Helpful Tips on Improving Your English Language Fluency

Many of us who are non-native English speakers worry too much about the way we speak the English language but sometimes we just don’t mind it at all. What is important is that we are able to construct a sentence that is simply comprehensible regardless if it is grammatically wrong. In the Philippines, even children, as young as 5 years old can already speak simple English. This is because English is the primary language in school especially for expensive private institutions. From the very first grade until the last level of education, this language is strictly being used.

Some countries in Asia and Middles East, this language is still not strictly being used in their local schools. But since English is the only international language, many non-English speaking countries begun to study English as second language. Learning a second language especially at an older age is a long process. Here are some tips to help you improve speak this language fluently other than taking an English course at an English language school.

  • READ –Read aloud with an English book if you want to practice speaking this language daily. There is no better way than reading if you can’t have a daily conversation with someone using this language. Read, read, and read, not just books but any English magazines, newspapers, pocketbooks, blogs, even instructions and ingredients from food packages and advertisements. Read story books but don’t force yourself if you find it too difficult to understand what you are reading. Find something that makes reading a very entertaining habit!
  • WATCH – Do watch American movies and examine their mouth as they speak. There are movies with subtitles but be sure to have a genuine dvd’s and not the pirated ones because they are being copied by non-English speaking chandler and most likely they have subtitles that are grammatically poor.
  • SING – Sing along with English songs. You don’t need to have a golden voice like Celine Dion or Michael Bolton. Sing anywhere you can with your favorite songs. If you are at home or driving a car, play English music and sing along with it. You can sing a song while taking a shower as well. You can sing while you are busy in your garden or doing the laundry.
  • CONVERSE – Make your daily conversation with your family, in school, or with your friends in English. You may be shy but try to converse with them in English as much as you can. They may speak with your own native language but answer them back in English.  You can always commit mistakes because you are just learning but slowly it can build you self-confidence.
  • WRITE – You can write anything you want about your daily activities. Write a daily journal or diary in English. Make sure to hide it if you write something offensive and you don’t want others to read it. You can also write a blog if you want to share neutral stuff like places or restaurants you have been to, including new friends or other people you just met. Don’t worry about your grammars. There is always room for improvement if you use the language everyday.
  • DICTIONARY – Let this be your best friend that you must carry with you everyday. Always consult the dictionary whenever you are confused. This book provides meaning, correct pronunciation, and even intonation. Mobile phones nowadays have dictionaries so bringing a dictionary everyday is no longer inconvenient.

Cleverlearn Course Descriptions

“Cleverlearn English Language Institute is one of the best ESL schools in Philippines that we can rely on.”

iBT TOEFL Program Description:

The iBT TOEFL program of Cleverlearn is intended for students who desire to study at a university or work to an English-speaking countries such as US, Canada, Australia, UK and New Zealand. It measures language proficiency and academic skills of non-native speakers of English. Students who wish to acquire the desired score will be trained on the test-taking strategies and skills to help obtain a significant score.

This program is composed of 7 instructional hours daily. The structure has 3 hours iBT TOEFL (2 hours Reading & Writing and 1 hour Listening and Speaking) handled by a Local Teacher, 2 hours 1:4 class with a Local Teacher and 1:8 class with a Native Speaker. The student is given practice test daily and a mock test at the end of the week. After the mock test, an evaluation will be given by their coach, their local teacher.

TOEIC Program Description:

The TOEIC program of Cleverlearn is intended for students who want to work for a large organisation, mainly in Asia. The test measures language proficiency of non-speakers of English to use the language in daily workplace activities. This program assists students’ development of the strategies and methods in taking the examination to attain their target score.

This program is composed of 7 instructional hours daily. The structure has 3 hours TOEIC (2 hours Reading & Listening and 1 hour Writing and Speaking) handled by a Local Teacher, 2 hours 1:4 class with a Local Teacher and 1:8 class with a Native Speaker. The student is given practice test daily and a mock test at the end of the week. After the mock test, an evaluation will be given by their coach, their local teacher.

Aviation English Course Description: 

CELI’s Aviation English is based and created with the ICAO standards. The course focuses on linguistic analyses and inventories of the exact nature of the language used in communication for air traffic control are essential for the English language course developer, who must then grade the findings in terms of importance for efficient communication and linguistic difficulty.

The Aviation English course is specifically designed for pilots and air traffic controllers, in full compliance with the ICAO six levels.

Our Aviation English course is intensive and designed to focus on your individual areas of weakness to dramatically improve your English capabilities and further develop your career prospects.

Business English Course Description:

This program Business English Course is designed to bring the real world of International Business into the language teaching classroom. In this program, students are introduced with the different business-related vocabularies and how to use these words in a business setting. This course is intended for use either by students preparing for a career in business or by those already working who want to improve their English communication skills in the key business areas of socializing, projects, meetings, telephoning, email travel and business grammar.

