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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:

R. S.
◈ Studied AB in English
◈ At West Visayas State University
◈ Graduated 2003

list bulletAbout my college education: The entire time that I spent in school was a fulfilling one. There are a lot of hardships and trials that have hindered me from surviving but my determination to be able to finish school have helped me lot to succeed. I have earned a lot of friends but only few were real as time pass by. I can say that those years have been bitter sweet. Determination, loving your course and enough motivation is what it takes in order for one to survive.

list bulletMy current job: I work as a Customer Care Representative for Cable TV provider

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I can definitely say that I was able to apply what I have learned from my University since with the current job that I have, I am dealing with all american clients. I need to have above average communication skills in order for us to avoid language barrier.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was able to land a job immediately after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying English: It really dependent on what your strengths and your likes are. It would be hard to succeed and finish a certain degree or course if you are only taking that because someone recommends it. You have to consider what your passions are. We must love what we are doing so it wold be easy for you to surpass it.
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