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Filipinos being recruited to teach English online

Tens of thousands more Filipinos are needed to teach English online, according to the Chinese Embassy in Manila. One single teaching platform, 51talk, is looking to hire 30,000 Filipinos by the end of 2020, according to Jack Huang, founder and chief executive of the Beijing-based company.

The company already has 20,000 online teachers in the country, according to the Embassy statement.

“The Philippines is one of the best English-speaking countries in Asia,” Huang is quoted as saying. “Filipino Teachers have standard American accents”, he added, claiming that 51talk teachers could expect to earn up to 60,000 pesos (US$1200) per month.

The top English-speaking country in Asia, based on international exam results, is Singapore, with Malaysia and the Philippines vying for second place. Only the Philippines, however, uses American English.

Singapore’s teachers, however, earn around US$50,000 a year, and so mainland Chinese language schools are reluctant to use them. “Their English is very good,” one Chinese recruiter told us, “but they don’t speak good Mandarin.”

Image courtesy of Filipino English Language Teachers
Melanie Butler
Melanie Butler
Melanie started teaching EFL in Iran in 1975. She worked for the BBC World Service, Pearson/Longman and MET magazine before taking over at the Gazette in 1987 and also launching Study Travel magazine. Educated in ten schools in seven countries, she speaks fluent French and Spanish and rather rusty Italian.
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