Hassan Alharthi

I have enjoyed learning at the American Institute for English Profiency at the Makati branch in the Philippines.  First, I learned (and understood as the course went on) how to interact with other classmates using English.  I learned how to have more confidence in myself, I have improved my writing skills, and I am continuing to build on my social skills.

The bridge project module is what I liked the most because it had me realize how important a group project is and how one person makes a difference in a group, especially when you have good English and effective communication skills.  Writing about my personal goals and reflective essay made me see how much I have improved in my writing and learning.  Most of all, the classes helped me learn more about the ethics, diversity, critical thinking, and of course, communication skills that we will need in life.

In a overall perspective of the class, I learned a lot not only the things we learned about English but also more about myself, which will guide me to do better things in my future.  In addition, meeting new people in the class was a good experience because I found new close friends.  I got to know my classmates better each class meetings, and the mentor sessions were a good time to focus more on the assignment and to speak more about our opinions about the topic I was assigned that day.  The background of each of my classmates made me know more about each person, and it helped me to learn how to interact with others who come from different backgrounds.

Also, I learned how to think deeper and how to think more critically. I have learned to not take things at face value, to do my own research, and even though I am not yet able to do it, I am trying to not let my own opinions taint what reality actually is.  My English class has been a good learning experience for me. I had problems in English classes in the past mainly due to my poor writing.  This class has taught me how to write proper English papers.  I have improved my writing significantly but I still have some work to do.  Thank you American Institute for English Proficiency.