Closed for Eid Al-Ahda 2017

In observance of the Eid Al-Ahda 2017, we are closed on September 1, 2017, Friday.  Our regular operation resumes on September 2, 2017, Saturday for both Makati and Quezon City.

GROUP CLASS SCHEDULES
Makati City                                  Quezon City
9am-11am CWIG
9am-1pm CX/BEP
2pm-4pm CWIG                              2pm-4pm CWIG
2pm-6pm CX                                    2pm-6pm CX

PRIVATE CLASS SCHEDULES (for both Makati City and Quezon City)
9am-11am; 11am-1pm; 2pm-4pm; 4pm-6pm

For inquiries, please contact our admin support at 0917-893-1566 or 0917-841-2437.  You may also send us an email at inquiry@aiepro.org.

Thank you.

 

Closed for Enhancement

The American Institute for English Proficiency is closed on August 2, 2017, Wednesday at both branches in Makati City and Quezon City.  We are in the process of enhancement to serve you better and ensure quality English training for our clients.

Our regular operations and classes resumes on August 3, 2017, Thursday, at 11:00 am.

If you have further questions, you may contact our admin support at 0917-701-9520 and  0917-701-5485.  You may also send us an email at inquiry@aiepro.org.   Thank you and have a great day.

An Inspiring Student: Abdullah Ali

12376639_200749916981649_3815104716928077394_nIn schools, students come and go, and many of them usually come back. Some even leave a big mark on the teachers that would make them miss the students so. Commonly, it’s about his personality or how the student developed throughout his course in the school. One that I would never forget is Abdullah Ali. He is a young gentleman from Yemen who went to the Philippines with the intent to study and improve his English communication skills. Although he is not the first Yemeni we who has enrolled in the American Institute for English Proficiency, Abdullah will always be remembered for how he carried himself inside and outside the classroom.

One of the many traits that many find inspiring about him is his persevering nature. Abdullah came to AIEP with a very strong Arabic accent, and he seemed to be having problems in sentence construction. Having mentioned all of those things and then some, he pushed on and learned from all the mistakes and errors he committed when he expressed himself in English. By doing so, he eventually became one of the best students I’ve ever handled.

Another thing to note about Abdullah is the discipline he showed when he studied at AIEP. One of the many challenges that students face in earning a foreign language is that they have the tendency to talk in their mother tongue with other students outside the school. In addition, they also pull other students into following suit so that it’s easier for them to communicate. Even though this was happening all around him, Abdullah never took his studies in the Philippines lightly and showed great self-control that every student noticed, and they admired him for that.12801559_200748920315082_1442427983368974760_n

Next, he was very curious. He asked a lot of questions and learned a lot from the Philippines and the different cultures of other students from other countries simply because he found how the way things are fascinating. This allowed him to broaden his mind and be open to all kinds of things without having to let go his original values and even adding some new ones. Other students perceived him as adventurous and even well versed in foreign cultures because he took the time to know each one carefully.

Lastly, he was funny. Even though he was very strict with himself in learning English, he always had the time to laugh with his classmates, and make them laugh most of the time. He was definitely one of the funniest ones I’ve had in this school, and a lot of students and specialists appreciated him for that.

I actually encourage a lot of students to be like him because he was one of the many students who finished their course in the American Institute for English Proficiency satisfied, happy, and became really well in communicating in English. Better than most of his peer. Last thing he expressed to me when he left was that he couldn’t wait to share his experiences and  show everyone how good he is now at speaking English.

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An INSPIRING Student That You Should Be ASPIRING to Be Like: Marlou Ruiz

At the American Institute for English Proficiency, we have had thousands of students come and go.  A lot of them have gone on to better themselves as a result of their studies at AIEP.  Some have been able to get a visa to work or study abroad.  Others have learned enough English to score a well-off romantic partner in a foreign country.  And still others have improved their English to the point where they can hold down an English speaking job.

In fact, when discussing that latter achievement, one student in particular comes to mind: A Filipino named Marlou Ruiz.  

