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MANILA, Philippines – Public school teachers and their students are learning to speak more foreign languages, especially with the inclusion this year of Chinese,  as part of the Department of Education’s program to bring widely used languages into the secondary education curriculum.

The program, called Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL), was started in 2009 in selected public elementary schools where students learned Spanish, French and Japanese.

Last year, German was added to the list.

The DepEd’s inclusion in the program of a course on the Chinese language comes in the wake of the country’s dispute with China over  Panatag Shoal, internationally known as Scarborough Shoal.

“We are not preparing for a Chinese invasion,” DepEd public information officer Kenneth Tirado said in jest.

The DepEd had been planning to include Chinese in the program even before the tension between China and the Philippines escalated, Tirado said. This will be introduced in the third and fourth years.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in a statement the annual program was expected to further improve the capability of public school teachers to learn and teach a second or a foreign language.

“This is also in line with the thrust of K to 12 which is to prepare our future workforce for the global arena,” Luistro said.


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  • IanAlera

    SA MGA TAGA DEP-ED,

    – Ano bang katarantaduhan ang ginagawa ng Dep Ed? Mag-isip kayo ng maayos. Gumawa kayo ng programa na makakatulong sa pag-unlad ng pag-iisip ng kabataan. — HUWAG NINYO GAWING MYNA BIRD O KAYA PARROT, ANG MGA KABABAYAN NATIN.

    Ni hindi nga makapag-pahayag ng maayos ang marami sa mga kababayan natin gamit ang sariling wika, daragdagan pa ng ibang wika?

    Ang wikang Ingles na mahigit 100 taon ng ginagamit ng malawakan sa pakikipag-talastasan sa Pilipinas, ay hindi pa nga magamit ng maayos ng napakaraming mag-aaral natin, ngayon Chinese pa?
    ————–

    BOYCOTT CHINA MADE PRODUCTS, including the Chinese Language!

    • PHguy

      Kung kaaway lang din naman ng Pilipinas ang PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF China, bakit mo idadamay ang lahat ng Chinese sa buong mundo? May ginawa rin bang kasalanan ang 20% na ethnic Chinese ng Malaysia, o ang 70% ng Singapore, o ang majority ng Taiwan? Baka naman pati yung mga Chinese-Americans ng US damay sa atraso sa Pilipinas? Wag mong sabihing pati ang mga Chinese-Filipino at Chinese-Indonesians kelangan din parusahan?

      Typical Filipino exaggeration. Learn to apply sobriety over emotions and ideas, hindi yung overgeneralization kagad. Baka gusto mong makatikim ng overgeneralization? Hintayin nating magkaroon ng Jihadist extremism sa Pilipinas at pugutan ng ulo lahat ng kamag-anak mo. Hindi pa ba sapat na kabobohan at kamangmangan ang Holocaust ng Nazi? Kung sasabihin mong walang kinalaman ang Die Endlösung sa sitwasyon natin sa PRC, ang sistema rin ng pagtakbo ng utak at paniniwala ay walang pinagkaiba: sweeping conclusions kahit pati inosente dinadamay.

      • IanAlera

        Replying to PHguy

        Sana binasa mo ng maiigi at inunawa ng maayos yung aking post, bago ka na nagbigay ng iyong haka-haka.  Ganun pa man siguro malinaw ang nakasulat sa aking post, lalo na yung bandang sa huling pangusap.

        ‘BOYCOTT CHINA MADE PRODUCTS, including the Chinese Language!’

        Hindi ba malinaw sa iyo na ang ‘CHINA MADE PRODUCTS’  ay mga produktong galing sa bansang Tsina?  May nakalagay ba diyan na i-boycott ang mga produktong gawa ng mga kumpanyang Filipino-Chinese o iba pa na hindi naman gawa sa China?

        Typical Chinese close-mindedness ba iyan, kaya nag-oover-generalization ka?
        ———-

        Yung namang tungkol sa Chinese language, ay napaliwanag ko na sa aking post na sinagot mo.

        Salamat na rin sa comment mo na matalino rin naman.

      • PHguy

        Kung paano mo sinabing iboycott ang Mandarin o kung ano pa mang Chinese language, wala na ring pinagkaiba yun sa overgeneralization na ang kaaway ang lahat ng mga Tsino. Ang wika ay katumbas ng isang kultura at lahi. Isang uri ng pag-atake sa mga tao ang pagiging antagonistic sa kanilang language. Be careful with your words. Hindi dahil iba ang ibig mong sabihin e sapat na yun para depensahan ang kung anong sinabi mo.

      • IanAlera

        Replying to PHguy

        Pinaninindigan ko ang aking sinabi.  Kung gusto mong ibahin ang ibig sabihin ay nasa iyo yun. 

        Marapat lang na ‘BOYCOTT CHINA MADE PRODUCTS, including the Chinese Language!’

        Kung ayaw mo sa sinabi ko, umalis ka ng Pilipinas at magpunta ka sa China.  Doon ka mamuhay.   Kung ang isang Intsik ay nasa Pilipinas, dapat alamin niya ang Wikang Pilipino, at unawain kung ano ang ‘nuances’ ng wikang Pilipino.
        ————–

        Mas magiging mahusay ang mga kabatan kung tuturuan ng pagpapa-halaga sa Sariling wika at hindi sa wikang banyaga. Ito lang ang makakapag-pataas ng pagmamahal sa bansa at magdudulot ng pagkaka-isa ng ating bansa.

      • PHguy

        Another cliched Filipino grunt: “Kung __________, umalis ka ng Pilipinas.”

