The Bachelor of Arts in English (ABE) is a 4-year degree program which centers on the theoretical aspects and practical applications of the English language and literature. Not only does this course aim to furnish students with deep insights regarding the nature of the language, but also with the unique features and structure as well.
Its curriculum was designed in a way that it will equip students with the right knowledge and skills in order for them to become articulate English speakers and achieve a high level of English proficiency in general.
Some of the subjects covered include:
The AB in English program is taught through classroom-based frontal instructions conducted by teachers, as well as writing exercises, projects, speech exercises, and oral exams.
Some subjects under the ABE curriculum require students to conduct observations in a school or a workplace setting, in order for them to get exposed to the practical applications of the theories and principles that they learn in the classroom. Furthermore, written reports, analyses, and reflection papers about these observations are also required to be submitted.
Is English Studies a profession?
English Studies is NOT a profession. However, a graduate of AB in English can pursue careers in academics, call centers, broadcasting, advertising, publishing, business, law and public service. Graduates of ABE can also work as English teachers, provided they take additional teaching units and pass the Licensure Examination for Teachers. Furthermore, AB in English can serve as a good preparation for further studies in the fields of linguistics, literature, and law.
What are the admission requirements for ABE?
Requirements at each school may differ, but these are the common requirements:
What skills will help you succeed in this course?
How difficult is this course?
This course is of average difficulty. AB in English is under the field of liberal arts, and can be considered as not as difficult as programs in the field of natural sciences and other technical courses.
How long does it take to complete AB in English in the Philippines?
Normally, the ABE program takes 4 years to complete. Some schools who apply the trimester school calendar system do the program in 3 years.
On The Job Training / Internship
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) does not require students under the AB in English Program to undergo an internship period.
Is there a board examination for ABE?
There is no board examination for AB in English graduates.
If you plan on working in the government sector, you can take a competency examination called the Civil Service Examination. Those who pass the Civil Service Examination are conferred a civil service eligibility, which is a basic requirement for entrance to government service.
If you want to pursue an academic-related career, you will be required to acquire additional teaching units and take the Licensure Examination for Teachers.
Career opportunities for ABE graduates
Since AB in English graduates have a wide choice of career paths to take, the salary levels vary greatly. However, if you want to pursue a career in teaching (English teacher), the salary range for fresh graduates is between PhP 8,000 to PhP 12,500 a month, and those with a 1-4 year experience can earn PhP 11,000 to PhP 16,000 per month. More experienced teachers and those holding advanced positions, have a monthly income between PhP 15,000 to PhP 25,000.
Of course, you can earn higher abroad especially in Non-English speaking countries.