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10 years ago, I was a student here in Cebu, the Philippines. I wasn’t able to speak English but after the program. I became an English speaker. Then I established QQEnglish which now has 1,200 employees and 7 branches all over the world. Before, QQEnglish was a motorbike distribution company called “QQBin”. “If you can speak English, your life will be dramatically changed.” I believe in this and this is the slogan of our school. Before, QQEnglish was a motorbike distribution company called “QQBin”. “If you can speak English, your life will be dramatically changed.” I believe in this and this is the slogan of our scho
I was the owner of a motorbike distribution company simply because I like motorbikes. My bestsellers were Italian scooters that I sold in Japan. Then, my life revolved around motorbikes. But about 15 years ago, when I was around 40 years old, I started learning English because I wanted to talk with Italians about motorbikes. Being able to speak English, my life was dramatically changed. I thought I want as many people as possible to become English speakers so they can open up new opportunities for themselves. Then I established an English school in the Philippines as the first Japanese owner. That school was QQEnglish.
The Philippines is the nearest English-speaking country to Japan and expenses are cheaper than the US and the UK. Private lessons are also an attractive point, but at that time, there were Korean companies. Their teachers followed a good manual but there was no originality.Then I decided to establish a “Japanese style English school with high quality” for Japanese learners because I wanted to prioritize “originality”. This was the first attempt from a Japanese.
I think that Filipinos are the most successful English learners in the world. They know how to teach English because they have learned it so successfully, so learning English from Filipinos is the best way. Besides, QQEnglish invites English professionals from the UK and Japan and asks them to train our teachers for “teaching English to foreigners”. Moreover, we have all teachers get TESOL certificates, which stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and we hire all employees to full-time positions. So I have prioritized a high quality of teaching since I started this business.
Safety is also highly prioritized. I think it’s a waste of time if students only stay around the school and dormitory. One of the attractive points of studying abroad is experiencing culture and life while using English. I thought IT Park would be the best place to experience this. So I want all students to speak English and communicate with Filipinos in the safest place around.
In addition, there are around 50 staff members at QQEnglish so we can help you anytime when you encounter difficulties. For example, when you feel ill or you’re in a dangerous situation, we will provide support so you can be comfortable with us.
We made a very big effort. At that time, there was no concept for one on one lessons and no textbooks for it. I thought, we need to create our own textbooks. They should not only be simple conversational textbooks, but they should also be conversation based books written at different English levels, because students have different skill levels, so they can learn gradually at their own pace.
QQEnglish is an authorized school of the CALLAN method from London, which allows students to learn English faster. We highly recommend it. CALLAN method is a conversational learning style in which students need to respond to questions using repetition. At first you might feel tired, but it’s important to speak even if your answers are wrong. With this, Callan method shows we can learn English 4 times faster than usual.
“Now QQEnglish provides online lessons all over the world. In addition, we have many offline students from Asia and other countries such as Russia and Brazil. It’s really efficient to learn from both online and offline classes, which is actually what I did.
This way, you can learn English little by little and utilize what you have learned in real situations while in Cebu. It’s also effective to combine online and offline because you can use the same textbook. We made this method in order to let learners improve their English skills. English is a lifelong education.”
I organize a round-table talk once a month.