Online English learning group plans to grow operations in RP

Leading online English learning entity 51Talk is expanding its operations in the Philippines, promising to hire more teachers who will teach English to Chinese both here and abroad.

Fresh from its recent initial public offering at the New York Stock Exchange where it raised over $150 million, 51Talk said the identity of the Philippines as global hotspot of back office process has prompted their top guns to increase capitalization in the Philippines so that it can expand operations.

51Talk's two major shareholders include some of China's biggest conglomerates such as PCM and Sequoia Capital, which also has substantial stake in Yahoo and Instagram.

Sue Ting, cofounder of the online entity, said to attract more teachers they will have a starting pay of P100 per hour. All English-major graduates are qualified to apply as online teacher.

Applicants must also have certification of learning issued by any reputable institution; must be very engaging; have efficient wi-fi and can work even in night shifts, especially 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Ting said right from the beginning of their business operations in 2011, they already wanted to do business in the Philippines because of the Filipinos' expertise in English, both written and spoken.

"The excitement to operate in your country is always there," Ting told the Daily Tribune in an ambush interview.

Source: Daily Tribune

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