A partnership to boost the skills of students and teachers in teaching English online to foreigners was inked yesterday by the executives of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College and the English as Foreign Language (EFL) company, 51Talk, at the CHMSC campus in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.
51Talk country head Jennifer Que signed the memorandum of agreement with CHMSC Systems President Renato Sorolla, and the company aims to get 100,000 EFL teachers in the next five years.
Que said they chose to partner with CHMSC as 10 percent of their employees in Negros Occidental came from this school and are performing well.
“With the introduction of electives, seminars, and training programs for faculty, English majors, and other students of 4-year courses, CHMSC teachers and graduates will be equipped to become online English teachers,” she said.
Currently, there are 18,000 51Talk employees worldwide with 17,000 coming from the Philippines. Among the Filipino EFL teachers of the company, 10 percent come from Negros Occidental, she said.
Sorolla said that CHMSC’s four campuses will benefit from this collaboration as they target to train 20 to 30 percent of the total population of the state college.
Currently, they have 10,000 students from their Talisay, Alijis, Fortune Town, and Binalbagan campuses, he added.
As the provincial government has been giving emphasis on creating IT-related infrastructures, CHMSC should be relevant in pursuing projects similar to their partnership with 51Talk, he said.
“In this highly competitive 21 st century, language is very important. This is the age of information. The only challenge we have is how to use these opportunities to benefit from it,” Sorolla said in his speech.
The new partnership will provide electives, seminars, and related training programs for faculty, students, and graduates to make them effective online teachers, a press release from 51Talk said.
Partner recruitment activities such as job fairs and symposia from 51Talk to share this kind of livelihood opportunity are also eyed by the company, it added.
51Talk is a New York Stock Exchange listed company that specializes in providing online English language teaching for kids and adults in China, through home-based teachers, who deliver personalized learning experience to students.*
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