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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.

TPTs Involving Movement Celebrate Learning Together

TPTs Involving Movement

Various brain research suggests that movement is inescapably linked to learning and memory. Hence, teachers must design lessons that are both experiential and kinesthetic. Teachers should release the students from passive learning posture – glued to their seats, listening to teachers rattle their lessons in front by asking questions and making them answer worksheets, disengage with whatever is happening in the class, with decreased oxygen in their brains – and engage them physically and creatively with what they are learning.

The Total Participation Techniques (TPTs) provide activities where students will be manipulating objects or be out of their seats interacting and processing their learning together.

The TPTs that involve movements are as follows:

  1. Line-Ups and Inside-Outside Circles
  2. Three 3’s in a Row
  3. Networking Sessions
  4. Categorizing and Sorting
  5. Appointment Agendas
  6. Bounce Cards
  7. Mouth It, Air-Write It, or Show Me Using Your Fingers
  8. Acting It Out, Role-Plays, and Concept Charades
  9. Simulations
  10. Cut-and-Pastes
  11. TPTs During the Read-Aloud

I will concentrate in one of the TPTs that I personally find engaging to students and applicable to all age levels – Three 3’s in a Row.

Three 3’s in a Row (Himmele & Himmele, 2009) is an activity like Bingo, in which students interact with peers and get the peer’s feedback on what they should write in the boxes of their template.

What Makes It Fascinating

  • Students choose to answer what they feel most comfortable with, allowing other students to get the opinions from “peer experts.”
  • All students, experts or not, are required to process the questions in the nine boxes.
  • It provides the teacher with quick assessment feedback. The teacher simply walks around and observe the boxes that are not answered by most of the students.
  • It leads to great conversations and sharing of ideas wherein students can think critically (when the right questions are asked).

How It Works

  1. Prepare nine questions based on the content being learned and type them in Three 3s in a Row template.
  2. Students walk around the room asking peers to explain one answer (only one answer) to them.
  3. Students summarize their peer’s responses in the box. Emphasize to the students at the beginning of the activity that they need to write the responses of their peers themselves. Students must listen to each other, process the responses of their peers, and record their understanding of their peers’ responses.
  4. Students find another peer to answer another question and repeat the process. Students cannot ask two questions a single person to ensure that they are going around while the activity is being done.
  5. Go over the answers to the questions by asking volunteers to share their responses.

Sample Three 3’s in a Row template: I used my topic in class “Macbeth” Act 1 Scene 1 – 3

How to Ensure Higher Order Thinking

Your activity is only as good as the questions you prepare. Not all your questions need to answer higher order thinking, but make sure to add some big questions where students will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate. You can also think outside the classroom in making questions. Ask them the implications of the concepts they are learning for the larger world outside their classroom or for their personal worlds.

Three 3’s in a Row can provide a wonderful opportunity for students to interact and learn together. It takes a little time to prepare this TPT technique. All you need to think about is the questions you’ll ask the students to answer. So as you prepare your next lesson, why not try and incorporate this technique. Please do give us feedback after your try it. We would love to hear your stories.



TFT will also host its first ever Professional Development Workshop for teachers.  As we will be opening a tutorial center, it will be held there. The name of the tutorial center is Bruner Learning Hub located in Maly, San Mateo.

There will be two sessions for it:

1st part, August 5, Saturday:
We’ll introduce the need for TPTS and then learn about total participation techniques (TPT), in particular, On-the-spot TPTs and TPT holds up.
2nd part, August 19, Saturday:
We’ll learn TPTs that involve movement and how we can use TPTs for notetaking and concept analysis.

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this google form. We will email you with more details and how to reserve your slot. Thank you for interest and support! 🙂

Don’t delay as the early bird promo only applies this month!

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