        The Philippines is a democratic, all-inclusive state. The constitution does not fundamentally require any citizen or alien to learn this so-called “National Language” or Filipino (AKA Tagalog), thus, it would never punish anyone not doing so. (Except for singing the National Anthem in another language including those recognized regional lingua franca which makes me scratch my head.)

        Second, you are veering away from the argument. We are talking about boycotting a language and products–not Chinese (I presume PRC) citizens who go to the Philippines whom you think should be compelled to learn this “national language.” While I see boycotting products from an offending country to be a from of resistance, I do not see one sane angle as to how boycotting a language could be maturely relevant and politically correct.

        And what ‘nuances’ are you talking about? I don’t get you. You mean dialects of Filipino? But Filipino itself is a dialect of Tagalog. A “prestige” register.

      • IanAlera

        Replying to PHguy

        The article above was about the teaching of another language to students in public schools.

        ‘BOYCOTT CHINA MADE PRODUCTS, including the Chinese Language!’ is my reply. 

        The Philippines is for Filipinos; foreigners are just guests here.  Let them learn our language rather than force school children to adapt this foreign language.

        We do not need the school children to be taught another set of characters, words, sentences.   Especially the language of the invading Chinese.   

        Reject Chinese language, most especially in public schools.

      • PHguy

        While I do not see any philosophical stupidity with economic boycotting, it is however better said than done. The PRC is currently the largest import and export partner of the Philippines as of last year. Huge economic repercussions would entail not only to the government, but also to ordinary Filipinos if this “boycotting” would take place. Immense products from household to industrial are acquired from PRC that is relatively more cost-effective than any counterpart product (and services) manufactured by other countries. Also, boycotting PRC-made products would virtually put almost all stores and shelves in the Philippines blank. We import mostly every bit of necessity we have from them. Even if you push for boycotting, it would take more than a year or more to cushion several economic problems that would arise with this decision.

        Again, I explained to you that the Chinese language (which one, anyway?) represents all ethnic Chinese people including those outside the PRC. Rejecting the language doesn’t do anything to PRC’s stand. In fact, it will create a bigger cultural and diplomatic rift between “Filipinos” and other Chinese people and states. PRC isn’t the only Chinese country in the world. Quit this narrow warmongering attitude of yours.

      • IanAlera

        Replying to PHguy

        It doesn’t necessarily mean that boycotting Chinese language in the Philippines, especially in public schools  will cause any rift with other Chinese people.  

        The school children should first learn about ‘love for country’, and
        foremost  of it is learning and using the nations own language.

        I am a businessman, I deal with many Chinese clients.  We never talk in Chinese, but business is business, we get along fine.

        Again, the Philippines is for Filipinos, foreigners are guests here.  Do your business, enjoy the scenery, enjoy the friendship of the Filipino people; but don’t forget this is the Philippines not China.

        Boycott China made products, tourists, chinese language, and everything made in China

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_52Z4XUVVBQGGMLONAQTZC72UQA Bambi

      Gamitin ang ulo.  Ang daming Chinese bloggers sa internet…minumura ka na pala!  Buti nga yan, tuturuan ang mga bata mag-Chinese para di aanga-anga!  Mag-aral – para pwede makipagsabayan!  Mas magaling ang Pinoy!

      • IanAlera

        Replying to Bambi,

        Hello Bambi.  Wala namang epekto yung pinagsa-sabi ng mga Intsik na hindi naman naiintindihan.  Pasensiya ka na, ngunit ang kailangan ituro sa mga bata ay kung paano mag-isip ng may matalinong pagsusuri.

        Hindi makakatulong ang pagiging parang ibon na walang magawa kung hindi manggaya ng salita ng iba.

        Mas magiging mahusay ang mga kabatan kung tuturuan ng pagpapa-halaga sa Sariling wika.  Ito lang ang makakapag-pataas ng pagmamahal sa bansa at magdudulot ng pagkaka-isa ng ating bansa.

        Salamat na rin sa pagpapahalaga mo sa Pilipinas.

  • http://twitter.com/CeriseDavid Cerise David

    I can’t understand why DepEd is really bent on prostituting our country to foreign lands.  First they institute this K-12 scheme, saying we need to change our educational system to make our graduates more ‘acceptable’ abroad.

    Dagdagan daw ng dalawang taon ang pahirap sa mga bata at magulang sa buong Pilipinas para mas madaling makakuha ng trabaho sa labas ng bansa ang iilang mabibigyan ng Visa.

    This time, they want to start teaching Chinese early to make it easier to prostitute themselves to China.

    Hey DepEd, stop acting like the overeducated mor0ns you are.  Improve our teachers first. Concentrate more on improving the basic math, science and vocational curricula before you indulge in snotty program changes that nobody wants.  Tumulong naman kayo sa pagpapaunlad ng Pilipinas.

    • PHguy

      Or institutionalize indigenous languages for instruction in higher years. Hindi yung from grade 1-3 lang. Parang niloloko tayo.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EFLNNS5RGAE642T54RABBQ7FXA Boy Mcdo

       HAHAHA, tumaas na blood press mo, but i agree with it.., i dont need to study these fvcking languages like frnech, german, chinese.. wtf, english is the international language we dont need this in public schools.. this is special course and must not be included in regular curriculum. ako nman yata ang na high blood ah… :-8

    • w33k3nd3r

      Remittance from overseas workers has kept us alive… We have to cater to the international market. The jobs here pay in ‘TY’ prices.

  • WeAry_Bat

    This is a good way of fostering much better secret agents, start them young :)



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