Cebu Seen as 'Global Learning Hub'

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CEBU CITY - Cebu's positioning as an international hub for English as a Secondary Language (ESL) learning is expected to be intensified with the arrival of foreign and local educators who will converge here next month for the international TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference.

"Cebu's right mix as a tourism and business destination and the number of quality-driven institutions make it an ideal hub for ESL learning worldwide. This conference will be a first step to realizing that goal," said Cebu Hub of English Language Excellence (Chele) vice president Roy Lotzof.

Lotzof said this will help bring in more international students to study in Cebu and at the same time provide a venue to improve the proficiency of Cebuanos, as demand for workers keeps rising in call centers and related outsourced service providers.

Chele and the Asian EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Journal recently announced it will host the 1st Cebu International TESOL Conference from August 12 to 15 at the Cebu International Convention Center, Cebu Doctors' University-Mandaue Campus, and at the Benedicto College.

The conference, dubbed "The English Language: The Power to Connect," will bring together international and national speakers and has so far attracted abstracts from over 100 educators nationwide.

It was gathered that the four-day event allows international experts to examine how Cebu can improve its English proficiency, as well as establish links between schools and universities.

"This activity will also help determine and develop the teaching structure of the English language based on the requirements of international students," Lotzof said. …