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Filipino vs. English as the medium of instruction

The English vs. Filipino debate is once again a hot topic.

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the government?s policy of using English as the medium of instruction in our schools. According to those who filed the petition, the push for the use of English in our classrooms will only lead to further deterioration of what?s already been described as a rather inferior quality of education.

Those who support the 2003 Executive Order filed by President Arroyo on the other hand argue that doing away with English as the medium of instruction will inevitably hurt the country and our people more because they believe that a less competitive workforce will emerge.

I find myself a bit torn with this issue.

3 months ago, I would have been right on the side of government. Having had the opportunity to travel and study abroad, I fully recognize the value of being able to speak and write fluently in English. I know that it was due in part to my English proficiency that I didn?t have as much difficulty in trying to find a job as the rest of my 'international' friends. I didn?t have to enroll in ESL classes which could have delayed my program for another year. I didn?t get lost around town as much and I was able to meet and make friends easily because there was no language barrier. So, I really benefited a lot from learning English in my grade school and high school years.

But then three months ago, I also didn?t know much about the state of education in the Philippines. Fortunately, since I returned, I?ve learned quite a bit about the ?ills? of our public education system. I guess this is why I find myself torn.

I recognize that learning to speak and write in English in this age of globalization is necessary especially if we would like to be able to compete in the knowledge-based world. Such a training can best be done in a classroom. But if we look at things realistically, it seems like our public education system is just not set up for this yet.

And so I just can?t help but wonder? should we really impose a certain language as the primary medium of instruction? I understand that standards are needed and must be met. But couldn?t we perhaps just be a bit more liberal with our views? Shouldn?t teachers be allowed to use the most effective communication tools that will allow them to articulate their lesson plans best? Wouldn?t that, in the end, help their students to grasp the material better and truly learn?

Posted by: Lourdes Villanueva
Date posted: Jun 20,2007
Replied by: rhea | Date replied: Nov 15,2011

well..thanks 2 all,,we have a debate about using more english than filipino..and you guys help me a lot..thank you so it..

Replied by: shawty | Date replied: Nov 13,2011

got cha! :D english vs. filipino should not be a debate . just in our case, here in phil. my prof said " dapat na gamitin na lenggwahe o wika sa pagtuturo ay ang winiwika rin ng batang tinuturuan upang sa gayon magkaintindihan at lubos na matuto ang bata :) got it??

Replied by: reina ann | Date replied: Oct 18,2011

nakakuha ako ng sagot :) for me FILIPINO LAnguage is the correct medium instruction :)

Replied by: julie | Date replied: Oct 15,2011

..woooh...nice one i got an idea to your post...wish me luck i ca defend my side as a to filipino as a medium of makes me sick!!!

Replied by: nyli_D.C. | Date replied: Oct 11,2011

..YES English is our universal language ..but Filipino is my first language ..
We start to learn our own, and our own way will lead us to know another way.It is just like this, we learn english because we know filipino language,.So therefore there is no understanding in english if we don't know the Filipino language ...

Replied by: grazielle | Date replied: Oct 09,2011

Pambihira ! para san pa ang pagiging Pilipino kung hindi mo gagamitin ang "TAGALOG" bilang ating wika ?! Para sakin , malinaw na tinatalikuran nila ang ating wika dahil pinagpipilitan nilang english ang gamitin sa pikikipagdayalogo sa iba`t ibang bansa . Halimbawa na lang nito , kung pupunta ang isang banyaga dito sa ating bansa , nararapat bang tayo pa ang magpakahirap na makipag usap sa kanila ? Bakit hindi natin hayaan na sila ang magpakahirap na umintindi sa wika natin ! Try nilang ma-nose bleed sa Filipino .. Alangan namang tayo ang duguin sa english diba ? !!

Replied by: miho | Date replied: Oct 09,2011

hi po!!!!!

sa mga favor that "English is the medium instruction...

Sumbong ko kayo kay RIZAL!
wala kayong kwentang PILIPINO!

Replied by: caryl | Date replied: Sep 26,2011

i dont understand...!!!!

Replied by: leo | Date replied: Sep 21,2011

using ENGLISH,you cant say something in private since everybody else can understand you,.

Replied by: Ian Michael Baang | Date replied: Sep 21,2011

FOr me english is the medium language instruction because we are in the competitive world and it is use for global communication and i hurt because i found out the philippines hava a many languages ! should be english the medium instruction

Replied by: under the shades | Date replied: Sep 04,2011

what are we debating right now is only for the language of teaching or instruction and not for the language of communication. And if we will use the certain language/dialect, be sure that the teachers are already exposed to it, for they should be accurate in the things that they will teach us. This lesson will pass through generations, that would lead to our nation's success.

Again, we are discussing about the dialect/language that would be are medium of teaching, not our communicating language. So, it does not mean that if we are going to use English as our language of teaching, it would be our everyday language. That is not what a Pilipino is. Please think of that one.

Replied by: meca | Date replied: Aug 30,2011

tama kayong lahat kasi, may iba't-ibang pananaw tayo. ang inaakala natin na tama maaring mali sa iba, and vise versa. but in the end, the decision in the hand of the teacher. siya lang ang nakakaalam kung pano niya ipaiintindi ang lesson sa estudyante niya.......

thanks sa mga comments ninyo. nagkaideya ako......

Replied by: yuan | Date replied: Aug 15,2011

for me i think i DONT CARE .. jowk have some fun !! haha

Replied by: vivienne | Date replied: Aug 13,2011

for me i prefer to use filipino and english as a media of instruction because of some many reason, some of the books are printed in english, then we should learn to understand it, but not at all should be in english, our language should be use to maintain our cultural heritage and to develop it. Malay natin, baka sa mga susunod na taon ay anf Filipino ay isa na sa mga pangunahing wika sa mundo.

Replied by: Jannel Geremia | Date replied: Aug 03,2011

Maliwanag naman talaga na dapat nating gamitin ang sarili nating wika bilang medium of instruction dahil ito ang wikang kinalakihan natin at unang wikang naituro sa ating tahanan. Paano nga naman uunlad ang ating bayan kung kahit sarili nating wika ay hindi natin kayang mahalin? Sa paaralan, kaya madalas na takot makisama sa klase ang mga kabataan dahil hindi nila alam kung paano nila ieexpress yung kanilang saloobin sa dinidiscuss ng guro sa lengwaheng komplikado para sa kanila, sa lenggwaheng hndi nila sigurado kung tama ang grammar na gagamitin nila. Paano pa lalawak ang pagiisip ng estudyante kung ganito lang rin nman ang nagyayari sa paaralan. At, kung ganito lang rin ang nangyayari sa estudyante, paano uunlad ang ating bayan. Hindi ba't sabi ni Dr. Jose Rizal, "Ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan.." ? Makes sense.

Replied by: Jayo Santiago | Date replied: Jul 22,2011

The reasons of colonization is the lamest excuse for us getting rid of the English language or even discouraging it.

We can still express our national pride using The English language.

People use the reason of Japan and Korea's success despite using their native language. But both Japan and Korea are homogenous societies for the most part. From Hokkaido to Kyushu, Japanese speak only one dialect.

This is not the case with The Philippines where you have different dialects from Batanes to Sulu.

Replied by: RalfEvero06 | Date replied: Jul 14,2011

The problem with us Filipinos is our discipline.. oo, magaling tayong mag-english, spanish etc. but the values we show is not worthy for us para umunlad.. So whether English or Tagalog, o0k lang na gamiting medium of teaching..

Replied by: Peeo | Date replied: Jun 09,2011

you're all incorrect!!

SPANISH must be the medium of intruction.. It was our original language,, language of the example ilocano tribes communicating to tagalogs vice versa. in short it was our original lingua franca..

sadly, Americans came and suplanted it with English and after

in 1930's Filipinos created their national language basing from tagalog.. which is unfair for us ilocanos and to visayans...
and naming it as Pilipino..

God, which has more value?? diba spanish??
ang hirap ngayon eh ang mga pilipino ngiging mas aware na sa english rather than spanish and regional languages...

but thanks to pgma,,, babalik na rin

sana maging patriotic tayong mga pilipino.. we must reconnect our past ..

Replied by: PeeO | Date replied: Jun 09,2011

michael: excuse me Singapore isn't using their own language as medium of instruction, instead they use English because the British colonized their island....naging progressive na sila but hindi ko sinasabing mgiging progressive tayo kung foreign ang uunahin...

maging progressive tayo if Tagalog, English, Spanish ang official languages natin at mging co official ang mga other languages like iloco, visaya etc..

Replied by: michael | Date replied: May 30,2011

It is true that most of the Filipino is trying to speak foreign languages rather than to our own. In fact as we read in the history, during the colonization of spaniards we Filipinos is trying to learn Spanish Languages. Of course, we are genius we were able to understand and communicate with there language. But what happen, we become slaves to them and at the same we became strangers with our own country fighting for freedom.

Looking back to American regime, we learn and communicate with their language and same what happen; we became slaves to them until now.

It could'nt be denied that most of us admire people who can deliberately speak English than for those who can not. Look at the politics in our country we always look forward for those who can fluently speaks english.

Statistics shows that majority of us prefer to elect those officials can speak and deliver well during their campaign using this language.

Look at people live on TV interview, they try to speak in English eventhough we are not Americans.

It is a fact that during Spanish regime we try to become spanish by speaking their language. In American regime we tend to become Americans by their speaking their language. With that 'norms' that has been carried over to this present generation, it acustom to us to speak English as well. We forgot to realize that, we try to annihilate our historic languages which has been handed by our ancestors.

Look at now, Nasaan na ang Pilipinas naging progressive ba tayo dahil magaling tayo mag-English. Tingnan natin ang ating neighboring countries Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, China, and Japan; they use their own LANGUAGE as their medium of instruction in their schools. How progressive they are right now, napag-iwanan na nila tayo.

Tayo ay magaling mag-English simula nursery, kinder, at hanggang college itinuturo na sa atin kung paano magsalita ng English. Angat nga tayo sa kanila pagdating sa English tayo ang tinatawag na pinakamagaling magsalita ng English sa buong Asya.But I think kaya nga tayo napag-iwanan dahil nahihirapan tayo sa pagtuturo using English, most of the student find it more difficult to understand rather than using their languages.

How does other countries become progressive? They use their own language in teachings, this can shorten the years of study. Is our neighboring countries aspiring to learn English langauge? Yes, they want to learn English for the marketing of their products GLOBALLY...

Replied by: Jayo Santiago | Date replied: May 18,2011

Even here in The Philippines we have disputes over dialects whether it is Tagalog, Bisaya, etc.

I believe that English should be the medium of instruction in our schools. It should be mandatory not an optional subject. Because this is the language that we Filipinos can use to communicate with the rest of the world. And what is the best place to learn it are in schools.

But when teaching or conducting classes in English, it must be taught straight. No mixing of native words ala. Taglish and the likes.

Our native language is already used in everyday life and conversations. It would be better if our country can further develop it especially the ancient baybayin alphabet and reuse it in writing our language.

Filipino are better off being bilingual. First being fluent in its native language and second in English. From there he or she can even learn a tertiary language.

It is good to be patriotic but it is better if it's done in the right way.

