MONOL – Optional Classes
Hello, it’s David!
In this article, I will introduce Monol’s free optional classes.
When students decide on which language school to choose in the Philippines, the number of classes is a big factor to consider.
“In this school, you will have more one-on-one classes…”
Surprisingly, some students do not check if there are also optional classes offered in schools. In Monol, there are additional classes for free, apart from those in the regular course/curriculum. In the regular courses, the classes range from 5 to 7 hours a day, but students can have more by taking optional classes!
I recommend you to compare the contents of each optional class in advance so you will reap the benefits of taking it. These classes are from Mondays to Thursdays before and after regular classes.
Here are the optional classes:
(30 minutes – 6:30AM to 7:00AM)
This class gives short lectures on grammar, pronunciation, idioms, etc. The lessons are decided on by the students the day before the classes. When I took this class, our lessons were on the pronunciation of /r/ and /l/, /s/ and /sh/ and /th/. At that time, there were many Japanese students in the class. That’s why our teacher also discussed pronunciation points that Japanese people are not good at. The only downside of this class is the time. For those who usually get up early in the morning, I would definitely recommend this to you.
(1 hour – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM)
There are six groups for this class because it is based on the students’ levels.
First of all, I usually get confused with grammar (verbs, preposition, gerund, etc.). This class will allow you to review grammatical issues and improve your grammar, which you may not have learned in Japan. For those who have weaknesses in Writing and Speaking, I encourage you to attend this class because grammar is important in this field.
(2 hours – 7:00PM to 9:00PM)
- IELTS Speaking
- TOEIC Speaking
- Job Interview
- Working Holiday Preparation (visa required)
Regardless of what course you are currently taking, you can choose one of these four classes. Moreover, teachers in these classes are full-time so I can say that they are truly experienced and can adapt to the different levels of students!
For this class, I will focus on the two classes I attended: IELTS Speaking and Job Interview. Depending on the number of students and their level, you should expect some slight differences in the topic/lessons.
Here you learn about the IELTS Speaking test procedures. The teacher will interview you about 1 or 2 themes a day, just like the actual test. After that, the teacher will correct your mistakes in grammar and pronunciation. There will also be an additional explanation of pronunciation and grammar rules, which will be given in lecture form, especially if these were common mistakes found among the group.
(I do not want to show it because it’s embarrassing, but these are some of the mistakes pointed out to me. LOL.)
This class is basically a simulation of job interviews. Before doing the interviews, we prepare our manuscripts first. So there is also some focus on writing. Because it is a class that also introduces other vocabularies that are not used in usual conversations, Job Interview is helpful to those who are planning to go overseas for employment.
These are the optional classes for learning. There are also optional sports classes that make use of the other campus facilities.
With a golf coach, you can play for 1 hour from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
You can choose one of the three offered classes
- Muay Thai (5:00 PM to 6:00 PM)
- Wrestling (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
- Jujitsu (7:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
- Pilates (8:00 PM to 9:00 PM)
- Yoga (9:00PM to 10:00PM)
The sports classes are perfect for relieving stress after studying. Actually, I use the gym often to relieve stress. Because I’m sitting and studying all day, the facilities that can make me active are more important than I imagined before coming here to study. I’m really grateful that I can use these for free.
As a student of MONOL, these are the activities that you can do after school:
- Learn more English by taking Optional classes
- Get refreshed by taking Sports classes
- Do your homework, review or self-study in your room
- Go out with friends
Students have the freedom to choose their after school activities every week as well. Being able to have these options is one of the good points of Monol. I hope that you will also consider taking these classes to enhance your study abroad experience!