General English Beginner Program Description:

The General English Beginner Program is designed for high school students, university students and working adults. The course covers the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing as well as Phonetics, and Vocabulary building. Particular emphasis on this customized program will be on the communicative skills: Listening and Speaking. The primary goal of the course is to communicate effectively and fluently according to the situation, purpose and role of the participants.

This program is composed of 1:1 class (pronunciation and writing development) for 2 hours with a local teacher, 1:4 class (conversation, listening and speaking skills development) for 2 hours with a local teacher and 1:8 conversational class.

Academic Speaking Course Description:

This program is designed for students who want to improve their communication skills as well as to students who desire to pursue their studies in English speaking universities. This is created to help them develop pertinent skills that would help them cope with the demands of university studies abroad.

Academic Speaking is composed of 2 hours 1:4 class and 3 hours 1:1 class with local teachers and 2 hours class with a native speaker. This program is separated into 2 classes of Academic Speaking learning various techniques in communicating effectively.

IELTS Preparation Program Program Description:

The IELTS Preparation Program of Cleverlearn is designed for students who aspire to study at a university or work in the US, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand and other countries which require a specific IELTS band score. This aims to train students on the techniques and skills to help them obtain a substantial band score. The training will help develop examination strategies for them to gain confidence in taking the test.

The program consists of 2 modules namely the Academic and General Training Module. The students have the freedom to choose a module they wish to take, be it General or Academic, depending on their reason for taking the test. For each module, the 4 tests namely, listening, reading, writing and speaking are being tackled. For each section, specific strategies are taught and mastered, paired with a significant amount of materials and practices that the students can manipulate. A pre-test is given to the students before starting the classes. After the entire training period, a post test shall also be given to check the readiness of the students to take the real test.

Methodologies of Teaching Speaking and Listening Program Description:

The program, “Methodologies of Teaching Speaking and Listening” is designed for students who want to acquire skills in teaching using English language. It aids students obtain theories along with strategies in teaching skills, attitude necessary to analyse and understand goals in an actual language teaching.

This program is composed of two classes: 1:1 four (4) hours with a local teacher focusing on speaking and listening and 1:4 two (2) hours with a local teacher focusing on activities which will be formulated with the student (of this course) with the aid of the teacher.

Academic English Course Description:

This program is designed for students who want to pursue their studies in English speaking universities. This is created to help them develop pertinent skills that would help them cope with the demands of university studies abroad.

Academic English is composed of 2 hours 1:4 class and 3 hours 1:1 class with local teachers and 2 hours  1:8 class with a native speaker. These are separated into 1 class of Academic Speaking and Listening, 1 class of Public Speaking.

Academic English Course Description:

 This program is designed for students who want to pursue their studies in English speaking universities. This is created to help them develop pertinent skills that would help them cope with the demands of university studies abroad.

 Academic English is composed of 2 hours 1:4 class and 2 hours 1:1 class with local teachers and 2 hours with a native speaker. These are separated into 1 class of Academic Speaking and Listening, and Scientific Research Writing.

Why choose Cleverlearn ESL

COMMUNICATIVE APPROACH

At CELI, our emphasis is on the use of the Communicative Approach to teaching English. Proven to be the most effective method in language teaching, the Communicative Approach centers on students as active learners and emphasizes the role of the teacher as the authoritative person who gives knowledge to students. In a communicative classroom, the students do most of the talking and take an active role in their learning. Language is communication. Thus, the emphasis of CELI’s program is on speaking fluency and listening comprehension to enhance the students English competence.

TEACHING EXCELLENCE

CELI is committed to excellence in teaching. Teachers are chosen for their qualifications, exceptional communication skills, energy and their teaching experience. Our teacher are graduates of BS Education and other related courses and have extensive experience in teaching English as second language in the Philippines, China, Thailand, and Vietnam.

GREAT PREPARATION FOR FURTHER STUDIES

A CELI education prior to enrollment in universities in the US, Europe, or Australia prepares the student for the cultural and educational challenges that may await him in those countries. By enrolling at CELI Immersion School, the student becomes more proficient in the English language, develops the confidence and determination needed to survive in a foreign country, and learns to adapt to different cultures.

EXCELLENT ENGLISH TRAINING FOR LESS

Students who enter CELI receive world-class English language training at prices lower than what other ESL schools abroad offer. With native English speakers and highly qualified local teachers based in Cebu, students get inexpensive English training who understand and is responsive to their needs.

THE CELI METHOD

The Communicative Approach

  • CELI focuses on language as a medium of communication.

Classroom activities maximize opportunities for learners to use language in a communicative way.

