Grab in Tagaytay by Mark
2019年12月2日

Grab in Tagaytay Travelling especially at night is quite difficult. People need to wait long time for a jeep or tricycle to pick them up and send them into their destination. It’s also caused inconvenience for some commuters like those who are running late for work in the morning or wanted to go home early in the afternoon. It’s also a struggle when its rush hour. Everyone is waiting for public vehicle hoping that there are some seats available for them to fit in. Grab is one of those cellphone applications that people use to travel using a private car as taxi. All you need to do is to pin your location and where you wanted to go.  After that, they will find the available driver for you. It will take around 5- 10 minutes for the driver to arrive. It is very convenient and fast compared to public vehicles. …

Out of the Ordinary By Chris
2019年11月7日

Traveling is an effective way to know yourself better and understand the real meaning of life. During the journey we realize a lot about ourselves. We even make many new friends, new relationships and build a new family. Most of all, we learn about the true meaning of life. In the Philippines, especially in the city of Tagaytay, there is a fun and an out of the ordinary way of traveling that can make a difference in the common way you grew up with.   Jeepney It is a type of vehicle that was invented during the American occupation of the Philippines. Jeeps were used by the U.S. military as their service during the World War II, but now made and developed as public means of transportation in the Philippines. This is one of the most convenient ways to travel. A “jeepney” can sit up to 20 passengers.     …

SPEAK! SAY! TELL! By Cheche
2019年10月28日

Language Skill #2: SPEAKING   Speaking is the second language skill we get in learning English. It is what is known as a productive skill, or an active skill, as it involves us to use our verbal tract and our brains correctly produces language through sound. It is the second of two natural language skills.       Knowing how to speak will help you:  ・Engage people in conversation  ・Address audiences     Speaking can be formal or informal:  ・Informal speaking is typically used with family and friends, or people you know well.  ・Formal speaking occurs in business or academic situations, or when meeting people for the first time.     Speaking is perhaps the language skill that most language learners desire to perfect as soon as possible. It used to be the only language skill that was difficult to practice online. This is no longer a problem. Come and …

MOTIVATION By John
2019年10月20日

These days, motivation is in short supply when it comes to achieving our goals. We experience a barrage of pressure to perform, achieve, or to find our personal direction in life. Finding your place in the world is already overwhelming in and of itself, much less finding the motivation to do anything. Thus, as imperfect as I am, I will nonetheless impart some advice on how to stay motivated so that you may increase your chance in achieving your desired goal.     Good Habits Aristotle once said that “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” It’s so much easier to do something when you’ve set yourself into doing the small things that contribute to that excellence, or whatever desired goal you’re working for.   As an example, good oral care is easily maintained when you’ve established it as an automatic habit …

READ! COMPREHEND! By Cheche
2019年10月16日

Language Skill #3: READING Reading is the third language skill we may develop in learning a language. As with listening, it is able to receive ideas or passive skill, as it needs us to use our eyes and brains to understand the written equivalent of spoken language. It is one of the two unnatural language skills. This skill refers to the ability to know written text. It is reasonable to develop the skill at early age of schooling. When students understand written text, and combine their understanding with prior knowledge, they are able to perform the following three reading – comprehension skills. 1. Identify simple facts presented in written text. 2. Make judgments about the written texts content. 3. Connect the text to other written passages and situations. “Reading for pleasure is more important for educational success.” Therefore, there’s a very obvious place to start those wishing to improve your …

Travelling around Tagaytay By Em
2019年10月13日

Good day everyone! My name is Teacher EM. For this blog I’m going to talk about travelling around Tagaytay City during the weekends. You may ask, “What do you mean about travelling around the city?” you see, travelling around the city during the weekdays and during the weekends or holidays is totally different, as the city has set up specific routes around the school vicinity that can be very confusing to both Filipinos and F2F students alike. Let’s discuss and try to understand more about these routes. For us to understand it better. There are 2 main roads that are being used around the school: **Emilio Aguinaldo highway (Casino Road)        **Mahogany Avenue (NBI Road) (TWO WAY SCHEME) Regular Weekday Route During Mondays thru Fridays (except Holidays), our start point is going to be the village gate (Tagaytay Heights Main Gate) “TWO WAY SCHEME” is being implemented, both roads can be …

