Monol Launches Photo Essay Contest for Term A Students

There’s always beauty in everything. Despite the long farewell of bright sunshine, sun blocks and shades, and beach season, there are a whole lot other kind of beauty brought by ephemeral rainy season — and that beauty was captured by students

Following the Photo Essay Contest for term B students, term A’s turn to showcase their photography and writing skills has opened. Students’ photos and essays revolved around their favorite spot in Baguio City, their closest friends in Monol, and the reason they chose Monol International. Winners were announced at the End-of-term Activities held at B4 Dining Hall on July 21, 2017.

The students received certificates and cash prize for winning in the said competition.

Click on the link below to view their works:

http://mymonol.com/studentscorner/

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A Taste of Home in Baguio: Vietnamese Cuisine

“There’s no place like home.”

is a cliché for a reason. While most of us go to other country to experience new things, immerse in a different culture, or change our lives, we can’t help but miss a thing or two about our mother country, that given, is the food.

Thereupon at times when we miss the food, we somehow miss home.

But because Baguio is a pool of diverse cultures, this city also caters to international dishes. For students who miss their local food, there are some restaurants situated in this city that could somehow fill that longing heart.

To start with, here are two hubs you can run to when you crave for noodles made of sticky rice, lots of herbs, fish sauce, and dishes that tells the story of French influence and neighboring countries the second your tongue touches the food – that is Vietnamese cuisine.

Yes Pho

From their branch in Camp John Hay, this Vietnamese restaurant has moved to a more accessible location in Upper Session Road, Engineers Hill, Baguio City. Rumor has it that their customer service is excellent, their dishes are authentic, and apparently, are quite affordable.

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Yes Pho Menu. X Marks the Spot for Good Baguio Foods. 10 March 2017. Web. 10 July 2017. <findgoodbaguiofoods.com>.

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Pho Bo by Yes Pho. The Kitchen Goddess Files. Web. 10 July 2017. <thekitchengoddess.blogspot.com>.

Their best seller?  Pho Bo—- a steamy pot of noodle soup with simmered beef and vegetables seasoned with flavorful spices. Truly a Viet classic!

The Coffee Library

The Coffee Library is a rustic themed restaurant that makes you feel out of the city in the city. Aside from Pho Bo, Vietnamese coffee, which often is complemented by coconut milk is one of the goods this restaurant is proud of.

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The Coffee Library interior. Pinkislovebynix. 24 December 2016. Web. 10 July 2017. <pinkislovebynix.blogspot.com>.

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Since their opening in 2015, this café and restaurant has been gaining commendable reputation for its delish grubs. That is why earlier this year, The Coffee Library has opened another branch in San Juan, La Union.

Pop by The Coffee Library located at Rex Hall Building, Upper Bonifacio Road, Baguio City. Open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

**featured image: Vietnamese Cuisine. Ngoc Long. 3 December 2015. Web. 10 July 2017. <ngoclongfood.com>.

5 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Monol

Letting loose after long hours of studying or working is necessary for a balanced living. Here in Monol, students have the option to go out after class until 9 pm (except if student has penalty, oops!). However, with Baguio’s rainy season, going out is quite a bit of a hassle for students. Fortunately, “Live and Learn” resonates what we live up to that is why even if you stay just inside the academy, there are a lot of fun activities that you could enjoy:

  1. Sit and Talk in the Sauna

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Going to sauna especially during this season would be one of the best resorts to warm your body up. Aside from recreational and social, there are other innumerable benefits of going to this heat room–it relaxes muscles, flushes toxins, clears skins, induces deeper sleep, and even burn calories! There are separate saunas for men and women situated at B5 sandwiching the cafe counter. Open every day.

  1. Go for the Game Ball

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Are you the sporty type? You can tag your friends along to play billiards or table tennis! Located at the rooftop, students are allowed to play here from 5 pm onwards to avoid disruption of classes.

