FRENCH AND ENGLISH SHARE 40% OF THEIR VOCABULARY

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At the American Institute for English Proficiency (which has two branches in the Philippines), you can study to build your English vocabulary.  English borrows heavily from other languages.  The language which English has borrowed the most from is French.  In fact, it is quite possible that the English language shares at least 40% of the same vocabulary with the French language. (Some of these come directly from French, but others come from French, which in turn come from Latin.)

This is primarily because England and France are close neighbors.  In fact, in 1066, England became ruled by a people from Northern France called the Normans.  Thus their language influenced the English language heavily.

More recently, French was actually the primary international language from about the 17th to 20th centuries.  Thus, it was widely studied and used in many English-speaking countries before their language replaced it in the 1900s.

It is useful to know which English words come from French because this can help one to learn to pronounce these words, which may seem to have very strange spelling.  Here are some examples:

  • A violent overthrow of a government and its replacement with another is called a coup d’etat (pronounced “koo-day-TAH”).
  • A meeting time/meeting place is designated as a rendezvous (“RON-day-voo”).
  • A synonym for boyfriend is beau (“BO”).
  • Those little appetizers at fancy parties are called hors d’oeuvres (“or-DERV”).
  • A word or phrase that is overused, unoriginal, or unfunny is called a cliche (“klee-SHAY”).
  • Material or garbage left out on the road or leftover from an accident is debris (“duh-BREE”).
  • An apprentice who works under a mentor is called a protege (“pro-tuh-ZHAY”).
  • An act that is considered socially unacceptable is a faux pas (“fo-PAH”)
  • A lengthy scolding or rant is called a harangue (“huh-RANG”).
  • It is useful to keep in mind that often if an English word comes from French and is spelled with a ch, the pronunciation will sound like the one in shore, and not chore. For example: chef, chauffeur, chandelier.
  • Similarly, if the word is spelled with a que, it will sound like the one in “kick”, and not “quick”.  For example:  bouquet, etiquette, torque.

These are just a few examples of the many, many French words that have found their way into English. Try using these French words in practicing your English!  And if you want to learn more English vocabulary, enroll at the American Institute for English Proficiency in Makati and Quezon City, Philippines!

IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH THROUGH CULTURE AND LIFESTYLE

Most people want to improve their communication skills, especially English.  But there are many different opinions on the best way to achieve this.  Some people say through academics.  Some say practical application.  Others say an environment where everyone is encouraged to learn and improve.  What better place to get all these than at the American […]

AMERICAN ACCENT TRAINING THROUGH SINGING

Having an American accent is an essential part of any actor’s, singer’s, and professional’s repertoire, and this is the perfect way of getting excellent opportunities to enroll at a reasonably priced tuition fee.  Here in the Philippines, the Filipinos are generally “music-lovers,” as they would spend their spare times singing, dancing to the music, and even imitate a performer just for fun. Not only do Filipinos love music, they can’t live without it!  You can’t imagine how songs can influence an individual; yet, this is another great way to learn English as you become familiar with new vocabulary.  It’s in our nature to be welcoming, outgoing, and conversational, too.

At the American Institute for English Proficiency, we focus on neutralized American accent ,meaning it is a neutral accent that can be understood by all American and the rest of the world.  The essentials are pronunciation, liaison, and intonation.  Students will learn phonetics, blending, and “speech music” to start changing the way they speak and produce sounds.  When these basic essentials are combined, participants will definitely begin speaking with an American accent.

To add, features of a local accent tend to disappear when singing – the intonation; the speech rhythm, and vowel length.  Vowel quality is also often affected, particularly in classical singing, where vowels are expressed with greater openness than in daily speech.  All of this can have an effect on the creativity.  I’ve noticed not only does it make people turn their heads towards you, but it immediately attracts people to you.  This will not only boost your self-confidence, but also your personality development, too.

Accent modulating in songs is social.  Some singers want to drop their regional accent because they want to sing like the trendy mainstream.  This has been mainly perceptible in popular music since the early days of rock ‘n’ roll.  Singers far and wide imitated Bill Haley and Elvis, and many still do.  However, it’s perfectly possible for singers to maintain a personage accent, if they want to, and several do; in fact, it’s been done for years.

And of course, in rapping, we frequently get an idiosyncratic accent because of the syllable-timed tempo.  But my inkling is that, rapping to one side, in barely any case, do singers apply a consistent regional articulation all the way through the entire song.  Mixed accents seem to be the standard.  Though it could improve the pace and rhythm of speech, but daily practice would be best.

