Education in Crisis: Filipinos Have Decreasing Knowledge in the English Language
The education system of the Philippines is facing a language crisis: the competence level of Filipinos in the English language appears to be decreasing, with potentially serious consequences, including economic ones.
Having a good language access means people whose native tongue is not a major language, like English are able to communicate and benefit from the wide range that translation and interpreting services have to offer. However, having knowledge or proficiency in the universal language is obviously helpful for a person in both a personal and a career situation.
A linguistically diverse country such as the U.S. has been experiencing some level of difficulty of speaking English well, but because the U.S government gives value to every mother tongue of immigrants, they are requiring interpreters and translators, so that immigrants can accurately communicate with service providers, such as for medical assistance, understanding more about the laws, and to provide a good interaction within the community.
In addition, language access problems are not only faced by the U.S government or any other wealthier nations that have tremendous numbers of immigrants. Asian countries, like the Philippines, where the English language is one of the country’s official languages, have seen a deteriorating status of the English proficiency of their nationals.
The Philippines was not included in the latest survey about the English proficiency status of different countries. However, since Philippines is one of the largest countries in the world, however, the English language capabilities and knowledge of new Filipino teachers nowadays is declining, partly due to the greater number of them needed all the time. When the teaching techniques or the knowledge of teachers are not sufficient to teach the future generation, it would certainly affect the skills of the students. Hence, there would always be a negative effect that may occur and affect the country’s economy and the success of the individual person.
However, even though the Philippines is facing an education crisis in teaching the English language, many foreign students are investing their knowledge in order to learn the English language in the Philippines. Learning English in the Philippines is a lot cheaper than any other countries whose official language is English. However, even if English is one of the major languages of the country, this doesn’t entirely mean that Filipinos are knowledgeable enough to teach other people.
It is true that there are professional Filipinos that are capable of teaching English, however, they are generally not available for teaching in the Philippines, because they usually work abroad. Filipino teachers that choose to stay in the Philippines are unfortunately sometimes not capable enough to teach the language,
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Charlene Lacandazo works for Rosetta Translation, a provider of language translation services, including Welsh translations.