Pines International Academy – Chapis Advanced Course Campus
Introduction: Academic Manager at Chapis
Head Manager Pearl (Right)
Hi, I am Pearl. Starting as a teacher in Refresher Campus, I have been with Pines International Academy since January 2005 and eventually took responsibilities as core leader, assistant head teacher, head teacher and academic manager. I now help students in Chapis Campus achieve their goals when it comes to their English Education.
When a movie, Shrek, was a big hit all over the world, one of my students gave me a nickname which is Princess Fiona. Since then, many people have known me Fiona at Pines. I had so much fun while I was teaching my students and seeing them become a better person in a way that they learned our culture and experience diversities during their stay. They were able to expand their knowledge on English skills and to embrace different ideas. I teach students and I also learn from them.
Students at Chapis like talking to me because it is a good way of practicing English during their break time. I get good ideas from them and sharing my experience with them gives me such joy.
Level test for incoming students and schedule before they attend regular classes
This chart below will help understand incoming students’ schedule from their arrival before they attend a regular class. Pines has a term which is 4 weeks. On our group pick-up day, most of our new students arrive at Manila airport. To pick them up one by one or in group, our staff go down to Manila as early as 1am on Saturday morning, they stand by at the entrance of Manila airport from 7.30 am till 1.30 am on the following day, Sunday.
Regular pickup day
|From 7.30 on Saturday am to 1.30 am on Sunday||Pickup||Manila airport|
|Sunday||From 5am to 7am||Arrival at Cooyeesan
And move to Chapis
|From arrival to 12 noon
Going out/ going to SM
Checking of Schedule
|In each room
School campusSchool cafeteria
Option Class Orientation
School campus and dormitory
** If an incoming student arrives at the airport before 7pm on our regular pickup day, he/she will go to Baguio with our staff by bus.
** All students who come to Chapis among new students are already done with a phone interview before coming to Pines. Their levels are determined based on a student’s English background, official English test result and speaking skills.
** The schedules above are slightly different from the schedules of Cooyeesan.
Chartered Pickup Bus Arrival at Pines
How to request for a change of my teacher/class
If a student requests for a change of his/her teacher, these are the procedures to follow.
Step 1. Counseling and Relaying
A student approaches an academic manager. He/she starts counseling regarding concerns.
Step 2. Class Observation
A faculty head will observe the class of the student for about 10 minutes.
This enables the head to check a class atmosphere, class progress, teacher’s teaching method, attitudes towards the student, etc.
Step 3. Meeting with the student and teacher separately
After the class observation, if the student doesn’t want to continue;
The faculty head checks if there is a more suitable teacher for the student/class. A class time might be the student’s break time if there is no available teacher at the actual class hour.
If the student would like to continue with the teacher;
The faculty head will give class feedback to the teacher for improvements.
Class Policy/Penalty: Same as Cooyeesan rules
1. If a student is absent from his/her regular class or option class for one hour, an amount of Php 100 wil be deducted from his/her hotel deposit.
2. If a student attends ‘Study on Saturday’ for the hours of his absence, his/her deposit deduction will offset.
3. If a student is absent from one particular class more than 3 times for three straight days, it is an automatic drop-out.
4. 3 counts of tardiness/late are considered 1 hour of absence
Tardiness/late: A student is late for less than 19 minutes after a bell rings.
After 20 minutes after a bell rings, it is considered ABSENCE.
Rewards : Gift for Achieving Perfect Attendance
If a student has no tardiness or absence, these are the gifts that Pines prepares for Perfect Attendance Achievers
Each student needs to claim this gift at the school main office from the second Monday of each term.
The school chose those items based on our students’ comments on what they want to have during their stay.
1 month: ID lace embedded Perfect Attendance
2 months: A ball-pen which has three different colors, highlighter, and rubber eraser.
3 months: A Black T-Shirt
4 months: Tumbler
5 months: Portable table lamp
6 months: SM Gift Card
7 months and more: A Certificate of Recognition
Portable Stand Lamp
Assignments of each campus
Pines has three campuses.
|Refresher||Cooyeesan||1 to 3|
|Bridging||Cooyeesan||4 to 5|
|Chapis Advanced||Chapis||6 to 7 and English Test Modules|
Levels from 6 to 10 belong to Advanced levels.
Assignments for Chapis students
1. Writing an essay: Chapis students already know grammar rules and its usage as well. Teachers give them a topic every day and check mistakes and wrong sentences. This helps students brainstorm and choose good ideas for coherence in writing.