  1. Hit the Gym

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If your daily routine revolves around sitting in class for hours, going to the dining hall and taking rest in your room for the remainder time, this season might be a good opportunity to break the vapid routine. The Physical Activity Guidelines recommend doing an average of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activities per week. This means exercising for about 30 mins per day for five days. Worried about which exercises are suitable for you? Don’t fret because we have friendly gym instructors who can guide your way to fitness.
Monol gym is open from 6 am to 12 midnight. Here is the schedule for fitness classes:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 
Wrestling       5pm-6pm
Jiujitsu            7pm-8pm

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Muay Thai      5pm-6pm
Boxing             7pm-8pm

  1. Yoga Yonder

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Feeling stressed? Relax, take a deep breath, and release your stress.  Free your mind and be physically active at the same time inside these four corners. Yoga class starts from 7pm to 9pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but the yoga room is open every day if you wish not to join yoga class. Pilates class is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm-9pm.

  1. Catch up at the Cafe

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Rain or shine, going to a cafe is just a perfect fit for a chit chat and even ‘studying’. Visit the cafe just outside B5, get yourself a warm cup of beverage, and the view overlooking the lush mountains covered with fog and mist will take care of the rest. This cafe is open from 9 am to 7 pm.

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View deck at 6:00 pm

On a regular day, students can also enjoy basketball and badminton at the open court. Don’t hesitate to ask for sports equipment from MSD. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Teachers’ Tips: PRONUNCIATION

Producing sound and actually being able to say a word perfectly is a real challenge for most non-native speakers. It is understandable that some syllables and sounds don’t exist in our native tongue and that’s completely normal. However, when it comes to speaking English, we should, or must be able to enunciate the words and phrases clearly to sound like a native speaker (or at least neutral) and most especially, to be understood.

It goes without saying that practice, practice, practice is the key to success, but going an extra mile would induce more positive results. These are some exercises you can add:

“Try to record your voice then compare with your dictionary.”
-Teacher Ana

The most tried and true source of information regarding this matter would be a dictionary. Check out the right pronunciation of the word and compare it with yours. Repeat until you sound quite parallel.

“Try tongue twisters to stretch your tongue”
-Teacher Alejandro

Getting used to babbling tongue twisters such as those above are a great way to get your tongue used to different positions that are required to produce certain sounds such as the most dreaded “r” sound. Furthermore, it also accustoms the oral muscles to speed used in transitioning from one sound to another as in from “L” to “R” in the word “already”.

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“Watch English movies and imitate”
-Teacher Geralyn

Watching movies (and or series) gives us clue on how to actually utter the words, intonation, and stress. Some common expressions are being spoken in movies and it could help a lot to try to mimic the way native speakers converse.

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“Sing English songs especially songs with blending.”
-Teacher Ana

People love music whether or not they can sing or not. Singing English songs can help you practice blending and pronunciation. Plus, you can sing in karaoke to practice!

“Don’t be afraid to ask about the right pronunciation.”
-Teacher Areya

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The IPA Symbols. IPA Paradise. Web. 11 June 2017. <ipa-paradise.weebly.com>

Last, but not the least, don’t be afraid to ask! Asking for the right pronunciation is better than wondering and being hesitant to speak of the word.

Bonus: Familiarize yourself with the International Phonetic Alphabet or the IPA symbols. This comes in handy!

 

**featured image: Pronunciation. Fluent U. Web. 11 June 2017. <http://www.fluentu.com&gt;.

Teachers’ Tips: WRITING

Writing is like a double-edged sword – it could be both advantageous and disadvantageous at the same time. Unlike speaking, writing could be reviewed and edited as long as you have enough time. However, talking about the latter, published work is irreversible be it printed or digital.

That’s why it is crucial to be detail-oriented in writing. The process wouldn’t be an overnight success – it is a combination of different factors and habits that leads to development of this skill. Here are five tips from our teachers that would help you along the way:

“Picture the flow of your piece.”
– Teacher Rolando

To make a clear map of your piece, it would help to be specific with your topic, determine the scope of your essay and discern the purpose of writing your piece. Start with tailoring the three important parts: introduction, body, and conclusion.

“Study basic grammar rules first before complex grammar rules/ structures.”
Teacher Jesheamor

Grammar, as Merriam-Webster dictionary suggests, is “the set of rules that explain how words are used in a language”.  Sure, there a lot of rules and exceptions in studying a language, that is the point why it is important to start with the basics alongside with simple sentences to complex ones. Familiarize yourself with the figures of speech, subject verb agreement, clauses and phrases, punctuation rules and many more. Check out http://www.grammarbook.com for helpful and comprehensible explanations.