LEARNING ENGLISH IN THE PHILIPPINES

Many foreigners would leave their home countries to work or to study. But if one was to work in Japan, then that person would be advised to learn how to speak, read, and write in Japanese. In the Philippines, apart from vacation, foreigners come here to get a job or to enroll in the local […]

WHY I LOVE TEACHING FILIPINOS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Throughout the world, there are those people who think of teaching as a career opportunity for advancement.  For many teachers I have encountered, it is gratifying for them to impart knowledge to people.  This is true most especially if students use the knowledge gained to progress themselves in contributing to society.

Having been part of the American Institute for English Proficiency, I continuously discover new reasons for enjoying work as an English Specialists.  As AIEP constantly builds its credibility with internationally trained English Specialists, we have a steadily growing number of students from the Philippines and from different countries in different parts of the world.   Because of this reason, it is not surprising that AIEP has already established two offices in the Philippines—Makati City and Quezon City.

These students are mainly the reasons why I enjoy teaching.  I believe that self-gratification is fulfilling especially when you have done something productive, not for yourself but for the society.   Specialists at AIEP, including myself, find it rewarding to see their students, both Filipinos and foreigners, improve to achieve their own personal goals.

The Filipino Students

One of the reasons why I love teaching Filipino students is because I know I am contributing to my own country, the Philippines.   Many Filipinos who study here at AIEP have the desire to learn for personal and mostly for professional and career development reasons.  More and more business establishments are seeking individuals who have substantial experience and skills in different professional fields.  One of the things many businesses are looking for are those applicants who are fluent in the English language.  When any of my students absorb, learn, understand and practice what they have been taught and then land a job because of the confidence I built up within them, there is a sense of gratitude they feel towards me and other specialists who have guided them.

I grew up in the Philippines and experienced the effects of its declining economic power over the years.  So when I know I have helped students be employed—either in or out of the country—I have a sense of fulfillment.  Yes, outside of the country.  They have built up the confidence to face the world in foreign countries.  AIEP incorporates cultural involvement and familiarity.  Many of our Filipino students are constantly engaged with foreign students.

The International Students

I also must include my love for teaching foreign students.  Our foreigner students add flavor to the culture of AIEP.  Our Filipino students engage themselves with constant discussion with our Filipino students.  This gives our Filipino students an access to be cultured, an introduction to different lifestyles outside of t6he Philippines.  Our foreigner students come to AIEP practically with almost the same reason as the Filipinos who enroll in the institute.  Some of them want to study English for Business English; others want to enter into universities that require them to speak English or preparation for studies in countries like the United States of America.

Our foreign students love sharing information about their culture, lifestyle, religion, politics, and the works.  As most teachers should, and they do, admit that they learn a lot from their students.  This is the same case with me.  Human beings are part of the universe.  As teachers are human beings, I must quote Heraclitus, “There is nothing constant except for change.”  Teachers are not fixed scholars.  We always strive to learn and improve more and more each day.  The more I learn from my foreign students about their worlds, the better teacher I am for them.  This growth is unavoidable.  They challenge my own expectations from them learning the English Language and in return they gladly accept my challenge that they need to discover for themselves.

GRAMMAR AND THE SENTENCE STRUCTURE

Believe it or not, most students (and even many so-called English teachers) do not know about the four types of sentences.  Perhaps they may have heard of them, and at one point in their student life or teaching career, they may have studied them, but they have too soon forgotten them.  They easily forget them because using communicative and conversation English has been enough for them.  They easily forget them because they did one homework about the topic once, and that was good enough.  They easily forget them because, well, it’s just not useful.

Little do they know that mastering the four types of sentences is essential when it comes to business English and using them in our careers.  It makes us look educated, academic, and not to mention, intelligent.  In fact, it makes life easier because it helps us to better comprehend what we hear and read.  So what are these four types of sentences?  There four types of sentences, not to be confused with the kinds of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory).  When we talk about the types of sentences, we are talking about sentence structures: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.

At the American Institute for English Proficiency, we help our students master these four types of sentences.  When we first ask them to write a simple sentences, the immediately think simple means short or easy, like “I eat pizza.”  Okay, that is a three-word simple sentence, and that’s correct, but when we ask them to write a 50-word or more sentence, they think it’s either impossible or just too difficult of a task. When they do this task, they end up writing either a complex or a compound-complex sentence.  When they realize this, it all begins to make sense to them.  They have been using different types of sentences all along; it’s just that they have not mastered them well enough to use them in a more sophisticated manner.

