The Philippines: Low-cost English teacher to the world


The Philippines is fast becoming the world's low-cost English language teacher - with numbers of students trebling in the past four years.

There might be other countries that people think about as a classic place to learn English, such as the UK, the US or Australia.

But there is one key reason that they are switching to the Philippines. It's cheaper. And in the competitive market for language students, it means the Philippines is attracting people from countries such as Iran, Libya, Brazil and Russia.

"We have very competitive rates compared with other countries," says English teacher, Jesy King, saying that her school's fees are a third of the price of an equivalent course in the US or Canada.

The BBC's Kate McGeown reports from Manila.

Archive picture courtesy of the American Historical Collection, Ateneo de Manila University.

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