Pacquiao’s English now a model in ComVal
Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s English may be as mangled as his face after every world fight, but his doggedness to learn and speak the language is now being used as model in Compostela Valley public schools.
Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy said Pacquiao’s fight to tame English has become the centerpiece in his speeches before elementary and high school students as he takes by the horn the problem of English proficiency in his province.
Uy has made it a habit to make regular rounds of public schools to speak about the value of good English as a vehicle to employment opportunities and a secure future.
I am telling them that English can be learned if you are serious about it, said Uy of his classroom visits to the schools.
Uy said he has picked Pacquiao as a model of how one can develop as an English speaker, even as the Filipino world champion still has a lot to learn.
Before, his English when interviewed by the press after world fights would be limited to “Yes” and “Okay,” said Uy. Now, while his defeated Mexican opponents need interpreters, Pacquiao can face off the press with his ‘carabao English,’ Uy said.
Uy said Pacquiao may still have some battles ahead with his English but his tenacity to learn the language is a model that should be emulated by students and pupils in his province.
The governor has lamented English proficiency is a disaster in Compostela Valley schools, and has launched Accelerated Readers, Tomorrow’s Ultimate Response to Opportunities (ARTURO), a comprehensive English proficiency program now being implemented by the Department of Education provincial office in all public elementary and high schools.
Earlier, Uy, under the Advance Study For Teachers Enhancement Program (A-Step), sent 20 public school English teachers to the University of the Philippines in Mindanao (UPMin) in Davao City for a rigid training on English teaching. The teachers now form a trainors’ group imparting what they learned to other English teachers.