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ESL – English as a Second Language Schools in the Philippines

Here in the Philippines, you see signs and advertisements for ESL schools here in Davao and I would guess all major cities in the Philippines. One of the readers here sent me a link to the Korea Times Newspaper online site about this fact. Many of the schools cater to Korean Students.

Over the 2 years here, I have met a few Expats that have taught at some of the schools, someone who owned such a school and others who are thinking of retiring here and opening an ESL school.

Most if not all of these schools are not only offering classes, but also offer a full package including classes, boarding. They probably work with the Department of Immigration to get these students their visas for entrance to the Philippines.

I have thought of for myself and have heard from others having an interest in teaching in these schools, heck, we already know the language. Knowing a language does not mean you can teach it. We have been out of school for many years and most of us do not even use proper grammar in our conversation. You can see that by all the mistakes I make using the English language.

From the above-mentioned article, it shows that the country with the largest amount of entries to the Philippines in the year 2008 was from Korea and they comprised 19.48% of the total entries. Most of these come with enter with a SSP (Special Study Permit) which allows them to enroll in a short-term schooling for less than one year. The article also states the amount of Korean students coming to the Philippines has increased by 500% from 2004 to 2008.

The reason all these Koreans come to the Philippines is the lower cost of living here and since it thought, the people of the Philippines speak English. Most of these students come with no or little knowledge of the English language and stay for three courses. They return feeling they know can speak English.

Of the Expats that are thinking of teaching in or starting an ESL school, you need to realize the pay is very low. I do not remember if I have heard the amount, but some teachers at these schools are paid by the hour, not the day. If the pay is not important, and you want to do thing just for something to keep yourself busy, then you might look into it. If you are looking to support yourself, maybe this is not such a great idea.

If you are thinking of opening an ESL school, you will probably need to be licensed and the facility inspected. In addition, you will need to arrange for boarding for the students. One thought, but I do not know if is feasible is contact the call centers and offer language training for their personnel.

4 Responses to “ESL – English as a Second Language Schools in the Philippines”

  1. Terence says:

    I beg to differ: I believe your English is very good, and, more importantly, is the attitude with which you approach your blog. Your posts always instruct, make me laugh, or, in some way, give me a better insight to my future home, Davao.

    I have thought seriously about teaching when I arrive in Davao. I would be doing it partly for the additional income but the bigger motivation would be to enjoy the intangible benefits of opening up the English language to aspiring students.

    Keep up the good work; you have one of the best PI forums on the block, in my opinion.

    Terence from Texas

    • Bruce says:

      What I refer to about my English is my English Composition and Grammar. I would probably fail a test in school. Once your here, maybe we can go around and try to find employment together.

      Thank you for your continued good words about my site, please tell your friends. 🙂

  2. beans says:

    hi! do you teach? do you have teaching experience? we’re interested in hiring a native english speaker for our winter camp.
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