Required items before coming to MONOL

Written by: Zoe (Essential Intermediate ESL student)

Today, I want to share about what to prepare before coming to the Philippines.

I chose this topic because even though Monol gave me a list of items, I searched for more information about this when I was preparing to go to the Philippines.

This is the second time for me to visit Baguio City. I visited Baguio when I was a middle school student, so I was better than other students in preparing what to bring. 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