How I Learned to Speak English: Factors Involved in ESL Acquisition among Filipinos

Philippine ESL Journal

Posted: 5 Jul 2009

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Carlo Magno

De La Salle University, Manila

Date Written: August 2009


The present study identifies certain factors reported by college students on how they first learned to speak English. There are several theories that explain how a second language is acquired and the present study looked at specific contextual and psychological factors how on English is produced in the early stage of development. A sample of 42 students were given an open ended survey and were asked to report (1) how old they were when they had the ability to utter English words; (2) how they acquired the English language; and (3) other techniques they employed to learn how to speak English fluently. The results showed the average age that participants acquired the English language is 1.5 years old. English is acquired through the socialization process that occurs with the parents, other family members, media, and school. English is also acquired through self-regulated processes. Other techniques in learning how to speak English fluently are also clustered in the socialization and self-regulation with the addition of language acquisition strategies.

Keywords: English as a second language, ESL, language acquisition

Suggested Citation

Magno, Carlo, How I Learned to Speak English: Factors Involved in ESL Acquisition among Filipinos (August 2009). Philippine ESL Journal. Available at SSRN:

Carlo Magno (Contact Author)

De La Salle University, Manila ( email )

2401 Taft. Ave.
Manila, 4002

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