So let’s begin with the simple sentence here.  We have taught our students that it is composed of only one independent clause, which is a complete thought or idea that can stand alone and has subject and a verb relationship, unlike the complex and compound-complex sentences, which have at least one dependent clause.  Furthermore, we have taught our students the usage of the eight different phrases (which we will cover in another article).

Now, the challenge is to create 50 simple sentences in the comment section.  I challenged my students that if they complete this challenge, they will have learned or mastered at least one of the types of sentences. And if they lose, they will each owe me a dinner a Buffet 101.  Well, even if they don’t complete the 50 sentences, they will have at least learned a lot.  In class, some of them responded positively that they would take on this challenge.  Let’s see if they were telling the truth.

CHALLENGE:

In the comment section, write a simple sentence with at least 50 words.  Good luck!

ENGLISH, EMPOWERMENT, AND THE MILLION PEOPLE MARCH

English and Empowerment. And the Million People March.  How do these three ideas come together at the American Institute for English Proficiency?

At The American Institute, we teach English and communication skills to empower the student.  The student becomes more confident with a stronger, more opinionated, and a more critical voice by building on his or her English and communication skills.  One of the the very reasons why most of our students do not have great communication skills and are lacking confidence is because the taxpayers’ money have not been put to proper use, such as in education.  And this is where the Million People March comes in.  Those who want to use their English and communication skills should always find a venue to empower themselves and make their voices heard.  Just because one speaks English doesn’t mean that he or she is a strong speaker.  Knowing sentence structures and subject-verb agreement merely isn’t enough.  One must become a holistic, dynamic, and powerful speaker.

So on August 26, 2013, some of us will go to Luneta Park to join the #MillionPeopleMarch to empower ourselves and lend our voice to those who cannot be heard: the poor, the needy, the impoverished, the sick, the disadvantaged, and the abused.  We will join thousands of other Filipinos who want to have a change in our country. And to all of those who are still not empowered, those who still lack the confidence, and those who are not yet very critical in the way they think, they can still do something.  We know that many of our students don’t really participate in these things, but we hope that we become an example to them.  We hope that one day, they will use their newfound skills in English, public speaking, and critical thinking to help those who are in need.

Through social media, you can still do something if you can’t physically make it to Luneta for whatever reason! WHAT CAN YOU DO?  Throughout the day, you can use Facebook and Twitter.  Copy and paste the following:
#MILLIONPEOPLEONLINEPROTEST Though I cannot physically be at the #MILLIONPEOPLEMARCH at Luneta Park, I am there in SPIRIT, and I support all the Filipinos who have gathered there.

BENEFITS OF LEARNING ENGLISH WITH FILIPINO CLASSMATES

The Philippines continues to attract foreigners to study English in the country.  According to the Philippine Immigration Bureau (BIR), the number of people applying for student visa has tripled in the last four years.

While English academies continue to mushroom, schools don’t always offer the same program and curriculum.  Some schools, like American Institute for English Proficiency, do not cater to foreign students alone. In fact, many of its students are Filipino professionals who want to better their English proficiency, and this heterogenous class is exactly what foreigners need.  So what do you get from learning with Filipinos?

Learn English Faster

While the best way to learn a language is to live in a country where English is a native language, studying with Filipino students, just like at AIEP,  gives foreigners an almost the same experience.

The Philippines hails itself as the fifth largest English speaking nation . Apart from the fact that the Philippines was a former colony of the US, Filipinos also watch plenty of films and TV shows in English, which are not dubbed in Filipino.  Even the medium of instruction at school is mostly in English making the Filipinos really well-versed in English.

Foreigners are compelled to improve their English faster when they join a class full of locals who can speak English fluently. They need to learn at a faster rate to keep up with them. At first it is challenging, but along the way, they learn a lot. They catch plenty of unfamiliar words and phrases that are commonly used in English conversation, and they learn to know the correct pronunciation of English words.

Changing or Gaining New Perspectives

Studying with Filipinos and other foreigners helps people broaden their world understanding and perspective on just about anything. Students gain a different view of political, moral and social issues. As they get to know their classmates, they gain new perspectives and have a more nuanced understanding of the world. They get better and deeper understanding and respect for other nations, knowing how another culture verge upon daily life and unfamiliar challenges.

