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Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila), Philippines
Through a qualitative content analysis exploring the themes in forty students' essays responding to the prompt, "What benefits do you derive from learning English?", this research investigates the perception of Freshman students about the value of English in their lives. The study analyzes how the essays may be used as mirrors that reflect the country's language policies as well as crucibles on which to hammer out more critically engaged language planning. Results showed that students continue to extol the benefits that English alone ostensibly provides, absent a critical reflection on the role of other languages in multilingual Philippines.