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English Language Deterioration Among The Filipinos!

Philippines is lagging behind in terms of English language, both in oral and written communications as compared to other Asian and European countries. Before, it was highly regarded as the best country as far as oral and written communications are concerned; although, English is only the second language, aside from Filipino language which is spoken nationally by the Filipinos in the entire region. There is a deteriorating factor that affects so much in the interest in learning a particular language—and that is English.

Bilingual teaching has become a setback in the students’ attempts to gain proficiency in English. It used to be that the Philippines’ biggest competitive advantage in the global job market is the proficiency of our skilled workers in the English language. This advantage is fast being eroded by rising competition from other countries coupled with declining mastery of the English language by our high school and college graduates. That is the reason why there is a private sector willing to invest in the Philippines in order for the Filipinos to be globally competitive when it comes to oral and written communications in English.

Philippines is lagging behind in terms of English language, both in oral and written communications as compared to other Asian and European countries. Before, it was highly regarded as the best country as far as oral and written communications are concerned; although, English is only the second language, aside from Filipino language which is spoken nationally by the Filipinos in the entire region. There is a deteriorating factor that affects so much in the interest in learning a particular language—and that is English. Some reasons are, perhaps, overloaded with unnecessary subjects or curriculum within the educational system of DepEd. Well, the answer lies in each of us as Filipinos who are deteriorating and stagnant about the learning stage or development in verbal and non-verbal skills.

Filipinos, despite the loss of interest and deterioration of the language, strive hard to  excel in any subject that has something to do with English communication since the target language is used as the medium of instructions in the Philippines.

The NGOs and other private sectors are very supportive of the Filipinos and find ways about speech or language difficulty in order to remedy slowly whatever problems that have perplexed and entailed in communication of said language. Failures to correct grammatical mistakes and speech difficulty are the twisted principles that must be worked out at once; otherwise, these are the stumbling blocks of learning a language– both oral and written communications.

In the previous years, the Promoting English Proficiency Project of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, the Makati Business Club and Sun Microsystems Phils., Inc. commissioned the survey. It was aimed at developing a world-class Filipino workforce with English proficiency that meets high international standards. “English means jobs,” said Rick Santos, AmCham president. “We believe that there are great opportunities in business process outsourcing (BPO), IT-enabled services, software development, and tourism in the country.”

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  1. Lizette AƱabeza

    On July 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm


    English language helps us to communicate with other nations. It does not deteriorate us as Filipinos but it can be a tool in order for us to be sociable globally.

  2. abegail alino uvmc

    On July 9, 2011 at 6:43 am


    not all Filipinos can speak English language well,,, but they are fast learners… that’s why mostly Filipinos are fluent in speaking English language and one of the best example is Dr. Adolfo…

  3. Saneth Gerodias

    On July 10, 2011 at 2:38 am


    Having a language in a particular place is a great help to them especially when they communicate. English language is one way of teaching students to have a fluent speaking language as of Dr. Adolfo. He is one of the example on how to be a good speaker and listener too especially in dealing with this kind of person.

  4. Vincent M Georpe

    On July 12, 2011 at 6:17 am


    English language is considered as the universal language so it means that it is very useful in communication. It is not true that it can deteriorate the vernacular languages but it is only a tool for us Filipinos to socialize or communicate to other foreign people.

  5. sabalande

    On July 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm


    Strict implementation of this rule will be fruitful as everybody are obliged to do this so.Others don`t do this.What i am expecting are the ratio of the followers.

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