TESDA to Offer Nihongo Teaching as Part of Its Foreign Language Courses for 2017
In a world where many people speak different languages, is not it severely restricting to know only one or two languages when there is not a rule that limits us to just those numbers?
While there are literally hundreds of languages that are open for anybody to learn, not many people are capable of the feat due to our inherent mental limitation.
That and the idea that not all languages are of significant and practical use for everybody makes choosing to learn a few and mastering them to be a more wise option than to try to learn more but dominate nothing.
After all, why put the effort to learn something you would not even practically apply in your life, especially involving certain languages that is strictly dependent upon the demographics?
The key, however, is not to master as many as the number of languages there are possible but to cleverly choose which ones are pragmatic enough to be learned.
Looking at the world’s most spoken languages, the Chinese, Spanish, and English still remain the top three languages spoken by most people. While Mandarin may hold the top spot as most spoken, this is relatively due to the Chinese’s huge population, not just in China alone, but across the globe as well.
On the other hand, the breadth of the number of people who speaks both Spanish and English is not based on both Spain and the UK’s number of people but rather on their previous influence over the world—back then two superpowers in their own right.
While Filipinos may find learning these three languages not too difficult given their relative influence in the country (Chinese is still spoken in many Chinese communities in the country; Spanish or Spanish-derivatives still spoken in the south; and English widely taught in the entire country) there are other languages that make the top ten for their significance.
In fact, there is one language so significant, despite the relative small size in number of its original speakers—both within and outside of Japan—it reached the top list of most spoken languages possibly out of sheer interest of people alone: Japanese or Nihongo.
Good Business Opportunities for Nihongo-speakers in Japan
As one of the soundest economies in the planet, Japan remains a significant business trading partner by many countries across the globe, including the Philippines.
But despite the country being a host to some Japanese themselves outside of their native country, the number of learned Nihongo speakers in the country remains relatively few than languages such as English, Spanish, and Chinese.
This, however, does not imply that there is not an underlying need for Japanese language speakers from the country for money-making reasons as business.
In fact, looking for any overseas job advertisements of positions based in Japan, one of the primary requirement would be a person able to read and speak Nihongo. Apart from simply a filter for a few candidates, the requirement is not placed in those ads without particularly good reasons: native Japanese people are hardly good in English resulting from a permeating culture which elevates native tongue over other languages.
If you are thinking of applying for a work in Japan, it only makes perfect sense that you must have at least the capability to speak their language, even only at the conversational level.
With the Yen significantly showing higher value vis a via the Philippine peso, earning the so-called “lapad” in the land of the rising sun is a lucrative means if you are aiming of higher income.
But even before you could land in the land to the farther north-east, you must first known how to speak Nihongo. Luckily, there’s a free way of going about it and it will only costs you time and energy, not money.
Nihongo Course Offered for Free by TESDA
As a government institution responsible for the teaching of vocational skills to our willing students, TESDA is at the forefront of spreading practical learnings that are applicable in the workforce.
For interested applicants who wanted to learn a foreign language and has nothing but time to trade, the TESDA Free Japanese Language Course is slated for free application this 2017, in addition to a slew of other languages in the foreign category.
But, while free, the course is not meant for just anybody. Those who are willing to go through the process of learning how to speak and read Japanese are required to meet the following:
- Must be a Filipino (male or female)
- At least of legal age, 18 years or above
- Preferably able to work locally or overseas
In addition to meeting the requirements aforementioned, TESDA is also demanding the following documents to willing applicants:
- Transcript of record
- High school or college diploma
- Any TESDA training or competency certificates
- Original copy of birth certificate from NSO
- Three pieces 1×1 picture
- One piece 2×2 picture
- One long brown envelope
Meeting all the requirements, the last step you should take before enrolling into the Foreign Language Program is to present the documents to the nearest TESDA – Language Skills Institute in your area.
As there are many equally qualified persons who are also aspiring to learn a new language to add to his or her repertoire, the processing of application is not always guaranteed for everybody. It happens on first come, first serve basis.
The key is to register a slot as early as possible by inquiring on the nearest branch starting on 7:30 AM until 11:30 AM and again on 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM in the same day.
What the course offers?
While going through the program does not assure that applicants would learn everything about the language and the Japanese culture, the 15-hour program, however, guarantees qualified applicants a thorough learning of the basics to which will be the foundation for future and advanced learning of the Japanese language.
Apart from having an added learning to add to your skill set, going through the program can relatively increase your chances of going to Japan for work—alone, a worthwhile endeavor.
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