Hello, this is Milly from Japan and I would like to share my experience in HELP Longlong campus. Studying English in HELP is really nice because I can improve my English-speaking skills. There is a mock examination at Longlong once every two weeks on Friday evening. All the students in the test course are participating, and students can try it by paying 400 pesos for ESL students (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL). Recently, more and more students are taking IELTS courses. Unlike TOEIC, students also have to take measures on speaking and writing. Mostly, students are struggling to cope with writing.
One Friday every two weeks is a bit difficult because of trial test. It starts at 18:30 and the end time varies depending on which test course is taken by students; i.e. TOEIC, IELTS, and TOEFL. IELTS’s Speaking tests are conducted by day and during classes. The examiner is, of course, a Filipino instructor at Longlong and it is done in one-to-one fashion.
The school cafeteria is always crowded after the mock examination. At the end of the week, we order dinner, and students of various nationalities gather to communicate. The one-week class and final exams are over, and everyone talks with a smile. It’s the moment I want to go back to school. It’s pleasing when students get along and talk to each other in groups regardless of nationality. When I was a student, I used to stay in my room and study, but I regretted a little after graduating and I returned to Japan. I thought that I should have tried to communicate with many people using English. Now I’m staying at Longlong campus as a student manager, and I hardly have time to study at my desk. In spite of that, I try to find students and spend a lot of time communicating in English.
It’s true that English is not acquired in one or two days, so I sometimes feel stressed about not being able to speak, not being able to read, not being able to hear, and not being able to write well in English. However, studying hard pays off.
The Longlong is where students encourage each other and brush up on each other. Beginners are interested in English, so if you want to improve your English-speaking ability, please come to Longlong Campus!