When did English become the official language of the Philippines?
By 1901, public education used English as the medium of instruction. Around 600 educators (called “Thomasites”) who arrived in that year aboard the USAT Thomas replaced the soldiers who also functioned as teachers. The 1935 Constitution added English as an official language alongside Spanish.
Why English is the official language?
Most countries with English as an official language were British territories. As the British Empire began colonizing and expanding power in the 17th century, it brought the English language around the world. English was used in the colonies and native people were often forced to learn the language.
How do feel about the role and status of English in the Philippines?
Answer: The status (being an official one) of English language has been a quite adequate within the current geopolitical realities of the Philippines even though it has an unfair official status over Spanish from cultural and historical viewpoints.
What is the rationale of learning English in the Philippines?
It can help you explore more the culture and traditions of different countries. Having an understanding of the English language and knowing that you can speak it fluently is one of the advancements of Filipino people. They can interact with other countries and explore their culture and tradition of their own land.
Why is the Philippine constitution written in English?
“The Constitutions were originally written in English but different translations of these can generate various interpretations,” he said. He said having official translations in Filipino and other regional languages nationwide would help minimize misinterpretation of the Constitutions’ provisions.
Who makes English language as an official language?
As of 2019, there were 59 sovereign states and 27 non-sovereign entities where English was an official language. Many administrative divisions have declared English an official language at the local or regional level.
What makes a language official?
An official language is a language that is given a special legal status in a particular country, state, or other jurisdiction. Typically a country’s official language refers to the language used within its government – its courts, parliament, administration, etc.
Should English be an official language?
English is one such language that is understood by people from different castes and states, and therefore deserves to be the official language of India. If any other language is tried to make the official language, all the regional parties will start the battle of making the state level as official language of India.