헬프어학원 마틴캠퍼스 Mio Tanokura(Oreo)연수 중 후기
First, let me introduce myself. I am Japanese and I came from Longlong campus. HELP academy has three campuses, Martins, Longlong and Clark. I am going to study here in the Philippines for a total of five months. I have already spent two months in Longlong campus, and two months in Martin’s campus. The first time I came here, I felt the good atmosphere to concentrate on studying English. In my opinion, this is the best place for people who are really eager to focus on studying English in the Philippines. Why do I think so? What are the reasons? I have many reasons why I think HELP Martins is the good place to study English. I have four points to insist on and these are my reasons:
In Martins campus, EOP system is very strict. EOP is an abbreviation for “English Only Policy.”Students cannot use their mother tongue, so they should only use English on weekdays. If you really want to focus on studying English, then you can endure the strict atmosphere and manage by yourself. I am sure that Martins campus is very suitable for you. In most academies in the Philippines, there are a lot of Korean students, so probably non-Korean students are going to feel inconvenient with language, if the academy you chose does not have an EOP system. In Martins campus, students can communicate with each other in English. It is very useful to improve our English skills. Thanks for EOP system we can share our culture in English; Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Taiwanese cultures and so on. It is so exciting, and it stimulates us. It is one of the motivations to study English hard.
In the Philippines, almost all of Filipinos can speak English very well, but they are not native speakers. English is a second language in the Philippines, so you are probably anxious about a foreign accent. However, you do not need to worry about that. According to my experiences, all teachers can speak English in the proper accent. I have never encountered a Filipino’s unique English accent. They underwent teacher trainings many times. In addition, teachers are really cheerful and full of vitality. You can enjoy learning English from them in a serious but delightful atmosphere. Sometimes they are serious, sometimes they are pleasant. They can adjust the atmosphere to students and any situation.
In Martins campus, most of the students are diligent and energetic, so they are enthusiastic about studying and they try to use English in their daily life in Martins. If you make friend with other students, it can surely support your progress in accomplishing your goal in learning English. There are many non-Korean students in Martins, for example, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese. I am convinced that you will be impassioned by other students. As I mentioned, aside from classes, talking with other students in English is also good way to study. We live in a dormitory, so we can spend a lot of time with each other, and we can deeply talk with each other. After we graduate from Martins, I am sure that we can continue our relationship for a long time, even though our nationalities are different. In short, you can have real foreign friends. Moreover, we have different goals. Some of us want to enter a university in other countries, and some of us want to work in other countries after studying here in Martins. While talking with them, we can learn many things.
HELP Martins is located in Baguio City, Philippines. Frankly speaking, Baguio City is really nice place to study. What I want to admire the most is the weather. The Philippine is a tropical country, so most of the cities in the Philippines are hot. If you want to focus on studying in the Philippines, you should think about weather carefully.
In addition, Baguio is a safe city. It proves that there are many tourists and foreign students. However, there are some beggars and thieves, but if you pay attention to situations, it can be ok. Compared with other places in the Philippines, Baguio is safe, so you do not need to worry about peace and order too much.
Furthermore, you can buy everything what you want near Martins. Martins, is nearby downtown. It takes about 30 minutes on foot, but if you take a taxi or jeepney, you can be there in 10 minutes. Downtown there are big malls and many shops and restaurants. On weekends, we can relax in many places near Martins. Unfortunately, it is not allowed for students to go out on weekdays because HELP Martins is a Spartan English academy. However, in my case, I did not feel much stress here even though I already spent four months in this academy. I think that the reason is the location and weather. I could release stress downtown every weekend with my friends. In other words, location is really important to study for a long time.
For these four reasons, I can insist that HELP Martins is the good place to concentrate on studying English. If you really want to focus on studying, I recommend you to study here. As I mentioned, weather, atmosphere, teachers and students’ attitude toward studying are pretty good. Let’s study together in Martins!