Replied by: superhuman | Date replied: Apr 09,2011

Filipino should be the primary medium of instruction. First, it's because it's the language that most of the people understand. Lalo na for the Filipino masses. Nawawalan ng gana mag aral yung mga bata kasi pagdating nila sa paaralan, eh di nila maintindihan ang salitang ginagamit. They feel alienated. Hindi nila naiintindihan ang mga lessons ng maayos, hindi sila makapag express ng nasa isip nila at saloobin nila sa takot na mali ang pagkakasabi nila. At minsan pa, yung mismong mga teachers ang mali-mali sa grammar. Kaya ang nagiging focus tuloy ay yung tamang grammar ng language, hindi na yung mismong lesson.

Oo, totoong kailangan natin ng Ingles dahil international language ito. Pero hindi naman ibig sabihin nun na yung na ang gagawin nating medium of instruction. Ano naman ang silbi ng pagiging fluent sa Ingles kung tatanga-tanga ka naman sa Math at Science dahil wala lang naintindihan sa mga taon ng iyong pag aaral dahil ikaw ay masyadong nakatuon sa Ingles. At tsaka, kaya naman sinasanay tayo mag Ingles dahil ang tingin ng nakararami ay sa Call Centers ang bagsak natin!(Iyon ang katotohanan)

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Replied by: Ma. Teresa R. Vecino | Date replied: Mar 13,2011

nakakalungkot isipin na kailangan nating ipaintindi ang mga hiram na salita sa mga mag-aaral na Filipino gayong hirap pa rin nilang intindihin ang sarili natingwika.
Bagama't pinipilit pa rin ng mga guro namaituro ang mga ito sa abot ng kanilang makakaya.
Subalit tunay na hindi sila magkaintindihan kung ang medium of instruction ay Ingles kung hindi nila ito itatranslate sa Tagalog o di kaya ay sa unang wika o mother tongue.

Replied by: carmiel_20 | Date replied: Mar 10,2011

I agree that English should be a medium of ins. because it will help us to be proficient in the language. We all know that English is a universal language so we must practice using it inside the classroom, because I believe that practice makes perfect.Thus if we want to communicate and be understood by other people around the globe, we must be proficient in English.

Replied by: ra mbutan | Date replied: Mar 09,2011

mas mainam kung gagamitin ng guro ang wikang mas naiintindihan ng estudyante...lalo na yung mga mahihirap na hindi naaabot ng iskwelahan,..oo ng magaling nga sa wikang ingles pero wla nman pla talgang natutunan,,,at isa pa..kaya lalo tayong nahihirapan paunlarin ang bansa kasi lagi nating iniisip eto ung trend ngayon,,,tbkt hindi tayo makigaya.....bkt lahat ba ng filipino eh mag aabroad?hehehe...DH na lang ba tau?o alila sa ibang bayan?
ang kaunlaran para sa akin ay makakamit lamang kung may pagkakaunawaan ..kasi bka dumating ang panahon na kakasalita natin ng wikang ingles hindi na pilipinas ang tawag sa bansa natin....naisip ku lang,,,

Replied by: ?YaNa_UniincHaN? | Date replied: Mar 01,2011

? ako bilang isang mag-aaral na hayskul ay hindi sumasang-ayon sa isyung ito. isipin niyo naman kung sa pilipino nga ay nahihirapang intindihin ng isang mag-aaral ang kanilang lesson ano pa kaya kung english na isang banyagang salita ? isipin naman sana nila na marami sa amin ang hindi uunlad dahil sa wala kaming natutunana sa mga discussions ng teacher na ginamit ang wikang banyaga. ?

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Replied by: nords | Date replied: Jan 02,2011

English is our medium of communication whether we like it or not it brings understanding to communicators with different nationalities. Since Philippines has many vernaculars, people in different provinces would likely use this language to communicate if they find it difficult to speak tagalog whenever they landed to strange places. That is a fact. It helps us to become globally competitive in terms of communication.... just in communication... because i still believed that the country's development doesn't lie in what language they used but with the kind of leadership and mentality they have.

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Replied by: axel mae | Date replied: Nov 26,2010

i commented on your views about this topic guys,and now,we will be having a debate about this...we are assigned in the negative side...oh by the way .I'm a 3rd year student in don hilarion gonzaga MHS in negros occidental...

some of you had dis my case,im with you guys,,
we should love our own dialect.. if we really love our country , we should do this...why do we have to wast our time teaching that language if soon,we could still be professional??

it"s more presentable and more easier to use our own language than to use the other...

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Replied by: Torque | Date replied: Oct 20,2010

,[wELl we will have a debate about Filipino as a medium of instruction in one of our subject it will be our final exam in english.. well they put me in the side english should be the medium of instruction... English is used worldwide. Simple English is the language we use to communicate to foreign peoples and in some other subjects that we learn we are hard using Filipino in delivering our explanations sometimes.

Replied by: Strunk | Date replied: Oct 07,2010

nobody's saying we scrap english as a subject to be taught among filipinos. and what's with the fascination with english anyway? go to any progressive country in europe and some parts of asia where they can't speak english if their lives depended on it and everyone's happy. you cannot master another language without mastering your own. unfortunately more than 50% of teachers in this country have no proficiency nor the aptitude to communicate properly in english. who can blame them? we're not native english speakers after all. hence the popular expression "tagalugin mo na lang kasi".

Replied by: cecilbern | Date replied: Oct 06,2010

but english is still the most important language in this world by the sense of it was the universal language.......
and if the medium of instruction in this world would be filipino ,,,, phil. would still be the most substandard speaker in english.....hehehhe

Replied by: Palpatine | Date replied: Oct 02,2010

The debate has sparked an extreme form of mentality that references Gestapo-like directives that seem to constrict the use of language exclusively for only the medium chosen. As if foreign and common terms that do not have Filipino counterparts cannot be uttered in class anymore because, like the naysayers have been saying all along, it is not Filipino. Like mathematical concepts that have no known Filipino counterparts---specially complex subjects like Trigonometry or Calculus. But I came from a science high school and one of the best Trigonometry teachers there was able to explain and make us understand the difficult concepts in the subject because he explained the most difficult points and related it to their practical/realistic applications in our local dialect. Not to mention he had difficulty talking and expressing himself in English. But as far as Mathematical aptitude and teaching about it goes, the guy was a master.

Just because the textbooks are in English does not mean you can't discuss productively using Tagalog, Bisaya or whatever dialect you happen to find yourself belonging to. Just because you watched a Hollywood movie with friends does not automatically mean you should discuss the merits (or lack of it) of the film in English. You say "Hanep talaga lightsaber duel nina Darth Maul, no?" and not "Ang ganda ng ilaw-na-espadahang eskirmahan nina Darth Maul." Not only is the latter statement annoying and stilted, but that's how the majority of Pinoys view the topic of using Filipino as a medium of teaching.

Replied by: chinnu | Date replied: Sep 12,2010

i agree with the fact that english is used as amedium of intruction. we know the english is a international language. ein this fast moving world mostly depends on it. so a person who want to study it must be fluent in english. i ts very important in it enabled education.

Replied by: byl | Date replied: Aug 20,2010

Nakakaawa ang mga Pilipino. Biruin mo kailangan pang matuto ng ibang wika para lamang umunlad o makapamuhay ng maayos o disente. Dapat tayong matuto ng ibang wika ngunit ito ay dapat para sa libangan o ang paghahangad ng mataas na antas na pagkatuto. Katulad sa ibang bansa, ang pag-aaral nila ng banyagang wika ay para sa kanilang paglilibang, pamamasyal sa ibang ibang sulok ng daigdig. Ang iba rin naman ay para lumawak ang kanilang perspektibo sa buhay. ang pag-aaral dapat ng ibang wika katulad ng espanyol ay para sa pag-aaral ng kasaysayan lalo na sa pagsakop ng espanya sa ating bansa. Mag-aaral tayo ng english para makipag-usap sa mga taong nakapagsasalita nito. Hindi dapat gamitin ang pag-aaral ng wikang banyaga para umunlad o makahanap ng trabaho sa ibang bansa. Wala pang mayaman na bansa sa kasalukuyan na umunlad dahil sa magaling sila sa ibang wika. Ang USA, pinakamayaman na bansa sa buong mundo ay gumagamit ng sariling wika sa kanilang pag-aaral/pagkatuto. Ganito rin ang CHina, Japan, France, Germany, UK at iba pa. Kung sino pa ang mga mahihirap na bansa katulad ng sa atin ay naghahangad ng matuto ng ibang wika.

Replied by: angel ocampo tuazon -jb- | Date replied: Aug 05,2010

sabi nga nila ang sariling wika ay mas magandang gamitin

at mas may class kaci ang paggamit sa sariling wika

ay pagkilala sa sariling atin at ituy gawing medium mas maganda.

Replied by: Chardy C. Fernando | Date replied: Jul 24,2010

english should be used as our medium of ins.. i disagree to those who are claiming that we are breaking our culture.. no we are not breaking instead ew are just blending it for it to fit with our modern day.. yes, Rizal said " and hindi magmahal sa sariling wika ay daig pa ang mabaho at malansang isda" but dont you know that most of the writings of Rizal are written in spanish... even rizal knows na using foreign language is needed..

Replied by: elaine limpin | Date replied: Jul 21,2010

I agree that english should be used as a medium for our education.

It doesn't mean we will forget our own language. It's just that we have to face reality that english is the best way of communicating to others.

Replied by: marz | Date replied: Jul 10,2010

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Replied by: nancy | Date replied: Jul 04,2010

4 me its beter dat we use english as a medium of instruction her in the philippines bcoz it is very important in communicating not the people her in the philippines but also in other country.....
start now before its too late..!

Replied by: ren | Date replied: Jun 22,2010

i actually agree and disagree at the same time with the fact that English language as the medium of instruction in our schools

agree, why? let's be practical, we need to communicate with other people not only in our country but globally. since Philippines got this tons of dialects it also adds a factor that we need to communicate to our fellow citizens in words or language in which we can understand them and them to understand us, i myself know nothing but Tagalog and no other Filipino dialects whatsoever.. it's hard for me sometimes to communicate or relate to other people, sometimes if there are a group of people where they only speak... like: ilukano or whatever, i can't understand what they are talking about and somehow i would feel as if i was marginalized in the group. i do agree, since we need the ecnglish language to help our country rise up again and be known in the world other than Philippines: 3rd world country, a country of corruption... but Philippines: the number 1 country not only in asia but in the whole world.
it's hard to believe that only private schools and/or international schools are the only schools in the Philippines where teachers used English language in every subject(except Filipino).

disagree, since the very beginning i think it's pretty stupid to say that philippines already got this 'national language' filipino/tagalog since most of the words we are using are borrowed from foreign languages, and i think if we are to used english language in a day to day basis.. our own language would soon dissolve to nothing, and as if it never existed like our ABAKADA turned into ABCD...
really guys..

they already invaded and held us as captives once... please let's not let it happen twice... not with our own language that i could not even say unique.
but! if we don't how are we able to communicate? and how are we able to improve?

Replied by: Chona | Date replied: Apr 06,2010

Ang gusto kong ipunto dito, bakit sa tinagal tagal na parte na ng kurikulum natin ang English, at ito ang medium of instruction sa Mathematics at Science, still, sabi nila bumababa pa rin ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa Pilipinas. Sa mga test na ibinibigay, mababa raw ang nakukuha ng Pilipinas. So, ano kayang problema?

