We, Face to Face English School, are small, but we have become popular mainly by word of mouth, attracting many international students and repeaters.
A cozy and home-like environment where students can feel at ease while studying English. Our instructors are friendly and always ready to help you have fun in English, both in and out of class. These are just a few of the reasons why we are so popular.
“We will definitely improve your English!”
This motto is why so many students come to study in Tagaytay. The main goal of studying in the Philippines is to learn to speak English.
We will support students who seriously want to enhance their English ability.
We would like to introduce our approach and curriculum here at Face to Face English School.
Name: Face to Face English School
President: Junichi Omachi
Address: Unit 1C Hillcrest Plaza, Silang Junction East, Tagaytay City Cavite, Philippines
Business: English language school, Japanese language school, Support for job hunting and career change in Asia, Recruitment agency, Consulting (immigration, entrepreneurship, investment)
Our policy is “English can change your life”.
The English language is not just something for learning. The most important thing is to be able to speak it and communicate with many people using the language. Furthermore, you can expand your hobbies, work, and life possibilities through English.
We believe learning English enables you to open the door to a new life, a world you have never seen before, and encounters you have never had.
Although our school is small and home-like, we are confident that we are second to none when it comes to thoroughly developing our student’s English language skills. That’s because our professional staff is well experienced in the Philippines and are experts in English language education.
From beginners to advanced students, we seek to provide English education using various methods to pursue “visible improvement in proficiency” for those who come to our school.
We consider the fact that many of our students are satisfied with our school and say, “I am sure glad I came to Face to Face English School,” to be proof of this.
You may be anxious, but we are confident you will be proud to have learned English if you dare to take the first step. We look forward to meeting you all!
In our school, all classes are taught one-on-one, allowing students to spend their days immersed in English.
In Europe and the U.S., most language study programs are conducted in group classes, with one teacher taking as many as 10 to 20 students. Of course, you can only speak for a few minutes in a one-hour class, and those who are not confident in their English are discouraged and unable to speak at all… We often hear such stories.
Calculating the amount of time you speak in class can make a big difference in less than a month.
However, our one-on-one classes are designed to meet the needs of each student at all levels, from basic conversation to specialized business and certification exams.
Students can choose from the following 7 subject options.
All of your daily schedules can be speaking classes, or grammar can be added if you are not confident in your grammar skills. If there is a particular field that you would like to improve, such as pronunciation or listening, we will listen to you first and then select the subject for you.
You can take full advantage of our one-on-one classes without hesitation just to develop your English.
*Classes are provided in classrooms in Hillcrest or the dormitories.
We emphasize the importance of “speaking” English.
In school education, only the circumstance of “learning” the language is outstanding, and we are rarely allowed to actually “speak” the English we have learned. As a result, students cannot “remember” the knowledge they have learned and, naturally, cannot acquire “usable” English.
Our speaking classes are affluent in variety.
1. TOPIC Speaking:
The instructor will prepare a topic for each lesson, and you will practice discussing your ideas based on the topic. The topic can be as simple as “work” or “family”, or as complex as “politics” or “culture”, depending on the student’s level.
2. Phrase Speaking:
The instructor will teach you phrases commonly used in conversation, and you will practice using them.
3. Situation Speaking:
The instructor will set up a situation (at a hotel, restaurant, hospital, etc.) each time, and you will play a role-playing role while being taught the words and expressions commonly used in that situation.
4. Q&A Speaking:
You will be asked a lot of questions, and practice answering them as you go along. This is an exercise to speed up your response speed in English conversation.
5. Debate Speaking:
You will be assigned to “agree” or “disagree” with a topic and debate it with the instructor. This is a great way to practice talking in a theoretical manner.
6. Speech Speaking:
You will practice speaking long sentences instead of short ones. By repeating short speeches of a few minutes each, you will learn expressions and sentence phrases that are not easily practiced in conversation.
7. Free conversation:
No specific topic, just casual chit-chat about the day’s events.
In a sense, speaking proficiency is like a sport. No matter how much you think about it in your mind, you will never develop your skill unless you actually use your mouth to speak over and over again. We encourage you to practice speaking out loud in your one-on-one lessons without paying attention to minor mistakes in grammar or vocabulary.
You will be surprised at how much you can speak English when you graduate.
Our curriculum is designed to accommodate everyone, from beginners to advanced English speakers.
◎ ESL Course:
For those who just want to improve their daily English conversation skills (from very beginner to advanced)
◎ Business English Course/Medical English Conversation Course:
For those who require English skills for their job
◎ TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS Courses:
For those who want to prepare for certification exams
◎ Round-the-World Support Course:
For those who plan to travel around the world
◎ University Admission Support Course:
For those who want to enroll in a university in the Philippines
◎ Christian English Course:
For those who want to learn Christian-related English
For details, please refer to “Course Content and Fees“.
We, Face to Face English School, have been trying to be “the school where you can speak more English than anywhere else”. The secret of this comes from our efforts to keep the distance between teachers and students as close as possible.
In most schools, the students usually spend time alone with each other after class ends in the evening.
Some schools recommend an EOP – English Only Policy (we have an EOP scheme, but it is optional, not mandatory). However, there is a limit to what students themselves can do. In many cases, they tend to use their mother tongue. Even if they speak English with other students, it is often difficult to tell if the expressions they use are correct or not.
