This English Teacher Uses His YouTube Channel to Make Learning Accessible for Filipinos
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, May 12, 2020 6:02pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
Depending on the type, vlogs can be quite useful to help us in the most practical ways. You can learn how to do flawless makeup by yourself or find the best workout exercises for you. People even look into vlogs for new recipes, travel ideas, or just entertainment. But there’s one vlogger who has unique topics for his videos—english grammar.
English Bytes is a YouTube channel created by Julito Ibot, a 63-year-old teacher. He just began posting videos in April to share his knowledge about the English language and grammar. According to him, English Bytes is “ designed to suit the needs of anyone who wants to develop skills in English as a second language.”
He began making rounds in the internet when he was promoted on Facebook by his former student who was moved by his initiative. We all have tha one english teacher that changed our lives, yes?
A Refresher for the Basics
His channel consists of different kinds of lessons about grammar. His first video is about the Case of Pronouns—subjective, objective, possessive. This is one of the basic lessons we had in grade school and even had refresher lessons in high school. Yet, there are times we confuse ourselves with the proper use of pronouns, so English Bytes will help us refresh our memories.
Julito also talks about sentence construction, the difference between linking and action verbs, and even the translation of transition words into Filipino.
What makes this channel interesting is how he delivers the information to his viewers. His usual set up would be in front of a white board and he would teach while writing, just like our teachers did. Sometimes, he would even use visual aids (handwritten lectures on cartolina), which would make you miss school.
An Inspiration for All
Years before he became a YouTuber, Julito was an English instructor in high school. In one of his videos, he shared the story of how he entered college at the age of 45. He did not let the age gap between him and his classmates prevent him from going to school, graduate, and succeed in becoming a teacher.
Nicole Mortel, one of his former students, said his dedication for teaching is admirable. Nicole acknowledges the difficulty of teaching English and she admires Julito for being so passionate. He even founded their school paper, the Campus Torch. For her, Julito taught her “Age and status clearly isn't an excuse in the pursuit of learning.”
Let’s give Julito a salute for making the knowledge of English Grammar accessible to a wider audience. He did not let learning be contained in the four corners of the classroom; he took a big step and aimed to teach as many people as he could. Young or old, he would want everyone to increase their knowledge. Hands down to Julito, an instructor and an inspiration.