  • Focus is on functional/ usable language.

  • Emphasis on oral and listening skills in the classroom.

  • The communicative approach is not just limited to oral skills.

  • However, it is also important to use visual stimuli and not be restricted to the textbook.

CORE ESL PROGRAM

  • General English Program
  • Family Program

      - Intensive Children’s Program

           - GE Junior Program

      – General English Parent’s Program

            – Standard General English Program

            – General English Semi-Intensive

            – Guardian Program

GENERAL ENGLISH COURSE STRUCTURE

  • 1 on 1 class is handled by a Filipino Teacher
  • 1 on 4 class is handled by Filipino Teacher
  • 1 on 8 class is handled by Native Speaker Teacher

  

CELI ENGLISH LEVELS

  • Beginner
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper-Intermediate

CLASS ELECTIVES

CELI offers the following elective courses:

  • TOEIC Test Preparation
  • TOEFL Test Preparation
  • IELTS Test Preparation
  • General Business English
  • Academic English  – Speaking & Listening
  • Academic English – Writing

SPECIAL FREE COURSES

  • Speech Class
  • Grammar in Focus Class
  • Everyday idiom Class
  • Pop Culture Class
  • Friday Intra-curricular Parents and Children interaction class

 One Month Special Free Courses in CELI

          The special free class program at CELI is designed to make English Language fun and more exciting. The goal of the school is not only to promote the General English Curricula but also to empower the students to practice English by using the contemporary and standard spoken English words through Singing, Role Plays, Dialogues, Group class conversations using idiomatic Expressions, and by practicing speaking grammar structures and sentence rhythm. Each course has its own focus directed to the students level of difficulty in speaking English in an articulate and natural manner.

 CELI CORE BOOKS 

Textbooks for General English Program

1:1 classes

International Express Elementary

International Express Pre-Intermediate

International Express Intermediate

International Express Upper-Intermediate

1:4 classes

KnowHow Opener

KnowHow 1

KnowHow 2

KnowHow 3

1:8 classes

New Interchange Intro

New Interchange 1

New Interchange 2

New Interchange 3

Company: Cleverlearn English Language Institute

Company Type: Employer

Contact Name: John Mark de los Santos

Address: Cleverlearn Residences, Saac II, Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines

City: Lapu-Lapu

Postal Code: 6015

State/Province: Cebu

Country: Philippines

Phone: (+63)(032) 495 – 9955

Fax: (+63)(032) 495 – 1870

E-mail: admissions@celicebu.com

Website: http://www.cleverlearncebu.com/

Website: http://celicg.com/

Cleverlearn Cebu Academic Programs

Cleverlearn’s Academic programs focus on building confidence in communication with the use of the English language. The method used in these programs enable students to improve their holistic ability in English. It includes classes in structure practice, conversation, reading and sentence construction. These are combined with a wide range of video, audio and computer assisted learning tools along with social and cultural activities.

Course Levels

Are determined by the results from their oral and written evaluation. Both evaluation are initially taken on the first day the student reports to school. .

Class Schedule

Language Activities

At Cleverlearn, we believe that language learning is not confined to the classrooms. Cleverlearn’s communicative approach ensures that students will be given the opportunity to make use of what they have learned in class. Each week, there is a variety of supervised language activities that are held indoor and outdoor. There are also sports activities organized by the school. Each student belongs to one team where they can interact and play games with teachers and other employees.

General English

The General English Program is designed to improve students’ general language skills and understanding of English. This will lead to increased confidence in communicating with others in different social situations. This is composed of six-hour lesson a day, divided to 2 hours of one-on-eight class with an English Native Speaker, 2 hours one-on-four class with a Filipino Teacher and another 2 hours of one-on-one with a Filipino teacher.

General English – Junior

The General English-Junior program is a specialized program for kids and teenagers and is good for six hours a day. It focuses on building vocabulary, reading comprehension, critical thinking, sentence construction, listening comprehension, correct pronunciation and speaking fluency. This is composed of 2 hours on-on-four class with an English Native Speaker, 2 hours one-on-four class with a Filipino teacher and 2 hours one-on-one class with a Filipino teacher. In this program, meetings are given to parents and guardians regularly. This way, there is close monitoring on the students’ progress. On weekends, excursions are organized so students will experience an avenue of fun while learning.

General English Semi-Intensive

The General English Semi-Intensive was initially designed for parents and guardians who accompany the children enrolled under General English – Junior and those whose purpose is to learn English while having a relaxing time in Cleverlearn. This program mainly focuses on building vocabulary, conversation and speaking fluency and reading comprehension. This program is composed of 1 hour one-on-one class with a Filipino teacher and 2 hours one-on-eight with an English Native Speaker.

