Thursday, October 25, 2012

What to Expect When You Enroll at ACE


If you look at your reflection in the mirror and you see some dirt on your face, what should you do?

A. get angry, refuse to acknowledge that your face is dirty and walk away
B. clean your face

Any person in his right mind would choose B.

The fact
Sadly, some students get upset when their mistakes are corrected  by their teachers. Many students say that they know a lot of grammar rules, vocabulary items, expressions, etc.  Oh yes, we know that you know rules. If we didn't, we wouldn't expect you to use them properly, would we?  But, can you use them? If you just know them in  your mind but you can't use them properly when you speak, then you really don't know them.You may know a lot of grammar rules and thousands of words, but if you instinctively say He don't instead of He doesn't, or if you impulsively say I'm very interest your book instead of I am very interested in your book, then you are a beginner. Or, your sentence may be grammatically correct and logical, but if you look at the ceiling and  blink and blink for three  minutes before you can put what you want to say into words, then you are also a beginner. You just know the rules and words in theory, but not in practice. 

The same can be said when it comes to pronunciation. You may know all the phonetics, but if you say inhormatiom instead of information, or  dericious hood instead of  delicious food, then you don't know anything about pronunciation at all. We don't assess your English level by how many words or grammar rules or sound symbols you know.We gauge you by how well you put your knowledge into practice. 

It may sound and feel  harsh in the beginning because maybe, in the school you attended before coming to ACE, you were always told how good you were, or how excellent your pronunciation was. Well, at ACE, we don't tickle your ears. We tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. Do you want us to tell you that you really are good even when you truly are not? Do you want us to tell you how excellent your pronunciation is even when it's not? In other words, do you want to spend your money, time and effort without really learning anything, without improving? Do you want us to make you believe lies? 

Of course, when you have always believed that you're good and suddenly, your teacher points out your mistakes, you may feel bad. But please don't forget that effective medicine tastes awful.

If you want to be a weightlifter, you go to the gym, and the instructor tells you that you need to lift weights to have more toned muscles. You know that by doing so, you'll have muscle pains, and this can really get inconvenient. But, you also know that the more you lift weights, the more you get used to it until finally, weightlifting becomes an easy thing and you will eventually develop thicker, bigger, stronger and toned muscles.

In the same manner, when you are learning English, don't expect to learn all you have to learn at once. Learning anything is a process. But along the process, expect to encounter some difficulties. When your teacher guides you through all these difficulties, don't get upset. If your teacher doesn't help you, who will? 

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

5 advantages of studying at ACERS



First, we have a systematic and scientific curriculum which is flexible and thus can be customized depending on the English level and purpose of the student.

Second, we have teachers here whose teaching skills have been tried, tested and proven to be effective through the years.They can teach anything to anybody. Just check their TOEIC scores, and I need not explain why.  (I am taking the TOEIC exam in December, by the way.^^)

(The school owner teaching a student using the Integrated Method) 

Third, the owners of this school did not just wake up one day and suddenly decided to set up a school. So, the immediate target of this school is to give quality English education to Japanese nationals and in the long run, improve the image of the Philippines in the world. You see, not even our closest Asian neighbors know that English is our second language here, nor do they know that we teach English here.

Fourth, we have a support class. My Japanese staff, an MBA student whose TOEIC score  is 930, gives free English grammar lessons in Japanese.  The students can thus freely ask  him questions about English grammar, and, the staff can explain the grammar rules to them in a language which they all understand.

Fifth, we strictly implement the English only policy. Even helpers speak English. This is good because the students feel that the atmosphere is really an English atmosphere.

If students stay in a place where other languages other than English are spoken, they will lose their motivation to study English. If these students study and speak English only during their classes, which lasts only 50 minutes each, they can't improve well.

In ACE, when students interact with other students and with their teachers in English, they put into practice what they learn. They use the expressions, vocabulary and grammar points they learn during classes in a natural and actual setting.

These, above all other things are some of the reasons why choosing ACE WORLD to be your partner in your English journey is one of the best decisions you will ever make.

Why not make that reservation now and check if we are what we claim we are? 

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