Having fun while studying By Joana
2019年10月4日

Studies for most of us is a very uninteresting part of life or a dull activity but studies can be fun. Yes, if we start practicing the theory that we study in daily life we will start finding the worth and joy of it. Studying is an unpleasant task for most people. It is a mentally challenging activity that often involves frustration. Because you’re learning something hard, it’s a natural reaction for your mind to seek out things which are easier or more entertaining. Your aim is to be able to produce correct English. Practice is undeniably the best way to learn and improve. Here in F2F you will find yourself enjoying learning English and at the same time having fun. You can go out with your teachers, classmates and other friends because communication is one of the best ways to improve your English. If you can learn to enjoy studying, however, you’ll unlock a much …

The Best of Both Worlds By Able
2019年10月1日

Business and leisure — two reasons people travel anywhere in the world. When you have the opportunity to earn money or learn skills and enjoy pleasurable moments somewhere else at the same time, man, you’ve got the best of both worlds!              Up to present, multitudes of tourists from Asian countries visit the Philippines for a definite period —- summer and winter. The sole purpose is English immersion. Alongside learning is the anticipation of leisure by discovering new places and experiencing different culture. However, this purpose is not always achieved. Some English schools allot most time for classroom settings to the extent that students spend more than eight hours in class every day. On the other hand, other schools offer more leisure time than academic. Therefore, students should be cautious in choosing the most suitable programs to meet their needs and expectations.              Realizing the need for balance, Face to …

Where to Study by Joana
2019年9月29日

Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for every one of us especially for the students. You will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, culture and activities. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in English because there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.   If you’re thinking about studying abroad, you might consider Philippines. This country has the third largest group of English speakers in the world. Because of its English-friendly society, this country is also an attractive tourist destination.   Tagaytay City is an example. It is one of the most prominent tourist spots in the country. It has been a favorite destination of the people from Manila and other people from neighboring town. With a beautiful overlooking view of the Taal Lake and a cool temperature. That’s why this place is known as the …

Learning English Language Strategies for Culturally Diverse Learners By Belle
2019年9月21日

English is becoming the world’s universal language and we have to admit that English is everywhere. It is the language of everything. Since English is taking over, what should we do then as a newbie in the said language? It is quite hard for others to least have a better understanding of it, and what more to speak of it? A lot of diverse learners are finding it more difficult to learn English language, to the fact that English grammatical structure is totally different from their mother tongue’s language. Speaking English or even understanding it is mostly considered as a struggle to someone who has diverse culture.  Here are the few ways then on how a newbie can encourage himself to learn, improve and be confident when using English.   A)  Always keep in mind that it may take quite longer time to improve oneself because learning such language is …

LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN! by Cheche
2019年9月19日

Language Skill #1: LISTENING Listening is the first language skill we get in our native language. It requires us to use our ears and brains to understand language as it is being spoken to us. Listening can be complicated when you are learning English. Different accents, new vocabulary words, and people speaking quickly can all leave you confused. But don’t worry! Face to Face Language School has tips to help you train your English listening skills. 1. Listen to new story every Monday. 2. Listen to audio news reports in English. 3. Listen to some classic pieces of English texts. 4. Listen to easy and fun English songs with subtitles. 5. Listen and learn English rhythm, rhyme and pronunciation. Listening skills are essential for interpersonal communication. It involves focus and concentrated effort, both mental and sometimes physical as well. If you want the full knowledge of learning a language, then …

Jose Rizal and Sakura Love by John
2018年12月9日

Do you know about Jose Rizal? He is the Philippines’ national hero and is the father of the Philippine revolution against Spain, which occupied the country for 333 years.  Rizal fought for Philippine independence and national self-determination. He was highly intelligent; a renaissance man who was both a polyglot and a politician. He was highly skilled in the sciences as well as the arts. He is also somewhat popular in Japan. Recently, he has even been featured as the main character in a Japanese manga. Rizal’s life involved quite a bit of international travel, stemming from his pursuits of further formal education and innate desire to observe and interact with the world’s cultures and people.  He was known to have had several love interests throughout his life, one of which was the daughter of a noble samurai family.  Her name was Seiko Usui, or “O-Sei-san”, as Jose affectionately referred to …

