Studying English in the Philippines VS in English speaking Countries

For this week, I will answer the question ‘Why would you like to recommend Monol language school?’ I will summarize the atmosphere of Monol School.

From my point of view, if you are planning on studying the English language course for the short term (about 1-4 months) in the Philippines, then I would recommend Monol International Education Institute.

Studying ESL in English speaking countries

First of all, the advantage of studying English in Australia, the United States, and Canada, is that they are native English speakers. In this sense, students are exposed to more ‘natural’ English complete with the accent.

Additionally, you can meet a lot of people of various nationalities aside from those from Asian countries. However, the cost of living, return flights, and the tuition fee is more expensive as compared to the rates in the Philippines.

Early classes are available but if you compare the cost, it can be difficult to expect a big change in just a short period.

Studying ESL in the Philippines

The Philippines ’ biggest advantage against these countries is the cost of learning English. First, the price for the round trip is around 250,000 won which is already a low price. When it comes to the cost of living, it is relatively cheap at around 25-300,000 won per month.

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For me, I spend around 30-400,000 won per month. If you look closely, the expenses are low. Nonetheless, classes are from morning until afternoon. Also, if you want to improve faster, you can take extra classes. Monol’s extra classes include Grammar, Working holiday, Job Interview, IELTS, and TOEIC.

Studying ESL in Baguio City                               

Baguio’s weather is different from Manila, Bacolod, and Cebu. It is cold here so I rarely feel hot. If you have a lot of worries about the Philippines, it is much better than you think. Unlike what you hear in other countries, it is fairly safe to go out at night in Baguio.

One downside I can think of is that it can get boring if you decide to study the language course for more than six months. This is because of the repetitive pattern of school life and the schedule. Also, the majority of the students are from Asian countries. However, that does not mean that you will not improve your English skills.

The teachers here speak English but it is not their native language. You may be worried that the Filipino pronunciation (for example, the P sound) is bad, but I never experienced not being able to learn English because of severe or bad accents.

Teachers here have different kinds and levels of training to improve their skills and quality of classes.

Student Hansel