Filipino… world’s budget English teacher?
The BBC reported on its news website that the Philippines is the world’s budget English teacher. That’s because the fees in the Philippines aren’t as high as that of the other destinations for English education. When it comes to quality, it must be one of the reasons that there are more foreign students in the country now who want to learn the language.
One of the most popular posts on my blog is about teaching Koreans the English language. Thousands of Koreans travel to the Philippines to learn English every year. During the summer and winter vacations, Korean school children are sent to the country by their parents so they could experience English immersion classes.
Not a few of online English teaching jobs in Korea are outsourced to the Philippines. Online English teaching is made through the phone or the internet. Skype is a very popular medium among freelancers, while English education companies have their own softwares. I am not exactly sure how much do Koreans pay the education companies nor do I know exactly how much these companies pay the Filipino English teacher. Do you guys know?
In Korea, Filipinos employed by phone teaching companies are paid from 30,000 per student and as much as 120,000 won. They spend ten minutes a day per student for five days a week. That’s a total of 20 ten-minute sessions per month. Filipino English teachers in hagwons or private language academies, are paid anywhere from 15,000 won to 50,000 won per hour. Unfortunately, Korean moms here are skeptical of the Filipino “accent” because of what they hear from Filipinos who are usually interviewed on TV. In short, it isn’t easy to get hired by hagwons here. One needs to prove that she (as most employers prefer female teachers) could sound “American”.
Right now, Korea isn’t importing Filipino teachers. The only Filipinos I know who can work as English teachers here are those who are immigrant spouses, students and those hired by universities as professors. Yup, there are a number of Filipino professors teaching at Korean universities ;p