Making New Contacts and Expanding Network

Many overseas students gain new friends or partners at school. After school, many students hang out for dinner, coffee or drinking. In addition, American Institute for English Proficiency has a lot of events like Sports Fest, Luau Party, Halloween Party, etc which likewise gives students to get to know other students and expand their network. Foreigners feel part of the family that even when they go back to their home country, they keep in touch with their Filipino friends forming lifelong friendships.

So if you think going to an English academy where most of the people from your country is an advantage, think again. It’s more fun in the Philippines, and it’s more fun to be with Filipinos.

THE PHILIPPINES IS THE WORLD’S MOST AFFORDABLE ENGLISH TEACHER

The Philippines continues to get very good reviews when it comes to teaching English.  Here is another article why international students should come to the Philippines to study English.

PH is world’s most affordable ‘English teacher’

The growing number of foreign students flocking to the Philippines to learn English has prompted a London-based news website to call it “the world’s low-cost English teacher.”
“There might be other countries that people think about as a classic place to learn English, such as the U.K., the U.S. or Australia. But there is one key reason that they are switching to the Philippines. It’s much cheaper,” BBC said in a report.

Quoting a Pinoy English teacher, BBC said local rates of $500 for a 60-hour class is about a third of the prices for equivalent courses in U.S. or Canada.

Such deals have attracted more and more students, with the report citing Bureau of Immigration data which saw applications for student visas triple to 24,000 last year year from 8,000 in 2008.

While most students are from Asia, particularly Japan, Taiwan and Korea, BBC said Filipino English schools have also began teaching people from countries such as Iran, Libya, Brazil, and Russia.

Aside from the low cost, Pinoy English accent is also seen as a major advantage.

“Filipinos speak with a clear American accent–partly because the Philippines was a U.S. colony for five decades, and partly because so many people here have spent time working in call centres that cater to a U.S. market,” BBC said.

These outsourcing firms train Pinoys to “sound indistinguishable from Americans,” it added.

Graduate and post-graduate courses in the Philippines are also gaining greater international attention.

“The main reasons that attract them are, again, the cost – and the fact that, in the country’s top universities, all classes are held in English,” BBC said.

It added that sky-rocketing costs of education in many parts of the world and the ease of finding out about programs in other countries are pushing more students to enroll in schools abroad.

“[E]nglish-speaking nations like the Philippines are primed to cash in on this trend,” BBC said.

However, the report also highlighted stumbling blocks to being a destination for English learners.

“Living here means coping with the bureaucracy and corruption, and if you’re in Manila, the heavy pollution,” BBC said.

It also noted common mistakes in spelling and distortion of meaning of some English words when used in Filipino.

Beginners in English may also get confused amid a diversity of languages spoken in Pinoy communities, as well as the rampant use of “Taglish,” which mixes English and the local lingua franca, the report said.

Still, it concluded: “[F]or an increasing number of people, these are small obstacles compared with the benefits of studying in the Philippines.”

 

We have had many students from Europe, such as Germany, France, and Spain, who have all traveled to the UK and Australia to learn English.  They have told us that learning English at the American Institute for English Proficiency is not only affordable, it is better than the schools they have attended in a largely English speaking nation.  That’s because, at The American Institute, we have teachers who don’t only speak English well, they challenge every student to become better versions of themselves through culture and lifestyle.

Study English with Excellent Teachers at AIEP

The American Institute for English Proficiency is the best English school in the Philippines, and one of the reasons is the quality of their English Specialists.  We all come from different backgrounds: theater, music, hospitality, and teaching.  These experiences bring a unique style or approach to imparting knowledge and inspiring students when learning English and improving communication skills.  Furthermore, we all have the North American culture.  Most of us have lived or visited the United States or Canada.  What better way to learn the culture than from someone who’s experienced it?

But what really sets us apart from others is that we all strive in impromptu situations!  We easily adapt and we love it!  It’s what we’re good at!  I am an English Specialist at the American Institute for English Proficiency and yes, we are a special breed!  We want our students to be like us in terms of confidence, English, and communication skills.  Therefore, we allow our students to call us by their first names, and we always center our modules based on creative and critical thinking in extemporaneous settings like public speaking, debate, and problem solving.

There are many English schools throughout Asia, and yes, many claim to be English teachers.  While we believe that many can teach English, only a few can teach English very well.  At the American Institute for English Proficiency, we constantly undergo training so that we can maintain high standards of teaching English.  We believe that learning English is not just a classroom event; it is a lifestyle.  Our students have countless opportunities to engage with the Specialists and with each other.  We have beach trips, party nights (club and videoke), birthdays, holiday celebrations, and other special occasions so that our students are constantly immersed in the English language and culture.We invite everyone to join us in Metro Manila (Makati and Quezon City branches).  Come to learn English and have fun at the same time.  We hope to meet you soon.

