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ENDERUN Colleges, founded in 2005, is celebrating its tenth anniversary along with the opening of its first satellite campus, called The Study: Enderun Tutorial and Language Center, located in Ortigas Center’s The Podium, which opened on July 20.
The new satellite campus will offer academic tutorials, foreign language lessons, English programs, and corporate training skills.
The college, best known for its hospitality and hotel management courses, will also offer short courses such as creative writing, digital marketing, food and beverage management, arts and crafts, and urban living. Short courses (which will run for about a day) will cost about P5,000, and longer courses, which can run from a month to a year, will cost from between P20,000 to P200,000.
The mall-based campus takes its roots from an Enderun Language and Learning Center in Ortigas that was founded in 2008, which was eventually integrated into the school’s McKinley Hill campus, according to Loida Flojo, Associate Director for Languages and Tutorials for Enderun Colleges.
“We want to tap a new market and a new student population,” she said, referring to the campus location which is near the major population centers of Quezon City, Ortigas, and Mandaluyong. “There were a lot of people who were learning English in this area,” she said, referring to foreign students living and studying near the area.
The campus in the mall has seven rooms, each named after a color, along with a “secret” room that forms part of the library (it is concealed by a bookcase). A café is also located outside, which is open to non-student customers.
The campus may look and feel young, but resume writing and public speaking courses are offered here, courses chosen mostly by adult professionals.
“There were inquiries for non-degree students,” said Ms. Flojo, referring to the professionals who sought these courses. Ms. Flojo even referred to the age of the student body as being between “12-60.” “We want to go beyond the four walls of the classroom,” she said.
Some of the courses are taught via blended learning programs, which combine online and face-to-face interactions between students. “We want them to discover learning for themselves,” she said. “We want the students to be empowered. We don’t want them too dependent on the teachers,” she said.
Enderun Colleges itself maintains and manages some hotels in the country, such as Acacia and Misibis Bay. — JLG
A beautifully designed language tutorial center located inside a posh mall makes learning English inspiring and accessible
One of the best assets of Filipinos is our ability to speak and write English. The country has not only become a major destination for its beautiful beaches but also for English education. In fact, the Department of Tourism is actively promoting the Philippines as a destination for English language education.
Many of our Asian neighbors, like the Koreans and Chinese, are flying to (or hiring Filipino online tutors from) the Philippines to study English. More and more language centers are upping the ante when it comes to offering English lessons.
One such institution is The Study: Enderun Tutorial and Language Center. Located inside The Podium mall in Ortigas, this is the first satellite campus of Enderun Colleges’ Tutorial and Language Department. But this is no ordinary tutorial center because it offers more than language classes. Better yet, it’s a beautifully designed learning space.
“We are geared away from the usual ‘blackboard and chairs’ type of school. Instead, we want our students to have fun and to play an active role in their own education through modern teaching and independent learning,” explains Enderun Colleges Tutorial and Language Department head Loida Flojo.
Upon entering the center, one won’t suspect it’s a learning institution because it looks more like a restaurant. The Study Café is located in front of the center where the public can enjoy food and drinks prepared by Enderun Colleges’ students. Its classrooms are designed in a more contemporary fashion, equipped with stylish furnishings. The Study, which can accommodate around 80 to 100 students in one sitting, even has its own ‘secret lounge’ that can be accessed through a bookshelf door.
“We want to cultivate curiosity. We want the kids to always have a sense of wonder, so we designed the rooms very uniquely. We have a traditional setup here but we also have a King Arthur-style conference room. So it’s a different experience every time. The environment has a lot to do with the success of your learning,” Loida says.
The center offers personalized English programs with one-on-one learning packages, as well as the Blended Learning Program, where it mixes online and face-to-face learning. Other than short courses, like introduction to coffee, junior entrepreneurship programs, business English courses, among others, the center also has on offer foreign language courses such as Japanese, German, Mandarin, Spanish, and Filipino to foreign expats.
The lessons aren’t just about memorizing words. The program makes sure to include the experience of using English in the real world. “We don’t only offer ESL (English as a Second Language) classes but we make them practice and apply their skills in a real setting. So there are programs where we train them for English, and then let them work in hotels, for example, for about a week or two, so that they can be exposed to the language. What’s good about Enderun is we have a lot of partner institutions that would allow our students to mingle even outside the four walls of the classroom. You study English to be functional so you have to be out there talking to people,” Loida says.
The center gets an average of 500 students a year of 22 different nationalities. Right now, the majority of foreign students are Koreans but it also gets Russians, Ukranians, Chinese, Japanese, among others.
“It’s more independent learning that we try to promote. At the end of the day, your parents will not always be there, the tutorial center will not always be there to guide you. The students have to discover learning for themselves. After graduating, with hope, they could do it on their own. We’re always here but we have to do what we have to do. Eventually, be on your own and those are the skills that we want to impart,” Loida ends.
The Study, 4th Floor, The Podium ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City www.thestudyph.com/www.enderuncolleges.com/ 02 655 3604
by Angelo G. Garcia
Enderun Colleges’ Tutorial and Language Department opens its first satellite campus at The Podium in Ortigas.
A unique learning environment, The Study: Enderun Tutorial & Language Center has learning hubs unlike the usual classroom setting. Its modern interior, neutral color palette, glass windows, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves radiates a relaxed place to study and take workshops or short courses. Aside from the 7 learning hubs, The Study has a computer laboratory, conference room, café, and student lounge that doubles as a secret room.
“We geared away from the usual “blackboard and chairs” type of school. Instead, we want our students to have fun and to play an active role in their own education through modern teaching and independent learning” Loida Flojo, head of the Tutorial and Language Department at Enderun Colleges said.
Aside from language, academic tutorials, and specialized courses, The Study also offers short courses and workshops from Enderun Extension, the continuing education arm of Enderun Colleges. Among the programs that are offered are: Introduction to Coffee, ServSafe, Enderun- Junior Entrepreneurs Academy (E-JEA), and Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).
“We are excited to be able to open our first satellite campus at The Podium. This is an exciting location be in and, The Study hopes to meet what the people within the area are looking for in terms of our course offerings,” Daniel Perez, Director for Admissions and Extension School at Enderun Colleges said.
The Study: Enderun Tutorial & Language Center is located at the 4th floor of The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. For more details, please call 856.5000 local 525, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the website www.thestudyph.com.
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8 students from Seoul Hoseo Technical College in South Korea attended a hospitality and English program at Enderun Colleges’ Tutorial and Language Center (TLC).
The three-week Hospitality English program is designed to enhance their communication skills in order to provide quality service to all types of customers. Students were exposed to various scenarios like taking phone calls and restaurant reservations. Aside from these, the course also covered resume writing, mock job interviews, and a wine appreciation class.
But, the most exciting part of Hospitality English was the hotel shadowing and hotel inspection activities. The Seoul Hoseo students went to Raffles and Fairmont Makati to see the facilities and scrutinize the hospitality culture and service of the company. Their final week was spent at Makati Shangri-La Hotel where they had the Hotel Shadowing activity. They were exposed to the hotel employees’ daily routine and performed tasks based on their designated positions.