Phrasal Verb

To eat out is to eat away from home.


?I don’t feel like cooking tonight so let’s eat out.
?We have eaten out every night this week!
?I don’t like eating out. I prefer to eat at home.
?I enjoy eating out with friends and family.
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To teach General ESL

To teach General ESL

/ By: Rose Marie L. Rom /?

????????????????? Teaching is to bring understanding to someone, especially through an experience.? Thus, teaching General ESL is imparting knowledge and skills to students who want to acquire and practice the essential skills in English, such as, Speaking, Listening, Reading & Vocabulary, Writing and Grammar.? General ESL serves as the training ground to higher level skills, because in this course, these five areas are given individual emphasis.

To teach General ESL is not an easy job for me.? As once said by George Evans that every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.? Therefore, as a teacher, I have to use different strategies which are suitable for my students’ needs.? I need to know their strengths and weaknesses, then there I get the way on how to teach them and how they improve their English skills.? In doing so, I have to realize total English immersion.? I make sure and I encourage them to speak English all the times.? Though they speak English, another concern is their pronunciation, grammar and word choices.? As their teacher, I see to it that they use the language meaningfully through checking these three areas of concern.? Another thing is knowing their culture.? With this, I have to consider the way I ask questions and the approaches I use because it might be offensive to them.? So, teaching foreign students requires teacher to be flexible, skilled enough and most of all culture ?oriented.


The Unexpected

The Unexpected

/ By: Peach Deseree Ceniza /

I have been working here as an English teacher for non-English speakers and found it to be very satisfying. However, what I have also found out is that the process of teaching English has also helped me to refine my language learning strategies and learn the language much better. I take great satisfaction for the fact that I have been successful in helping even the weakest students to speak English and dramatically improve the level of many of those I have taught. My success in teaching English is one of the reasons why I am confident in teaching the language in general. In addition, my own experience in learning to speak it more fluently has a great impact on me. The most important thing I have learned in teaching English is that learning a language is fun indeed.


Teaching Experience in the General Course

“Teaching Experience in the General Course”

/ By: Irish Joy A. Urboda /

???????????? I started teaching in the General Course in 2013. I joined an intensive training which ran for a month. I’m proud to say that I have improved my confidence in teaching as a result of it.? I was assigned to teaching Grammar, Speaking, Listening, Reading, Pronunciation and Writing.

Teaching English to foreign students is challenging because you need to study and focus.? Let me share how I teach my students in class: I introduce the course and its importance.? I let my students get involved in different class activities, such as reporting, role playing and discussion. The most effective teaching strategy is to have engaging and fun lessons to let students feel at ease, and help create a productive learning environment.


Motivated to Inspire


“Motivated to Inspire”

/ By: Celine D. Amparo/

???????????? Teaching the English language is never an easy task.? It requires courage and commitment to do the job, as I’ve learned after teaching General ESL in Philinter for more than a month now.? My experience in the institution gives me pride and motivation to continue my duty as a teacher.

The General ESL course helps non-native speakers speak, read, write, and understand English to communicate more effectively in academics or in their respective fields of work.? As a teacher, I don’t only educate my students with the language; I also do my best to keep them inspired and confident in studying English.? So far, my experiences teaching my students keep me going in pursuing my goals as an ESL teacher.


The Essence of Teaching

“The Essence of Teaching”

/ By: Ana Rose Lumiares /

Teaching is never easy.? It requires utmost passion and dedication, most especially in teaching General Course classes.? All students in this course learn the basics of Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Grammar.? It is tough and challenging for teachers to teach a course that involves such diverse skills.

On the other hand, the challenge, fun and mental solitude you experience are essential to recover from the stress of daily living.? “The more teachers are driven to teach, the more students are eager to learn.”? It’s not just teaching, but it’s about learning.? And that’s what this curriculum has taught me.? It has been a great experience to encounter both sweet memories and the sweat of teaching this course.? Moreover, the quality of teacher-student relationship is important for teachers’ well-being in school.? “It’s not what you teach. It’s how you teach.”? Once you learn to enjoy teaching, you will discover what you are truly capable of, without the pressures of other people’s expectations.? My experience shows me that teaching needs devotion.

Therefore, “Nothing beats the experience of teaching this course!”? So, what are you waiting for? Learn English in the General Course!


