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Cebu eyed as English learning hub destination

Cebu is being eyed as the Philippines' prime destination for English learning.
Organizers of an international Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) conference said positioning of Cebu as a prime destination for English learning will not only help produce English-proficient Cebuanos but spur economic activities in the island.
Cebu Hub of English Language Excellence (CHELE) Vice-President Roy Lotzof said this strategy will also attract more international students to study in Cebu and at the same time serve as a venue to where the proficiency of Cebuanos for speaking English can be improved.
Lotzof said demand for workers keeps rising in call centers and related outsourced service providers.
CHELE oversees international students' well-being and safety while studying in Cebu. It accredits professional service providers and provides a list of professional language providers.
Promoting Cebu as a global English learning hub will open job opportunities and increase spending and investments in the city, Lotzof added.
CHELE and the Asian EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Journal announced it will host the 1st Cebu International TESOL Conference on Aug. 12-15 at the Cebu International Convention Center, Cebu Doctors' University-Mandaue Campus and Benedicto College.
The conference, dubbed "The English Language: The Power to Connect," will bring together international and national speakers and has so far attracted abstracts from over 100 educators nationwide.
TESOL-Asia President Paul Robertson said if Cebu establishes itself as a global hub for English learning, it would be easy for the island to cater to more international students not only from Korea, but also the Middle East, Japan, China and Taiwan.
"The country would then be the biggest supplier of English teachers in the world in the next five years, if its language skills are enhanced," Robertson said.

Conference topics will include second language acquisition theories, teaching English to international students, professional issues on educational standards, alternative approaches and latest trends in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).