BACOLOD

51Talk launches drive making English a foreign language

NEGROS. (Seated from left) Carlos Hilado Memorial Stage College Dean of College of Arts and Sciences Jay Estrellas, 51Talk country head Jennifer Que, school’s chief administrative officer Rosalinda Tuvilla and director for external affairs Rhoderick Samonte during the launching of the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) campaign at the college in Talisay City Tuesday, October 22, 2019. (Contributed Photo)

LEADING online English education platform in China and the Philippines 51Talk has launched its English as a Foreign Language (EFL) campaign at Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) in Talisay City Tuesday.

The company, in a statement, said the effort is aimed at immersing teachers, students as well as graduates to the world of home-based online English teaching industry as well as on the sustainable livelihood opportunity it offers.

Early this year, 51Talk and CHMSC inked a partnership to boost the knowledge and skills of the school’s faculty and students through innovative learning and training programs.

“This partnership bore fruit as 51Talk announced its commitment to enhance the school’s speech laboratory by providing software and training materials,” the company said.

The 51Talk will also share its industry-leading training programs to help introduce and develop training and elective courses focused on equipping CHMSC students who wish to become online English teachers.

“51Talk strategically selected CHMSC located in Metro Bacolod to kick-off this initiative because it sees a strong potential in the region,” it added.

Its country head Jennifer Que said in Metro Bacolod alone, there are thousands of 51Talk home-based online English teachers who are earning a sustainable and profitable livelihood in the comfort of their own homes.

“We linked up with the largest college in the province because there is a huge demand in this industry,” Que said, adding that “by promoting this to the high-quality graduates of CHMSC every year, we are providing them a career path towards becoming a home-based online English teacher.”

Over 30 CHMSC teachers participated in an immersive learning experience activity designed to foster a better appreciation and understanding about the growing EFL industry.

Rhoderick Samonte, external affairs director of CHMSC, said the partnership is a welcome development especially now as the institution gears towards its transition to become a full-fledged state university.

Samonte said through this partnership, the new graduates will have a competitive advantage to obtain livelihood opportunity immediately after graduation.

“We thank 51Talk as this will enable us to hone students and produce graduates that are excellent English communicators which is among our core goals here at CHMSC,” he added.

On July 2 this year, Republic Act 1136 was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte granting the conversion of CHMSC into a university.

“Today marks the beginning of 51Talk’s EFL campaign “and expect that we will conduct more training sessions not just here in Metro Bacolod, but throughout the Philippines,” the company said.

Que said “we will continue to ramp up this initiative to encourage more and more fresh graduates, on-the-job trainees, interns or even those who are employed but are looking to switch careers to consider this home-based online English teaching opportunity as a viable career choice.”

The 18,000 e-educators teaching using the 51Talk platform mainly cater to young Chinese learners, providing one-on-one, live, interactive, and fun English lessons. (EPN)


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