Ako ay isa siguro sa mga naniniwalang dapat ituro ang Science at Mathematics sa sarili nating Wika. Bakit di kaya natin subukan? Pagkatapos ay ibigay ang mga pagsusulit sa wika rin natin. Kahit mga pang-international na pagsusulit, isalin sa wika natin.

Sabi nila, ginawa na ito. Pero, gaano katagal? Panandalian lamang. Kaya, paano nila makikita ang tunay na resulta?

Sana, pagtuunan ito ng pansin ng mga namumuno.

Replied by: niggy | Date replied: Mar 18,2010

yes. I agree that English language will be used as a medium of instruction in the Philippines. Dito kasi sa Pinas iba ang perception kapag you know a lot in English and how you speak it fluently. Since our country is considered as a developing one, each one of us forces ourselves to go abroad. And the best qualification that you need to meet is that learning the international language. You can grab more opportunity from this medium if you know how to speak it.
and alm nio na siguro ang mga opportunities and chances na yun' did'nt have to explained it.

Replied by: Chryselle vardeleon | Date replied: Mar 08,2010

'i know that English is important to us,for our job...but it doesn't mean that we will be using it every time...what if you are talking to someone that it is not educated?are you still gonna use the English speaking to that person?of course no..we are Filipinos we need to use our own language regularly...we just use English if it is in need...Gat Jose Rizal said "ANG HINDI MARUNONG GUMAMIT SA SARILING WIKA AY HIGIT PA SA MALANSA AT MABAHONG ISDA"....that's all tnx....

Replied by: Educ. Student | Date replied: Feb 26,2010

Ndi naman masama gamitin ang English as a medium of instruction here in the philippines. basta in a right place and occation. panget naman kung ang gagamitin mo eh english ang kausap mo eh hindi pa sanay..

Replied by: Silent Riot! | Date replied: Feb 08,2010

yeah. we have this debate in our English class. by the way I'm a 3rd yr. student, and I'm in the affirmative side. Yes, English should be use as a medium of speech in school for us students to be fluent in English. because in English our future lies in there, for us to land on a good job in the near future, for us to communicate to other countries.

Replied by: Kabaitan Bautista | Date replied: Jan 26,2010

Maraming paraan upang matangkilik at maipakita natin na mahal natin ang sariling atin. Hindi porket ang linguahe na ginagamit sa ating mga paaralan ay ingles eh hindi na natin mahal ang tagalog/cebuano/bulakeno atbp. Ang paggamit ng ingles ay isang pagsasanay sa mga Pilipino upang mas madaling makipagtalastasan at halubilu sa mundo. At kahit anu pa ang ating ilaban na dahilan ay hindi natin maiiwasan ang katotohanan na ang ang ingles ay isang lingua franca sa napakaraming aspetong may kinalaman sa globalisasyon.

Replied by: treesha:)) | Date replied: Nov 30,2009

we shoud alwyays consider the positive and negative effects of using our native language as the medium of instruction.

Replied by: emong | Date replied: Nov 28,2009

i dis agree with the idea that filipino language should be used as the medium language of PHILIPPINE SCHOOLS , we should use english language for every school in the philippines, we are not saying that filipino language is not important in fact filipino is our national language but then again learning the english language is a NECESSITY not just because we want it but we need it .all we need to do is to value the english language, let us not look at it as not showing of patriotism its just being practical, just look at the brighter side!

Replied by: churstel | Date replied: Nov 26,2009

i agree with the idea that filipino language should be used as the medium language of PHILIPPINE SCHOOLS and in filipino we have different dialects, we should use what is the most communicable language for every school in the philippines, we are not saying that english is not important but then again it is not necessary to use it as the official language of PHILIPPINE schools.

Replied by: Deep | Date replied: Nov 17,2009

Tagalog is not so important. Some people in provinces don't know how speak tagalog. English is worldwide.
Of course we are proud to be a Filipino, unfortunately in other country cannot understand tagalog.
If no foreigners allowed in Philippine then no need to learn English.

Replied by: samantha | Date replied: Sep 06,2009

im a grade 6 studying in cavite.and for is okay to use english as the medium of instruction but we must not forget our own language and that is tagalog.Because it describes our personality as Filipinos.And we need to be proud that we are FILIPINOS!!!

Replied by: mark christian | Date replied: Sep 01,2009

sa tingin nyu kailangan pa nting mag aral ng ibang language??

Replied by: AYS EMPRESS | Date replied: Aug 20,2009

alam n'yo..nagsearch ako sa internet dahil may debate kami mamaya..

ano ang proposition?
THBT Brooms are better than vacuum cleaners?

sa tingin n'yo literal ba naming pagdedebatihan 'yan?

kung ang sagot n'yo ay oo..
mawalang-galang na pero nag-iisip ka ba?

non-sense pag-usapan kung mas maganda bang gamitin ang walis at vacuum cleaner..

pero tingnan n'yo rin..hindi naman lahat ng dumi nahihigop ng vacuum cleaner..ganon din naman ang sa ano nga ang point para pag-usapan pa ang walang kakwenta-kwentang topic na iyon..

para sa kaalaman ng lahat..abstract proposition po ang gagamitin namin..

kung mahina ka sa english..kahit literal mo pang idebate 'yon..walang pupuntahan ang usapan..

kung mahina ka sa filipino..nako! eh ano nang mangyayari sa'yo?
tutunganga ka na lang?

hindi ako masyadong magaaling sa aaminin kong mahina din ako sa filipino? bakit? sa tingin ko ang tanging dahilan lang doon ay dahil simula noong nag-aral ako sa pre-school..english at filipino na ang ginagamit..the point is..walang konsentrasyon..walang focus..kaya wala akong namaster..
may natutunan man ako..kulang pa rin..ang pundasyon ko para pag-aralan pa ang ibang bagay? marupok..

so balik tayo..abstract proposition ang paksa..kaya kailangan pa namin siyang itranslate sa paksang mas makabuluhan..ito ang sarili kong interpretasyon..

THBT Vernacular Language is better than the English Language as the Medium of Instruction in Elementary level..

edi mas malinaw na..
pero kung bakit naging ganyan..
simple lang..vernacular language is just like the broom..the native..bagay na nakasanayan na nating gamitin..ang english..tulad ng vacuum cleaner..banyaga sa atin..bago lang at hindi tayo sanay..

pero sabi ng prof namin..walang kwenta kung pag-uusapan naming kung ano ang mas mainam na gamitin..

kaya binago ko ulit..
THBT Vernacular Language must be used as the Medium of Instruction in the Elementary level..

hindi na siya value kundi policy..
hindi na rin siya abstract..

at para sa kaalaman ng lahat..dahil nakakainis na..
pinagmamalaki n'yong Ingles ang gamitin pero simpleng vernacular o native language ay hindi n'yo maintindihan..

VERNACULAR-native language. wika na una mong natutunan at naunawaan..english, filipino, ilocano, cebuano, waray, kapampangan, pangasinan, tagalog, bikol, hiligaynon, o kahit anong wika pa yan..basta ito ang wikang una mong natutunan at naunawaan..ito ang wikang VERNACULAR mo..

ENGLISH-the international language. american o british o kahit australian..english pa rin yan..pero at this topic..american english ang gamitin natin..

FILIPINO-para sa mga hindi nakakaalam..nasa 1973 at 1987 constitution natin na ang Filipino ay hindi lamang tungkol sa Tagalog, ang lahat ng wika sa buong Pilipinas ay maaaring ipasok sa wikang dahil may mga salita na walang katumbas sa wika natin..maaari tayong kumuha ng mga salitang ito sa wika ng ibang bansa..

so ngayon..sana naman alamin n'yo muna 'yung mga pinagsasasabi n'yo..
english nga yan..pero kung hindi mo maintidiihan..isalin mo ito sa wikang mas naiintindihan mo..para hindi ka magmukhang tanga..

ito ang problema sa ating mga Filipino..mahina na nga tayo sa English..mahina pa tayo sa Filipino..NAKAKAHIYA di ba? ito pa siguro ang mas nakakahiya..'yung hindi mo pa magamit ang wikang vernacular mo dahil hindi mo alam kung paano ito isasalin doon para maintindihan mo 'yung ibang wika..

kaya paano mo matututunan at mauunawaan ang ibang bagay kung hindi ka matatas sa paggamit ng sarili mong wika?

hindi ba nga't kung hindi mo maunawaan ang sinasabi ng ibang wika..isalin mo ito sa wikang gamay mo para mas maintindihan mo ito?

kung hindi ka matatas/fluent sa kahit anong wika..KAWAWA ka naman..wala ka nang patutunguhan..dahil kahit kailan..hindi mo maiintidihan ang ibang wika..

ang isyu dito..ano ang dapat gamiting wika bilang wikang panturo sa mga eskwelahan..

English? Filipino? o Wikang Vernacular?

ito lang..hindi pwedeng Filipino at English lang..dahil marami tayong wika dito sa Pilipinas..
sa mga probinsya na nga lang tulad ng Ilocos..ilokano ang wika nila..pangalawa lang ang filipino at english..

ayon sa mga pag-aaral..kahit isearch n'yo lang sa internet marami nang lalabas na mga pag-aaral na nagsasabing ang paggamit ng wikang vernacular ang mas nakatutulong para mapalawak ang kaalaman at matutunan ng isang mag-aaral ang bagay na itinuturo sa kanya..bakit? kasi mas naiintindihan n'ya iyon..hindi na siya malilito..hindi n'ya iyon maipagkakamali sa ibang bagay dahil isa lang ang magiging ibig sabihin niyon..

kung gagamitan mo ng ibang wika..wikang hindi siya pamilyar..o 'yung wikang hindi n'ya kabisado ang gamit..malilito malaki ang posibilidad na hindi niya maintindihan ang itinuturo sa kanya..

hindi ba nga sa pre-school, sa elementary..dito nabubuo ang pundasyon ng bata? 'yung cognitive aspect ng sarili n'ya dito nadedevelop? sa tingin n'yo ba kung tuturuan sila sa wikang hindi nila gamay..papasok ba utak nila ang dapat nilang matutunan?

kung 'yung mga basic na dapat nilang matutunan ay hindi nila maayos na matututunan..paano n'yo ipapaintindi sa kanila 'yung mga bagay na mas komplekado pa?

ito ang isyu..ito ang dapat mas magiging makabuluhan ang magiging usapan..

alam kong nasa globalisasyon na tayo..
in demand ang mga taong matatas magsalita ng ingles..pero naiintindihan ba nila talaga ang wikang ito?

think again..

Replied by: jhocelle | Date replied: Aug 08,2009

4 me we have 2 use both

Replied by: tintin the greatest | Date replied: Jul 21,2009

hello po

well,i am a 1st year college student and all our subjects in school are using english as the medium of instruction, except of course with FILPINO 1D. i think english does have a better impact on students than that of Filipino because there are those words in filipino that are best understood when said in the english language. aside from that, learning, speaking, and practicing english doesn't diminish our loyalty for our country--NOT A BIT. besides, it would be a greater advantage for all of us if we use english because by the time we are to become professionals, lots of people we are to meet are most likely to prefer negotiating using the english language.


Replied by: rfc | Date replied: Jun 24,2009

For me there is no problem if the medium of instruction in the Philippines is English. Actually I'm encouraging my kids to speak in English while they are inside their school premises and even in our home.