Afternoons at Face to Face
2018年12月6日

Which do you prefer– mornings or afternoons? I believe most of my students, co-teachers, and friends would pick the latter. I mean, afternoons are laidback, short and fast, and usually have optimum temperature. On the other hand, mornings just seem to be so slow and so long. There are several things I really love about afternoons at F2F. First, I love hanging out with my students and colleagues at cafes in the afternoon, as I mentioned in one of my past blogs. These days, we love going to cafes to have Okinawa or Hokkaido milk tea which is becoming more and more popular in the Philippines. There are some instances when we, the teachers take our students out with their lessons of course, and we have our classes outside instead. These moments are full of smiles and laughters: Second, I live for afternoon walks. On weekends, we at F2F love …

How to Bargain in the Philippines by Em
2018年11月20日

Good day to you! Teacher Em here. I will be sharing with you one of the most important things that you would need when you travel, study and stay in the Philippines… We will talk about ‘bargaining’. First, where is it possible to bargain? Asking for a discount is a daily thing. It is very common to strike and try to get a bargain but you need to understand where you can and where you can’t. Here is a list of some of the places where you can try to bargain: Flea Markets Tiangge (shops that are temporary in a certain places or shops that are not inside a shopping mall) City Markets Ukay – Ukay (second hand thrift shops) Garage Sales / Yard Sales Small Antique Shops Small Book Shops Here are also some services that you can try to bargain, like: Tricycle Fare Taxi Fare Before you start …

Start your career with TOEIC!
2018年10月14日

TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) is one of the requirements needed especially in countries from Asia in order to be accepted in a well –established company. One of the main reasons is to state that workers from a certain company are globally proficient based on the scores given according to standards. It also shows that the company caliber of hiring workers requires an excellent communication skill in English. This test is divided into four parts: Speaking and Writing, Listening and Reading. TOEIC is one of the courses offered in Face to Face Language and Culture School. We initiate the process of the test. Students learned how to answer the following questions using specific techniques and tactics that can help them a lot to be familiar with the questions and answer in fastest time available. The process includes some of the following: Speaking – It contains eleven questions that …

L-E-T-T-E-R-S by Teacher Mark

Giving letters is an old tradition that started to become popular in the late 50’s. People around the world send letters to show appreciation to someone. Appreciation comes in many forms, not only by means of saying “thank you”, but also giving and receiving letters which means a token of gratitude from someone who is dear to us. Normally, giving letters is being used to express our feelings romantically ; but nowadays  some people use it as a symbol of valuing a good relationship with someone like a mother to her child, a coach to its team, and student to its teacher. Here in Face to Face Language and Culture School, it is also typical for our students to give letters to teachers to tell how grateful they were graduating from this school. These letters were one of the most valuable possessions of every teacher which boost their energy and …

The Sixth Starbucks
2018年10月4日

Tagaytay may be better known for specialty food like bulalo and as the weekend getaway for cool weather for Manileños, but the city can also boast about having some of the most scenic, magnificent views in a Starbucks. Tagaytay now boasts six Starbucks branches in the area. Presently, the four are in (1) Serin Ayala Mall (2) Robinson’s (3) San Jose (4) Magallanes and – though it could be argued that it’s not technically in Tagaytay proper – the Starbucks in (6) Twin Lakes, which offers stunning views just as the other branches with a lakeside view. Now visitors and locals alike can add another branch into the fray. Domicillo Starbucks is a quiet, quaint, and comfortable new location. Nestled in Domicillo hotel, the front facade and main structure of Domicillo are composed of industrial cement, accented with simple plants like bamboo shoots. Both the interior and exterior of the …

Tagaytay track and field oval
2018年7月6日

Staying fit is very important. Eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, drinking a lot of water, walking, and jogging everyday will keep you in good shape. Waking up early in the morning should not be a struggle for someone whose routine is doing so. It only means that every cell in his body is attuned to the daily physical activities set for the day. —– To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise – Gene Tunney —– A desk-bound person may only need to take at least 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. Walking distance from Tagaytay Heights Subdivision and F2F School, the track and field oval is the best place and accessible to everyone in the neighboring areas for several physical activities like playing Frisbees and Badminton.   Enjoy doing this healthy lifestyle and its benefits like: improving blood pressure, building strong bones, reducing the risk of …

Competent or Not Yet Competent
2018年4月10日

TM 1 or Trainers Methodology 1 is one f the requirements not only in Face to face, but also in different schools around the Philippines. It is a pre- requisite for the (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) to be given a certificate which states that this institution is recognize by TESDA. In regards to this, we will be able to comply with the requirements and enable the teachers to be considered skilled enough for the said competency based on the quality standards. Sounds difficult? Actually it is. It needs a lot of hard work, patience, and understanding the system in TESDA way. At first, we needed to submit a portfolio containing all the documents needed for the assessment. Making it needs lots of critical thinking and analysis to be able to start with the certain topic that will best fit the qualification that we are trying to apply for. …