Marlou came to AIEP in 2015.  I remember on his first days, his English was only somewhat intelligible.  When he spoke in class, he was usually quite nervous and had great difficulty expressing himself.  A single sentence could sometimes take minutes to be communicated.  It would be riddled with fillers and revisions.  His grammar and syntax were often all over the place.   If I may put things rather frankly: Marlou’s English was a complete mess!

However, by enrolling in courses to improve his English, Marlou had already taken the first step to getting on the track to English proficiency.  As his classes went on, Marlou started to become more familiar with an English-speaking environment, and he seemed quite determined to resist any temptations to remain shy.  He often did not sit idly by when the opportunity to volunteer in class came up.  He was firmly determined to learn how to swim just by plunging into the water and figuring it out.  Gradually yet steadily, his English started to improve considerably.

Yet Marlou’s progress during class time is only one part of the story.  I often tell my students that becoming proficient in English is not something that you can simply achieve through “osmosis”.  This means that you cannot just hope to gain the English skills necessary to succeed in life just by coming to class at AIEP for two to four hours a day and listening and speaking to students and teachers.  Obtaining English proficiency also means that you must be willing to put in a lot of your own time outside of class, too.  You must take every chance to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English as much as you can.

This is one of the big secrets to Marlou’s success.  Although he did not usually attend classes at AIEP until late in the afternoon, he would come to Makati early each morning and spend time at the park, or in convenience stores and coffee shops, sitting and studying English.  He was really a very proactive English student.

His hard eventually paid off.  After several months of classes at AIEP, Marlou was eventually able to get a job at one of the top call centers in Makati!

This story about Marlou is a great example how if you are willing to put in a lot of hard work, you can achieve the skills and the knowhow that you need!

 

 

JULIA BORISENKO TESTIMONIAL FOR AIEP

I have never thought that it was possible to learn in a pleasant environment, in an interesting company, without cramming. And most importantly, I have tried many times to learn English before in other school’s courses and lessons with many other teachers.  Nothing worked.  I knew a lot of words, but could not say anything, not until I took an English class at the American Institute for English Proficiency, Makati branch in the Philippines.

Once upon a time, foreign language was known only to the intelligent and rich people.  But that time is far in the past.  Now, English is necessary for almost everyone.  And for some people, English language course is the only way to mingle with people, and get a good, high- paying position.  English has become a means of international communication.  This confirms at least that the first question asked by a person in a foreign country: Do you speak English?

Many people who can speak English, often take more courses, which help them to maintain communication within the office and professional environment.  Furthermore, knowing English, you can travel freely and be fully confident in yourself and your security.  It certainly will help you to meet new friends, and chatting with them will not be a problem anymore, since you do not have to rely on hand gestures to get your message across.

I really enjoyed learning English at the American Institute of English Proficiency.  I liked the CX course, which allows you to learn language through the live communication on interesting topics with nice people from different countries.  I always admired the skill of the teachers, especially on their ability  to form groups and assign roles.  Every time I was there, it was done so well.  I think that there is no other method you can learn English so quickly.  If you ever wanted to improve your English quickly, here are some reasons you must learn English at AIEP: live communication on interesting topics, the teachers are very good and friendly, and there is a pleasant atmosphere in class.

Speaking English can be complicated and take a lot of time.  We can see that it is very valuable to speak in English because can create a lot of opportunities. The American Institute for English Proficiency helped me a lot, to speak freely and confidently with people from all over the world and to make new friends.  My English is much better now.  Thank you.

 

INTERVIEW STRATEGIES – IMPRESS, BE HIRED, AND BE PROMOTED

I was a staffing manager for two years in Las Vegas with a company called Benchmark, a subsidiary of Robert Half International, which was once again named to FORTUNE® magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, ranking #1 in the industry on March 1, 2015.  In those two years, I interviewed at least 2,000 individuals and placed many of them in different companies.

One of the most important things I learned as an interviewer was how to properly match a candidate with a particular company since there were many kinds of individuals seeking different positions, and there were many kinds of companies, each seeking different kinds of employees as well.  While many failed miserably because they were either unprepared or not competitive enough, there were a few that would make you want to call a corporate client right away and tell them all about this new great candidate you have.  I have placed individuals from assembly line positions to executive positions.

