How to Effectively Incorporate Social Media into Learning a Language

Multiple sites, blogs, and even teachers here in Monol International Education Institute would tell you the same thing in different words about learning a language: EXPOSE YOURSELF TO THE TARGET LANGUAGE.

This is an intimate and direct interaction that enables us to receive and deliver information, a similar way we learn our mother tongue and being able to communicate even before attending school. With the advent of modern technology and the internet, language exposure has become more accessible and effortless. In that event, we listed some apps and sites that you can use for a more effective “live and learn” experience.

  1. YouTube Channels

English with Lucy

Lucy is an English teacher based in United Kingdom. She teaches various types of lessons from pronunciation and idioms to grammar. It is a plus that her voice is soothing, making the words sound clear and comprehensible. This youtuber apparently uses British English, but no worries because she differentiates British English from American English especially when it comes to pronunciation.


TED is a non-profit organization that aims to spread ideas through short, but powerful talks that tackle the best ideas from TED Conferences all over the world. Icons, geniuses, and mavericks share their ideas in less than 18 minutes. This channel is one of the best sources of inspiration and insights about certain topics especially when you are into public speaking and developing listening skills.

  1. Mobile Application

HelloTalk Learn Languages

Using HelloTalk is like hitting two (or more) birds in one stone.

HelloTalk is the first global language and culture exchange community that connects you with native speakers of other languages. Users of this app are very willing to teach their native language and be taught in return.

This app features more than 100 languages and matches you to the native speakers whom you can interact with depending on your target language and level. It has inbuilt translator, grammar correction, text to voice, and voice recognition to improve your writing/speaking skills.

  1. Instagram

Instagram is one of the most acknowledged applications all over the world when it comes to audience involvement and interaction. If you have this app, you might have been bombarded with selfies, food snaps, and all other things under the sun. Fortunately, there are a few  accounts that you could follow to learn some expressions and vocabulary. Three of these are @english_vocabulary@bbclearningenglish, and @grammar_tips that post just what matter— vocabulary, expressions, grammar lessons, and sample sentence.

And oh, don’t forget to follow our very own Instagram account, @baguio_monol for more!

Winners of first Photo Essay contest in Monol announced

During the past month, Monol launched its very first Photo Essay contest in the academy to give a little spice to the usual essay writing contest regularly organized. For the said competition, seven winners were named and although the weather in Baguio is mostly rainy and cloudy, the winners’ entries talked about their fun experiences and adventures at the beach and other tourist destinations in the Philippines, which are considered to be the must-see places during the summer season.  Continue reading

Learning the subject: Reading (Regular ESL)

Reading is a man-to-man class and is one of the five core subjects of the Regular ESL course of Monol. It is facilitated for one hour and focuses on honing the students’ comprehension through varying reading activities.

Unlike any other classes in Monol, the Reading class is the only subject in Regular ESL that gives students homework even before the beginning of the formal class. The homework entails reading the first unit’s passage in advance, answering the questions in Comprehension Task (which comes next after the reading passage) and filling the notepad with entries that will be useful for the oral summary of the student the next day. The output of the student’s homework shall, then, be checked and discussed with the teacher as they go along the lesson. Continue reading

Learning the Subject: Pronunciation (Regular ESL)

The Pronunciation class is one of the five core subjects of the Regular ESL course of Monol. The subject is facilitated in a group class for one hour. In this subject, students learn about the correct articulation of words by getting to know proper sounding, stress, and syllabication. The class is full of drills and exercises, which start from simple lists of words and phrases to complex sentences and tongue-twisting paragraphs. Continue reading

Behind the scenes: Curriculum Development and Evaluation Department

The bell would ring twice in an hour. One would signal the end of classes, and the other would be to mark the start. After a seemingly short break of 10 minutes, you’d see students clutching their bags, books, and tumblers, rushing towards the elevator or running up and down the steps to their next class, while their teachers would be calmly waiting by their classroom doors. The second time the bell rings, you’d hear the chorus of flurrying footsteps followed by doors that close one by one almost like the climax of a musical ensemble. And as sudden as the crescendo reached its peak, the hallways would, then, be engulfed in silence in the next 50 minutes. Continue reading