I myself became a victim of not giving myself the opportunity to practice my english during my developmental years. Although I can understand, speak (not fluently) and write in english I still feel handicapped in this area.

I am a professional but since english was not frequently used in our office and I did not get the chance to meet and speak with english speaking people a lot, I did not bother to use the language as much. It is only now that I realized the value of english since I got to face foreigners and english speaking professionals now. I almost shy away from them. I'm embarrased to be known that I cannot speak in english fluently being a professional that I am and I can only blame myself with it.

In my mind I know I can speak english but I did not have the guts to do it in front of other people. I am now in the process of building myself confidence and beginning to practice bit by bit. I even enrolled in a class teaching how to speak english proficiently. I know it is not too late for me and I know one day I can speak the language eloquently just like my native language.

I love being a Filipino and I love my very own national language but whether we like it or not, we have to accept the reality that english is the international language and in this time of globalization we could be more competitive to the teeth if we could speak it proficiently, fluently and eloquently.

Replied by: black panther | Date replied: Jun 16,2009

I don't agree that using English as a medium of instruction is one way of keeping one's colonial mentality. We have to accept that today is an era of globalization and we can only keep ourselves competetive if we raise our standards in english competency. Other nations are spending huge amount of money just to learn this language because they know how important it is to acquire the language for their own existence. Yet, they are still known for their sense of nationalism. My bottom line is we simply just don't lose our sense of nationalism just by learning, improving, and mastering the English language. As a matter of fact, improving ourselves in this field means helping our country to prosper more and that is a true spirit of nationalism.

Replied by: chris angelo | Date replied: May 17,2009

we should consider the fact the the language we are using in this discussion happens to be the english languge.

Replied by: green archer | Date replied: Apr 12,2009

I've read all the comments and I've learned a lot from you guys out there. I'm doing my argumentative essay right now regarding the medium of instruction in the Philippines. I agree to those who are in favor of English as the medium of instruction because nowadays English is the key to globalization and we should think that we need to be on the trend because nothing will happen to us if we dont start to learn and practice English and we will just be left out.

Regarding the impression of others when a Filipino speak in English they think of this as "sosyal" and "mayabang", that is because others are not familiar in English, but if they can also speak and understand the language, their thinking will not be like that.

We should think English as medium of instruction in a positive way because it could widen the opportunities that awaits to each one of us. animo! :D

Replied by: jonalie | Date replied: Feb 18,2009

Our class are going to have a debate about Filipino as a our medium of instruction here in all subjects and my group is assigned in the positive side. I don't know if we're going to win this debate because for me we have to use an appropriate language in every subject. Regarding in this English-Filipino as our medium of instruction, I think we should use both. There's nothing wrong in learning English if you use it in a right manner. Because others are using for what they called "sosyalan" "kartehan" "pa-sosyal" etc. But, you should learn your national language first before you learn the other. All information I've read here is a much help for me. Thanks guys!

Replied by: XhEn here | Date replied: Feb 15,2009

hi everyone..

Upon reading all your sentiments, I'm also pondering of what is my stand about this case. Well, I never thought of English language could bring any harm to us.
i cant see any disadvatages of using it. speaking English inside the classroom will pratice us to be competitive when we get out in the four corners of our room. when are we going to use English? when we get old? when our tongues and lips are hard enough to be taught? lets accept the fact that outside the world is using English.. Lets be thankful that the world's offered language is we Filipinos are good at it, English. Isnt it amazing?!

Me, myself cant imagine of forgetting my own language. how can i forget my language when im using it everyday home, neighbors, classmates, friends, et. no one can forget their own language! See, we can still used it anytime we wanted. so why worry if englsih will used as the medium of instruction?!

Replied by: boy baboy | Date replied: Feb 04,2009

its just right that we must use English and be our medium of instruction in all school because we need to improve our education right!

Replied by: amanojaku | Date replied: Jan 26,2009

hmm,Friedrich is right,at first everyone of us should learn the language that our country uses,we should not compete with other nations just to prove them that we know how to speak in english,sabi nga,ang taong tahimik,nsa loob ang kulo,di natin kailangang ipagmalaki na mrunong tayong mag-english,we just need to use english if it is necessary,pero kung nasa loob lng din tyo ng Philippines,bkit ka mageenglish?di ka nmn Amerikano,dba po?

Replied by: july 25 | Date replied: Jan 09,2009

Yup I agree with sir Naumann. Like other Filipino it's hard 4 me to understand english even tough when i write and speak in english. That's why i'm trying hard to learn more in english. One time, I decided to go in one of the famous call center i've tried to apply in their company. Unfortunately. i failed, the interviewer told me that the way how i speak in english is poor and i'm not effective communicator. And the high shool students are much better to speak english than me.It's hurt! that night i cried in my bed and i thought i'm stupid because honestly i'm graduated from nursing. So, My self-confident is disappeared after the interview until now i thinking it everyday and every night. I hope someday i can proof to them or to other people that i can speak english fluently. If ever i find a job i didn't think twice to enter speacial school for people who can't speak in english. I admitted that english is popular language wherever you go.

Replied by: Gretchen | Date replied: Dec 10,2008

Hello Guyz, well i agree to Sir Friedrich Naumann, The first language of a child must be the medium of instruction, because a child will find it hard to understand a second langauge if he has the difficulty in understanding his first language. But there are certain childs that can comprehend most in english than that of their first language(filipino)the reason is that since birth their parents tends to communicate with them in english all the way, in that sense a child will encounter difficulty in uttering and undesrtanding his first language.

Replied by: lawrence s. diaz | Date replied: Dec 07,2008

I hereby stand to all of you to oppose what the previous speaker said.

For me, English should be the medium of instruction in the Philippines because we are in today’s world. In the world of globalization and competitiveness, our country should also compete with others. As we all know, English has become the dominant language globally. A languages that can serve as lingua franca among neighboring countries, as well as movements that go for preservation of local languages are also on the rise. The ability to speak English is an asset that is required in any field, because of cross-international business relations, and any country who wants to build its economy is going to have to do business with another country whether they want to or not, importation and exportation is how the world’s countries build their economies. This lingua franca as a mode of communication in which each country can understand each other. This will help the countries to trade easily, especially to the Philippines which a growing tiger of economy among other nations. Having English as a vernacular to trading is easy and will give rise to our economy. We need to learn the language that suits the national and international requirements.

Aside from globalization, our government implemented The EO210that made English the primary medium of instruction. The President said that she was worried about the decline of English, Math, and Science proficiency among Filipinos so she issued the EO to strengthens the use of English language. The EO also states that to promote education as a means to adhere and maintain an accelerating rate of economic development and social progress and it also makes note that there is a need to develop the aptitude, competence, and proficiency of our students in English to maintain and improve their competitive edge in emerging and fast-growing local and international industries. The EO210 being implemented because base on the research of the government that our students level of proficiency in English has lowered in recent years. This was base on the observation that the job vacancies in call centers as a result applicants failing to pass the English examinations. English is the language of Information and Communication Technology or ICT. So the solution to the problem is to hastily propose the improvement of English as a medium of instruction. I can say that the government is indeed on our side.

May I also assure you the good reasons why English must be the medium of instruction in our schools. This is because our world is becoming a global village where nation-state barriers are being broken. To be ahead, being able to speak English, being the consensus business language, is therefore a must.

Second, how do you expect to teach math and science using other language? The terminologies used in these subjects can hardly be understood when spoken or translated in Filipino or in other vernaculars. I also find in the argument that very few Filipino can speak the Filipino well. According to the research done by the National Statistics Office or NSO there are parts in the country where the population speaks better in English than Filipino. Cebu and some parts of Visayas would be an illustration. A lot of Cebuanos are much fluent if they talk in English than in Filipino. Ilongos also are fluent in English one example is Allan K, he speaks English well and what he says can be understand.

Third if very few speaks English, then the more reason it must be used as the medium of instruction. If English not used as a medium of instruction wherelse could we use this? It is for what purpose then? It is even more threatening to the poor if we remove English as a medium of instruction in our schools, it is a certainty that the lower-income students will never learn to speak English well. The children of the well-to-do will find alternative means of education and of being exposed to English in their daily lives. If this will happen it will worsen the inequity of our economic opportunities. Also the vast majority of the youth, however do not have enough occasions in their normal lives to speak and listen to English. The classroom is the only place where they can be obliged to speak nothing but English. It’s true that the schools where they will learn English and that will help build the nation.

Replied by: marilou | Date replied: Dec 06,2008

THE ONLY WORDS THE WORDS THAT ALL I HAVE AND MAKE ME LIVE AWAY.English is great for me ,im living outside our country the only knowledge that i can share ,speak and write english is very important and understanding as well. so lets learn english.

Replied by: Aion20 | Date replied: Nov 20,2008

I think that, even though we're here in the Philippines, we should start practicing the English language.

but it also depends in the person if they want to!, or not!.

Replied by: amina.s | Date replied: Nov 18,2008


Replied by: Tasha | Date replied: Sep 24,2008

Whether we like it or not, the Pilipino language is not enough to translate all the words in English. We have to study English because it's the language of communication, of technology and of education. There are no Nursing or Engineering or Criminology textbooks in Pilipino. We need to study English to get decent jobs abroad.
Besides, how can we claim that Pilipino is our national language when it's spoken by less than 50% of the Filipino population? Being able to speak good Englsh doesn't mean being unpatriotic. It is a necessity!

Replied by: yahkinxii | Date replied: Sep 23,2008

appointing English as a medium of instruction here in the country will open us lots of opportunity to learn more. We cannot study math and science in straight Filipino, right?? We must admit that English really do help us a lot. For me, in my opinion, upgrading education in general should improve the quality of English as well.ü Pinoy ako at kahit anong mangyari at kahit saan man ako mapunta, walang makakapigil sa akin ng paggamit ng wikang Filipino. :D Bonus na lang para sa atin ang pagkakaroon ng oportunidad na magkaroon ng kaalaman sa paggamit ng wikang ingles kaya dapat natin itong suportahan :) -->peace.Ü

Replied by: avrel | Date replied: Sep 20,2008

kung san mas matututo ang mga estudyante iyun ang dapat gamitin.

hindi bat yun naman talaga ng layunin ng edukasyon?

wala silbi ang isang libro kung hindi mo ito naiintindihan.

walang silbi ang isang salita kung hindi mo ito nauunawaan.

mahalaga ang ingles, peo mas mahalaga pa rin ang talino at kakayahan.

ang ingles ay nararapat na manatiling isang subject lamang sa mga eskwelahan.

tingnan nyo ang Japan, kung tutuusin ay mas magaling pa tayon mag ingles sa kanila, peo bakit ganun? Ni wala pa tyo sa kalinkingan nila pagdating sa ekonomiya?

anu kayang dahilan?

dahil inuna nilang patatagin ang kanilang kaalaman at kultura bago sila nangarap na makipagsabayan sa mundo?

tila masyado tyong nagmamadaling maging "globalized"

sa aking palagay ay masyado pang watak watak ang mga pilipino.

marami nag sasabi na mahalaga ito upang makapunta abroad.
machine operators

wala kong masamng masasbi tugkolsa kanila.
pagkat lahat iyun ay marangal na trabaho.

pero mananatili na lang ba ng pilipinas bilang ganun?

nakapag aral naman tayo?

pero bakit ganun?