STUDYING ENGLISH IN THE PHILIPPINES IS FUN

Studying English does not have to be boring. At The American Institute for English Proficiency, we mix learning and enjoyment.  We believe that when you are enjoying and having fun, you will learn more as you develop more passion and enthusiasm.  So how do we have fun?  Well, one of the ways we make learning more exciting is by having social events.  This is a great way for our students to practice their English in a natural social setting.  The world is our classroom.  We are not limited to the four walls of a traditional classroom.

Those who have chosen the Philippines as their English learning destination have experienced not only the very hospitable Filipino people, but also the beautiful landscapes, beaches, nightlife, food, and so much more.  The Philippines boasts some of the best beaches in the world, including beaches in Boracay, Palawan, Batangas, and Pagudpud.  If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find that a few of the beaches in the Philippines are rated in the Top 10 Best Beaches in the World.

One of the greatest things about learning English in the Philippines is that the Filipinos are an English-speaking people.  Everyone from taxi drivers and vendors and businessmen is speaking English, which makes communication much easier.  You can get around comfortably.  The Filipinos love to sing, dance, and have a good time, and they are carefree and happy.  Most Filipinos are so hospitable that they will make any stranger or foreigner feel at home.  In fact, they are so friendly that many foreigners end up staying much longer in the Philippines.

At the American Institute for English Proficiency, we have parties, trips, night outs, movie nights, sports events, and more. We even have community service activities and book club meetings. There’s definitely something for everyone. So why don’t you join us today.

 

HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

Several students who have fairly good English skills still would like to improve their English skills but they don’t know how. There are, however, factual ways to progress your English skills. Every time a student asks me how they can improve their English, I provide them a few suggestions and always observe, after some time on, if they follow what I tell them, their English skills improve dramatically. So, if you too want to improve your English skills, follow these few tips and you’ll be amazed at how quick you can learn more English.

The importance of the English language can’t be overemphasized. Comfort and natural with English is more or less a qualification for an accomplishment in the world nowadays. In spite of of the industry, proficiency in English is an essential factor in both hiring and promotion decisions. A lot of us have studied English in school and are rather comfortable with reading and writing. On the other hand, we hesitate as speaking because we sense that we lack the fluency and might omit grammatical errors. We are scared of speaking English in proper situations and we are quick to change to our native language once we are in the company of our family and friends. There’s no immediate fix while it comes to improving your control over a particular language. It always necessitates a lot of time and effort.

Learn an English song and sing it. Listen to English music.

Read the lyrics to a song, Sing Karaoke in English. Listening to music while doing something else can help out a little for things like getting used to the normal rhythm and pitch of English tongue, though the more time and attention you give to a song the more you will be taught from listening to it again in the future. Even if just by listening to a song in English can be a good way of learning the words of the chorus in an easily memorable way, if you want to get something out of listening to English music, you will need to take some time to read the lyrics of the song with a dictionary. If the lyrics are not given in the CD pamphlet, you may be able to search them on the internet, but note down that a number of lyrics sites intentionally put a few errors into their lyrics for exclusive rights reasons.

Once you have read and understood the words, if you then listen and read at the same time, this can be a good way of understanding how the sounds alter in fast, natural, informal vocalizations. The next stage after understanding and memorizing a song is evidently, to sing it! While some words have their pronunciation changed completely to fit in with a song, most of the words have the same sounds and stressed syllables as in normal speech. Remembering which words rhyme at the end of each line can also be a great way of learning English pronunciation skills.

Watch movies with English subtitles.

The majority of my local and foreign students watch a lot of American and British movies. Though, as an alternative of watching them with English audio and English subtitles, some would watch them in their local ling, both audio and subtitles. But doing this may cause them to miss out on an easy and fun way to improve their English. If you watch an American movie with English audio and English subtitles, your English skills will improve very rapidly. When you listen to English and read English at the same time it re-enforces the English vocabulary, grammar and even slang in your head. If you do this for only 15-30 minutes every day, within a month you will already notice you can understand a lot more English than you could expect! Some of my students even watch the movie in their local language first before they watch it again in English audio and soundtrack, so they can be sure they understand what’s going on.