Can’t Help But Compare

“Can’t Help But Compare”
/ By: Smilling Montecillo /

Seven-thirty is the rush hour for all people, may it be a worker, a student, an ordinary person or a businessman. People just walk and cross the busy streets here and there. With large footsteps they walk with long necks as they watch and wait for jeepneys.
The grinding halts of jeepneys can be heard as they race to compete for the passengers. And in the midst of the fumes and the traffic, though in a hurry, all have their own story to tell. And I’ve got mine today.
I was riding a jeepney when two ladies busy chatting with each other caught my attention. Oooops! It was not my intention to overhear their conversation:
Lady 1: “Do you have a new student today?”
Lady 2: “Yeah, I have two one-on-one classes. One Japanese and a Korean.”
And so I thought, “Ah, these ladies are ESL teachers.” With a secret glance, I looked at their uniform. “Mhhmmm… with a white shirt with a school logo, and black trousers. Heads up!”, I said to myself. “My uniform is better: shades of blue and brown that are professionally designed. Whoever wears this surely looks chic and classy. Not to mention the shiny black shoes”.
Lady 1: “I only received little money this month because I only have few students.”
Lady 2: “Same here! Because it’s not peak season.”
I smiled. “My salary? Well, it’s bigger! And it’s fixed! Peak season or not! Plus perfect attendance incentives! And ladies, we only have five-day classes with eight-hour work, and we can enjoy the holidays as everyone wishes. Come on, ladies, change school,” my mind screamed. With a triumphant smile I continued listening to them.
Lady 2: “Do you have the Advanced Grammar Book?
Lady 1: “No, I don’t have it. Why? Are you going to use it?”
Lady 2: “Yes, my student requested to have another class again. He really wants to improve his English as soon as possible. But I don’t know where to start. I don’t know what book to use!”
Lady 1: “You should…”
I suddenly recalled all our books. We have speaking, grammar, listening, reading, vocabulary, pronunciation and many more books with corresponding levels and degree of difficulty. See? It’s easier to use our books because each book has designated skills to develop and to be assessed, not to mention the CEFR system of measuring language proficiency to determine what exactly a language student needs to learn in order to achieve a certain level or proficiency and competence. So, these ladies continue working in their school.
Lady 1: “Ah…yes…yes, if we meet at the lobby, they are just like nothing to me.”
Lady 2: “I agree. There’s no bond between students and teachers.”
“Wait, wait! Are they talking about relationships between a student and a teacher? Well, our school is very strict. Intimate relationships between a student and a teacher are strictly prohibited. It’s a No-No, to maintain the dignity and professionalism of the teacher. However, the school provides the “Buddy System” wherein teachers assist students in changing their schedules, subjects and classes and other concerns. Because of this, students and teachers create a very close professional bond with each other! Ladies, you should have come to our school!
“Oh! Who’s going to get off at Philinter?” the driver asked. With a BIG smile carved on my face, I said “Me!” I’m so inspired to work today. Wait! Have I paid my jeepney fare?


Proud to be an Educator

“Proud to be an Educator”

By: Ailyn R. Melliza

Teaching here in Philinter is a great opportunity for me to showcase my expertise in molding the students.

As a speaking teacher, my goal is to provide an efficient as well as effective way of teaching in order to improve the speaking skills of the learners.

I know educating ESL-students is not an easy feat but “If there’s a will, there’s always a way.” That’s why I work hard to become more passionate and versatile educator.? Every time I have low level students, I exert a lot educating and uplifting them using different strategies in teaching.? Because I believe that the future of my students is in my hands, I inspire them to strive harder and learn English the right way.




/ BY: Bea Mariz Tocle/?


The idea of having different cultures with my students causes so much tension especially on my first day of teaching.? I even rehearsed on how to greet them the proper way.? We have tons of cultural taboos that a simple gesture may cause a huge misunderstanding.? These taboos caught an immense fraction of my interest and thirst me for more knowledge.? It’s like working in an enclosed diverse world.? Learning from senior teachers is a great help in this matter.

Teaching English as a second language entails a truck load of patience.? One day I had to deal with students who can hardly speak the language and a kid who has very less attention span.? This is when the challenge comes in- finding the simplest way of explaining basic words.? As a Reading and Vocabulary teacher, the four walls of my cubicle can attest to how difficult it is to be one.? In the lighter note, nothing can compare to the overwhelming remarks of the students on their graduation day.? I guess being able to adjust with people from different countries, being a bridge to their goal and most especially a part of their achievement are the perks of being an ESL teacher.


Ways in teaching Grammar

“Ways in teaching Grammar”?

/By: Leah M. Ruizo/

Most people think that teaching grammar is just a matter of teaching grammar rules to students.? However, teaching them grammar effectively is the most challenging part of being a teacher.? In my case, I don’t only teach grammar rules based on the book but I also make sure that students understand the rules and be able to apply them correctly.? After discussing and explaining the grammar rules, I write a lot of examples on the board.? Then I let the students write their own sentences.? Finally, I ask questions and let the students use and answer the questions through speaking based on the topic.? Through these simple ways, I am sure that students will understand and use grammar properly.