On the other hand, our school has boarding instructors who always remain in their dormitories, even after dinner. They love to watch movies and have drinking parties with their students. Even if you speak only your native language in your room, you can enjoy free English conversation with your teachers in the living room if you step out of the room.
We call this kind of active interaction with teachers COP – Chill-Out Policy and encourage it. While EOP among students is, of course, important, we also promote COP with our teachers because we consider that the policy leads to the improvement of students’ English-speaking skills. The same goes for weekends and holidays. You can go shopping with your teachers, connect with them on Facebook and enjoy conversation, have dinner, etc. Also, our boarding teachers offer free night classes once a week.
In short, one of the reasons why our school is home-like is because of our commitment to COP.
Of course, you will take the class seriously during the class. However, you can communicate with our teachers in a “friend-like or family-like” relationship once the daily class is over. One of the reasons why we have an overwhelming number of repeaters is that they want to see the teachers again. We want our students to speak English as much as possible during their stay at our school, without wasting time in the evenings or on holidays.
We have boarding teachers (live-in teachers) in each dormitory. Since we keep the school size small, you will have many opportunities to talk with them in the dormitories. The key to our student’s growth in English is our commitment to small school sizes.
Due to this, we are unable to accept reservations when we reach our maximum enrollment limit. Although we would like to have more students come to our school, it is our style to keep the number of students small.
In most cases, especially in large schools, teachers go home once classes are over. This limits students’ exposure to English outside of class time, even if they want to practice it.
On the other hand, with boarding teachers, the amount of English spoken during the evening hours and on holidays will increase dramatically. You will be amazed at how much your English improves as you speak English every day in your daily life outside of the classroom.
We encourage you to actively communicate with our boarding teachers.
Our school is free to organize the curriculum according to each student’s individual goals.
If the curriculum is uniform, it is impossible to provide lessons that are genuinely appropriate for each student.
We value speaking classes, but students will never be able to improve their English skills through free conversation alone. We can therefore integrate grammar, writing, vocabulary, listening, etc., as needed, based on each student’s current proficiency level.
It is also essential that the curriculum should not be finalized once it has been created but should be revised in detail as the student’s English ability progresses.
An example of a student’s curriculum is shown below;
◎ Mr. N (Beginner): 5 hours one-on-one lessons + 1 hour group class/ESL Course
Speaking (Situations): Role-playing using everyday situations such as at hotels and supermarkets.
Speaking (Q&A): Practicing answering quick questions to strengthen response speed.
Speaking (TOPIC): Practicing talking about his own ideas by preparing a specific topic for each lesson.
Grammar (Elementary): Focusing on the “perfect tense,” “relative pronouns,” and “passive voice,” which he struggles with.
Vocabulary: Learning various related vocabulary such as “feelings” and “daily necessities used in the office”.
Group class: Join the beginner’s class (vocabulary lesson, games in English, etc.).
◎ Ms. Y (Advanced): 7 hours One-to-One lessons + 1 hour Group Class/ Business Course
Speaking (TOPIC): Practicing speaking on complex topics such as “contracts,” “real estate,” “politics,” etc.
Speaking (Situations): Practical role-playing such as “facilitating a meeting” and “answering the phone”.
Speaking (Speech): Training to speak long sentences, not short ones, smoothly.
Speaking (Debate): Practicing debating with her teacher and constructing logical sentences.
Reading: Reading complex newspaper articles to improve her comprehension skills.
Writing: Learning to write business e-mails, meeting minutes, contracts, etc.
Pronunciation: Learning to read pronunciation marks, correct tongue position, and American accent.
Group Classes: Joining advanced group classes (discussions, speeches, etc.).
In this way, our strength is that we can revise the curriculum in detail according to the needs and current level of each student.
A standardized curriculum that is determined at the school’s convenience often differs from what students really want to learn, and this inevitably leads to a decrease in motivation.
We will support the student’s passion for learning and create a personalized curriculum.
There are more than several hundred language schools in the Philippines, many of which are unlicensed and unapproved by the government. Unauthorized schools are at great risk of sudden suspension and possible deportation of students.
Some students who are not familiar with studying in the Philippines may not know the difference between an “accredited school” and an “unaccredited school (illegal school),” and may be tempted by the “low price” of an unaccredited school. It is especially important to note that there are many small schools that are operated without accreditation.
Studying in an illegal school involves a great deal of risk, so it is always necessary to check before enrolling.
Our school is accredited by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration to register foreign students (TESDA-accredited school) and can officially issue SSP (Special Study Permit). Our role is to ensure that our students can enjoy their studies in the Philippines without any concerns or anxiousness!
Tagaytay City, where the school is located, is one of the “Top 10 Safest Cities in the Philippines” and “Top 5 Cities to Move to After Retirement” every year.
Most of our students tell us that Tagaytay is not at all what they imagined the Philippines to be. It is a very calm and safe place with almost no homeless people or street children because Tagaytay is one of the most exclusive summer resorts in the Philippines.
You will find convenience stores, markets (for fruits and vegetables), bars, etc. near the school. Four large malls, numerous fast food restaurants, stylish restaurants, and supermarkets are also located near the school. The view of Taal Lake from the restaurants is especially spectacular, offering us to enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beauty of nature.
In case of illness or injury during your stay, we have a licensed nurse on staff as a boarding instructor and a general hospital is located very close to the school. Moreover, an emergency doctor from a nearby general hospital makes a house visit once a week. We also support students by accompanying them to the hospital in the event of an emergency.