“List down 5-10 new words everyday.”
-Teacher Geralyn

There are may words that could describe a single event and as soon as you expand your vocabulary, the more specific and clearer your sentences would be. Writing 5-10 words everyday is a good start when developing your skill. Review the words you have learned in class and try to use them in a sentence till you master their usage.

“Read different kinds of articles.”
-Teacher Rolando

Writing style is the product of your own imagination plus all those you have read. Developing one’s personal writing style involves taking into account the voice of other writers. Reading different kinds of articles can also help you be familiarized with sentence structures, vocabulary, and word usage.

“Keep a journal.”
– Teacher Areya

The daily writing practice serves as a whetstone to enhance writing skills. Few months or years upon writing consistently, you could go back to the earlier dates and “evaluate” how much you have improved. Start by writing about your day and try to be as descriptive as you can. Remember: Practice, practice, practice.

Bonus:

“Join writing contest.”
– Teacher Ana

Joining writing contest or any other contests for that matter is not only about winning. Of course, winning would be the best thing after putting your masterpiece out there, but there are other ways that joining a contest is beneficial. It is a good way to test your ideas, challenge yourself, and show your talent.

Have you heard of the Photo Essay Contest? Monol International Education Institute encourages students to participate in the said competition held per batch.
Challenge yourself!

**featured image from https://www.careermetis.com/increase-writing-efficiency/

Teachers’ Tips: LISTENING

What?
Can you please say it again?
Sorry, I wasn’t able to catch that.

Sounds familiar?

Listening takes a lot of effort than it appears especially for language learners. It is not only about hearing what another person is saying, it’s more about processing the sound transmitted from a medium to our brains. Making sense of what you have heard is a challenge especially when you’re unfamiliar with the words uttered to you. In addition, there exists numerous accents all over the world which means different pronunciations and diction.

This is why we compiled some helpful tips straight from the people who knows best when it comes to this facet — teachers. And here’s what they’ve got to say:

“Listen to English songs and try to write their lyrics.”
-Teacher Jesheamor

There are countless genres that would suit each and every person in the world. Pick one that interests you and try to play it, pause, and scribe. Repeat the process and check your performance by searching for the lyrics on the internet.

“Record class activities.”
-Teacher Tom

Here’s the thing: when you are in class, you probably can’t turn your 100% attention on what the teacher is telling you maybe because of some external factors or because you are multitasking- – writing, listening, and even talking at the same time. The good thing about this strategy is, you can replay the audio during your self study time and be able to focus on the content in your own sweet time.

“Have a list of words to listen to.”
-Teacher Tom

Having a list of words could help in expanding your vocabulary, therefore training your mind to be accustomed to the words that you don’t usually hear around you. Familiarity is the key.

“Engage in meaningful conversation with your friends.”
-Teacher Areya

Engaging in a meaningful conversation with your friends is a viable way to develop listening skills. The more diverse your circle is, the better chances of being accustomed to different accents and speech rate.

“Watch English movies.”
-Teacher Geralyn

This is probably the most entertaining way of practicing your listening skill. Watching a movie is like being in the real situation, seeing gestures, lip movements, and all the possible real-life situation all in a screen. Plus, you can take home a lot of practical expressions!

*featured image from https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

The Cafe You Should Probably Visit Today

Eat. Study. Talk. These are the things that most students do at a café after class hours or on weekends. Luckily for us, there is café in Baguio that has just changed the game. By game, we mean literally.

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Raduno Café and Resto offers almost all other cafes has to offer — good food, relaxing ambiance, and good service — plus one. They also incorporate desk games such as Jenga, chess and card games that you can enjoy alongside the food and a good company. Apart from these, the menu’s price range is quite affordable and the serving size would surely fill you up. So if you’re burnt out after class and wants to break free, luck is on your side ’cause you just found the right place to secure study-life balance.

Raduno Café and Resto is located at 2nd Floor Lachica Bldg. #111, Jungletown Rd, Baguio City. This café opens at 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, right in time for Monol’s curfew.