“Where will your English take you?” This question is based on the belief that studying English should get you somewhere. English is essentially a foreign language (others call it a second language) in the Philippines. I thought at one time there’s little use for it in the country on a daily basis. When the BPO industry reached Philippine shores and took hold for some time, there grew an upsurge of English language training centers, not including those that catered to Filipinos looking to work in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.
Seriously, unless one works at a call center or an outsourcing company, what use is there for proficient or superior English in the Philippines?
It is pretty clear that English proficiency is not only for teaching and BPO work, but ultimately it is going to spell a world of difference in immigration and work overseas. The moment there are a number of English language proficiency tests taken by people the world over who wish to demonstrate their command of English for work, study, and migration. PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) is one of these tests. Like all the rest, PTE evaluates one’s communication skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. But unlike most, PTE offers a well-researched and balanced format that features integrated communication test items.
This makes PTE free from “human interference” as the test-taker’s answers are evaluated and scored by a computer—speaking task answers are checked by a software. Therefore, PTE’ s degree of reliability is very high. What PTE Academic measures in particular is one’s grasp of English for university, research, graduate work, and similar pursuits. Since PTE began in 2009 it has become widely accepted by first-rate institutions and universities across all English speaking countries– Yale, University College London, The University of Oxford, National University of Australia, and The University of Sydney, among a host of others.
There is a strong connection between language skills and a bright career path. The higher one goes up the corporate ladder, the more premium is placed on language fluency.