English is such a popular language that it is continuously becoming a trend in many countries around the world especially in Asia. This results in the increasing number of people who fly to the Philippines to be taught English by Filipino teachers who are known for their neutral accent, friendly approach, and effective and efficient teaching strategies.    Face to Face opens its door to anybody who is eager to become a fluent English speaker. With that being said, our school recently welcomed Taiwanese students who came here to study English during their summer vacation. Our Taiwanese students consisted of working dads and moms, business professionals, and elementary to university students.    It was a fun-filled month having them around. They were full of energy and joy. The kids and teens were also inquisitive, and you’ll definitely enjoy having a conversation with them.  The diversity of our students can lead …

On keeping fit

Sit mens sana in corpore sano (for a healthy mind in a healthy body) Teaching here for quite some time, I have encountered numerous students who were looking younger than their actual age and were fit as a fiddle. So envious I’d ask: “How do you keep yourself fit?” They’d tell me, “Well… I go to gym and work out for a couple of hours or more” followed by “so teacher, where’s the nearest gym?” From that moment, I’ve fathomed that most Japanese would like themselves slim, working out regularly , eating less salty, less sugary, fresh and organic foods- health is their top priority. Some of the things that concerned the students while studying abroad are these 1. Is the school near a place where they can go exercising? 2. Does the school have a gym/ area where they can work out? 3. Any fun activities they may do …

FOOD-venture: Lomi

December, it’s the holiday season, the weather is cold and you’re looking for a simple but sumptuous meal… but where exactly to go? What to eat? As throngs of tourists flock Tagaytay, you might feel disheartened to head over to your favorite restaurant with all the traffic jams and packed jeepneys. I’ll let you in on a secret! There’s a hidden gem just about 5-10 minutes on foot from Face to Face Language School, where you can have a famous Filipino comfort food- LOMI! Lomi is actually the Filipino take on Chinese noodles. It is made with fresh thick egg noodles which somewhat resembles Udon, in a thick egg drop soup topped with hard-boiled egg, chicharon (deep fried pork skin) and meat. You may also season it with a sauce made of fresh calamansi and soy sauce; or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can add some chili and …

about F2F (Tagaytay)

Aside from the fact that F2F provides excellent quality when it comes to teaching the English language, as we are able to cater to various levels of our students, personalise lessons for their specific needs, and as well as being flexible to some unexpected changes. The school is also located at one of the most visited places here in the Phillippines, the city of Tagaytay. Tagaytay is known for its mild climate which is ideal for people who couldn’t bear the humidity in other cities, especially during the summer season. Some students took a photo at the entrance of Tagaytay heights. Tagaytay heights is a housing estate where students and teachers stay. Some of the students share the house or a room with the teachers, this is also a good opportunity for us to communicate and practise the students’ communication skills. These F2F classrooms are intended for one on one …

culture to culture

Living in a foreign country is difficult, but living in a different country with different people is far worse. Imagining yourself adjusting to foreign land with the language plus the culture that is very different from where you came from; makes it more difficult. Boarding teachers with our housemates. One of the privileges of F2F is having this system called, “Boarding Teacher”. Being one, we normally spend our day together with students. Sharing some of them in a room; as a result, we can build a strong bond with the students treating them as one of our family. I think it’s an advantage for students’ to have this kind of system. It is just like hitting two birds with one stone. Studying English is one and practicing it every time together with their house teachers’ can help them improve more with their speaking ability. After dinner, we usually stayed in …

Boun Giorno Italian Restaurant

Boun Giorno Buon from the Italian word Buono means good and giorno means day, it is used as well-wishing greeting, above all in the morning or during the morning, it’s better to use it before 12 noon. Buon Giorno is an Italian word means good day, it is also the name of the Italian restaurant located in Cliff house Tagaytay. It was my first time to dine in this restaurant when we had our lunch there. The staff were very accommodating and we were seated immediately as soon as we arrived. There were a few people there and they are already enjoying their food. One of the staff informed us that their oven was under maintenance during that time so their pizzas were not available. We felt a little disappointed, since we were expecting to taste their famous pizza. But we were satisfied with the food that we ordered. Their …

snippets of F2F

Have you ever wonder how ESL teachers start and end their day at work? Most people would say it’s a routine or maybe boring. Don’t worry it’s not! I’ll share some snippets of my normal days. This is during a group class where the students had listening activity, whenever we have listening activity, we listen to english songs and they have to fill in the missing lyrics of the songs. Hamad studied with us for several months. He’s a very optimistic and hilarious student. I handled his writing class during his stay here. Abby has been my student for almost eight months now, she’s learning how to improve her Reading skills with me. This day is special for her so we decided to go out and celebrate it. Classes start at 8:30 in the morning, I had group class and one on one speaking classes. I always enjoy group classes …

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