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AB in English in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in English (ABE) is a four-year degree program that centers on the theoretical aspects and practical applications of the English language and literature. Its curriculum is designed to equip students with proper knowledge and skills for them to become articulate English speakers and achieve a high level of English proficiency; and apply it government and law, education, media, business, and the industry as an official language of the Philippines.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in English are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Basic Communication Subjects
  • Preparatory English I & II
  • Business  Communication
  • History of the English Language
  • Advanced English Grammar
  • The literature of the World

  • Children’s Literature
  • Phonology
  • Socio-linguistics
  • Research Writing
  • Technical Writing

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of AB in English are expected to be able to:

  • Explain the English language system and development comprehensively
  • Fluently, accurately, and creatively communicate in English in a diverse social, cultural, academic, and professional settings
  • Facilitate learning of the English language
  • Effectively participate in oral communications where language systems may vary
  • Produce well-written texts for different academic and professional purposes

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in any educational institutions, government offices, publishing companies, and production companies.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The AB in English does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of AB in English may pursue a career path in educational institutions, government offices, publishing companies, and production companies. They may apply as an English teacher, English tutor, language trainor, English translator, marketing communications specialist, public relations officer, and an academician.

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Reviews of AB in English graduates:

A. V.
◈ Studied A.B. English
◈ At University of San Carlos
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletWhy did I choose English: I wanted to be proficient in English while learning American literature. My dream was to be a flight stewardess of American Airlines. It would have been most convenient for me to speak English well.

list bulletAbout my college education: The literature readings and the oral sessions of the English language honed my knowledge and ability to speak and write good English.

On the other hand, I discovered that Math and any subject related with numbers were not my favorites.

The class of each subject did not always have the same students and, as far as I know, there was none who failed.

The course was not difficult. One just have to be conscientious in his studies.

The traits of being responsible, sociable, and likeable are what I learned during my college years.

list bulletMy current job: I am now a Medical Representative of an American pharmaceutical company doing business in the Philippines. I go around my area of responsibility promoting my products to doctors. I make periodic reports on the sales of our products.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Being sociable, amiable, and responsible are the practical things I learned in my college years which have helped me up to now. I travel a lot and I had made many friends among the doctors and clients of our company.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Within a year after my graduation, I was hired by United Laboratories, Inc. as a medical representative. My proficiency in English was my advantage.

list bulletDo I recommend studying English: People who like to write, read, and speak English well should consider taking up this course as it might be the best choice for them. It is a great opportunity for a person who likes to be in the print media using English as it's medium.

This course is a plus factor in getting employment in big companies especially those owned by Americans and Europeans. One who is a graduate of this course can easily be promoted by the big bosses who are Americans or British.
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