Tagalog set to be taught in New Zealand

New Zealand has expressed interest in studying the Filipino language as a second language in their schools as a way to forge a broader and deeper cultural exchange with the Philippines.

Presidential adviser on education Dr. Mona Valisno and New Zealand’s Minister of Education Chris Carter at the 4th Asia Pacific Economic Conference Education Ministerial Meeting met in Lima, Peru last June 11 to 13 and both had agreed to adopt the Filipino language as the chosen foreign language to be taught in New Zealand’s schools. The 4th APEC education summit focused on international exchange in education and culture.

“This is a major accomplishment for us. If we can push this through, maybe we can have other countries do the same. This will be very great for the Philippines’ international relations and our image abroad,” Valisno said.

There are some 13,000 Filipinos living and working in New Zealand and with the project, New Zealanders will better understand the Filipino culture and psychology and remove the language barrier between them, Valisno said.

Likewise, the proposal to include the study of Filipino language in New Zealand schools will expand the trade and culture exchanges between the two countries.

“Mr. Carter said himself that there are about 13,000 Filipinos in New Zealand. If they will study and learn our language, they can have a greater understanding of our OFWs there which would be good for our countrymen,” Valisno said.

The inclusion will likewise provide jobs to Filipinos since the schools would have to hire Pinoy teachers specializing in teaching Tagalog.

In one of the small group discussion among education officials from various countries where the study of each other’s languages was discussed, Valisno took the opportunity to talk to Carter, who was her seatmate, about the possibility of including the Filipino language as the second language to be studied in New Zealand schools. Carter was won over.

“One of the things we have agreed on is that there should be a greater effort at learning each other’s language. We agreed that this is critical because we now live in a global economy,” Valisno said.
Valisno said another important issue that was discussed in the conference was the benchmarking of standards of professional education programs of schools in APEC member countries, especially at a time when the Philippines is facing “difficulties in the recognition of its Filipino professionals in other countries.”

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  1. abc123 says:

    wow, this is good news. but you know to be honest, i think people who are learning the Filipino language are wasting their time. Not because it isn’t necessarily worth it. But because who are they going to try to speak tagalog with? the filipinos who can pretty much speak english? i mean it isn’t like learning spanish where it’s a necessity most of the time because a lot cannot speak english or whatnot. there was this person i knew who was american who tried to learn tagalog in the philippines, and said it ended up being a waste of money and time trying to learn it buying cd’s and stuff, because in the end all the filipinos would be speaking with him in tagalog! i think until philippines stop trying to learn english as a second language, tagalog will not be worth studying for other foreigners. and honestly i think english shouldn’t be made as a second language in the philippines. tagalog is just getting more extinct.

  2. kasmot says:

    Hoy ABC123,are you a retard or plian and simple stupid?”(Quote)i think english shouldn’t be made as a second language in the philippines.(UnQuote) This is the sole foundation why pinoys around the globe are sought after in any field Being English as our second Language,second of course to their Qualifications.. Stop Smoking Pot ABC it is obviously killing your brain cells..

  3. abc123 says:

    Oi to you to Kasmot.

    And it is also ‘the sole foundation why pinoys around the globe’ are losing their own culture and cultural identity. Having English as a required second language is not just about the Filipinos getting better jobs open to them. It is also about what’s happening to our culture, we’re losing our own cultural identity. No Filipino would even rather stay in the Philippines and work. Sure it’s cause the Philippines have a corrupt government, but you know South Korea was also as corrupt as us, or even worse when the Korean War took place. But now South Korean is even one of the economic tigers. They didn’t even need to have English as their second language, or go work abroad all over the world. The citizens worked hard and stayed together as a pack and worked hard together to put Korea at where it is rapidly. But us Filipinos, what are we doing much to help put our economy at a better place? Not much, I bet if every Filipino had the chance to go live and work abroad most would take it and very few Filipinos would probably be living in the Philippines right now. And I just THINK, I repeat THINK, I’m not trying to convince anyone would my same thoughts, I’m just saying, that if it weren’t required to learn English then maybe Filipinos would actually stay in the Philippines and make our country better. But with Filipinos culture mentality to bow to anything foreign they’d probably still try to learn English willingly just to get away. And with so many Filipinos living abroad, their own kids are losing the Filipino culture, starting off with not learning how to speak the Filipino language. Anyways, I’m not debating anything. You guys think what you want. And if you think that English should be a second language and think that I smoke pot so be it. And I will think the same. I will still wait for the Philippines to be at it’s greatest, until the day that Filipinos stop bowing down to anything foreign, like just seeing a white man on the road of the Philippines and treating him like a king, and the day that Filipinos can stop running away and leaving their home country, until the day that every Filipino will have to stop learning English as a second language and other people actually trying to learn our own language, until that day I will wait.

    I recommend Filipinos out there to read this writing by a man, and his views of the Philippines and Filipinos.


  4. Kasmot says:

    Thats a lot of BS ABC. Take a Effing Look at China now,Their economy are far Homongous than any other Country you have mentioned, Why half a billion Chinks trying to learn English? It is Because English is is Still very much essential to any develop ,undevelop or developing country.

    I will take your side regarding work,corruption and othe BS that you mentioned

    But i Still rather beg to disagree with you about Trashing English as a second Language.Would you like your Kins to be Iggnorant and illiterate on the languange? I strongly bet Not.

  5. reb_el z says:

    yo cannot possibly compare china with the philippines…preposterous…

    what abc mentions is the degradation of the filipino culture by something our conquerers sought hard to erase…our culture, by instilling programs that reeled our culture into a foreign system, which eventually led to our demise and discontent for our own heritage…and yes, i am writing in english right now knowing full well that i too have become its generational victim…

    and to teach tagalog as if it was the only language in philippines…to think that more people speak another language (bisaya) and yet treat those who do speak it as second citizens…

    both of you have a point, but relating to the article, i think it shows lack of understanding when we argue about language, and don’t realize that 1/10 of our population is outside the homeland, and that we have to struggle to understand our culture yet fail to comprehend our historical demise— passing from one master to the next, from one puppet to the next, from one family separation to the next, from one generational gap to the next…we are indeed mixed, and no one takes it on as a whole…

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