reinstating English as the medium of instruction at all school levels in order to make Filipinos more competitive in the global economy. Here in Australia, English language education is a billion-dollar industry and the Australian government is very supportive in making sure that the industry is well taken care of.

A lot of Asian students from South Korea, Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Mongolia come here to Australia to study English. Even students from as far as Eastern Europe come here just to study English. Aside from the benefit of learning English, the European students love the Australian environment, climate, beaches, and the diversity of Australian society.

I remember reading an article that in the 1960s and '70s students from Asian countries who wanted to learn English went to the Philippines to study. However, because of the deteriorating English and negative news on the Philippines, such as on the security and political problems, English language students from Asian countries were discouraged about going to the Philippines.

I hope that our beloved congressmen and senators and Executive officials, and the Filipino people in general, will have an open mind about reinstating English as the medium of instruction because it would have an exponential effect on the Philippine economy, specifically in job creation. By doing so, we will allow the Philippines to take a bigger market share of the billion-dollar industry of English language education. Furthermore, it will allow the billion-dollar call centers and BPO sector to grow in the Philippines.

DANNY DELGADO, 6/ 55 Shirley Road, Wollstonecraft, NSW, Australia (via e-mail)

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