About the Philippines Study

Study English in the Philippines?

About the Republic of the Philippines

The Philippines is a republican country consisting of 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean and located in South East Asia. Manila is the capital and metropolitan city of the Philippines. Cebu is the second largest city in the Philippines. It is a resort island which offers a variety of water sports, enchanted with the rich cultural heritage and modernized urban. Besides Manila and Cebu, there are many other cities in the Philippines surrounded by white sand beaches, beautiful resorts, and unique cultures which would definitely assure you an interesting experience.

Religion wise, the Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia where most other countries in this continent are either Muslim, Buddhist, or non-religious country. Philippines is surrounded by China, Malaysia, and Vietnam by sea. It is very accessible to other touristic destination such as Taiwan (Around 2 hours flight between Taipei and Manila) and Japan (Around 4 hours flight between Tokyo and Manila). Filipinos are known to be beautiful, friendly and warm-hearted in nature.

Philippines

Country Name The Republic of the Philippines
Area 300,000 km2
Population 100,627,630
Capital Manila
Race Filipino
Religion Catholic(83%), Christian(10%), Islam(5%),
Languages Tagalog and English

Philippines and English

「Why should we study English in the Philippines?」 Most people have this question in mind when they first heard of the experience of studying English in the Philippines. However,
Philippines is recognized as the country with the best Business English skill according to the recent research conducted by Global English. The reason for you to choose Philippines as your English education destination should not be purely based on the cost but also for the quality. Due to the high quality of the English skill of the general public here, there are so many international call centers being located in the Philippines and this industry is growing fast. From all the signs shown, the Philippines is poised to become an international hub for the English education.

※Philippines was chosen as the 1st place by the research for business English Index.

Advantages of studying in the Philippines

  • One-to-one lesson

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    There are many schools providing one-to-one English lessons for up to 4-10 hours per day in the Philippines, as compared to the other English speaking countries such as the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ where most of the English schools provide only 10-20 group lessons per week. Students normally do not get the chance to speak for more than 5 minutes per group class which would significantly slow down their English skill acquisition speed. With more chance of speaking and practising, the intensive one-to-one classes is the most attractive feature for the Philippines English education. Due to the high cost of setting up one-to-one classes, this learning model cannot be easily imitated in other countries. Students will be trained to start speaking English without hesitation within a week as students are exposed to English conversation throughout the day.

  • Cost advantage

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    The fee would be 1/3 to 1/2 as much as studying in other countries such as US, UK, Canada and Australia. The average all-inclusive monthly cost of education is around USD 1,500-2,000, including tuition, accommodations, meals, and laundry. Some people may argue that it is cheaper to study in their own countries, yet again the English speaking environment cannot be created easily in their home and surroundings for non-English speaking countries.

  • Resort lifestyle

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    Philippines is a tropical country with warm climate, beautiful white sand beaches and friendly people. Most cities are accessible to the beach with around 1 hour drive. For students who are craving for resort islands with world class beaches, they can also take a short flight or ferry to Boracay and Palawan islands. Besides diving, snorkelling, sun-bathing, and beach-related activities, there are also many cultural heritage in the Philippines such as rice terrace, the energetic street markets, tropical fruit and juices, as well as local delicacies which are normally reasonably priced. Be assured that you will get to enjoy resort life while studying here.

Flow of study

  • Step1

    Pre-study Research and Planning

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  • Step2

    Ask for quotations and brochures

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    After you have identified your favourite school, you can ask for quotation of school fees and brochures.
    You can download the PDF file of brochures here. You can ask for the fees based on when do you plan to study, the duration, the course and room types. You can also check for vacancies and pre-apply based on your schedule.

  • Step3

    Application

    You can apply from the application button. After completing all information and clicking on the “submit” button, your application is completed. After we get your application, we will send a confirmation email to you. ※We will reply you as soon as possible when there is no vacancies.

  • Step4

    Depart to the Philippines

    We will help you to prepare for the Philippines study with various information. After that, enjoy yourself in the Philippines!