The students who normally do this improve their English skills swiftly. If you do the same, you can too! For people who can’t understand a film without subtitles but find themselves not listening at all when reading subtitles in their own language, this should be the way of watching a film that you should aspire for. If it is too difficult to watch the whole film this way, try watching the first 10 or 15 minutes of the film with subtitles in your own language, switch to English subtitles after that, and only switch back to subtitles in your own language, if you get totally lost following the story of the film. This can not only save you money on CDs, but you can really learn the language without having to study it. Some comedies can also get funnier the more you watch them, especially if you watch them with no subtitles, you’d be able to understand a little more each time you watch it.

Travel and enroll in an English school.

Traveling and studying is not only a good opportunity to speak English in situations where you really have to make yourself understood in order to live and survive, but it is also a good motivator to study English seriously in the weeks and months before or after your trip. If possible, also try to speak in English even when you could use your own language; for example, when you pick a guided tour of a museum or historic place, or when you book a ticket on the internet, and try to avoid package tours. If you plan to study abroad, mixed with people from other countries, not only people from your own; it’s not a good idea for you to live in a shared house with people from your own country. Enjoy a more cultural and educational experience by spending time with other nationalities.

When you are on your English course, be prepared for your class. Do your homework as soon as possible and hand it in on time. Review your notes and your last lesson a few minutes before the class. Doing this will revive your memory and you’ll be warmed up for lecture. Don’t get distracted in class. Focus on the lesson; don’t stare out of the window. Don’t be late; arrive a few minutes before the start of the lesson. Don’t sit next to people who won’t converse to you in English. Switch off your phone. Be organized, remember to take your textbook, notebook and pen.

Expend your time on things that interest you. For example, if you like cooking, then buy an English-language cookbook, or find recipes on the internet and practice the following the recipes. You’ll soon know if you have made a mistake! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, as you’ll surely learn from them.

DEVELOP YOUR CRITICAL THINKING: READ PLATO

When I first started studying philosophy, I became instantly captivated by the works of Plato. I’m sure some here have already heard of him, but for those unfamiliar, Plato is one of the most important philosophers in history. He lived from approximately 427 to 327 BC in ancient Greece, and was a student of another great philosopher, Socrates.

The interesting thing about Plato is that he writes his philosophy in the form of a dialogue. In almost all of them, the lead character is Socrates. Most of the time, Socrates never asserts to actually know anything as established fact, but rather plays the role of a questioner, asking his interlocutors if they truly know what they profess to know. Plato, through the character of Socrates, guides you through kinds of “thought experiments” to investigate the valdity of an axiom that you believe is true. This “Socratic method” forces you to reflect on your own patterns of thinking and how you perceive the universe around you.

In fact, the major focus of much of Plato’s work investigates epistemology, i.e. the process of answering the question: “How do you know what you know?” I think the best introductory work to begin with on this question is a dialogue called “Theaetetus” (the-EY-tee-tus), which challenges the notion that knowledge comes from sense-perception. An English translation is posted for download in the link below.

I do hope that readers of this blog see the value in reading something written by a a guy who has been dead for over 2300 years. Plato and Socrates may have lived a long time ago, but their ideas still affect and benefit us to this very day.

As Einstein said: “Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.”

English Class for Kids Launched on Saturdays, Weekly

“Students with ineffective listening skills fail to absorb much of the materials to which they are exposed. Their problems are intensified when they respond incorrectly or inappropriately because of POOR SPEAKING SKILLS.” –National Communication Association

FUN SUMMER ENGLISH WORKSHOP FOR KIDS

Do you want your kids to be more confident and competitive? Give your child a head start! Don’t wait until your child graduates from high school or college to give that edge. Studies have shown that graduates who have better English and communication skills fare better in the workplace. They are easily hired, promoted, and given higher salaries. They have simply have better opportunities here and abroad. We are offering parents and their younger loved ones our dynamic course that will help your child achieve more.

CXY (Communication Excellence for the Youth) Course is a 40-hour course specially designed for young learners (elementary and high school students) with modules covering:

  • English proficiency
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Public speaking
  • American accent
  • Conversation fluency
  • Confidence building
  • Critical Thinking
  • Personality Development

First batch: April 4 to 15, 2016 (Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm)
Second batch: April 18 to 29, 2016 (Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm)
Third batch: May, to be announced

Scholarship Application: https://form.jotform.com/53423926802960

For inquiries:
893-1566 (Makati)
358-7297 (Quezon City)
0917-850-3456
inquiry@aiepro.org

MAKATI: 227 Salcedo Street, Valuepoint Executive Plaza, Suite 2G, corner Gamboa Street

QUEZON CITY: 131 Timog Avenue, E&R Building, 3rd Floor, next to GMA Network

I LOVE LEARNING ENGLISH. I’LL NEVER STOP LEARNING.

