Article: Janel Apola| Photo: Ela Naparan and J.A.| Topic: IELTS Testimonial
English Learners choose to study English in the Philippines specifically at Pines International Academy for varied reasons. Reasons may start from a career move, improving English test scores or simply for traveling. As far a reputation goes, Pines International Academy has proven its worth in the English as a Foreign Language industry resulting to positive reviews because of its programs and the learning experience it has provided to students of different nationalities. Read the testimonials of Choi Dae Myung or more known as and Sena Kaneko about their learning experience at Pines Advanced Campus.
Sena Kaneko (left) and Choi Dae Myung (Right)
CHOI DAE MYUNG (EO)
Annyeong. My name is Choi Dae Myung aka EO and I am from Korea. I came to Pines International Academy in July last year but I also went here 6 years ago. During that time, I stayed in Cooyeesan Hotel. The memories I had on that time were the happiest ones in my life. For six years, I longed to go back to the Philippines. So here I am, but this time I am staying in Chapis campus and currently taking IELTS course.
Actually, I don’t need a specific IELTS score for a job or going to a university. I chose to take it because I expected that if I studied IELTS, I could enhance my English skills on all parts (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Since coming here, I greatly improved because all IELTS tasks in PIA enable me to study very hard. I became aware of my task weak points and in return get coaching from my teachers. I have been working on improving these points. The books that I use are very helpful for my development, and I totally respect the content of the books and the curriculum team behind it because it is based on years of research and testing.
Enjoy studying English
Studying English, especially IELTS is sometimes stressful; however, I just enjoy it. Enjoyment is the best way to learn something. I believe that when I am enjoying studying English, my progress is really significant. To all students who are planning to take IELTS in the future, don’t forget to have fun while learning.
Kon’nichiwa. I am Sena Kaneko and I am a university junior student from Japan. Though my major is Japanese literature, I must study world literature because my field of research is related to World War II. This is also the reason why I need to study English. Furthermore, I hope to study in America as an exchange student after graduating in the university. I plan to take my Master’s Degree there.
Why PIA? ‘Coz my senior’s English growth is so great…
I have a senior in Japan and she studied in Pines for 4 months. She recommended PIA to me and I took her advice because I saw that she improved a lot. Another reason why I chose Pines is because of the location. Chapis campus is far from the city. It is conducive for learning because it is not too noisy. English Only Policy is also implemented. Maybe for other students, it is too strict but I think it is great because it makes us improve faster. The managers and staffs are likewise kind.
In addition, the teachers have extraordinary skills in teaching IELTS. They share helpful strategies that I can use in studying IELTS. For instance, my reading teacher tells me what to do when I am confused in the comprehension part.
My way of studying English
Every day, I review and prepare for the class. For example, in reading I answer the exercises then I check the correct answers. If I missed something, then I will think until I completely understand it. If there are some difficult vocabularies, I write them down and I memorize them until I can define their meaning.
Before coming to Pines
For students who are planning to come to Pines Academy to study English, they should learn the basic grammar and vocabularies. This would really help them. Remember also that studying English can be sometimes stressful, so relax whenever you can. As for me, I go out with my friends on the weekend. I strongly suggest that students go to Mines View because this place is beautiful and the air is fresh.