Understanding Time Zones
Why do we have different time?
We have different timezone because the shape of our plant is like a sphere moving on its own axis. One is facing the sun and the other is not. Therefore, there are different time in particular places.
What timezone do we use in the Philippines ?
In the Philippines we are in +8 GMT. GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time . This runs from the North Pole to the South Pole, passing through the Old Royal Observatory in the London suburb of Greenwich.
Others use the term Coordinated Universal Time (or UTC) . This is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. It is within about 1 second of mean solar time at 0° longitude, and is not adjusted for daylight saving time. It is effectively a successor to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
PHT – Philippine Time (Standard Time). Areas with same time currently (UTC +8). So you would see that +8 GMT or UTC +8. We use the abbreviation PHT (Philippine Time), not to be confused with Filipino time.
What is my students’ timezone?
Japan and Korea are under +9 GMT or UTC +9 which is an hour a head of us. Vietnam and Thailand are under +7 GMT or UTC +7 which is an hour behind us.
To make it simple, follow this one.
Japan and Korea
Philippines, Mongolia, and China
Vietnam and Thailand
How do I know my students’ timezone?
One of the easiest way to know the student’s timezone is by asking. If you have a new student, mostly the notes will show their timezone as all system requires to have that.
I have experience that there are some Koreans lives in Vietnam and vice versa so make sure that you probe the timezone and do not assume based on their nationality.
Ian Tanpiuco, ESL Teacher, Content Creator and Virtual Assistant.