November 29, 2019

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Education in 3D Academy, Cebu – Real Experience sharing by a Russian

Hi guys! Remember I promise you to tell more about my study in 3D School? Here I am, speaking from my heart.

Let me recap everything from the time I’ve had my Entrance test. Every Monday, there is an entrance test for all new students arriving that week. The entrance exam is based on TOEIC. The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is an international test of English language proficiency for non-native speakers. It is designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment. It has something in common with other international exams such as IELTS and TOEFL. TOEIC is quite popular in Asia like Japan, Taiwan and Korea. It is relatively unheard of in Europe. TOEIC consists of 4 parts: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. It takes around 3 hours to do this exam.

For me, TOEIC exam was not so difficult. However, I wasn’t very familiar with the type of tasks I need to do for the exam and therefore I couldn’t manage my time well. It was a useful training to know my strengths and weaknesses.

In the evening, I was glad to receive my personal schedule. I had 4 classes: 2 man to man and 2 group classes as an intern.

I think the main advantage of studying in 3D academy is individual classes. I find this system effective to encourage students to develop their speaking skills. On my first lesson, I had a nice conversation with my teacher. We got to know each other and we set up the goals. We decided to focus more on vocabulary and grammar. We share about different things such as the cultural differences, hobbies, and lifestyle. I didn’t even realize how time passed. 

After that, I had English for Tourism class where we learnt specific vocabulary for the tourism industry. This practice would be helpful not only for those who are thinking about working in hospitality or as a tour guide, but for people who want to know about the right etiquette of communication at an airport, museum or other formal places. 

Next class I had was the English for British Communication. I love British accent and for me it was a great pleasure to take this class. Our teacher, Tim, is a typical British gentleman. He knows how to engage students in a discussion. The atmosphere in the class is friendly and relaxing, no one press you to do anything but you kind of want to join in the conversation yourself because it was so interesting. We mostly talked about British culture, etiquette, pronunciation, and idioms. It’s like a conversation with a wise friend who can teach you some tips and share the experience. So, for those who are planning to visit the UK or just interested in British culture, it’s a perfect class. 

         

On my last class of the day, my teacher and I decided to train on my listening skills. When I finished some exercises, the teacher explained to me about the mistakes I’ve made  and gave me some advice about how to improve from there. What impressed me the most was how open, friendly, charismatic the teachers are. Each teacher has their own personal interests and methods of teaching to the students. I could say I enjoyed my classes here a lot.

From 1 to 5 p.m daily, I work at the reception of the school. Mostly I do marketing tasks for the Russian-speaking public and sometimes answering the requests of students or teachers. Also, I am responsible to translate new information about school from English into Russian and interact with some agencies in Russia. The working environment here is welcoming. I work with people from different countries and it’s a good chance for me to adapt myself in an international working environment.

                    

After a busy day of course, we have plenty of free activities to do. On Monday, I joined yoga class because in my country I usually practiced yoga. Also, after one full day of working, students have the opportunity to relax while dancing Hip-Hop or Zumba-belly. I’d prefer to go to the gym and have some workout there. There is a coach there who can answer any question and will help you at any time you need.

        

After dinner, students who need to work on their homework or just want to study by themselves will stay at the self-study rooms. The self-study room open 24 hours, and it is air-conditioned. Students are forbidden to make noise inside the self-study room. It is a convenient place for us to study in a calm and peaceful manner. However, for some guys who prefer to have group discussions while doing their homework or play board games, they can use the school Cafeteria for free until 11pm daily. My roommates, for example, like to sit at the cafeteria to have a good cup of coffee or Bubble tea after finishing her classes. Bubble is is one of the most popular drinks in the Philippines (Or perhaps the whole Asia). 

        

Despite the fact that I am in another country, far away from my home, I realize that the same things bring people together. Hobbies, rest after work, sports, reading, relaxing in cafes and restaurants — All these activities are a chance for us to get acquaintance of each other. In spite of  the cultural differences, we all have something similar and it’s great. I was surprised to know that a man from Japan likes reading Russian News from sputniknews.com. Also, one of my newly met friends is a fashion designer from Osaka. She is familiar with the works of a Russian designer, Gosha Rubchinskiy. It’s interesting and fun to find common ground among people. Besides, It’s interesting to get to know something new from people your age in different countries. 

Overall, I am happy with my first week here in the Philippines. Can’t wait for the next week to come. 

 

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