The nature of studying abroad is not the same in any part of the world. In essence, students who travel to a different country to pursue education have to inevitably seek their means of comfort and recreation, and in general, have to fend for themselves. On the other hand, there are some institutions that deviate from the customary way of accommodating students by incorporating services and perks that are especially beneficial to those living in a new environment. This is typically applied in language schools in the Philippines.
It was, then, in the 90’s when studying English in the Philippines became the bandwagon for non-native speakers from East Asia. Basically, many of these tourists, who eventually became students, found cheap trade in education in the Philippines because studying went hand-in-hand with leisure and travel. Majority of its people can naturally communicate with English as well. Nevertheless, the principal advantage of the Philippines over the other nations offering language courses centered on the overall design of each student’s program, which did not only encompass academics but was also inclusive of various services and means of recreation.
Academies offering language courses in the Philippines, or simply called ESL schools, have, thus, given a whole new light to studying abroad. They created a system and management that make all the basic necessities of students available within the walls of the institutions. The direct management of academies to these services proved to be favorable to aspiring students since it primarily aimed to guarantee convenience and comfort during their stay in the country. As such, it has become a custom for these institutions to accommodate students in a worry-free environment with basic services included and more.
True enough, while the trend of studying abroad for English continues, the requirement of students for choosing the right country for this purpose evolved. Apparently, the ESL schools in the Philippines relieve all kinds of tasks that most students need to take care of in other countries. Consequently, students had more time to devote to their learning – a setup that matches the ideal environment for studying a language.
Up to this day, people from all over Asia still seek English courses in the Philippines until eventually, students from Europe and the Middle East have also started noticing the country as one of the premier locations for studying English.
Not too far from when the roots of ESL academies were planted in the Philippines during the 90’s, Baguio City also became one of the hotspots for learning English just before welcoming the new millennium. Naturally, because of its academically-conducive environment, this mountain city made a widespread impact to those who seek the right ambience for efficient learning.
As an established language school in Baguio City, Monol recognizes the inherent need among non-native speakers of English to enhance their skills using the language. Because of this, it transcends the standards of what ESL schools offer to students and more. It prioritizes the development of its academic materials, the quality of the services it provides, and the safety and security of its students. And true to what the Philippines commits to offer to its visitors, Monol has further established more opportunities for students to achieve a balanced and enriched learning experience through diverse activities.
Indeed, as Monol journeys through the coming years, it shall commit to inspire its students to be globally competitive, while continuing to ensure each one of them will live a life in the Philippines securely and at its fullest.
Monol offers various courses and programs that cater to academic and professional needs of its students. From General ESL to Post ESL courses, the academy provides seven courses, which are supported by 226 course materials with culturally adaptive frameworks and specific teaching methodologies.
To further sustain the courses it offers, Monol strengthens the foundation and capacity of each educator to properly facilitate each class by providing extensive teacher trainings.
The English Only Policy (EOP) of Monol is enforced to both students and employees to create an environment that is conducive to comfortably communicating in English. Staff and teachers join forces in patrolling the academy halls and classrooms to ensure that everybody is complying with this regulation.
On the other hand, non-compliance to the academy’s EOP is a heavy offense to students and employees. Naturally, it is one of the strictly implemented regulations within the academy’s premises to complement the curriculums offered.
Various activities inside and outside of the academy are regularly organized at Monol. Contests and parties are arranged monthly; extra-curricular programs for fitness and sports, like yoga and golf are offered for free; and trips to different places in and around Baguio are planned weekly as part of the students’ lives.
At the same time, students are given venues for community involvement through outreach programs in orphanages and day care centers, exchange programs in local high schools, tree-planting at watershed areas, and clean-up drives in the neighborhood.
Facilities and services at Monol are always maintained at its best to guarantee students a convenient and comfortable stay while they are learning. Internet access points are installed all over the building and recreational facilities are open to everyone.
Also, dormitory amenities are provided, meals are served with healthy proportions, and services like room cleaning and laundry service are offered – all for free, to relieve the students the task of doing it themselves.
Apart from providing facilities for comfort, Monol has equipped its campus and employees with various measures to ensure that every student is living safely and securely. The academy is certified fire-safe and protected with its trained security personnel. A reliable generator is on standby 24/7 in case of power outages and the students are attended to by professional nurses at its clinic.