What’s your current job?
I just graduated from the Department of Applied Foreign Languages. I come to the Philippines to enhance my English ability right before I get an offer of a job. I’ll have job hunting after I go back to Taiwan.
Did you use English when you were in the university?
I used English when I studied at school, but there are fewer chances to speak English. Not to say in daily life, there is very little opportunity to use English.
Why do you decide to come to the Philippines?
There is no English-speaking environment in Taiwan. The Philippines is the closest country to Taiwan and has a standard American English accent. I just graduated from college, I’ve got some free time, so I would like to strengthen my English speaking ability in the Philippines.
Why do you choose to study at MeRISE English Academy?
When I was studying English at the university, teachers put more emphasize on academic-related English, and there was fewer English ability that would be practically used in the commercial field.
Because I already had a certain English-speaking ability, therefore, when I was looking for a language school in the Philippines, I tend to focus on the English learning, which I could use after I enter the workplace.
I found that MeRISE’s teaching level is higher than any other language schools. The courses are mostly business English and specially designed for business people. Most of the students in the school have working experience. Because I will go back to Taiwan after the study and prepare to enter the workplace, so MeRISE becomes my ideal choice.
How was your study at MeRISE English Academy?
During my studies at MeRISE, I found that there were many English problems that I didn’t notice when I was studying in Taiwan. In the English learning environment, teachers with fairly standard English accents can help me find many ways for improvement.
Ms. Gel is the strictest teacher in my class in Cebu, therefore my English has improved. Also, during the class, Ms. Gel taught the skill of reading which is helpful for me to memorize the article quickly.
During the studies, Ms. Karen gives a lot of image to me, let me imagine the situation to create an article. Besides, she taught me how to organize the speaking clearly, it is important for me, because I didn’t know how to make a comprehensive answer.
My weakness in English is pronunciation, but I don’t know how to improve my problem. After Ms. Remi taught me the American “th” sound, intonation and the connecting word, I knew the problem clearly, then I practice the pronunciation to improve myself. It makes me have the confidence to speak English.
What has changed yourself compare to before?
Most of the students in MeRISE are Japanese, they all have working experience, and they work hard when they’re studying in Cebu. It motivates me to learn English when I saw Japanese students working very hard on their studies.
Did you enjoy your weekends and holidays in Cebu?
I like the holiday during the time that I staying in Cebu! Especially the Zipline in Bohol I went to and the spectacular view of “Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion Church” in Oslob, I have many wonderful memories of Cebu.
Cebu’s cuisine is also great, especially the Philippine cuisine at the restaurant “Boosog” near the school is quite delicious, making me fall in love with traditional Filipino cuisine.
On weekday evenings or holidays, sometimes, I go to the gym with my classmates. I’m quite satisfied with the quality and the well-equipped gymnasium.
Do you think your English ability has already improved through this study abroad?
Before coming to MeRISE, I felt that I was not good enough in English pronunciation. After the teacher’s teaching, my pronunciation is more accurate.
Although I haven’t started to work yet. But it’s good that I can learn business English skills in advance and feel that it can helps me with my future work.
How do you keep your English competence in the future?
In the future, I may find a job that requires English skill and maintains the habit of using English from my work. It can also continue to improve my English skill.
Do you have any plans after study abroad?
After going back to Taiwan, I am ready to find a job. If there is a chance to change jobs or on-the-job training in the future, I still want to come to the Philippines to strengthen my English-speaking ability.
Finally, I would like you to leave a message to those who are going to study at MeRISE.
If you have a certain level of English, then come to MeRISE to learn business English. It is very helpful for you to enter the workplace in the future. It is highly recommended for students who want to learn business English here.