FAQ

  • QDo Filipinos have any accent when they speak English?
    AYes most of them do. Just like American accent, British accent, Australian accent, the accent is part and parcel of English speaking. However, most of the teachers selected to teach in the school have gone through proper English teaching training over an extended period, hence they are mostly able to speak English clearly without “Filipino accent”. Due to the heavy influence of America in the colonial and post-colonial period, most of the filipinos are exposed to American culture since young. They listen American music, watching American dramas and movies without subtitles, reading English books as early as when they were children. English is second language for most Filipinos, and the common language of communication between different provinces within the country.
  • QWhat is English only policy (EOP)?
    AA It is a rule that restrict students to speak only English within the school compound, or in other words, students are forbidden to speak their mother tongue. Some schools enforce EOP only in their classrooms and while some SPARTA schools enforce EOP within the whole school compound. Students should decide their preference of EOP before choosing the suitable schools.
  • QIs it safe to study in the Philippines?
    AIt depends on the places. Generally, it is as safe as any other countries. Yet as a foreign students you are always advised to be extra cautious when you are overseas.

    Generally, big cities such as Manila and Cebu are known to be more chaotic and dangerous. Small and quiet cities such as Baguio and Davao are known to be safe for foreigners. However, most of the accidents happened only when no precaution was followed. For example, when you ride on the public transports such as jeepney you are always advised to keep your bag in close watch to avoid pick pocketing. When you go shopping, you should avoid going alone and you should not leave your valuables and belongings unattended at anytime. Be alert when strangers approach you as well. All these advices are applicable to wherever you go.
  • QWhat is the cost of living in the Philippines?
    AIt depends on your lifestyle.

    Generally Philippines is known as a cheap and developing country where the local goods are 1/2 to 1/5 of the normal living cost in a developed country. However, the imported goods would be more expensive in Manila and Cebu. For example, a taxi ride starts from around 40 pesos (USD 0.90), a movie ticket would cost around 90 pesos (USD 2.00) and a bottle of beer would cost around 50 pesos (USD 1.10).
  • QAre there classes throughout the year?
    AYes. Most schools start their intake on every Monday. Holidays are based on the national holidays in the Philippines. Hence, if you are only going for a short duration, you should be more alert on the holidays in Philippines to maximize your class hours. However, sometimes holidays are unpredictable in the Philippines as it is easily affected by the natural disasters or civilization movement such as Typhoon, flood, and local mob. Yet most schools will also try to compensate for any studying hour lost as much as they could.
  • QHow many lessons do we need to have every day?
    AFor the beginners, you are advised to start from taking 4-6 hours every day for a start if you are able to stay for an extended period. However, if you only have a short time span of stay, you are advised to take more than 8 hours of lessons per day.

    One important part is the self-study and class preparation before and after lessons every day. You should allow yourself some time every day for self-study. Normally you can add more lessons after arriving at school. Therefore, after knowing your personal studying style and if you want to study more hours, you can always request for more lessons by paying a bit extra. On the other hand, working adults who can only stay for 1 to 2 weeks are advised to sign up for more than 8 hours lessons at the beginning. In this case, you are advised to study basic grammar on your own before departure and then focus on English speaking training when you are there. Some schools provide maximum 12 hours of lessons per day.
  • QAre the schools strict?
    AThat depends on the school. You can choose the school based on your preference.

    most of the schools over there have certain set of rules such as curfew and monthly exams. Students should abide by those rules. However, some schools do not have such strict rules. Hence they do not have curfew or exams. Yet this environment may be suitable to only adults with high self-discipline. If you believe that you have high self discipline, you can study at such schools.
  • QDo we have access to the Internet?
    AYes. Most schools provide free WIFI.

    However, be warned that the Internet speed in the Philippines is one of the slowest in the world generally. Most schools provides wifi at certain area but speed would be not be enough for you to download large files and watch video streaming online without any interruption. However, there are also some schools which provides good wifi. Therefore, you had to choose schools carefully if you need high speed internet for business or other reasons
  • QAre there any staff who can help me if I can’t speak English well?
    AThat depends on the schools. Most of the schools in the Philippines are run by Korean and Japanese. Most of them have Japanese, Korean, and Chinese speaking staff. You should always check with the school before enrolling. However, this should not be too much of the concern because most schools are experienced in dealing with English speaking beginners and they know how to handle students from different countries.
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