Replied by: a-v-r-e-l | Date replied: Sep 17,2008

ang tanging masasabi ko lang ay
bakit di natin muna pagtuunan ng pansin ang ating sariling wika bago natin pag aralan ang iba?

alam nating lahat na ang pilipinas
mayaman sa ibat ibang wika, at di lingid sa ating lahat na marami sa mga pilipino (lalo na sa mga probinsya) ang hindi man lamang marunong umintindi ng filipino,
paano sa tingin ninyo sila matututo ng ingles?

at isa pa, hindi bat ang pangunahin namang layunin ng edukasyon ay ang matuto ang mga mag-aaral?
kung ipipilit natin na gamitin ang ingles sa kanila, maaring maguluhan lamang sila.kabisa lang ng kabisa, na wala naman talagang naiintindihan sa sinasabi ng guro.

oo, alam ko na mahalaga ng ingles, i like speaking english, but i LOVE filipino.

oo, mahalaga ang ingles, lalo na sa isang bansang umaasa sa mga dollar remittances mula sa mga ofw's. Pero mananatili na lng ba tayo sa ganitong sitwasyon?
sa ngayon kasi tila ang pangumahing layunin ng edukasyon sa pilipinas ay upang makapunta tayo sa ibang bansa.
"Go West" ikanga. hindi ba natin ito pwedeng baguhin sa "Stay Here"?

Replied by: 123 | Date replied: Sep 10,2008

dapat nga aware na tayo sa mga issues na ganito...
i am an education student and i think we really need to start learning the english language and able to use it.

Replied by: tin-tin | Date replied: Sep 06,2008

aingles kung amerikano tagalog kung pilipino!!!!!

wala tayong dahilan para mag ingles!!!

Replied by: Real | Date replied: Sep 01,2008

I'm a 1st year student at my research kami 'bout this debate. for me, there's nothing wrong kung tayong mga filipino e marunong gumamit ng salitang engles. yung mga kababayan nating sumikat sa ibang bansa e gumagamit din ng salitang engles para magkaintindihan sila. i mean engles man ang gamit nya pero yung pagiging sikat nya e mga pilipino ang nagbebenefits at pilipinas ang nakikilala dahil sa isa siyang pilino. ang importante hindi nya nakalimutan kung san siya ngmula!
Manny Pacquiao and Lea Salonga are a very good example kasi pinakilala nila ang pilipinas sa buong mundo sa angkin nilang husay at sa pagiging pilipino

Replied by: doraeme | Date replied: Aug 27,2008

hi.....its like this the medium of instruction should be in variety.....
for example..if the subject is should be English! how can you understand English subject if you are not using it.....well lets put it this way! the teacher should asks his/her students what language should be used during their discussion except for English subject because its mandatory for that subject to have an English language...a person specially we Filipinos should think of what we can do to improve our lives. Well for me,i think we'll have more opportunities if we are fluent in English! Right? Well our being English speakers will not degrade our being Filipino. It's more likely we will be more proud of our selves if we know many languages...Like me I know 2...English and Filipino(Bisaya and its really like this..It depends on the person. If you think you can be of help in the society by speaking what language you want to speak then so be it. Lets face reality.

Replied by: aljon | Date replied: Aug 21,2008

also, we are going to have our debate tomorrow and this is regarding to to what the thread is all about..well, in my own opinion as many others often said, english is more effective and mode of instruction that having a filipino mode...basically, its more easy for us students to mainly understand what the topics or lesson is all about so english must be implemented in all levels of educational doesnt mean we're being unpatriotic to our motherland, its just that we are open to lead our future in a greener pasteur.that's all what we what,am i right?

Replied by: eurica joan | Date replied: Aug 14,2008

who said that we Filipinos are NOT NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH?


Traditionally, we believe that the native speakers of English are those people from the ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES.But, our professor made it clear to us...that even if you're NOT from those english speaking countries as long as you SPEAK the English language... you are considered as a "NATIVE SPEAKER OF ENGLISH"

I strongly agree that FILIPINOS are ALSO the NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH. For What reason? We are the third country to SPEAK the ENGLISH language..Another reason? the use of English for trade and business.

so let's go for ENGLISH as the medium of instruction in schools.

"corrupt" as they label our much more if we are not acquianted with the ENGLISH language? its actually our edge that we FIIPINOS are able to understand even the simpliest English words.

It doesn't mean that when a FILIPINO is able to SPEAK english, he is neglecting his own language. Every FILIPINO aims success. And learning how to speak english will lead them to an easy communication when they are out of our country.


Replied by: therix | Date replied: Aug 12,2008

whoooaHh!!! excellent!! great ideas.. we're having a debate regarding on this topic tom.. i got lots of ideas from you guys.. by the way, im on the affirmative side.. hope we could win..thanks!!

-the job of the teacher is to teach the students the easiest way possible.. and to reassure them that they will learn something out of that day..
-it's the outcome of the students that counts..

Replied by: Godfrey G. Bondoc | Date replied: Aug 05,2008

Hi. I'm Godfrey from Philppine Normal University, taking up BSE FILIPINO. Isinasaad ng Descipitive Grammar na walang WIKANG SUPERYOR (There is no superior language). Bago mo lubusang matutuhan at maunawaan ang ikalawa mong wika (L2), kinakailangan mong maging mahusay sa una mong wika (L1), na karamihan sa mga Pilipino, Filipino ang unang wika. Karamihan sa mga Pilipino, ginagamit ang "pronoun" na "siya" sa bagay, hayop at lugar na hindi nararapat. Patunay lamang ito na hindi nababalutan ng kaalaman ang mga Pilipino sa kanilang unang wika. Sa kabilang banda, kinakailangan pa rin na mapagyabo ng bawat isa ang pagiging billingwal o hanggat maaari ang pagiging polyglot,taong may maraming wikang taglay o alam. Hindi Tagalog ang wikang opisyal ng Pilipinas bagkus ay Filipino. I would like to emphasize that speaking English is really good especially when used in school but it denotes a sense of kahambugan at kayabangan particular to those students who are studying English.

Replied by: xeloe | Date replied: Jul 24,2008

Good day to all..we think that english really prepares us for a better and a more competent future. We are also proenglish language bec. we know english is our universal languge and it will help us to find work and it will also help Philippines in the future, nevertheless, we also understand that we should not forget our national language. It is still after all our mother tongue and it also unites the filipinos around the globe. But dont we want to be united to the world after all?

Replied by: rainegel_gigi | Date replied: Jul 21,2008

..i appreaciate that the use of english language prepare us to be competent in other country..'But for me we should not forget our own language (FILIPINO) because it gives us the sense of "Nationalism"..

Replied by: no_wan | Date replied: Jun 29,2008

simple: being a nationalist is not in the language, it's in the heart... :)

Replied by: jim alberto | Date replied: Jun 17,2008

what we speak doesnt necessarily define who we are, if we speak english, it doesnt mean we are anti-filipino. learning the language itself, english. will help us filipinos be competitive in the real world. the real essence of being filipino is not about learning its language the drop the other, it is when we can still keep our chin up and we are proud competing with other using their language.

Replied by: margareth | Date replied: May 21,2008

we are going to have a debate a lot like this issue. well, for me, English is the best we can have to be our medium of instruction at school. English, as said by the others who replied in this site, is the key for globalization. In our time now, isn't it that most people would prefer to work abroad to gain a better living? If these people was not educated in English in their school days, do you think they could be as competitive as the other people coming from English speaking countries? Because they already know how to speak the language, language barrier was not their top most problem in finding jobs. There are other people who says that using English as our medium of instruction is being unnationalism, but aren't they using the English language even to their day to day conversations? If kids or students won't be educated by the English language, who will teach them when they go out to the real world, the world of globalization? Isn't it that's why many other nationalities like Koreans go here in our country just to study the English language? what i'm talking about is being realistic to the fact that without English, how could we communicate to the other countries? English is the universal language and if Filipinos know much about it, we can reach out other countries who can help us improve our economy. I am not saying here that we should forget about our own language, instead, we are just improving the knowledge of our fellowmen.

Replied by: Dream theater!! | Date replied: May 20,2008

thnx for this info.
it help us a lot.
ako'y isand pinoy, sa puso't diwa,
pinoy na isinilang sa ating bansa..
for our progress,
gamitin natin ang ating sariling wika.

Replied by: ethel trinidad | Date replied: Apr 07,2008

english language should be use as the medium of instruction in schools for us to be prepared for more job opportunities.its hard when your not that fluent in english, from personal experience i have to enroll in a call center learning institute just to pass the exams and interviews of the call center.but i think if in our school we use english language as the medium of instruction ill be more competitive in finding jobs.

Replied by: emil samaniego | Date replied: Mar 27,2008

the point is... are filipinos still knowledgeable and competent to speak and teach their own language?

This may be silly but if we really think about it, we are more in command in subject-verb agreement than the "pandiwa, pangalan, panaguri, pangatnig atbp"

The conclusion is, english, though it's not the most desirable thing to have, is the least we can do to use as the medium of instruction to our highly westernized/americanized educational system and culture.

Replied by: Carotene | Date replied: Mar 11,2008

Ako oy susuporta sa ating pambansang wika, ito ay makakadali sa pagtuto ng mga estudyante.

Replied by: _Loisy_ | Date replied: Mar 11,2008

I thought that Filipino should be the language in teaching evry subject except the english subject or any other subject that needs more english than filipino. Even if that using filipino is just a sense of nationalism, I learn better when filipino is used..Im a grade six student and Im graduating this March, the last debate were gonna have is the debate with this topic.

So,, support our national languange.Plzz. Thank you

Replied by: Dudz | Date replied: Feb 28,2008

hi sa lahat,peru para sakin dapat natin unahin ang ating sariling lenguahe(language),dahil para ito sa ating bansa,at kung pupunta tau sa ibang bansa importante ba talaga na gamitin ang kanilang lenguahe(language)?,eh pag sila pupunta sa ating bansa ginagamit ba nila ang ating lenguahe(language)???di ko sinisiraan ang ating bansa ah,peru sakin lang,parang mga tanga taung mga pilipino,bakit ba tayo aasa sa ibang bansa para magtrabaho?panu aahun sa kahirapan ang ating bansa pag di natin pinapalitan ang gobyerno??alam naman nating mga pilipino ang pamamalakad ng ating gobyerno,bakit di pa natin ibunyag ang katutuhanan???tinatakot lang tayo ng administrasyon ngayun!!!..mag sigkilos na kayo mga pilipino habang my pag asa pang aahun ang ating bansa!!!....ibunyag ang katotohanan..

Replied by: ladyrose | Date replied: Feb 27,2008

hello philippines and hello world! I'm from WNU who also have the debate on monday regarding this issue.I really appreciate the comments and enlightenments i read from this section... it's truly amazing! yes, we Filipinos should embrace the facts that English is our universal language.. thus, we must be acquainted much in this. Speaking English doesnt really mean that we are abandoning our native language-Filipino. It's just a matter of being realistic at the same time, being open for globalization. Therefore, I believe that English should be imposed as a medium of instruction in order to become more proficient in the language. The language that could possibly help us from abandoning our recent situation (being poor). By making English as a medium of instruction, it is really possible for us Filipinos to learn better..coz as what had mentioned in the laws of learning by Thorndike, particularly in hi law of exercise, - constant and correct practice could possibly lead an individual a better one with a better performance.

