Article: Ela Naparan | Photos: Albert Reyes & Ela Naparan
Learning English in the Philippines is best experienced in Pines Academy.
It was indeed a happy Monday at Pines as it opened its doors to its new batch of students from Japan, China, Mongolia, Korea, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia. The welcome event started off with introduction to the house rules, what the students can expect from their classes and teachers and the local culture of Baguio City.
Korean Manager Justin Lee discussed Pines information and rules that students need to follow. The information include curfew, class details, laundry and meal schedules. EOP or the “English Only Policy” was also emphasized as this rule is implemented in the campus. Students, teachers and staff comply with it.
The speaker also shared his personal experiences back to the time when he was also learning and studying English. Manager Justin gave advice and inspired the new comers to learn and overcome their personal doubts in themselves and just enjoy the learning process.
At the latter part of the program, the students were tasked to write their reasons for coming to the Philippines and why they need to learn the English language. After which, information about Baguio City and the local culture was shared to give insight on what makes this city stand out. Different places in Baguio and other nearby destinations were discussed by the speaker,so students would get travel ideas and engage in the community that could also help them to learn the English language even after weekdays of classroom learning.
At the end of the program, teachers surprised the students through a traditional dance from a local student group. Students were also invited to engage in the various traditional dances and were very happy to participate to show their dancing skills. It was indeed a beautiful event with a splash of unity from different students around the world. During the orientation, Pines celebrated diversity and welcomed its students with a promise of great stay and efficient English learning.