在菲律宾,英语的熟练程度如何

最近的统计数据显示,菲律宾被评为亚洲国家中第3个英语水平较高的国家,在全世界排名第15。此外,菲律宾也是第五大说英语的国家。

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最主要的原因是,这个国家承认英语是它的两种官方语言之一。

在社会化过程中,英语是用来进行会话的自然方式(在某种程度上,菲律宾语和英语融合甚至产生了“Taglish”)。在商业领域,精通语言打开进入国际市场的可能性。在学校里,英语已经在基础教育中被教授了。

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你说的是对的。这一切都始于我们的基础教育。

2012年在母语加入基础教育系统之前,菲律宾已经从一年级开始就把英语纳入小学教育。学习基本的单词,如身体的部分,数字,形状,和颜色都是用英语教授的。困难程度逐渐增加到高中和大学。

为什么我们要把英语融入到我们的基础教育中呢?

这一切都可以追溯到我们的历史。对那些不知道的人来说,菲律宾被西班牙殖民了300多年,是美国人帮助我们获得了自由。虽然西班牙人已经向菲律宾人引进了基础教育,但是美国人改进了这个系统,并为所有人提供了公共教育。当西班牙人把重点放在宗教上时,而美国人用他们自己的语言教学:英语。

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So, basically, the Americans were our first English teachers.

They are called as ‘Thomasites’ for they came to the Philippines through a transport vessel named USS Thomas.

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The curriculum included English language, agriculture, reading, grammar, geography, mathematics, general courses, trade courses, housekeeping and household arts (such as sewing, crocheting and cooking), manual trading, mechanical drawing, freehand drawing and athletics (baseball, track and field, tennis, indoor baseball and basketball).

The legacy of the Thomasites is the reason why Filipinos are almost like the native English speakers.

This legacy is remembered through the preservation of Teachers Camp in Baguio. It is now a center for athletic training and educational activities since the city of pines was once considered the recreational facility of the Americans.

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