When I first went to the United States, I had difficulty speaking English.  In fact, I didn’t speak English very much.  And the English I spoke, I spoke it with what I thought was a horrible accent.  At least my peers made me feel horrible.  They called me names like “manong” or “bok bok,” which is similar to FOB or “fresh off the boat,” or in the Philippines, “julogs” or “promdi.”  I didn’t want to be made fun of by other kids, so I vowed to master English.

I read voraciously.  I went to the library almost everyday after class so I could borrow backs to read.  I watched a lot of television.  When I got older, in high school, I joined theater for four years.  I joined debate and mock trial.  I joined speech competitions.  I joined everything I could get my hands on so that I could continue to polish my English and communication skills.  Before high school ended, I was editor-in-chief of the school paper, literary magazine editor, debate team captain, and club president.  In fact, I already passed and got college credits for freshman English since I had an advanced placement English course.

Learning English and improving my communication skills did not stop.  In college I continued to debate and compete in speaking competitions.  In fact, I was the impromptu speaking champion in an international debate and forensics tournament held in Canada.  Two weeks after that, I was selected as the commencement speaker of my class on graduation day.

It has been a journey.  Up to today, I continue to learn and polish my English even if most people already feel that I have achieved so much. Yes, I am the co-founder of the American Institute for English Proficiency here in the Philippines, but as co-founder and general manager, I really do need to continue to sharpen my skills.

Simply put, I love learning English.  I’ll never stop learning.

HOW DO WE BECOME THE BEST?

You notice how we ask ourselves, “How do we become the best?” Well, basically speaking, we strive to become one. It would take hard work and patience to earn that dignity and pride. I can say, I am the best in my own domain, but not just me. There are a lot of people who became the best in their own ways.  I’ve had a lot of hardships along the way just to become the best. I remember my favorite quote in an animation film that I watched back in 2007, “Keep Moving Forward.” You guys might be wondering why. Honestly, it is when you are facing challenges and dilemmas in your life, you just can’t be all locked up in that nutshell. Always remind yourself to, “Keep Moving Forward.” When I was a kid, I could remember that I’m the only child in our family who didn’t speak English. That feeling when you are so embarrassed, and at the same time, afraid to speak up because you would end up being laughed at. To cut the story short, I’m letting you know some tips & tricks on how to become the best in what you do:

First of all, BE CONSISTENT. My point is whenever you are trying to learn a new language, let’s say English, we have to be consistent in studying, reading, writing, and speaking. Nothing is too hard if you keep your mind into it. Honestly, it took several years just for me to learn. Come to think of it, I thought I knew everything. But then, I found out about American Institute for English Proficiency, in short, AIEPRO. I just couldn’t count how many years I have been teaching different individuals with different walks of life. AIEPRO gave me more ideas on how to become a better speaker. It gave me more knowledge, confidence, and dignity. Basically speaking, AIEPRO teaches you how to be consistent in thinking and organizing your intellect. It also gives you the opportunity, and the courage to be the best.

Second, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK. This company teaches you how to enhance your critical thinking skills. We change how you speak, and how you decipher every puzzle. What I am letting you know is that, remember those times when you are caught up in that embarrassing situation because you don’t know how to explain something. It means that you need to be keen and smart for you to answer fast, and accurate, so you would not let the cat get your tongue. I have spoken to a lot of students here at AIEP. I can tell you this, you will surely be amazed on how the used-to-be first timers here improved so well. They wouldn’t even speak at first. But like what I tell my students, “I want you to be crazy, but in a good way.” It is hard to speak up especially when you are just talking nonsense, right? So, make sure you THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK.

And lastly, there’s one more technique up my sleeve. I call it, “WINNING ATTITUDE.” We all need motivation in learning and that is one thing that AIEPRO is very proud of. We can give you tips & tricks on how to motivate yourself in learning more, and motivating yourself to have constant practice.In my experience, I need to have a good personality, where you can just entice anyone with how you deliver your speech, and making sure you are not hesitating in any manner. In my life, there were instances when I would just be negative about everything, just because I am not a good speaker, I’m bad with grammar, and I can’t even deliver good jokes. You need to have that goal in your mind that you can do it. The AIEPRO Family is always here to support you in all your endeavors towards learning the English Language. We never stop in showing all of you that we always need to win, and that we have to hold our head up high and be proud because you are studying in the best English institute. Never falter, and always prevail. That’s what I call having a winning attitude.