LET’s GET READY FOR TOEFL (Part 1)
2018年3月7日

               LET’s GET READY FOR TOEFL   (Part 1) English as an international language is perceived to be one of the more important languages if not the most in the world to date. There are several reasons why many people aim to learn the language. One of which is to go to another country, whether it be for the purpose of vacation, looking for a new job, or simply enrolling in a college or university overseas. In doing so, one’s readiness in immersing to another culture is of bigger challenge thus requiring not only physical and emotional preparedness but also deep understanding of ENGLISH communication skill. The Global Standard for assessing English Proficiency may come in different levels, costs, and names. One of the more popular tests we have today is TOEFL which is accepted in more than 10,000 colleges, institutions, agencies in more than …

F2F
2018年2月26日

F2F teachers  students and teachers went on a trip to Puerto Galera Incorporating the core of English education, Face to Face offers the best of both worlds. High caliber teachers not only provide an exceptionally considerate and learning-focused atmosphere for the students but also offer an innovative and progressive curriculum distinctively designed to come across the fast pace global needs through aspirations and goals. While students are being reassured for language excellence, they are also guided exclusively to advance their distinct potential and aptitude to the fullest embedded in the rich and multifaceted programs. Teaching English Language is what we do best! With the teachers sharing common goals, we help students make their mark in the world.

Why Study in Tagaytay?
2018年2月23日

Good day! I am Teacher Amber, one of the resident Native teachers of F2F and self-acclaimed culture vulture. I’ll walk you through what I believe is the best part of studying abroad: learning while travelling! I always tell my students that it’s like hitting two birds with one stone – you get to learn English and go on vacation at the same time! Many students who go abroad to study English want a ready-made excuse to practice what they’ve learned on a daily basis –but, just because you are staying in a foreign country, don’t mean you get to use the expressions you learned in class to the full extent. More often than not, you need to go out of your school to put your knowledge into better use. This is one of the reasons why the Philippines is a great place to learn and use English! Feeling suffocated in …

youngters @ Face to Face
2018年2月5日

Is it better for children to start learning a second language at early age? My answer would be… definitely yes! A second language is a language that a person can speak which is not the native language that they learned naturally as a child. One thing I’ve noticed among our English learners is that, younger students can easily remember what they have learned and put it on practice especially when it comes to their communication skills. Though as we all know, everyone has different learning curves, some can learn very quickly and some people need more time. Anyway, for this post you will see more of our young English learners. Who doesn’t love ice cream? These are our Taiwanese students enjoying some treats from their teachers for a job well done. Our Taiwanese students normally stay with us for a few weeks or some of them study in F2F for …

Medical English
2018年2月1日

Have you ever considered a nursing career? It’s a very rewarding career, both monetarily and emotionally. Making a difference in people’s lives and bringing them hope and cheer is not something that you can achieve in just about any career. If you’re interested in medical field or to be a nurse someday, I invite you to enroll here at Face to Face Language and Culture School. My name is Teacher Amy and I want to share “Why should you be interested in taking Medical English? Mr. Junichi Omachi, the president of Face of Face is also a former nurse. I was once interested in a nursing field and I had studied at New Regal Career in Los Angeles, achieved my certificate in Nursing Assistant in Los Angeles. My first job is at Autumn Hills Glendale, Ca. USA. There is great demand for nurses and United States along with other countries has shortages for …

Year end party
2018年1月23日

It marks the beginning of the very exciting and fun Christmas vacation. Our annual “Year End Party”. It’s a way for all of us to celebrate the Christmas and New Year together before returning to our own home town. As a tradition, we usually spent time with our family and eat together to celebrate this occasion. We did the same thing in the Year End Party. We ate together as a family with a delicious meal prepared by our chef. The food was really great. It’s a mixture of Filipino and Japanese cuisine Simple and meaningful decorations… F2F family eating together… We also set up some fun games that made the celebration more exciting. It’s a way for all of us to work together as a team in winning different games. Marshmallow catching game… Soda drinking game…. In every competition, there’s always a winner. Even though some didn’t win, we …