Teaching English in the Philippines

English Language in high demand

The Philippines, one of the most populated countries in Southeast Asia, is a tropical country with over 7,000 islands. The weather here is wonderful especially in the summer as you can visit world-class beaches in Boracay and Palawan.

Teaching English here is popular as there are plenty of English language skills in need of teachers. A growing trend here is online English schools catering to Korean and Chinese students.

There are also English language schools catering to adults looking to work in call centers and BPOs. These companies require high English proficiency.

So if you are looking to teach adults, you can apply to these English language schools that cater to these service industries.

The country is also brimming with tutorial centers that cater to after school enrichment services for students. These students are looking to boost their grades so that they can run for honors or improve their scores to pass.

The pay is not that high, but you can do longer hours to earn more. There are also opportunities to work on the weekends to enhance your income further. Online English language schools also offer the opportunity to work in the late night or early morning to international students if you are the night owl type.


Based on my experience in teaching Filipino students, they are respectful, and they totally love to learn! They listen intently and will soak in everything the teacher teaches. It will be easy to warm up to them and establish a good learning environment. The class size will be manageable in most cases as sometimes the tutorial is one on one or in small group sessions like five to six students.

If you choose to supplement your income through online English teaching, you will be able to interact with Chinese, Korean or Japanese students looking to boost their language skills. Asians are serious in learning and learning a bit of their language will help build rapport with them. The preparation for these lessons will also be lesser as it is mostly conversational.

Teaching Strategies

If you are teaching kids in small groups or one-on-one, you should use tools like flashcards, charts and other visual devices that can make them active learners. Children love games so tap into that instinct and turn activities into games where they earn points and rewards. In small groups, you can divide the group into teams to make the lesson more interactive.

Online teaching is a bit more complicated so harnessing online tools and apps can make the learning session more fun and exciting. You can enhance writing activities with them using Google docs. You can also create online quizzes for them using tools like Kahoot and Nearpod. There are also apps where you can create flashcards for them to learn vocabulary words. Since most of the learning will be driven by conversations, you have to act animated and pronounce the words clearly so that they can boost their fluency in the language. You can also read aloud stories to them so that they can hear the words and expand their understanding.

Teaching adults will be more formal so you can practice scenario conversation, e.g. interview, or business meeting. You should also help polish their presentation skills so that they can perform well in front of an audience.

Final Thoughts

Being an English teacher is a wonderful profession. You open up a new world to your students as they are now able to navigate the internet and access the English resources as well as get to know more people since English is the standard medium of language for most countries.

Always seek to improve yourself and brush up always on grammar and spelling. Read plenty so that you get to develop your writing skills as well.

Argee Abadines
Argee Abadines is the founder and chief content engineer of this website. He is a brain based educator and his educational interests are pedagogy, higher order thinking, creativity, and educational technology. He is also the founder of Bruner Learning Hub. He currently teaches high school business studies and economics. Previously, he taught English to primary students. He reads up regularly about trends in education and online media. You can visit his personal blog at pinoyminimalist.com

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