- Native English Teacher
Henrik Kmetyk is the newest addition to the Philinter Team. He is a graduate of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University located in Vancouver Canada. Mr. Kmetyk has spent the past 22 years in Beijing China as an IELTS examiner before becoming a director for the IELTS department at a top 10 International school located in Beijing China for the last 13 years before coming to the Philippines. With extensive Asian training and teaching experience Mr. Kmetyk is a perfect fit for Philinter and the students at our campus.
- Native English Teacher
Mr. Michael Sullivan (a.k.a. Mike), is the newest addition to the Philinter team. He is a Master’s graduate from Regent University in the USA and has 8 years of training expertise. He served as a telecommunication’s liaison for the United States Navy in Singapore, and has 3 years of ESL curriculum development and teaching experience. He has become a communications and language consultant for the burgeoning call center industry here in the Philippines; helping those who speak English as their second language handle Native speaking customer interaction. He grew up in Thailand and considers Asia his home despite his American roots and dominant native tongue. He has a beautiful Cebuana wife and 4 marvelous kids.
- Ielts coordinator
Mr. Dan Nahum A. Estillore is a graduate of University of San Carlos, one of the most prestigious universities in the Philippines with excellent English training that would equal those of European and American Universities. Behind his smile are years of English and IELTS teaching experience to multiple foreign nationalities from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia and even from Russia. His unique approach and methodology combined with flexibility in teaching IELTS, have helped students achieve their goals as he knows what it feels like to learn a new language. His visit to countries like Japan and Mongolia gave him valuable experience that enabled him to understand great difficulties students face while learning English. He is strict with a firm personality in class but has a sense of humour and a warm personality outside the classroom. His philosophy is simple; the purpose of teaching is not to fill the minds of students with facts, but to teach them to think for themselves.
- Business Coordinator
He is a licensed and experienced operating room nurse. He has also been working as an English teacher for more than 5 years.
As a teacher, he is witty and well-organized. He makes sure that the students enjoy their lessons. Ken handles the group classes of the Business course.
He is friendly, optimistic and fun to be with. He loves playing basketball during his free time.
TOEIC = LOGIC.
BY: Ruth C. Inocentes
Logical thinking is thinking based on proven knowledge and information that is accurate and certain. Employers hire workers who display strong logical thinking or reasoning skills as this is relevant to making decisions based on facts. So realistically, companies don’t want to recruit employees who use their emotions in doing so.
We, the TOEIC teachers in Philinter, train our students how to exercise their logical thinking – which most students find so uncomfortable doing – in order to get a good score. The feeling of discomfort comes when they think the questions are too difficult or when they pay attention to the time allotted. As a result, they never attain their desired score. Although we keep reminding them the strategies for taking the test, it’s still not good enough if they can’t analyse or draw conclusions by themselves. What we avoid happening is when students make the same mistakes. Even though making mistakes is a fact of life, in TOEIC, we can’t let our students adopt an attitude that accepts mistakes; they need to want to be mistake free as much as possible through frequent practice. After all, accuracy is extremely important.
So no matter how challenging TOEIC is, students must learn how to think logically in taking the test. If they do so, this will give them a huge advantage during the exam and help them after they get a job.
For A Brighter Future; IELTS
By: Goen A. Cabatuan
The IELTS course in Philinter is the most exclusive course this school has to offer. With limited slots to assure that student’s needs are met, this course has gone further in proving that it is not only about passing a test, it is about preparing for what is ahead in the future.
Teaching enthusiastic students is always fulfilling for a teacher and being given a chance to assist highly motivated individuals in reaching their desired band scores is just cherry on top. With the demand of the English language skills becoming higher in foreign countries, the school has set an even higher standard which adds pressure to the teaching force but is nothing short of achievable since teachers in this institution are hard-working as ever. With effective and intensive one on one classes with skilled and capable teachers, students get the most of their preparation stages. Additional supplemental group classes give them more confidence in interaction. Lastly the weekly mock test we provide, gives students realistic experience. A total package which delivers results, that is the IELTS course in Philinter.
It is indeed worthwhile when a student achieves an opportunity to study and live abroad with the help of their teachers. I myself feel it is not just an achievement of my student but mine too. It is not only about studying lessons and improving skills, it is also about building an individual’s future that is bright and full of opportunities.
“Live” English Learning Will Not Die
By: Michael Sullivan
In the media entertainment industry, the democratizing and disruptive developments of digital technology have lowered profit margins for conventional business outlets dependent on sales. CD’s, DVD’s are yesterday’s distribution channels as Netflix and Spotify provide consolidated, subscription-based distribution channels on the Internet. They provide curated, customer-centric forms that speedily give the customer a much more immersive experience. This has come at a cost as profitability has squeezed the companies’ ability to support the continuation of producing more content. Artists, songwriters, producers make far less per view and depend on “live” events more than ever.
What about education? More specifically, what about English as a second language education? Has it been effected by the disruption of the Internet and the cloud? Has traditional modes of “distributing” English education to foreign student changed? It appears that online education makes claims similar to that of the aforementioned media entertainment. It claims more immersive experiences for far less the cost of traveling to traditional schools in English speaking countries. However, it seems though that the human element cannot be ignored. Just like “live” entertainment has become a re-centered focus to profit from in media, traditional school can offer similar more physical and life-like experience in which students (the customers) can richly gain from. School has to integrate technology to promote, provide hybrid programs that include online and off-line learning environments to broaden the scope of learning for their students and raise the bar in the language education industry.
The Right Place: Philinter
By: Shiely Mae V. Berame
I can still remember the first time I stepped on Philinter. It was the time that I seemed so enchanted because I couldn’t imagine why the school had a different feeling to me. Later on, I finally found the answer. One reason is that it’s a place where there is unity in diversity through the English language. There’s no higher accolade than Philinter making that possible. The school continually devises a coherent plan to provide better service to students. I am grateful enough to be part of the school where people have been working together. The second reason is that the culture of each country doesn’t overlap one another. Equity and equality of treatment are present in the school community. There are people from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, China, Thailand, Mongolia, Spain and Russia. I adore the perseverance of teachers and students as they don’t delimit themselves to pursue one goal. Truly, Philinter is the right place to study English.