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Feb 13, 2024

Pines International Academy (PIA) is one of the top English language schools in the Philippines that offers IELTS Training to diverse students. An exemplary testament to Pines' IELTS efficacy is Ms. Ho Thi Hong Minh. After completing the Pines IELTS Guarantee course, she achieved a remarkable overall band score of 8.0. Let's check out Ms. Minh's IELTS Training journey at Pines. Pines: How did you take the official IELTS test in Vietnam after studying English at Pines? Ms. Hong Minh: Hello PIA! After completing the IELTS Guarantee 6.0 course, I felt very confident and relaxed before the official IELTS exam. I was pleasantly surprised to receive the results, and achieving an overall band of 8.0 made me exceptionally happy. In retrospect, I took weekly IELTS mock tests at Pines. The lessons and Pines mock exams are aligned with the official IELTS test. Once again, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Pines IELTS team. The teachers helped me gain more confidence while rapidly developing my English skills. Pines: Are you satisfied with the results after studying English at Pines? What are your plans after taking the IELTS test? Ms. Hong Minh: Actually, I am fully satisfied with my official IELTS test results. I had hoped that after taking the IELTS Guarantee course, I would achieve a 6.0 band, but the results were genuinely surprising. Attaining an IELTS 8.0 (overall) opened new opportunities for my teaching career at the University. It has helped me exceed the standards of the university where I teach, allowing me to communicate in English with my students majoring in Economics. Simultaneously, I can update the content of research papers in English and contribute to our university. From another perspective, I can comfortably travel abroad, confidently chat with foreign friends, and continuously expand my network through my newly enhanced English skills. Pines: After joining the IELTS Guarantee course at Pines International Academy, what skills have you improved? Ms. Hong Minh: After completing the course, I have improved my English skills, especially my listening and reading skills. My listening score is 8.5, and my reading is 9. I am still overwhelmed that, in just 8 weeks, I could achieve desirable results through Pines' IELTS Guarantee Course.I have learned that proficiency in English fosters aninternational and diverse environment. It helped me gain new friends and learn about other Asian cultures. Thank you for having this special interview with us. PINES wishes you good health, happiness, and success in life. If there is a chance, we hope to see you again at Pines International Academy. Ms. Hong Minh, together with other UEL lecturers who joined the IELTS Guarantee Course achieved the target results. Want to know more about Pines' IELTS Guarantee Course and become successful like our previous batch of examinees? Send in your inquiries, and we will assist you in your bright future!  

Feb 13, 2024

Pines International Academy‘s success is measured in our students’ improvement and progress in the different courses we offer. We take pride in teaching them thoroughly with compassion and providing quality education pertinent to their goal and target score.As years go by, Pines Academy retains its effectiveness in nurturing the commitment and dedication of our English learners. It serves as an impact that improves their communication and social skills.The different training methods of Pines teachers also play a crucial role in refining the sense of identity as the students become affable and confident along the way.To bespeak the genuineness of their English amelioration journey at Pines Academy, here are the testimonials of our two students in their International English Language Testing System (IELTS) course at Chapis Test Campus.First, we have we have Im Eun Jin, from South Korea. “Hello, this is Jin. I’m a fresh graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Film.”“Initially, I only desired to improve my English skills; however, when I began meeting people who encouraged me, I realized that IELTS is indispensable both abroad and in my motherland.”Secondly, we have the testimonial of our Vietnamese student, Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy.“Hello, you can call me by my nickname, Zoe.”“I want to become an English teacher, so I’m taking IELTS— one of the most basic requirements when applying to college schools. In addition, I can also get a higher salary compared to a non-score holder.”“I chose Pines International Academy because it is well-known in my country… my friends told me that the standard and quality of the education is exemplary.”“My IELTS course is a six-hour a day and three hours of self-study in the evening. This kind of schedule helped me prepare for the test. Furthermore, my teachers are very knowledgeable and patient in guiding me.”“If this message could reach the youths and future English learners, I’d say, make sure that your abilities align with your target score… study hard.”Here at Pines International Academy, we create opportunities for our students to express how and what they are feeling— with the intention that their opinions and views inspire their fellow students and fuel their dedication to carry on.We are beyond grateful to our students who make time to share their experiences.When you study at Pines International Academy, we guarantee that your success, progress, and voice are equally esteemed… so if you want to maximize your learning experience, study English with us and come across wisdom through world-class education.“CHOOSE THE BEST, CHOOSE PINES INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY”

Feb 02, 2024
A Journey to IELTS Success: Phong's Experience at Pines International Academy

