Philippines (MNN) — SEND International's Asia's Center for Teaching English (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL) begins another five-week intensive course next week in Metro Manila.
Teachers of English are sought-after worldwide. The English language has become the predominate language of the international community in commerce, government and cultural exchange. In the Philippines, there are many Christians with a high degree of the English language, and many Filipinos serving in non-English speaking countries are asking for help in learning English.
There are currently three TESOL programs operating in the Philippines. In 1997, the International School of Theology (CCC) began a one-year program at its school in Manila. The program is taught by an ex-patriate missionary, and the certificate is issued by ISOT.
In 1999, the Asia Center for Mission (AoG) began a one-month TESOL program for their students. The program is taught in Makati, Metro Manila. The certificate is offered by ACM. In 1998 SEND International of the Philippines assumed responsibility for a six-week TESOL program originally begun by YWAM and moved the instruction from Cebu to a city in Mindanao.
In 2008, the Asian Theological Seminary will include the SEND program as a part of their summer studies program. SEND will conduct an abbreviated, non-certificate TESOL "tools" program in conjunction with an ATS short-term missions study program.
Interviews with the Philippine Mission Association, the leading association of missionary societies in the country, and several seminaries and Bible colleges indicate an interest in offering TESOL instruction on a much wider basis.
Three schools (ATS, BSOP, FBC) have already requested assistance in setting up TESOL instruction for their missions students. Mission agencies and larger churches are increasingly sending short-term teams on cross-cultural trips.
Pray for a good group of qualified participants and for provision for their tuition and books. Also pray for wisdom and strength for the teachers.