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美国讲师眼中的菲律宾游学

马克·泰勒从美国大学毕业,在20多岁的时候就移居到了菲律宾。他曾在菲律宾的语言学校如Clark的CIP,担任英语讲师七年之久。而且在他任职的那段时间,常常的被评选为“明星讲师”,非常受学生们的欢迎。
2016年,马克辞去了学校的工作,成为一名针对国际学生的网络在线讲师。现在,马克在菲律宾的克拉克,根据他以往的印象和经验为我们阐述了他所了解的关于菲律宾游学的潜力和实力。采访在菲律宾英语学校任职

关于在菲律宾学习英语

关于在菲律宾学习英语

Q1:作为曾经在菲律宾语言学校工作过的讲师,你怎么看待菲律宾游学?

答:目前菲律宾游学已经被世界各地的人们熟知。其实,来到菲律宾,第一次接触到菲律宾语言学校的教育模式时,我很惊讶。至今为止,我们都知道像新加坡,加拿大,美国,澳大利亚等这些国是老牌的留学目的地国,非常有名。但是,为什么会有越来越多的人选择到菲律宾来学习英语呢,我想,来到菲律宾,你很快就会理解了。
菲律宾与其他留学目的地之间有着很大的不同。我认为,在菲律宾学习,英语会全面提高,且游学的投资回报更大。

论菲律宾游学的优点

Q2:与美国,英国和其他西方国家相比,菲律宾留学的优点是什么?
答:许多学生选择英语母语国家作为游学目的地,但他们的期望往往会落空,大多数人会对游学结果感到失望(在学习方面)。学习效率不高的一大部分原因是没有一对一课程。因为团体课程不能关注和照顾到每个学生,不能给予足够的时间来提高各个学生的能力,所以学生们不可能通过小组课程培养出流利的口语和谈话技巧。
再者,如果是在美国和欧洲学习,费用至少是菲律宾学习英语的两倍。而且,大多数欧洲和美国当地的学生在对话时时使用他们自己国家的母语,这对提高英语口语能力并没有帮助。而在菲律宾学习英语是大量的一对一课程和少数的小组课程结合,这样的课程安排会让学生尽快的适应英语并且迅速提高其能力。

关于一对一课程的效果

问题3:您如何看待一对一课程?
答:菲律宾英语学校的一对一课程的设置是和去欧洲或美国学习英语只有小组课程安排的最大不同之处。事实上,我认为这正是菲律宾游学能快速提高学生英语水平的秘诀。一位讲师只负责一位学生,与团体课程不同,当老师的所有精力都只集中在你身上,你的英语能力只能提高。

论菲律宾游学的缺点

问题4:与美国,英国和其他西方国家相比,菲律宾留学的缺点是什么?
答:当然在菲律宾学习英语也是有一些缺点的。但我认为并不是很严重。
如果你住在以英语为母语国家,你可以沉浸在英语的氛围中。像是餐厅菜单,道路指示牌,与任何人对话等都是使用英语。但是,我觉得菲律宾也是差不多这样的环境。

在菲律宾,你可以随时的感受到,美国文化已经渗透了它的方方面面,(我儿子5岁,他只会说英语。但完全不妨碍生活,因为在菲律宾当地人都会说英语,学校也是用英文教学。)

关于菲律宾人的口音

Q5:有声音指出菲律宾英语老师的发音“口音和腔调奇特”,你对此有何看法?
答:英语并不是菲律宾人的母语。但是,菲律宾的人们历史上和日常生活都受到美国文化的强烈影响,最能代表的就是他们从小看着美国的电影和电视节目长大。
而且学校在聘请菲律宾讲师时有着严格的标准。根据我的经验,口音不是一个很大的问题。
我经常告诉学生“你很难像我一样准确地发音。但这根本不重要。“ 例如,即使在美国,也有许多人具有独特的地方口音。学习英语的目的是能用英语清楚的表达,让对方明白你想说的话,理解你的意思。所以在菲律宾讲师的指导下学习英语完全没有问题。

论菲律宾讲师个人能力差异

问题6:菲律宾讲师的英语水平是否有高有低?
答:菲律宾不是以英语为母语的国家也不是坏事。正因如此菲律宾讲师在教授语法和其他特定科目方面非常出色。而且,在菲律宾讲师中也有跟美国人发音一样的老师。
以前我在语言学校工作时,我就注意到学校的管理层在选择聘用讲师的能力方面非常出色。如果是一个菲律宾讲师负责口语课,那这个讲师应该是非常优秀的。

英语初学者学习多长时间可以进行基本的英语会话?