I came to the Philippines about 10 years ago, and I have co-founded the American Institute for English Proficiency with my friend and business partner, Paulo Magbuhos, whom I met at a call center we both worked at.  I first came for a visit, but I decided to stay a little longer, and when I went to apply at the call center, even with no call center experience, I was hired as a team manager.

After five weeks at the call center in their training program, I decided that I would instead build my own business, and since then, I have also interviewed many teachers who wanted to be a part of the company.  Furthermore, we started working with potential call center agents, recruiting and training them for the BPO industry.  We have interviewed thousands, and we’ve placed many of them at Convergys, Hinduja, VXI, and other call centers.

So why do many people fail to pass the interview and get hired?  Why, after having gone through high school and college, do we still lack interviewing skills?  Generally, most of those I interviewed failed because of appearance, intelligence, and skill.  Of course, there are other specific reasons why others failed, but generally speaking, most interviewers concentrate on these things first.  These words can be very ambiguous, so let’s look at them one by one as they could mean many different things to different people.

 

Interview Skills at the American Institute for English Proficiency, Makati and Quezon City, Philippines

Appearance

The way you look says a lot about you.  As soon as your interviewer sees you, they are already making an impression on you, and most studies suggest that hiring managers know right away whether they like someone or not based on the person’s appearance.  Though it would certainly help to be goodlooking, pretty, hot, gorgeous, sexy, handsome, or beautiful, it doesn’t mean that if you don’t have the artistahin look, you will have a hard time finding a job.  It simply means that you should look neat and clean, which tells your interviewer that you’re the kind of person who takes care of himself and would care enough to look good, which could also mean that you care enough about details.

When your hair is clean-cut, your clothes are pressed, your nails are clean, you smell good, and you have a bright smile with a pleasant face, the interviewer will judge you more favorably.  If you are sloppy, sweaty, untidy, and smelly, you are putting off the interviewer.  It wouldn’t hurt to be in shape as well, but as long as you look healthy and polished, you are on the right track.

Intelligence

When we’re talking about intelligence, we are not talking about rocket scientists or Albert Einstein.  We are also not talking about how much information you know.  Intelligence can mean many things, and to most interviewers in the corporate workplace, it means critical thinking, your ability to analyze or problem solve.  Hiring managers nowadays complain about the quality of college graduates because they lack this one very important skill.  Most graduates may have the knowledge of their respective field, but what distinguishes a more hire-able graduate from the one who is not hire-worthy is that the former can think, synthesize, assess, determine, and recommend, whereas the latter merely recites or regurgitates data.  Simply put, the critical thinker can work through complex ideas and situations, and the non-critical thinker would find it difficult to work through difficluties.

Skill

Looking smart and being smart are just halfway there.  You must have the goods to prove your worth as well.  The skill you have should not only be specific to the job you want; you must also consider how well you do it.  For example, if you are going to be a web designer, how skillful are you really?  Are you a beginner, intermediate, or at the expert level?  Competition is stiff, so knowing how to web design is not enough.  You must be better than the others who also want the same job.

Are you constantly updating your skills?  Do you know the difference among good, great, and excellent?  Do you know what mastery means?  If you are just beginning your career, are you better than those who are also just beginning their career?  Or are you the same?  Other than the specific skill for your job, you should also possess one soft skill that is very important: communication skills.  How well do you express your ideas?  How’s your English?  As you already know, most employers are looking for those who are able to communicate effectively with international clients.

To summarize, interviewing doesn’t have to be a painful experience.  It becomes excruciating only when you are not prepared, and mediocrity has become your best friend.  You do not need to fear the interviewer when you look good, you think well, and you do well.  To achieve that, you must constantly upgrade your appearance, intelligence, and skill.  At the American Institute for English Proficiency, we can help guide you to your dream job or career goals.  We can start with your English and communication skills.

In my next post, I will be writing about strategies on how to answer questions like

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why should we not hire you?
  • Tell me a time when you failed.
  • Give us an example of an achievement.
  • What questions do you have?