What is the methodology or approach that is used all language classes at ALC?
Both in-person and online classes at Assumption Language College employ the communicative approach to language teaching in all its classes and levels. This approach is based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate authentic meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. The extent to which this approach is utilized, however, is determined by the level of the learners’ language proficiency. The higher the proficiency level of the learner is in terms of proficiency, the more will the teacher utilize skill-based approach; conversely, the lower is the level the more will the teacher make use of grammar lessons and vocabulary exercises in order to provide learners with the necessary language scaffolding to prepare them to more advanced language training. We teach our learners all the four macro skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Classes at ALC are divided into six levels–beginner, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate, and advanced.
What are the arrangements made for Online Classes?
We use Zoom or Google Meet in conducting our classes. Our class size ranges from one learner in a class to four (the maximum).
We have learners who take 180 hours of classes (3 hours of English every day) with ample time for breaks in between. This is for learners who are in need of intensive training and have goals of attending a school here in the Philippines once this pandemic is controlled and/or going to a country where English is the main mode of communication.
Some of our learners take our 60-hour Modular English course. They meet three times a week for two hours per session.
How flexible are the schedules of the Online Classes?
We can adjust the schedule of classes based on the available time of the learners. Currently, we have morning classes (8am to 12 nn), afternoon classes (1-5pm), and evening (7-10pm).
Our classes are very flexible and take into account the busy schedule of our mostly Catholic religious learners.
What is the enrollment procedure?
Prospective learners follow the following steps:
1. Take our Online Placement Test (2 hours) or take the test in-person.
2. Be interviewed by our Academic Director via Zoom (10-15 minutes) or in-person.
3. Assignment of classes.