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: Middle Eastern Cuisine

Pita bread. Hummus. Kebab. Falafel. Just the sounds of these make us picture the sandy dunes of the Middle East.

The convenient thing is you don’t have to jump right off the next flight just to have a taste of Middle Eastern cuisine. Here in Baguio, you can find food hubs that give you the same taste in form of a good deal.

Ahmad Brothers Café
Pakistani, Indian food

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More often than not, when Middle Eastern food is being mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is Ahmad Brothers Café.

Ahmad Brothers Café serves authentic Middle Eastern food, plus, the staff is nice and accommodating. Aside from that, they serve halal food which means “permissible according to Islamic law”. Sold meat has undergone a process that is acceptable in accordance with the law. The processes involve pronouncing Allah’s name, slaughtering through the jugular vein (the veins found in the neck), and speaking a dedication while doing the process.

This restaurant has moved from Legarda Road to Jose Miguel Bldg., #01 Yandok St., Corner Naguillan Rd., Baguio City, open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Habibis Grill
Lebanese food

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This restaurant claims to have the “Best shawarma and kebabs in town.” and that is not just an empty claim. Owned by two Lebanese cousins who grew up in Baguio City, their passion for food and their desire to trace their roots are the reasons why their shawarma is loved by their regulars.

This restaurant has two branches, one at Ground floor Cuesta Bldg., Bonifacio St. which is open from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and the other at Travel Lite Hotel which is open 24-hours a day.

Ali’s House of Shawarma
Indian, Pakistani, and International Food

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If you’re looking for a budget friendly restaurant that gives the same fulfilling taste without breaking the bank, Ali’s is the best for you. This humble place is situated at 177 Upper Bonifacio Street, Baguio, nearby Saint Louis University Gate 4.

Ali’s House of Shawarma also serves Halal food. For only 35.00 pesos, you can enjoy a palatable warm shawarma. If you opt for rice meal, your 60.00 pesos will give you justice.

**Featured image: A beautiful display of some of the most popular Middle Eastern flavours that are good enough to eat alone. Egyptian Streets. 2014 June 5. Web. 17 July 2017. <egyptianstreets.com>.

 

Teachers’ Tips: Speaking/ Discussion

To speak a foreign language fluently — that’s every language learner’s dream. Whilst self-expression through speaking comes almost naturally to us, conveying meaning, especially in a context and a different language could make us feel like a fish out of water.

For the last part of  Teachers’ Tips, Monol teachers share what they think are efficacious ways to be a step better (or more!) in speaking and discussion. Read on:

“Organize your thoughts or ideas when talking about a certain topic.”
-Teacher Jesheamor

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Imagine this situation: You are to talk about a recurring debate, let’s say privacy vs. surveillance. Having an idea about a topic is one, but being able to properly organize these ideas and eloquently deliver main points is another thing. Whether it’s IELTS or TOEIC speaking, or even just a run-of-the-mill conversation, it is highly encouraged to organize your thoughts to make sense of your opinion. Focus on the topic and formulate subtopics. Start the discussion with introduction, body, and conclusion.

“Study with other nationalities.”
-Teacher Geralyn

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When asked about why students come here to study English, one of the most common answers is, “To talk to foreigners“. Well, the purpose could be the process at same time. Engaging in a conversation with other nationalities is consequently one of the best applications of all the hours spent inside the classroom. In Monol, there are diverse nationalities that you can make friends with – Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Arabs, Monogolian, Japanese, and of course, Filipinos.

“Share opinion with people.”
-Teacher Areya

Engaging in a healthy discussion is a good way to get exposed to different perspectives. This is one good way to practice expressing abstract ideas and emotions. In addition, it can show us the other side of the world that we haven’t seen before. With the help of organized thoughts and ideas, you might just inspire or open the mind of other people.

“Do not be preoccupied with grammar.”
-Teacher Rolando

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Accuracy or fluency? More often than not, students are well-aware of grammar technicalities and get too preoccupied with it that it affects the next 10 seconds of what could have been a chance to speak and be able to learn from a mistake, if so. People have different takes on this, but an efficient one would be: Just speak and learn in the process.

“Study vocabs and try using them in daily conversations.”
-Teacher Marria

What’s the good of learning a dozen of vocabularies a day if you’re not going to use them? Pick words that you would want to use in a day and use it while talking to at least three people. You’ll be surprised how easily you can memorize these words.

Bonus: Listen. Conversation is a two way process. Avoid communication traffic by letting other person speak without interruption.

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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/