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Region XI soon to open Language Skills Institute

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (4 September) -- Soon after the launching of the Language Skills Institute (LSI) piloted in Manila, Region XI is soon to have LSI centers as well.

This has been the project of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo under the Technical Education Skills Development Agency (TESDA) in equipping global Filipino workers with language proficiency to ensure higher productivity and efficiency.

The Philippine government has seen the need to train and strengthen the knowledge on workplace language for the workers to efficiently deliver service.

Recently, Spain has welcomed more Filipino workers in their country requiring them the knowledge of the Spanish language. This goes the same in the Korean government making Korean language proficiency as an initial requirement for employment.

The LSI in Manila now offers classes in languages like English, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic. The Language Skills Institute was launched by President Arroyo herself last July 31 with the different ambassadors and guests from the Korean, Spanish, and Chinese government.

Envisioned to be a provider of excellent training in English and other language, the LSI started its first batch of trainees last July 23 and culminated last August 31. The said institute is tasked to develop language standards and curricula, assessment and certification center for language, and center for language trainer's development.

Soon to be launched and opened in Region XI, two LSI are eyed to be the best training centers in this part of the country. One is located in the Kor Phil Training Center in Buhisan, Tibungco, Davao City and the other is in Carmelo delos Cientos Sr. National Trade School - Padada, Davao del Sur.

The training may be face to face or on a regular scheduled program, full on-line or internet-based using an interactive software, or could also be blended or a combination of online and traditional face to face training.

The target beneficiaries of this program include Filipino workers for local and overseas employment, language trainers and others. (PIA XI) [top]

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