Hi, my name is Chihiro Yoshida and I am 22 years old. After finishing my study here in Pines Academy, I will be a 4th year student this coming April. I am staying in the 4-bedroom and my course is Power ESL.
I do not really know about other academies in Baguio, however I think Pines Academy is unique compared with other academies. It has two different campuses: Main Campus and Advance Campus. If you get a high score in the level test, you will transfer to the campus for advanced students, and it is a good motivation to study harder. Pines Academy is located in Baguio city, and it is safer compared with other places in the Philippines. The climate is also comfortable. Baguio has nice environment for focusing in studying English.
As I mentioned a while ago, I am taking the Power ESL course. This course has a total of 8 classes which are composed of 4 hours of 4:1 classes and 4 hours of 1:1 classes. I enjoy listening class the most among all of my classes, because I can easily notice my improvement in listening. In the listening class, we have Song Dictation once a week. I can say that this is my favorite part.
Who is your favorite teacher?
I like my teacher in the group class. He is very funny and sometimes he tells jokes, and he is very considerate in terms of student’s individuality. He approaches each student by considering their personality, so I am able to enjoy my class.
What is your best experience in Baguio or in Pines Academy?
I have been worried about my improvement while I am studying for 3 months. However, recently I encountered some comments that I could speak English without thinking for a long time, and I could properly understand what people are saying. Those moments were so impressing for me.
Do you have any message for the people planning to study in Pines?
I am shy and I barely approach people to talk. However, teachers in Pines Academy are so friendly and they talk to me cheerfully. So I could really enjoy studying English in Pines Academy. I highly recommend you to stay in a sextuplet room, because staying in a sextuplet room has higher chance to communicate with other nationals than staying in single room or double room. Sometimes it is difficult to live with other people, but putting yourself in the environment wherein you need to use English is very good opportunity to improve your English skills.
Today, I am going to introduce the courses in MONOL
The four main courses of Monol are ESL, IELTS, TOEIC, and Business English. My original plan is to stay in Monol for 3 months and take the ESL course to adapt to the environment first. But because of personal reasons, I changed my plan to stay in Monol for just a month and take the Business course directly!
The business course is divided into three: Flight Attendant course, Post-Employment course, and Pre-employment course! I chose the Flight Attendant course, which is famous in Monol. It has classes in listening, writing, debate, job interview, and flight attendant know-how. That’s a total of five subjects.
Let’s take a look at how thick the textbooks in Business English are.
Every day I have to take such a large stack for my class – really exhausting!
This is my schedule for the weekdays. I added the grammar class by choice. If you think the class is not suitable for you, you can cancel it.
Fortunately, all of my teachers are professionals and they like to help me fix my weaknesses.
The homework in Business English is not as much as the ESL course. The only homework is to make a PPT for the presentation and interview that are held every Friday. This is a challenge for students who have chosen the Business course!
The topic during the first week is about us. We get to know our weaknesses and strengths. I also understand my personality more deeply through this presentation. After the presentation, teachers will give comments and define your advantages and disadvantages. Teachers will also write down your grammar error clearly!
presentation, you can attempt to figure out your problems and try to improve it by watching your recorded video. You can find out how much you have changed in one month! During my first presentation, I always forgot words and I was really embarrassed when I trembled. But when I saw that I changed gradually, I think it is really worth it!
Do I feel tension seeing my video? It is so stressful that I can’t sleep well the day before the presentation. I was worried that I will not perform well! When I stayed in Monol, I think that time will never be enough and I will never be ready to be perfect. But I found out that I have more confidence than before, which makes me feel great!
Although it is more stressful to take this course, you can improve your skill efficiently under stress. I am delighted to study in the Philippines and I have never regretted to choose the Business course. I’m satisfied with the good environment and teachers of Monol. If someone asks me about going back to Baguio to study again, my answer is a 100 percent, yes.
Finally, I also want to recommend the 3+1 room and my favorite room teacher! In the 3+1 room, you have one more class hour with your teacher to improve your weakness. If you want to study English for a short time, this kind of room is a good choice. Although the English Only Policy is strict in Monol, students do not have much chance to speak English in their room. Hence, it is worthy to live with a teacher in your room in order to stay in an English environment for 24 hours.
She is my room teacher, also recognized as a beautiful teacher with good teaching skill.