Replied by: brownmon | Date replied: Feb 26,2008

the poor? yes, admittin' they are the ones who are prety much sufferin' for.. somehow.. bein' quite "clueless".. but isnt that the very reason why they should learn. coz if you think about it, who are they goin' to learn proficient english from? from their surroundings? parents? i don't think so. they are the unfortunate ones; they are the ones who should be learning in schools because if they are to be taught in Filipino and only Filipino.. would they excel in life? Proficient english speakers are obviously the ones generally needed by companies, etc.

English maximizes opportunities.

Replied by: Lois | Date replied: Feb 25,2008

Yes how about the poor?

Replied by: Lois Abigail | Date replied: Feb 21,2008

by the way tanx for d ideas guys! im having a debate in this topic tom. wish me luck

Replied by: Lois Abigail | Date replied: Feb 21,2008

sometimes i see schools that use english in instructions, and i could see that most of pupils could put frowns in their faces, a big sign,di ba? mabuti pa ang sariling atin , kasi smile lahat!!!!!!!!:-D

Replied by: jen | Date replied: Feb 19,2008

we r using eng. 4 uz 2 cumunc8 wid others, it is not the key 4 r suczez.. tankilikin ang sariling atin..t.c

Replied by: brownmon | Date replied: Feb 19,2008

I would have to say that this is the part where bilingualism would engage itself from the shadows and fully exist.

Most of the replies in this particular topic fully showed that English and Tagalog cant work together. It's like an all or nothing deal. It doesnt have to be like that.

Many have mentioned that a big percentage of the people in our country doesnt possess the "skill" in speaking in English.. doesnt that imply that we should then go and learn; all the more reason to LEARN.

Learning English doesnt fully promise success, true. But if taken one step at time, little by little.. a unified nation will surely emerge because of being educated BOTH in filipino and english. Also, let's be practical. Right this very second, it's not about being nationalistic or somethin', it's about takin' the road which will help our fellow Filipinos.. our COUNTRY more.. actually.. the more i think about it.. that's bein' nationalistic quintessentially.

LEARNING ENGLISH DOESNT MEAN WE'RE LEAVING TAGALOG BEHIND. we're just expanding the opportunities that lie infront of us.

Replied by: Louise | Date replied: Feb 19,2008

This will be our debate topic tomorrow and I'm on the affirmative side. Thanks for all the information!

In my opinio, the argument all comes down to globalization and nationalism.

Replied by: Lois Abigail | Date replied: Feb 18,2008

ALSO, filipino is our national language. Neglecting it is dishonoring our country. However if you use English fluently,ok fine,,,,do it. But you should always speak more filipino than english.

Replied by: Lois Abigail | Date replied: Feb 18,2008

Well, english is good but FILIPINO is better. We filipinos know FILIPINO more than English and we learn faster using the filipino language. If we use English as a medium of instruction, some of us will never learn especially those who cant go school. It is unfair.

Replied by: brent | Date replied: Feb 17,2008

,,,, im a 1st year student.. and were doing a research paper regarding which is more effective to use in schools... i do agree on english as medium of teaching... lets just be realistic that when youre good at speaking english,, youll have a better chance or edge in finding jobs especially abroad.... anyone out there who wanna help us please do email me for your comments or stand in this issue... hehe thanks...

Replied by: joni | Date replied: Feb 10,2008

To my fellow debate competitors, anyone, pls help me... we are going to have a debate and the house believes that the medium for instruction of Philippine History is FILIPINO. We are to oppose this motion. How can we support our statements regarding this?

Replied by: mS.mDz | Date replied: Feb 08,2008

We're having a debate about that on monday and unfortunately I was in the negative side. Honestly, I was sad cause I believe that we'll never win. Because for me english should be the medium of instruction here in the Philippines. But then I realized that our situation is not bad. I thought that english must be the medium for the sake of globalization. But how about those who takes a very hard time to understand a very simple english word, do they need to be forced? If they can't then they must be taught using a language that is familiar to them, no not familiar but easy for them to use and understand of coure.., And I also think that the job of instructors is to make the students understand the world around us in the easiest way possible. (Anyway, that's only my opinion.)

Replied by: eina | Date replied: Feb 05,2008

thank you for all these ideas. :)

Replied by: linds | Date replied: Feb 04,2008

thanks for all the comments...i was enlightened with my study..

Replied by: Erick Baloran, Best speaker opf a comarts fetival in debate | Date replied: Jan 19,2008

Keep English as medium of instruction, please. As long as it can open doors of employment and business opportunity for, we shouldn?t deprive Filipinos their chance.

We will never lose our Filipino language, however muddled or mutated it gets. It?s still our everyday ?currency? among our fellow Pinoys.

But learning English will give more opportunities to express our hopes and dreams to the world and give us a fighting chance to reach them.

As an analogy: if, in some distant future, Chinese becomes the language that affords us this chance, then by all means, let?s teach the next generation Chinese!

It?s not about being pro-American or unnationalistic. It?s about being realistic. It?s about an opportunity to lead a better life.

Global Voices Online ? The English language debate in the Philippines
Jun 17, 2007 at 10:49 am

[?] in the language debate. A nague?o in the blogosphere agrees with the arguments of the petitioners. Filipina soul presents two views on the issue, and her post generated a lively [?]

Reynold E. Lariza
Jun 21, 2007 at 6:56 pm

guys, you?re lost from the topic?.
if I am to argue that English is not the universal language, but numbers. I?ll debate until I win? But then its none sense, I get none from winning or loosing from it? initially I?m just curious about what the heck the phil gov is doing?

Jul 11, 2007 at 10:47 pm


Gia Nadine
Aug 5, 2007 at 2:39 am

I agree with marcon. Philippines does not own English. We are not its native speakers. If we forget about tagalog and speak english instead, its like stealing a language. What would filipinoes feel if another country is using tagalog as their own language even if they?re not from the philippines?

Aug 6, 2007 at 4:02 am

to marcon: tagalog isnt our language, its a dialect, we still have bisaya waray bikolano and all those other stuff, our language is called filipino. n i think that english should be learned in our schools because no matter how many languages we learn, we still cant forget our mother language because we know it by heart. (yes naman?..)

mee ni
Aug 11, 2007 at 1:04 pm

yeah,ryt rose. i?m so glad to pass by this blog.. full of ideas. oh eto, tagalog nman. kita nyu, pwde magshift ng medium. wla naman law na magpapasa nun. ehe, geh.. i think, nowadays, we have to prove that filipinos are smart and clever enough to compete globally, we have to think about our future, at the same time, preserving our culture. well, byebye.;) and yeah, high school plang aq now, bnabaan ung units ng subject na filipino, 1.2 nlng. how come?

Aug 14, 2007 at 9:58 am

I believe those who are against English (or Spanish) education in the Philippines are misguided in their sense of nationalism. Even in countries where the people speak amongst themselves only the native language, the ability to speak English is an asset that is required in any field, because of cross-international business relations, and any country who wants to build it?s economy is going to have to do business with another country whether they want to or not, importation and exportation is how the world?s countries build their economies, and even if Pilipino is important, let?s be realistic, Filipino kids don?t need schooling to have a fundamental sense of how to speak Pilipino since it?s their birth language. How else will they, especially the poor, learn English? From the television? Of course not, most of the poor can?t afford Cable TV (where most of the English entertainment is), and most shows on Antenna are in Tagalog. From other Filipinos? Unless you?re surrounded by Filipinos who grew up in the states all the time, chances are the best English they?ll learn from Filipino peers is Taglish at most. IT?S THE SCHOOLS WHERE THEY WILL LEARN TAGALOG, AND THAT WILL HELP BUILD THE PHILIPPINES, overseas jobs and Filipinos working overseas has nothing to do with the benefits that come from learning English, because where will the Philippines get the money to rebuild itself? Money doesn?t grow on trees, we?ll have to rebuild the economy by doing some type of exportation/importation, and are you gonna communicate in Tagalog with Europeans, Latin Americans, or Americans? Of course not, they don?t speak Tagalog, but what language will they most likely have learned? English of course. Nationalism is good, but when it?s misplaced and is coming up with objectives that offer a glaring view into the Filipinos? own insecurities about language and about sosyalness of English (which it shouldn?t be in the first place), then nationalism can be detrimental to the growth of a nation in that respect. You shouldn?t be against the teaching of English just because you think it will be unnationalistic or show that Filipinos aren?t proud to be Filipino, that?s a ridiculous notion, in a showing of Filipino pride, Filipinos would learn foreign languages to try to improve the economy of the Philippines through business relationships and networking.

On a sidenote, Spanish will be reinstated as an official language by January 2008 according to GMA:
La presidenta filipina pedir? ayuda a Espa?a para oficializar el espa?ol

Replied by: Erick | Date replied: Jan 19,2008

Well, for me i would be proud if other countrymen would use our filipino laguage. It can afflift our social condition. so english must be the medium of instruction. Am i ryt?

Replied by: saku_cute | Date replied: Jan 19,2008

I think it's better for us to be fluent in english.. in fact, it makes us more confident.. But to those who are already good at it, they must not boast with their skills..

Replied by: luna | Date replied: Jan 18,2008

good am!! i just want to asked and hear everyone opinion. Is English language more efficient than Tagalog language in term of education? help me..

Replied by: kese | Date replied: Jan 12,2008

Its right that proficiency in english language will help us compete globaly and can lean us jobs. Some Filipinos are good in it but look at the ranking of every country who took math, science, and english exam.They dont use the English language as their medium of instruction merely their own native tongue but they are on top such as students in Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Korea...Hey!!!!!!!!Will you ask where's the Philippines???HAHA..
Sorry the Filipinos was not able to make it...
HMHMHM!!!!can u think some reasons why ?If we have the same language used like the other country why cant we be on the rank?
Whats the problem?

Replied by: cristina R. Buhay | Date replied: Jan 09,2008

this is just my opinion as a future english teacher, i am agree with the use of english language as the medium of instruction, because using english language doesn't mean that we are depriving the right of our students to learn our native language,maybe were just doing this to attain global competitveness...syempre iba parin yung marunong makaintindi ng anglish diba?look naman all the important documents are writen in anglish even our own constitution.thats all god bless to all!

Replied by: Lilibeth | Date replied: Jan 09,2008

...hay naku!!! ung di tumatangkilik mas malansa pa sa amoy ng isda !!!!!!yaki.....hay naku ano nba 2......Comments nio nga mga kaibigan....

Replied by: vhel | Date replied: Jan 07,2008

well,i also agree bout the english will be the medium of indtruction because this is a very big challenge for the students who are not fluent in is the mandatory in may fields such as occupation and proffesions,,, doesnt mean that we will forget our nationalism because we cant measure our nationalism through this language....
thats all....
God bless...

Replied by: LEONNE | Date replied: Jan 07,2008

well 4 me its no matter wat it depends on w/c people likely 2 speak......... thats all thnk u.........

Replied by: Lilibeth | Date replied: Jan 07,2008

...pra skin mas priorty ntin ang filipino language,tangklk tau ng tangklk d nman tau umuunlad,cnu b ung umuunlad?..ung tinatangklk o ung tumtangklk..mgicp nga tau ng mbuti!!!!...

Replied by: Chiara | Date replied: Jan 07,2008

...pra skin pantay lang..kc nsa student en teacher un kung pno nla m22ruan ung students ng mabuti,dapt mgaling ung titser kz ung mga titser kung minsan,ngk2mali...that's all TY!!!