2. Speech: Most students are required to deliver a speech or presentation in front of a big crowd. To practice this, teachers who are in charge of public speech and presentation let student pick topics among their interests or current events. Students prepare a short speech before the class.
3. Vocabulary: Chapis textbooks are not common English textbooks. More than a half of its course books are made by Chapis Academic teams. Reading passages are not easy to understand if students don’t do previews. It is one of the requirements for all students in Chapis to study vocabularies before classes. Many say that it takes lots of time to research on vocabularies and their usages.
4. Test Module takers: All test module takers should do lots of reviews to catch up with a class progress. And they should memorize important and frequently used vocabularies to draw an answer quickly. To prepare for a mock test, they should check their mistakes that they have made for a week.
Option and Mandatory Class after regular classes finish.
|Night Study||All Chapis students are required to join one hour of Night study from 8 pm to 9pm. A student is given a classroom.|
|Option Class||Students are to choose one or two hours of option class. This is optional.|
1) Guitar and POP songs: This class is for music enthusiasts who want to learn English through music. By learning how to play the guitar and singing a song at the same time, the students can relieve stress and improve their English skills.
2) Pronunciation Class: This class focuses on pronunciation and American accent for the students to have better and clearer speaking ability. With the interesting drills provided for the students, they will be able to speak clearly and comfortably.
3) Business Vocabulary: This class focuses on helping students learn the correct usage of different vocabularies, which are found in test modules and are encountered during job interviews. The vocabularies are chosen and arranged based on their usage.
Guitar and POP songs class
Hi, I am Joy. As a goal-oriented person who finds passion in teaching, I’ve been in this institution for 10 years and had worked as the curriculum developer. As an experienced group class teacher in TOEFL and IELTS, I have assisted the department in equipping the teachers with know-hows in handling specifically test module subjects.
As a curriculum developer, I spend most time on researching, acquiring new trends of teaching, and reading and comparing lots of references to gather information. TOEFL and IELTS are not easy tests that one could get a desirable score/score band. It takes time and needs lots of drills before taking an actual test.
I also train qualified teachers who will be teaching TOEFL and IELTS at Pines. Unlike ESL subjects, it is imperative to know skills on how to handle each subject with different teaching methods.
Hi, I am Allen at Chapis Advanced Course Campus. I have studied a various majors before I found my passion for teaching. I was an introverted student like many learners who started studying English. To become a good speaker or to be able to speak with confidence and fluency, ESL learners should not be afraid of talking with foreigners.
I speak quite fast and I give synonyms and antonyms to my students so they will not repeat using same words every day. Some students find my class a bit hard or hard to follow, but as time goes, when they get used to my speaking speed, they appreciate my teaching style.
I teach various subjects from ESL to test module courses, but I enjoy a presentation class the most. Within a short period time, I could see fast improvements while they are preparing for a public speech or presentation. Generally speaking, not all students like this class because they are afraid of standing in front of a big crowd. This also needs practices. Without enough practices, their effort and time will not be shown in public and they might not want to do it again. Here I am to help my students boost their confidence. I hope that you could also join my presentation class. See you here at Pines.
|Mid-term||Speaking Test: PEPT(Pines English Proficiency Test) – Computer based Test
1. Reading : Reading a dialogue
2. Yes or No Questions
3. Personal Questions
4. Describing a picture
5. Giving Directions
6. Expressing a personal opinion
– 10 to 15 minutes
|Final||Writing Test (PEPT)
Reading Comprehension Test (PEPT)
Listening Dictation and Comprehension Test (PEPT)
– 2 hours
|1. Mid-term and tests are scheduled during class hours.
2. PEPT is Pines English Proficiency Test. It was made by the Research and Development team to diagnose each student’s weaknesses in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
3. A test result of PEPT mainly determines a student’s level for a next term. If a total score of PEPT is high, students will transfer to Chapis campus.
4. The perfect score in each part of PEP is 100 and the total sum is 400.
PEPT Speaking Test Cubicle
The main reason why students in Cooyeesan Campus would want to come to Chapis is that this campus has EOP(English Only Policy). All of the students should use English during their break time and after they finish regular class/option classes. For the first few days, new students seem that they are hesitant to speak in English because they don’t know how good their friends are. After 2 to 3 days, Chapis campus becomes a completely lively place where students from different parts of the world are gathered and share their ideas and cultures.
Teachers become our students’ friends. The environment in Chapis helps students and teachers mingle with each other and make a better place to stay. Studying is hard and stressful, but this type of socializing relives their stress.