Q7:一个英语初学者,在学习多长时间后才能用英语进行流畅的沟通?
答:不能一概而论,但是其实达到用英语对话的水平很简单。英语初学者通常在短时间会有迅速的进步。我教过从0开始学习英语的学生,在学习2到3周内就能进行基本的英语会话了。我一直以他们为荣。
当然学习进度每个人都不会一样。但一对一的课程总是会在短时间内让任何人表现出难以置信的进步。

关于在菲律宾学习的注意事项

问题8:凭借以往的教学经验,你认为菲律宾的游学制度有需要改善的地方吗?
答:我在学校工作时,对菲律宾游学行业进行了仔细的观察。但它的运营模式几乎是完美的。而且学校的管理层也一直在查找不足和寻求改进。得益于此,语言学校也在培训讲师方面投入精力。
但是整体而言,菲律宾的教育体系已经非常成熟和完美。与其国家相比,可以以较低的价格出国游学,而学生也可以在短时间内提高英语水平。这也是澳大利亚,加拿大和美国的游学学生数量急剧下降的原因。菲律宾现在已经是普通英语教育和考试准备英语教学的新领导者。

※以下是马克·泰勒目前运营的在线一对一英语会话课程的网址。

>>>https://www.verbling.com/teachers/marktaylor

访谈内容(英语原文)

Q1:As a Native American, and as a former Philippines school teacher, what do you think of effectiveness of Philippines English schools?
By now most people in the world are very familiar with studying English in the Philippines. When I first found the schools here and saw how they were doing things I was very amazed. I quickly understood why so many students were choosing to study in the Philippines rather than more traditional choices like Singapore, Canada, America, and Australia. There are very big differences and there’s no doubt in my mind that you can improve and get much more value for your investment by studying in the Philippines.

Q2:What are positive points of Philippines study in comparison to study in English language schools in Western countries such as US and U.K.
Many students choose to study in schools based in English speaking countries but are extremely disappointed with their expectations and results afterwards. The most obvious problems is that many of these schools don’t offer 1:1 classes. Instead, they offer larger group classes that really don’t give students enough time to practice and improve their fluency and confidence in the language. At the same time, these schools are often at least twice as expensive and the majority of these students just end up spending time with students who speak their native tongue. This is not the way to improve spoken English. The Philippines offers 1:1 classes supported by small group classes and this is truly the way to get more experience with the language and learn at a much faster pace.

Q3:What do you think of the unique man-to-man-class system in Philippines?
This is the biggest difference. This is what makes students who study in the Philippines improve at much faster rates than those in other Native English-speaking countries. In the end, if you are working one on one with a teacher and they are giving you all of their attention you have no place to go but up. It means that this is YOUR time and not divided into just a few minutes between a large group class.

Q4: What are negative points of Philippines study in comparison to study in English language schools in Western countries such as US and U.K.?
There are a few negative points but I’m not sure they are very negative. It’s true that if you study in another country you will be immersed completely in English. But I believe the Philippines offers a similar atmosphere. All menus, road signs, universities, and conversation between tourists and locals is all in English. I feel like the Philippines also offers a huge English atmosphere. There’s very much American culture entrenched in the Philippines and you can see it everywhere you go. ( I have a 5 year old son here in the Philippines and he ONLY speaks English. Because most people and most schools also use English he doesn’t have any problems at all)

Q5: Do you have any comments on so-called “peculiar accent” or “dialect” noticed by some Philippines English teachers.
Filipino teachers are not native teachers. With that said, the Philippines has a strong American culture historically. They grow up watching American movies and tv shows and this is the English that they have the most influence from. Also, the schools in the Philippines have very strict hiring standards when it comes to their Filipino teachers. In my experience, I never saw this as a big problem. I always tell my students, you will never sound exactly like me and that’s ok. For example, in America there are many different people who come from different places with different accents. The goal is to speak clear, understandable English and there’s no problem with that when learning from Filipino teachers.

Q6: Is there any English proficiency gap between them?
The native language in the Philippines is not English. They are not native speakers. That is not a bad thing. Filipinos are excellent with grammar and other subjects. Not just speaking. Some Filipinos speak English exactly like Americans. What I’ve noticed about the schools in the Philippines Is that they are very good at recognizing the strengths of their teachers. If you are learning speaking from a Filipino teacher you are definitely learning from a well-qualified teacher in that area.

Q7: How long does it take for English beginners to be able to speak a basic English conversation in Philippines language schools?
This is a very broad question but there is an easy answer. Beginners will always see the most improvement in the quickest amount of time. I was always so proud of my students who were almost 0 English-speakers and then after just a few weeks we were already able to have basic conversation. Each person is different but with the one on one attention you will see incredibly improvements in a short amount of time.

Q8: Is there any suggestion for better English educating and guiding system of Philippines English schools?
After working in this industry for many years now I think the system is already perfect. They say there’s always room for improvement and that’s why schools in the Philippines are always focusing on extended education for their teachers but overall the system Is wondeful. For a fraction of the cost of other countries students can come here and really see and feel improvement in less time. I think this is why there has been such a sharp decrease of the number of students studying in Australia, Canada, and America.The Philippines is the new leader of studying ESL and test-prep English