Replied by: gummammela | Date replied: Dec 17,2007

Ilang dekada na rin tayong marunong mag-Ingles..pero hanggang ngayon pulubi pa rin ang Pinas.

Kapag pumunta ka sa Europe, marami doon ang hindi marunong mag-English..Pumunta ka sa France, Germany o Switzerland.. wala kang makikitang English sa mga billboards nila. Medium of instruction nila ay sariling wika. Ngayon, sino ang mas maunlad, tayo o sila?

Pumunta ka sa Japan at Korea, hindi rin sila marunong mag-Ingles. Pinagtatawanan pa sila ng mga pinoy dahil Carabao English? Day, mag-isip ka kung sino ang mas nakakatawa. Sila maganda ang buhay -nakakain ng tatlong araw, kompleto sa appliances at sama-sama sa isang pamamahay. Ikaw, saan ka? Singsing mo doon sa sanglaan. Nanay mo sampung aso ang inaalagaan doon sa saudi. Lola mo doon sa states nagpupulot ng basura, ate mo doon sa japan, tatay mo doon sa kabilang bahay, kuya mo nasa selda.

Alam mo ba kung bakit mas maunlad sila sa atin kahit mas magaling tayong mag-English kaysa sa kanila? Simple lang... KILALA NILA ANG KANILANG MGA SARILI. in English, "they have a good sense of self."

Espana, hapon, kano....Mga puwersang nilabanan natin para makamit ang ating kalayaan. Hanggang ngayon hindi pa tapos ang laban, dahil ang salot sa ngayon ay walang iba kundi TAYO. Tayo na hindi nakikitang buhay na buhay pa rin ang kolonyalismo.. Tayo na walang ginagawa para lupigin ito. Nakakalungkot dahil hindi tinuro sa paaralan kung ano talaga ang kolonyalismo... INFERIORITY COMPLEX... Ang pag-iisip na tayo ay mababa, na ang tagalog ay walang kuwenta. Na ang lahat ng imported ay dapat purihin.

Pinoy, kilalanin mo muna ang sarili mo bago makisabay sa globalisasyon. Ihalintulad mo ang sarili sa isang ninja. Ang ninja na hindi naghanda ay siguradong matatalo sa laban. Ang ninjang nagsanay ng mabuti ay siguradong mananalo. Ang gusto kong ipahiwatig,.... ayusin mo muna ang sarili mo. Marami pa tayong depekto, korupsiyon, mababang kalidad ng edukasyon, maling pag-uugali. Kapag lulusob agad tayo sa globalisasyon, mawawasak lang tayo doon.

Replied by: mariel | Date replied: Dec 06,2007

kailangan namin tong mga comments nyo guys thanks, english being medium of instruction. well for me it not a big deal naman, eh. walang masama kung engkish ang gingamit sa mga instructions, well that is para sa mga nakakaintindi talaga. we will learn pa nga eh, on understanding the english language. because nowadays english language is widely used arround the world as a medium of communication. bat tayo pahuhuli, gayung tayomg filipinos are known to be good in speaking english. right?

Replied by: Simplepunk | Date replied: Nov 15,2007

sa iba-ibang bansa may mga kanya-kanya talga tayong salita, para tayo magkaka-intindihan,kung nakaraan lang ang ating pagbabasihan,ang mga tao ay napad2x sa iba-ibang lugar,kaya nga nagkaroon ng iba-ibang lengua-he.nagkataon lang na ang bansang amerikano ay ang bansang pinakamayaman,at sila rin ang naging centro ng lahat.kaya sa kanila natin pinatern ang lengua-he para tau magkaka-intindihan,

Replied by: grace | Date replied: Nov 14,2007

in my part, it really helps if we know the English language. It gives us a lot of opportunities in working abroad. but i think that we should first master our own language. come to think of it, when we go to the us, we speak english and adjust to their own language but when they go here they still speak in english and we alone adjust. Filipinos can just learn the english language from the english subject and use filipino in other subjects in school. :)

Replied by: Rica Mae R. Rosales | Date replied: Nov 14,2007

english must be taught to everyone but we should not forget our own language.Now a days filipino people forgot how our own language help country.and this was neglected..

Replied by: kristiella | Date replied: Oct 26,2007

sus! bakit ba pinagdedebatehan pa 'to.. eh ang liwanag namang dapat tlga gamitin ang english language as the medium of instruction d2 satin..

kmusta naman tau nian pag nbgyan tau ng opportunity n mkpgtrabaho sa ibng bansa? xempre maiintindihan k ba naman ng foreigners kng mgta2galog ka?

kaya dpat na tlga sanayin ang mga studyanteng umintindi ng english.. kya nga my english subject eh.. sanayan lng!

hehe.. pro tagalog gmit q noh? aba'y nakakahiya naman,bka magkamali pa ng grammar.. bhala nlng ung mga ndi mkaintindi ng tagalog jan,pra sa mga pinoy 2!

ok.. npadaan lng nman aq! ngre2search aq bout this matter for our speech class.. debate dn! hai nku..

Replied by: clarisse | Date replied: Oct 24,2007

The present state of the Filipino language would make it a poor medium of instruction. Of course, we need it for the sake of national identity. The problem is that it is not INTELLECTUALIZED and has not properly assimilated the native dialects. It not being intellectualized causes us to use Taglish to better express ourselves. As a result, many Filipinos are fluent in nether English or Filipino. Obviously, things will go down hill from there. Secondly, the native tongues are not properly assimilated in the national language. What unity is there to speak of? English, though some would say would bring back our colonial past, is the tool for unity and the tool for the intellectualization. ENGLISH first, Filipino will follow. English can be the basis for a newly inellectualized Filipino and can help assimilate the native tongues into it. As much as I would like to be more makabayan, this is the truth. It worked in Singapore, it should work here.

Replied by: shabnaka | Date replied: Oct 24,2007

very intresting debate and also helpful to us thanku

Replied by: shyne | Date replied: Oct 20,2007

english!should become the medium of global competitive!!!!!!

Replied by: calvin | Date replied: Oct 10,2007

english is not the key for the country's progess for al ot of years americans conquered us and until now we are using english, we are still belong in the third world countries.. so it sems it is good only for communication but not a factor to success.

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Replied by: Jerek buyante | Date replied: Oct 09,2007

i believe that we can be proud in our race in a sense of being a filipino by speaking english but we should always consider that inorder for us be globally competitive we should use our clings to drop on the fly the english laguage. if we're into it then we can change and stop the negative thoughts of other races about us filipinos. therefore we should engage ourselves to use english as our medium of instruction...

Replied by: arnel estorba | Date replied: Oct 06,2007

Its realy good to hear someone who spoke fluently in english but the main point there is that are we proud to be a filipino if we will use an alienated language.I guess this is the time to think wheather is it necessary to obey our cultural language or to go direct with the new which could be a great help in globalization.

Replied by: gladys and lhet | Date replied: Oct 02,2007

as filipinos...we dont need to neglect our own language because it mirrors our nationality..yes its really need for us to patronize our mother language in the sense that...we are proud to be a filipino..but it doesnt mean we ignore the presence of english languge especially in all areas of curriculum because it serves as one of the official and major instruction..

Replied by: larry | Date replied: Oct 01,2007

Actually, my teacher gave us an assignment regarding english profirciency here in here in the phils. I think our english competency is now deteriorating, well that's the true! that we must fight for it. We all know that Phils. is the 3rd clountry in world who can speak the language correctly but now it seems that we are now in a list of declined country. How about japan? Their are most advance compare to us filipinos. Well, The government must look for a solution about our English competency now and we people of the the phils. try to express our ideas using the english language this is our greener pasture to become giant country like china. We must think always, Filipinos act locally, think globally....

Replied by: Nanie | Date replied: Sep 30,2007

for me i would chuz both of the language.
Flipino and english must be use in a proper manner.
English, as many have said that it is the door to globalization and it is also a fact that english is the global language, kahit san ka po magpunta, or example sa ibang bansa, english is use as language to communicate to other people of other country. hindi inaalis ng english language ang ating pagkaPilipino, instead ito pa nga ang nagiging dhilan kung bkit nagiging globally competetive taung mga Filipinos.
But then, ang point ko din naman about the use of Filipino language,is that dpat aside from enhancing english gnun din dpat ang Filipino, lalu na po dito sa ating bansa, andami din po kasing trying-hard na magtagalog at minsan hndi maiwasan na mabastos ung language ntin.
Dapt even our government officials, eh maging role model sa paggamit ng proper speaking of Tagalog, madami sa ating mga kababayan ang nag-ttry to reach out o nagttry na intndhin ang mga bagay-bagay na napapagusapn sa senado at kongreso, there are some who can understand it but then madami pa rin sa ating mga kapwa filipino ang hindi nakakaintindi ng english.
Last po, as a 1st year college student, concern dn p0 aq sa other students who can't easily catch up lessons in english subjects, sana ang pagtuturo ng ganitong language n subject eh gawing step by step.
and a proficient instructor po dapat ang nagututuro nito.un lng po.

Replied by: reina | Date replied: Sep 29,2007

I appreciate English as medium of instruction.

It doesn't make me less of a Filipino.

Replied by: reina | Date replied: Sep 29,2007

tama ka jan Karen. we should check the proficiency of our teachers.

me mga consequences talaga yung medium of instruction lalo pag di fluent yung instructor. Me school in Mendiola accepting foreign students pero most of the teachers explain in Tagalog. Nalulungkot ako sa mga hind nakakaintindi ng Tagalog. They came here expecting na magaling din tayo mag-English.

Hindi ko sinasabing dapat English or Filipino. Kritikal ito dahil parehong me immediate and long term effects. Dapat alamin natin, kaya ba ng mga guro natin?

Naging guro din ako and I saw a part of the deterioration. Nakakatakot dahil maaring dumami ang kamalian kung ang tagapagturo ay siya mismong me kahinaan.

Replied by: charlie | Date replied: Sep 28,2007

wahh!!! ako sa ginagawa kong study which medium of instruction is better in mathematics?... nababaog ako dahil hirap humanap ng related literature.. huhuhu.. pls help me!! pero thanks sa article na to.. it will help me much..

Replied by: RHYNZ | Date replied: Sep 25,2007

yah..your ol true....we should use the two language as a medium of instruction:

thank you...

Replied by: karen | Date replied: Sep 13,2007

If we are to use English as the medium of instruction in our schools, shouldn't we check the English proficiency of our teachers first?

Replied by: Roden Becodo | Date replied: Sep 12,2007

English won't take the place of our native language. What it wants to, is to open to us more chances of work abroad, for the improvement of the citizens of the country, our status in the soceity.

Replied by: blue kaleido | Date replied: Sep 12,2007

English.....the door to globalization, more opportunities.

Replied by: dianne esperancill | Date replied: Sep 11,2007 know...we should really use english as the medium of instruction 'coz it will not only lead us to have development in ourselves but it will developed profession for our career growth,too...

...and we shouldnt stick in using "tagalog or filipino" only...WE HAVE TO TAKE ONE STEP AHEAD.....

...and if we didnt this can be a way so that we will have disadvantages in the coming future...

....and our country,...majojolelat ang ating bansa(meaning maaapakan tayo ng mga ibang bansa na nagamit ng english as the medium of you want this to happen?...

