English instruction tagged as lure for Taiwan tourists

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THE Philippine representative office in Taiwan is promoting schools that specialize in teaching English, particularly in Cebu, in a bid to increase tourist arrivals.

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said in a statement yesterday that it is promoting language centers in the Philippines alongside tourist attractions.

“MECO is…encouraging Taiwanese travel agencies to offer booking in the ESL learning programs in conjunction with sight-seeing, diving, and golf…to boost tourism activity in Cebu,” the statement read, noting that the low cost of English classes in the Philippines is the country‚Äôs edge over language centers abroad.

The statement cited two Cebu-based language centers, namely: Cleverlearn English Language Institute and Cebu Pacific International Language School, as being such schools. “ESL [English as second language] classes offered in the country…are comparable to the best in other parts of the world. At both schools, a four-week course costs just half of the tuition charged in North American language centers,” the statement read.