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.


English and Empowerment. And the Million People March.  How do these three ideas come together at the American Institute for English Proficiency?

At The American Institute, we teach English and communication skills to empower the student.  The student becomes more confident with a stronger, more opinionated, and a more critical voice by building on his or her English and communication skills.  One of the the very reasons why most of our students do not have great communication skills and are lacking confidence is because the taxpayers’ money have not been put to proper use, such as in education.  And this is where the Million People March comes in.  Those who want to use their English and communication skills should always find a venue to empower themselves and make their voices heard.  Just because one speaks English doesn’t mean that he or she is a strong speaker.  Knowing sentence structures and subject-verb agreement merely isn’t enough.  One must become a holistic, dynamic, and powerful speaker.

So on August 26, 2013, some of us will go to Luneta Park to join the #MillionPeopleMarch to empower ourselves and lend our voice to those who cannot be heard: the poor, the needy, the impoverished, the sick, the disadvantaged, and the abused.  We will join thousands of other Filipinos who want to have a change in our country. And to all of those who are still not empowered, those who still lack the confidence, and those who are not yet very critical in the way they think, they can still do something.  We know that many of our students don’t really participate in these things, but we hope that we become an example to them.  We hope that one day, they will use their newfound skills in English, public speaking, and critical thinking to help those who are in need.

Through social media, you can still do something if you can’t physically make it to Luneta for whatever reason! WHAT CAN YOU DO?  Throughout the day, you can use Facebook and Twitter.  Copy and paste the following:
#MILLIONPEOPLEONLINEPROTEST Though I cannot physically be at the #MILLIONPEOPLEMARCH at Luneta Park, I am there in SPIRIT, and I support all the Filipinos who have gathered there.