The Philippines is one of the world’s largest archipelagic nations which is situated in Southeast Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean. Its islands are classified into three main geographical areas – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao – which are culturally diverse. Its cultural diversity lies a deeply ingrained language, Filipino and English that is extensive to culture, education system, society and history of the country. That’s why no doubt that the Philippines is one of the world’s best countries when it comes to studying English and immersing non-native English language learners.
The influence of the English language to the country dates back to the American colonization. This was the time when education was made mandatory for everybody and English was taught in schools as one of the two official languages of the country. Now, it’s widely used as the medium of instruction in schools from primary, secondary to tertiary level. Philippine laws and court decisions, with extremely rare exceptions, are written in English. It is also used in education, religious affairs, print and broadcast media and business.
English is also used in the Philippines for teaching highly technical subjects in the field of nursing, medicine, computing and calculus. English is the preferred medium for textbooks, communication, etc. There are very few would prefer highly technical books in the vernacular. In fact, a recent survey shows that the Philippines made it up to the top 15 countries worldwide with the best non-native English speakers in the world and it got the third rank in Asia, as released by an international education company, Education First (EF) Ltd., in 2017. The Philippines is also the 3rd country that has a higher average proficiency of the English language in Asia. Indeed, The Philippines is in a unique position to benefit from the global demand for English education.