Sharing my views in becoming the best has given me fulfillment, not just in my mind, but also in my heart. Remind yourself every single day that, you need to be the best by, BEING CONSISTENT, THINKING BEFORE YOU SPEAK, and have a WINNING ATTITUDE. The moral here is that, you and I are all equal. Don’t just think about this just because you are obliged, or you need to. Make it your passion. Make it your future, and make it your goal. Come to think of it, if I may say, American Institute has given me more than just being consistent, or thinking before you speak, or having a winning attitude. It has given me the passion to share more knowledge. It has given me an outlook in life, and it showed me a goal that I need to be the best.

WHY SUCCESS IS SO ELUSIVE

To many, learning is a drag.  Studying is hard.  School is boring.  While I agree that there are times when the education experience becomes difficult to bear, it is still up to the individual to compel himself to make it through.  Sure, an inspiring teacher or classmate would help; but what happens when the role […]

THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR BUSINESS ENGLISH, PARTNERSHIP, AND ENTERTAINMENT

BUSINESS ENGLISH

Many people are inclined to study Business English as a necessity. It has become a necessity to many people who want to succeed in their career. It is the usage of vocabulary used in trade, business presentations, finance and international relations, negotiations, meetings, correspondence, business writing, emails and so on. An example of this is when recently graduated college students prepare themselves to enter the job market. Here in the Philippines, a great deal of preparation is needed to qualify oneself to land a job and, more so in career advancement.

According to Global English Corporation’s president Tom Kahl, “Poor Business English skills are bad for global businesses and this year’s Business English Index suggests that many companies will be hard-pressed to achieve their desired performance goals during 2012.” Last year, Global English Corporation, a US-based technology company, released the results of its annual Business English Index or BEI that assesses the capability of Business English proficiency in the workplace. Out of 76 countries, the Philippines occupied the top spot on the leading board.

The American Institute for English Proficiency (AIEP) provides this training for many professionals who wish to advance in their career or for those who want to land a job in the market. Other than Filipinos, each year, more and more students coming from different parts of the world enroll at AIEP for this course specifically. Such students are from Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Brazil, Korea, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and many others. AIEP doesn’t run out of students seeking to improve their fluency in Business English. Not only does AIEP train people from other countries but Filipinos as well. The Institute continues to train Business English to Filipino professionals such as doctors, lawyers, government officials, professors and teachers, entrepreneurs, nurses, event organizers and more.

PARTNERSHIP

Recently, many companies now require their employees to be fluent in the English language. It is useful not only in trade and management, but also for the image a company wants to uphold. Entertainment, BPO companies, food establishments, banking companies, commercial and consumer products are huge industries in the Philippines and they continue to grow bigger and bigger with more Filipinos being employed and trained. These establishments require the training of employees in big groups. One of the things they seek is communication excellence.

Since it first started in 2007, AIEP continues to earn constant recognition from both individuals and different companies in the Philippines. Because of this, many establishments collaborate and create partnership with AIEP to train their employees. AIEP provides a course suited for this kind of partnership. AIEP’s course, Communication Excellence includes the following: Critical Thinking, Conversation Fluency, Confidence Building, American Accent for Personal and Professional Development, Public Speaking, Critical Writing and Intensive Grammar. This course meets the standard of many companies based here in the Philippines. For this reason, AIEP has gained the trust and continues to have partnerships with several companies. Some of these include Jollibee, Chevron, AIG, Integra, Johnson and Johnson, L’Oreal Paris, ABS-CBN, SGS, Jesus Is Lord, University of Santo Tomas, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, St. Mary’s University, AMA University, Cavite State University, Young Entrepreneurs’-De LaSalle University, the Industrial and the Mechanical Engineering Departments at Mapua University, and the list goes on.

ENTERTAINMENT

Recently, AIEP has been teaching talents from two of the most popular TV Networks here in the Philippines—GMA and ABS-CBN. The institute paired with GMA to teach English to these talents in order for them to achieve a wider variety of roles and to improve their communication skills in front of fans and clients. It trains these talents Intonation, American Accent, Personality Development and Confidence Building and Conversation Fluency, to boost their image in the entertainment world. It has already provided training for six different groups of talents and they are continuously growing with us.