....because for me....i dont want this to happen to our country... better to have english...than to have fIlIpInO(TaGaLog) the medium of instruction...

....wag tayo magpaiwan...
....take one step ahead!...

....thank you.....have a nice day...

Replied by: jorenz menor | Date replied: Sep 10,2007

english language is good but we shouldnt insist using it as a medium of instruction because it will puts poor students at disadvantage...for me it is not efficient and therefore not effective.....

Replied by: rommel | Date replied: Sep 06,2007

remember, the premise is Filipino vs. English as the medium of instruction. We need not be on the extreme of each point. Our government just has to have a real good program in promoting the English Language but not necessarily dropping the Pilipino language. The Filipino's resilience is founded on the fact that even public school graduates have been able to pick up english. And for the littlest worth of the government's existence, English proficiency may have been the single most important key why despite the inability to address major economic socio-political issues and problems, many Pinoy bottom dwellers have survived the onslaught of poverty in our country and emerged. But that was then. The headstart we once held is gone.

It's common knowledge how important the English language is to us, but look, we're still debating. If I say "Learn, read, speak, write, good English", did I in any way or under any circumstances, notioned that we should forget about our own language?

Or English is a sword that the elites are denying the masses to maintain a low cost on wages or slaves?

Pardon me. But really, we should not be talking to the extremes in considering the coexistence of the Filipino and English language. Specially when the latter provide good opportunities for us.

Replied by: Maria Jesusa | Date replied: Sep 06,2007

Filipino language is our most use in our everday needs. We are filipino, we are born as filipinos here in our country so we should be very proud of it!

We are willing to learn the others language but, can they speak our language? No they don't! Because they don't and they're not willing to learn.

Proud nga tayo kasi maramig pilipino ang successful sa labas ng ating bansa! Dun pa lang, talagang matutuwa ka na! Aren't you proud when you hear, that there's a lot of filipino in other country that we are success in sports, music like singing, plays, dancing, writing etc.

Kaya dapat lang nating tangkilikin ang sariling atin!

Replied by: cherry | Date replied: Sep 06,2007

must English proficiency be the gauge of one's intelligence?

Replied by: angelee bentula | Date replied: Sep 05,2007

i really appreciate ENGLISH as a primary medium of instruction especially in such those public schools.We must practice ENGLISH although we`re not an american citizen or whatever heritage we came from because through this,we can speak directly to the other country especially in US. or in something that we can get a sufficient jobs for our daily lives. ALso,if we maintain ENGLISH,we can manage our own way on how to speak directly to other cultures to have a knowledgeable conversations with them and some very itnteresting issues to create if we just maintain ENGLISH as a part of our life as we journey.

thanks. Thats all...

Replied by: -jnyviv- | Date replied: Sep 02,2007

..let me tel u ds...
der is rily a nid 4 us to mke english as d medium ofinstruction if we rily want to prosper nd propel from d world of globalization...
der s know such thing as dificul in ds we world if wel jz try to scale d heights.....
coz knowledge is available only to dos who speak and understand English.....:)

Replied by: caryll and angel and kriselle | Date replied: Aug 25,2007

well. the medium of communication in the government specially in the philippine sch. has brought about confusius from the national officials down to the common people.
history points out that eng. has been use as the medium of communication since the american regime. the 1935 constitution, however, consider english as the medium of instruction for the benifit of all Filipinoes.....
let me remind my dear friends.... that pres. gma invited more foreigners to invest more in the pilipino banking...

Replied by: Roden Amar Becodo | Date replied: Aug 17,2007

Speaking Tagalog is ok but it's not as competent as English functions in the global market of today.

Replied by: shimjym | Date replied: Aug 15,2007

...nO oNe iS pErfEct...
...i guEss tHat aS wE gO aLOng witH OuR LIvES...
...It IS BeTtER If We CoUlD HaVe both Of ThEM..
...As IN EnGLIsH aND FIlIPINo...
...bEcaUse yOu knOw wHat...
..bOth oF tHem iS pArt oF oUr cOmmuniCation...
...thEre aRe mAny forEign peopLe whO livEs in oUr couNtry aNd wE shoUld bE proUd tHat oUr coUntRy iS flExibLe wiTh difFereNt languAges aNd dialEctS...
...i tHank yOU!!!...

Replied by: Elise Veloso | Date replied: Aug 12,2007

i noticed that most people who replied here simply assumed that most Filipinos are fluent in English and not in Filipino. This is contrary to reality because in a survey it was founded that only 16% of Filipinos are fluent in English. It is important to keep in mind that there are more students studying in public schools than private schools.
These students in public schools naturally arent fluent in English. They speak filipino as their first language at home. They watch TV shows that are in filipino. They have limited exposure to english. In fact, they have no exposure to english except when in school. So which medium of instruction do you think will educate them better? Still English?
As a student in a reputable university, I'd want to be taught in English because it is my first language. Similarly, there are many students would want to learn in filipino as it is THEIR first language.
Using english as a medium of instrution for the sake of proficiency in english is not enough to sacrifice the quality and depth of understanding students should recieve.
Schools should be given the option to choose which medium of instruction will best educate their students.
If private schools and universities believe their students will learn best in English, so be it.
If public schools and universities believe their students will learn best in Filipino, so be it.

Replied by: manish | Date replied: Aug 11,2007

teaching has become a billion dollar industry in japan.

Replied by: periseh_law | Date replied: Jul 30,2007

I agree. The real goal of teaching is to equip the students with the proper and sufficent comprehension on the matter at hand. It does not matter whether it is conveyed in English or Filipino, as long as the teachers are able to articulate and communicate the appropriate knowledge, and as long as the ned-goal of teaching is achieve, that is that the student learn sufficient background information on the subject. But that is for the purpose of Education, but if we are to take it beyond bounds of education, then that is a very different story.

Replied by: cal | Date replied: Jul 24,2007

There is really nothing wrong with English as being the medium of instruction in schools here in the Philippines. We learn through application, we will find out how fluent we are in English if we talk and communicate in English. Therefore, teaching in English is essential for us to improve our English vocabulary and can therefore compete in the global advancement in language. But we should not leave our Filipino language behind. That is why we have a subject called Filipino, teaching all the informations about literature and grammar in Filipino. In this subject, we are obliged to speak in Filipino, because even we, Filipinos, are not fluent in Filipino.

Replied by: Kremai... | Date replied: Jul 19,2007

Hmmmm... Mahalin at tangkilikin ang sariling atin!!!

Replied by: tpatlin | Date replied: Jul 12,2007

I happen to notice all the replys here are written i perfect English Which I have also noticed Filipinos do when commuicating broadly to a world community

Friedrich Naumann says... | Date replied: Jun 29,2007

A central government should not dictate a medium of instruction. Teachers should use methods most conducive to the aptitude of their students and methods that produce the most effective results. Thus, the medium of instruction should be in the first language of the child, the language spoken at home. As understanding of the world around him, brought to him by his parents, should be complemented by his instruction in school. Thus, if his family speaks Cebuano or Bikolano, he should be taught in these languages. Knowledge of Filipino is important as it is the language that most Filipinos communicate in. Knowledge of English is likewise necessary as it is the global language. Filipino and English can thus be separate language subjects in school.

However, the medium of instruction is only one method. It does not guarantee that students will automatically learn more. There is more to teaching than that. But by making education more about the students ? in the choice of the use of the language of instruction ? Philippine schools will be taking the first steps in becoming true centers of learning.

Replied by: lady fingers | Date replied: Jun 22,2007

Although we have Tagalog (which serves as a major base of Filipino) as the major language spoken in the country, it is apparent that the Philippines, composed of 7107 islands and 154 languages/sub-dialects, shifting to one medium of instruction is indeed an ambitious if not, impossible endeavor.

If we're looking at it as an attempt to pay tribute to our roots or as something that will make our sense of identity stronger, then I guess we?re all just fooling ourselves. A sense of identity should transcend language diversity barriers and is not solely dependent on speaking just one medium. A country?s strong sense of identity is being able to embrace one?s diverse mix. Be it in religion, culture and in this case, language. Opting to go for just one medium of instruction will not solve or in any way decrease whatever gaps they found in the beautiful diversity that this country has and will always have.

Replied by: overman | Date replied: Jun 22,2007

There are lots of good reasons why English should be made the medium of instruction in our schools. First of which is because our world as we know it is becoming a global village wherein nation-state barriers are being broken. To be ahead or at least to be competitive in the new world order, being able to speak the English language with the same being the consensus business language is therefore a must.

Second, how do you expect to teach math or the sciences accurately using other languages? The terminologies used in these important subjects can hardly be understood when spoken or translated in Filipino or in other dialects.

I also find reason in the argument that very little of us Filipinos actually speak the Filipino language. Our countrymen are more fluent, if not just fluent, in their native dialects. Further, there are parts of the country wherein the population in general speaks better English rather than Filipino/Tagalog. Cebu or majority of the Visayas would be perfect illustrations. Hence, it defeats the opinion that ?tagalog? would serve well as our medium of instruction because it is widely used. Further, if indeed very few speaks English, then the more reason it should be used as the medium of instruction considering that the ability to speak English provides one of the edge needed to be competitive in the global market.

The argument that the use of English would cause further deterioration in the quality of education in the country is a flimsy one. You cannot put the blame on the medium of instruction for the failure to deliver books to students, training to teachers, enough classrooms and school to accommodate the growing population and generally an environment conducive to learning.

Lastly, I don?t think it would make us less patriotic if we use English as our medium of instruction. Our love for the country is not measured by the language we use to speak, rather, it is measured by the way we act and behave, by the way we treat our country and fellow Filipinos. On the contrary, it would be less patriotic if we would continue to insist on using a language that would in the end result to disadvantages to our future labor force.

Replied by: chado | Date replied: Jun 20,2007

The problem with this argument is that it assumes that most Filipinos are fluent in Tagalog. Unfortunately, this is not the case. A lot of our countrymen are as unfamiliar with Tagalog as they are with English. Thus, it actually wouldn't matter which of the two languages we adopt as the primary medium for instruction since some Filipinos would have a problem grasping the lessons either way. In this country that has 7107 islands and almost as many dialects and sub-dialects, selecting a single language as the only mode of instruction is next to impossible. Some quarter would always get left behind unless the actual quality of instruction is tweaked along with the mode with which it is taught.

Replied by: olops | Date replied: Jun 20,2007

It really doesn't matter if teachers or professors use English or Tagalog/Filipino as their medium in teaching. As long as they can, as you have said, articulate what they are supposed to teach, then that would be okay. Besides, learning is not just really confined in classrooms. More often than not, students ?learn? more outside the classroom. When I say learn, I?m referring to the things or stuffs they get or absorb in everyday life - things or stuffs brought about by media, by their peers outside school, by their family and by the society in general. Simply put, classrooms are designed to provide the students the basic things about a particular subject. If they get to learn more than that perhaps because of the way the teacher or professor teaches then that would be a bonus. At the end of the day, students will always go outside of their classroom, go home, meet their peers and expose themselves to media and society. Thus, if these non-classroom factors teach or promote otherwise, the quality of education learned inside the school would only be inutile.

By the way, I equated the use of English as a medium of instruction to better quality of education. I may be wrong but anyhow, that?s the way I see it. Also, I?m referring to public school students. ?

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