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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


  • 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:

J. C.
◈ Studied AB English with Applied Linguistics (slightly different course)
◈ At University of San Carlos
◈ Graduated 1997

list bulletWhy did I choose English with Applied Linguistics: Initially, I took up Comp. Sci. Because at that time, it was the 'rage' and many graduates were taking up computer courses. On my 2nd year, I realized I am into English and many of my subjects were credited anyway. So all in all, it was definitely a good decision to shift to AB English, plus I was told the batch I was with was the pioneering batch for the Applied Linguistics department, wherein education units were incorporated to the curriculum.

list bulletAbout my college education: The good thing about taking AB English, albeit many would say, it is a general course... similar to Liberal Arts and probably something that people who are not quite sure of what to take would take, but I can honestly say that AB English does give you a view of all possible aspects, whether you wish to pursue another career after you graduate, when you wish to teach, or even take it as a pre-law course. The possibilities are endless.

list bulletMy current job: I am technically holding the DARP Supervisor's position. DARP stands for Documentation, Analysis, Reporting & Planning. This department takes care of all documentation and as the dept says, reporting, analysis, and planning. I work for a BPO company which means all data and recording has to be submitted to the right people: QA, Managers, etc...

At the same time, since I initially joined the company as Language Trainer, I take care of special training given to agents, focusing on Speech and Communication. As a pioneering employee, I created the training plan for newly hired employees. I don't technically belong to the Training Dept, but from time to time, if there are agents who are in need of special 'training', they're given to me to be trained.

I also do specialized training, upon request, for other English schools. An example was a request to do Speech and Pronunciation Training for 3 weeks to the teachers of an English Academy (for Korean students).

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I would say, yes, practical and at the same time, learning all about the different countries' literature, may not have been as useful... but having that additional knowledge certainly didn't hurt.

I would definitely say what I learned during my college years was and is very useful. Learning how to prepare for a Lesson Plan was very important during my teaching years. Being able to properly analyze data and put thoughts into words definitely made me a better Supervisor and Lead to my office mates. Being well informed with Speech, Grammar and Pronunciation is a definite plus as I do my training.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Actually, it didn't take long. After I graduated, I already knew I wanted to teach, so I sent my resumes to schools and landed an English teaching job in one of the best schools in Cebu.

list bulletDo I recommend studying English with Applied Linguistics: In the BPO industry, starting salaries for good speakers, especially if you're an AB English graduate would range from 12k-15k. If you enter the bigger BPOs and you have the technical background and experience from other call centers, your rate would definitely go higher, around 15k-18k.

As a Language Trainer, salary range would be from 18k-20k, and it will definitely go up the longer you stay with the company.

Based on my experience, while I don't 'check the waters', so to speak, and go from one call center to another, I find this job very fulfilling, not only because I feel I am property compensated, but because I see that I am able to change, help, and improve someone in terms of language and speaking proficiency. I see how these agents who once have had challenges with the English language become better speakers...and customer service representatives.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you have love the English language, then I would say, 'yes, ' go for it. I believe, whether it is AB English, or any other course, if you do not have the heart for it, you will either regret taking the course, or simply shift to another one.
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