American Institute for English Profiency, Makati and Quezon City, Philippines

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

Most people want to improve their communication skills, especially English.  But there are many different opinions on the best way to achieve this.  Some people say through academics.  Some say practical application.  Others say an environment where everyone is encouraged to learn and improve.  What better place to get all these than at the American Institute for English Proficiency.  Here, students are inspired by Specialists.  Most have been to or lived in North America.  Not only do students learn the different rules in English, they also get to apply what they learned through different activities like public speaking and conversations.  There are also numerous social events.  An actual social setting is a great way to practice your English, right?  So yes, you can improve your English academically, through practical application, and choosing an environment that encourages learning.  At AIEP, it is also about the culture.  English is our culture.

Let’s talk about culture for a moment.  One of the many reasons why Filipinos do not speak English well is that they lack the culture.  In other words, they do not have a lifestyle of speaking English.  At home, they speak their native language or dialect such as Filipino or Tagalog, Cebuano, Visayan, or Ilocano.  When they go to school or work, they speak in their native tongue again with their colleagues or classmates.  And when they go home, they are back to using English with their family. Simply put, there isn’t enough opportunity for Filipinos to practice their English.  In fact, as soon as they get home, they would rather watch Filipino programming.  There are a few lucky ones who are always interacting with others in English, such as in the call center or in a multinational firm that deals with clients from all over the world.

At the American Institute for English Proficiency, learning is not just in the classroom.  We provide opportunities for students to mingle in social events such as trips, parties, hang outs, and a lot more.  In fact, some of our students have become best friends, so they always encourage each other to speak in English.  If you can’t enroll at the American Institute yet, make sure that you find a network where you can build a culture and lifestyle of speaking English.

  • carey besinga

    When you are in your English course, always be prepared for your class. Do your homework as soon as possible and hand it in on time. Review your notes and your last lesson a few minutes before the class. Doing this will refresh your memory, and you’ll be warmed up for lesson.

    Don’t get distracted in class. Focus on the lesson, and don’t stare out of the window. Don’t be late. Arrive a few minutes before the start of the lesson. Don’t sit next to people who won’t speak to you in English. Switch off your phone. Be organized, and remember to take your textbook, notebook, and pen.

  • Icey Justalero

    Another way of improving your English skills is by immersing yourself in activities, games, and materials that are specially designed for that purpose. For instance, you can join a book review club, or a writer’s club, watch or listen to spoken word poetry, play games like Scrabble or TaleCraft, even read reference books like Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder. These are fun, interactive, and they pique your curiosity, so at times it won’t even feel like you’re studying or learning a different language like English.

    • Wyn Inocentes-Aiep

      You are right @iceyjustalero:disqus. Activities are helpful in practicing ideas that you already know.

    • Reggie Meriales Aiep

      This TaleCraft thing is something I really need to look into. You’ve told me about this but I always keep forgetting. This week I’ll check it out and maybe buy a set for myself 🙂

  • Rhianne

    I used to to watch videos before which teaching English language and yes it really helps me a lot but I find out that its not enough. Somehow, I learned English from those videos but I am not a good English speaker. Every time I tried to speak English I can’t even speak a simple sentence with a proper pronunciation coz I’m lack of confidence and I’m afraid to commit mistakes in terms of grammar. An environment where people speak English will help me more and you can adopt it easily if your going to make it as part of your life style.

  • seona jung

    In my opinion improving in English is possible through the learner’s perspective, it only takes good amount of hard work.

    • Liz Orale Aiep

      Yes, perseverance is the key to anything you wish to accomplish in life. Whether it’s a skill, or a goal you so desire to achieve, I believe you’ll always need to have the want to want it enough to happen. And when it happens, it reflects on what you’ve done to get it. 🙂

  • P’pao Paoz

    I’m the one who want to improve my English. I learned from this blog and many comment under this blog. I really appreciate and thank for good suggestion to improve my English.

  • Vinz San Juan

    When a semester ends or it’s already summer, I watch a lot of English TV series and it helped me also to say the right words out of my mouth. Sometimes, I observe the way they speak and their sentences. They use a lot of figurative language and that’s also a challenge to me, to get used at using figurative language.

  • Jackie Rosales

    I remember when i was young the first english that I learned was “watched T.V”, “yes”, “no not me”.
    those simple english then I grow up and had a chance to study english. my first favorite subject when I was studying was english because i found it so cute specially when my teacher is talking to us in english.
    until now i want to continue learning english.