New York-listed Chinese online education company to recruit 100,000 English teachers from the Philippines

Iris Gonzales – The Filipina Star

January 5, 2019 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines — New York listed 51Talk, an online education platform, plans to grow its portfolio of Filipino teachers to 100,000 over the next five years.

“Filipino English proficiency is high. Filipinos speak very good English and the accent is neutral like the American accent. Chinese people prefer American accents and Filipino teachers are very friendly,” 51Talk founder and CEO Jack Huang told The STAR in a recent interview.

51Talk is an online English teaching platform with at least 16,000 Filipino English teachers at present.

It was established in China seven years ago and was launched in the Philippines in 2012. It currently provides education to over 10 million students in China.

Huang said there is a strong demand for online English lessons for children in China, noting that household investment in education and English language requirements for students have increased.

The English training market in China is estimated at $72 billion, with the number of online English learners reaching 20 million.

Huang said 51Talk plans to increase the number of its home-based online teachers in the Philippines to 100,000 over the next five years.

Teachers undergo training and can then be evaluated for different levels or rankings. They then teach students in China through an online platform. This means they can get the job done from the comfort of their own home.

At a recent press conference in the Philippines, 51Talk officials discussed plans to support the development of the English as a Second Language (ESL) industry in the Philippines through cooperation with various stakeholders such as government and academia.

51Talk has established training centers in key provinces such as Bacolod, Baguio, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Pampanga and Pasig.

Based in Beijing, 51Talk is currently the leading online English education brand in China and the first Chinese online education company listed in the United States.

Apart from Beijing, it has branches in several other cities such as Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Jinan and Suzhou in China, and has a presence in major cities in the Philippines.