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In the Philippines, english is my native language

In the Philippines, english is my native language

Old Jan 15th 2002, 2:27 am
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Kulbins
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Dear experts:

The Philippines is widely considered an english speaking nation. English is used as
the standard language and medium of instruction, education, and in business. I
consider english as my mother tongue and we have used english throughout my primary,
secondary, university, and graduate education.

I wonder if this information is enough proof of proficiency in the english language.
The Canadian immigration center for Asia is based in Manila, and I wonder if I can
presume that the immigration officers based here are familiar with this fact.

IELTS will cost me CDN$150 and I wonder if this is really neccesary. Also, I would
have to be scheduled for testing in March as there are many applicants waiting to
take the test. This would really throw back my whole application schedule.

Please help!

Thanks again.

K
 
Old Jan 15th 2002, 4:44 am
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Greg_del_pilar
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Unfortunately, there's also a lot of people in your country who are unable to
speak/read/write fluent, conversational English. Because of this, I think the only
way to be certain is if you get a good score at one of the international tests of
English proficiency (like TOEFL?). I may be wrong here, but if you really want to be
sure that you will be assessed that extra 10 points, I think it will be better if you
try to get official test results and include them in your application.

.... just my 2 cents. Good luck!

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Old Jan 16th 2002, 12:44 pm
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I would do the IELTS. 150 is not a lot to avoid the failure and also = the potential
for no interview.

This will unfortunately be the ruin of many non English speaking groups.

Unless you have all transcripts that show English as a subject and = English as the
medium then you are best served with the test. And, even = with the transcripts,
officers based in the countries are fully aware of = what schools are what.

--=20 Good luck,

All opinions expressed are IMHO, not anyone else's

Berto Volpentesta, B.A. (Spec. Hons.), B.Ed. Member, OPIC Director, OPIC and
Education Committee Chairman

Sidhu & Volpentesta Inc. Serving people around the world since 1991

www.svcanada.com

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