Intensive English

The Intensive English program is designed for all ages, be it a working adult or a young student. It covers the four skills of communication, namely, listening, speaking, reading, writing as well as phonetics and vocabulary building. Each student will study with three different teachers. This is composed of 5 hours of one-on-one classes with a Filipino teacher.

Advanced English

There are two courses under this program, namely, Medical English and Business English. This is composed of 3 hours one-on-one class with a Filipino teacher, 2 hours one-on-four class with a Filipino teacher and 2 hours one-on-eight class with an English Native Speaker. The students have the option to choose what course they prefer, either Medical English of Business English.

  • Medical English

This course focuses on the language of medicine in both spoken and written English. It is designed to help them master specific medical vocabulary and idioms, and to improve their ability to communicate in English. This course consists of two parts: the English component which involves a review on grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary enhancement, reading, listening comprehension and speaking practices in a medical setting. The second component will be more on medical subjects like basic health and care concepts.

  • Business English

This course ranges from topics namely American Business, Marketing, Finance, International Trade, Business Management, Business Writing and Human Resource. This focuses on making presentations, negotiations, presiding meetings, business vocabulary and writing while surveying different topics. Facilities, instructors, education events and social affairs are integrated into a program of the highest quality.

Exam English

This program is designed for students who want to gain a specific English test score for the purpose of studying in universities abroad or applying and getting a new job. This focuses on familiarization of the test format and learning test-taking strategies in taking the exam. This emphasizes specifically on the TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS exams. This program is composed of 3 hours one-on-one class with a Filipino teacher, 2 hours one-on-four class with a Filipino teacher and 2 hours one-on-eight class with an English Native Speaker.

  • TOEIC Preparatory Test

This concentrates on developing students’ speaking, reading, writing and listening skills. All of these are in a business context in addition to TOEIC test-taking strategies. Students can expect daily vocabulary and homework exercises, frequent quizzes, weekly listening reviews and regular full-length TOEIC practice tests.

  • IELTS Preparatory Test This focuses on examination techniques and study skills required to help students obtain a substantial score for the IELTS test, these classes will help develop students’ examination strategies.
    • TOEFL Preparatory Test

    This is designed to help students prepare for the TOEFL examination and to improve their English. Students practice listening and reading comprehension, writing and speaking. Activities include computer-aided tasks that train the students for the actual test.

    Academic English

    This program is designed for students who want to pursue their studies in English speaking universities. This is created to help them develop pertinent skills that would help them cope with the demands of university studies abroad. This program is composed of 3 hours one-on-one class with Filipino teacher, 2 hours one-on-four class with a Filipino teacher and 2 hours one-on-eight class with an English Native Speaker. Each class is divided to Academic Speaking and Listening, Academic Reading and Academic Writing.

    English for Toddlers

    This program is designed for children whose parents or guardians are studying in CELI. The emphasis of this program is to train these children with the basics if English like learning the alphabet, shapes, drawing and outlining.

Cleverlearn Cebu Campus

The Cleverlearn campus is nestled in the heart of historical island of Lapu-lapu. It offers limitless opportunities for outdoor activities that spell recreation. Not only minutes away from the international airport, the site itself is also accessible to famed beach resorts such as Shangri-la, Plantation Bay and Maribago Blue Waters. Students can enjoy swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling or just simply walking on the white powdery sands.

Facilities of the Cleverlearn campus include a computer laboratory, testing room, study lounge, cafeteria, audio visual room and coffee shop.

Cleverlearn Residences: Primary accommodation of Cleverlearn campus is its wholly-owned dormitory called the Cleverlearn Residences. It has eighty-two rooms where students can select three types namely single, double and quadruple. Each consists of an air-conditioner, bathroom, study area, refrigerator and cable television, among others. Students will experience a laidback life but still close to where the action is. Other features include:

  • Daily room cleaning service
  • 24-hour security
  • swimming pool, WiFi connection and gaming area (billiards, table tennis and darts)

 

 

The Cleverlearn ESL Advantage

Low Teacher-Student Ratio

For five days a week, students in Cleverlearn are exposed to two hours one-on-one, one-on-four and one-on-eight classes. This ensures the opportunity to actively use the English language in different settings.

International Student Body

At Cleverlearn, students have the chance to meet people from different countries. The school has already welcomed nationals from South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand, China Indonesia, Brazil, Middle East, Russia and other European countries. This alone has been a great avenue for them to enhance their English communication skills.

English Learning Environment

The Philippines is a former American colony in Asia where majority of the people speak English. Cleverlearn, in the Philippines, is one destination for students to start practicing the language in an environment closer at home.

Continuous Formation

As a pathway center, students can be assured that learning will be taken to a higher notch. Cleaverlearn has wide academic partnerships that will grant convenient access to local and international universities.