TESDA plans to offer additional foreign language courses – Manila Bulletin

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said it plans to add five more foreign language courses to “enhance the competitive advantage of Filipino workers”.

“TESDA is considering more language-related courses to add to already existing courses under its National Skills Language Center (NLSC),” TESDA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Rosanna Urdaneta said in a statement on Saturday 9 July.

The additional language courses planned are Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, Italian and French, said TESDA Deputy Chief Operating Officer Aniceto Bertiz III.

Urdaneta said they would coordinate with “foreign embassies and other interested international organizations” for the implementation of this initiative.

“TESDA will continue to implement and improve its programs and services designed to improve the language skills of Filipino workers here and abroad in line with the new Marcos administration’s priority agenda,” Bertiz said.

Currently, TESDA’s NLSC offers English language proficiency for customer service workers, Japanese language and culture, Japanese language and culture level II, and Spanish language for different professions.

“In 2021, the NLSC produced 1,148 graduates, of which 508 students completed the English Language Proficiency for Customer Service Workers; 450 in Japanese language and culture; and 190 in the Spanish language for different vocations,” the agency said.

“Among the graduates of the TESDA language course were uniformed personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), employees of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Filipino workers at the stranger,” he added.



Sylvester L. Goldfarb