Setting on a journey to improve one's English proficiency for the IELTS test is a significant step, and for Phong from Vietnam, Pines International Academy has become his chosen path in achieving his goal. In a recent interview, Phong shared his thoughts and experiences after three weeks of intensive study at the specialized IELTS campus.  The Learning Experience: Phong's excitement about studying at Pines International Academy is palpable. Having dedicated three weeks to a full-time English environment, he expressed his belief in the program's usefulness for IELTS preparation. The immersion in an English-speaking environment, coupled with excellent teachers and the opportunity to practice daily with foreign friends, has allowed him to focus entirely on improving his English skills.Favorite Aspect of Study:Phong discovered that his listening skills needed the most attention upon arrival. Consequently, the listening classes became his favorite aspect of studying at the IELTS campus. While strengthening this weak point, he also worked on honing other skills such as reading, writing, and speaking. The balanced approach to skill development resonates with his personal learning style, contributing to an overall positive experience.Challenges Faced:Every learning journey comes with its set of challenges, and for Phong, adapting to the food and the rigorous study schedule were the primary hurdles. Overcoming the initial discomfort with the food, he learned to eat just enough to sustain himself, ensuring that he always felt satisfied. The extended study hours, including late-night sessions, posed a different challenge, requiring him to maintain focus and dedication throughout the day.Learning Environment at IELTS Campus:Phong finds the learning environment at Pines International Academy to be highly suitable for his needs. He appreciates the weather, which closely resembles that of Da Lat in Vietnam, making him feel comfortable and at ease. The absence of rain and a moderate temperature of around 20 degrees further contribute to a conducive atmosphere for learning. The canteen food is deemed acceptable, and the facilities, including the rooms, meet his expectations. Teachers' Impact and his Progress: Phong holds a positive view of the majority of his teachers, emphasizing their good knowledge, experience, and professionalism. Overcoming an initial adjustment period, he found that consistent communication and feedback sessions with teachers allowed for mutual understanding and improvement. The learning materials provided by the teachers proved to be useful, facilitating a full-time study experience filled with enthusiasm.Phong's progress in his IELTS scores during his three weeks at Pines International Academy is truly commendable and emphasizes the effectiveness of the IELTS program. His initial scores were as follows: Listening: 3.5 Reading: 4.0 Writing: 4.5 Speaking: 5.0 Overall Score: 4.5   After focused and dedicated study under the guidance of the academy's teachers, Phong's scores witnessed significant improvement: Listening: 4.0 Reading: 5.5 Writing: 5.5 Speaking: 5.5 Overall Score: 5.0Phong's journey at Pines International Academy showcases the transformative power of focused language study. With a tailored learning environment, dedicated teachers, and a commitment to addressing personal challenges, he is well on his way to achieving success in the IELTS test. As he continues his studies, Phong's experience serves as inspiration for others aspiring to enhance their English proficiency and succeed in their academic pursuits.


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“ One on one class is good because you can ask about everything to your teacher from your book or anything about Baguio. My teacher is very good, she teaches IELTS class before and she thought me how to improve on my writing skills. She put a lot of effort to edit my write-up. ”

Oct 27, 2023

“ I chose Pines because I want to study speaking, and Pines is the most famous school in Baguio. ”

Jul 16, 2023

“ I am very happy with my roommates for they are very friendly with me and they introduce me to some students too. My course is Power ESL 7 with only 1:1 class, but I have night optionclasses that help me meet other students. We share and learn something together ”

Jun 30, 2023

“ When I studied in Japan, there are American teachers, England teachers (and a lot more). They have good pronunciation, good communication skill and good grammar skills, but I think that Pines teachers are very good. ”

May 12, 2023

“ I didn't expect that I would enjoy studying English, but I do, and I am sure you will enjoy your class. There are many courses in pines that you can choose from. You can even enroll in an option class after finishing your regular classes if you want. You can concentrate completely on your English. ”

Feb 21, 2023

“ I'm well satisfied with my stay at Pines Academy. My English improved in all areas, from speaking to writing. I can now express myself well because of my interactions with my teachers and friends from other countries. ”

Baba Yuri
Dec 03, 2022

“ Thank you so much for the knowledge and friendships I gained in this Academy. Studying at Pines is my precious living abroad experience, where I met other nationalities with whom I understand cultures. ”

Tuong Thi Thuy Linh
Nov 06, 2022

“ I was satisfied with my study at Pines Academy. The teachers are friendly and kind. I made friends who encouraged me to reach my dreams. Being at Pines is my kind of environment- I felt safe. ”

Urara Shiga
Sep 25, 2022

“ I would like to express my sincere thanks to the school administrator and teachers. You have given me the most wonderful experience over the past three months. ”

Tran Nguyen Huuthanh
Aug 28, 2022

“ The classes at Pines were very accurate and interesting. The different programs exceeded my expectations but were beginner-friendly. Pines i a great English school with great teachers. ”

Unur Lkhaguadorj
Jul 30, 2022

“ I recommend Pines International Academy for English learners because all the courses, textbooks, and subjects are of a high standard quality. The teachers and staff were all professional and always smiling. ”

Su Wei-Hao
Jul 29, 2022

“ The outstanding abilities of the Pines Teachers in all my subjects amazed me. I achieved and improved more at Pines Academy than any other school I've been to. Thanks to my teachers who guided me throughout my 10-week stay at Pines. I'm blessed to have met you. I'm thankful for all the guidance and patience while I was going after my desired score. ”

Hong Sun Hye
May 07, 2022