Information on Various Courses

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced student because here in Davao Language Academy, you will take intensive one-on-one lessons with the best-experienced teachers to suit your skill level in the best possible learner-friendly environment.

During weekdays, our morning sessions are held from 8 AM to 12 PM for the morning sessions and 1 PM to 5 PM for the afternoon sessions. We also offer Saturday classes if you are running a busy schedule and are not available from Monday to Friday.

Because we believe in student-centered learning, you are absolutely free to choose the subjects that you want to take! You may also ask our staff (We’re always ready to help!) to advise you on recommended courses to maximize your learning experience.

In DLA, you can get help anytime and anywhere (our staff will always be happy to assist your every need) all at a student-friendly price. Our courses will provide you with all the needed class materials and an English buddy who will be your companion all throughout the course program.

EXAM PREPARATION COURSES

People who are aiming to work, study or live abroad often need to take standardized English tests to achieve their goals. There are a number of these tests, but the most popular among examinees are Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Test takers often choose between the three depending on their purpose and the country that they are aiming to go to. Certain companies and universities require IELTS, instead of TOEIC or TOEFL. But then again, this varies from country to country.

DLA offers preparation courses for the three most popular standardized English tests. These courses aim to prepare you for your respective exams. With these courses, you will know common errors committed by test takers in various exams sections, get useful tips, practice techniques to maximize your time in answering, and many others!

IELTS

According to their official website, IELTS is “the high-stakes English test for study, migration or work”. True enough, the IELTS exam can be used for both work and academic purposes and is accepted in countries such as UK, US, Australia, and New Zealand. The test is identical to the TOEIC and TOEFL when it comes to structure, as it is also divided into four skills: Reading, Speaking, Writing and Listening. It has two types, the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Training.

The IELTS Academic test is for people whose goal is to enter higher education studies or professional registration in English-speaking countries abroad. The test often focuses on academic language and situations. On the other hand, the IELTS General Training is suitable for those who are aiming to work or undergo training programs. The IELTS scoring range for each skill is from 0 to 9, and this is called a band score. There is no passing or failing score in IELTS, although most employers and educational institutions require a minimum score of 5.0.

TOEFL

The TOEFL is a proficiency exam administered by the ETS. It has two general classifications: the TOEFL iTP and the TOEFL iBT. The former is paper-based while the latter is administered over the internet. The TOEFL iBT, given that it is much more accessible than the iTP, is more popular among test takers. The exam is divided into four sections: Listening, Speaking, Writing and Speaking. All in all, the exam will last for 3.5 hours. If an examinee fails the test, he or she may retake it after a 12-day period.

The TOEFL is usually used for academic purposes and is scored on a scale of 0 to 120. Examinees must aim for at least a score of 78, although some educational institutions require a score of 90-110.

TOEIC

Like the TOEFL, the TOEIC is also administered by the ETS and is divided into the same 4 sections. But while the TOEFL is often used for academic purposes, the TOEIC measures the English skills of examinees as in an international environment as questions usually deal with real-life work situations. The maximum possible score is 990, and so, TOEIC examinees must aim for at least a score of 700 points.

Academic English

The English language has great reach and influence, and English is taught all over the world. This course serves as both a review and a preparatory course and is best for students who are looking for courses that will help them in the academic world.

VOCABULARY

In this course, you will be learning about words that will be useful in the academic arena. Activities include spelling, pronunciation, and meaning-training and discussion, as well as speech and listening practice for each vocabulary word. Our goal is to make our student master the given words and improve their ability to speak naturally and hone their listening skills to a level that can match that of a native-speaker.

GRAMMAR

This course will help you understand and put into practice the foundation of the English language: Grammar. This course will cover parts of speech, verb tenses, conjunctions, punctuation, sentence types, parallelism, and other topics. This class is tailored to suit individual needs and can be taken by beginner, intermediate and advanced students.

English For Specific Purposes

English for Specific Purposes or ESP is a learner-centered approach in English language education. It focuses on developing communicative competence in specific areas.

BUSINESS ENGLISH

Our Business English course will hone your communicative skills for business interactions. In this course, you will be engaging in activities that will help you improve your English skills in real-life work situations. You will watch videos, listen to audio and read selections that are common in business situations, as well as training on how to ace job interviews.

TRAVEL ENGLISH

Our Travel English course is the best course for you if you are planning to go to an English speaking country for traveling or vacation purposes. It is perfect for all student levels and is specially designed for maximum learning regardless of English level skills. This course includes training on reading, writing, speaking and other skills needed for traveling. In this course, you will learn how to make requests, express your thoughts and opinions, make friends with co-travelers, as well as how to communicate when booking hotel rooms, or transportation tickets, following or giving directions, among others.

BUSINESS WRITING

This course is a more specialized version of Business English, and deals with formal business communications. Skills in this specialized area can propel both your career prospects and also your businesses. This course will help you achieve an effective professional writing style that will allow you to communicate with your target audience. Activities in this course include writing letters, reports, memos, and business proposals, among others.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Our Public Speaking course helps you build your confidence in your English-speaking skills by offering you an ideal opportunity to interact and have meaningful interactions with fluent English speakers. This course will tackle intonation, speech styles, stage-fright management, body language, and other important topics. Students will also be doing presentations, speeches and reading activities and other special activities. Our goal is to train you to achieve a native-like proficiency in speaking.

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH

The world is interconnected. Thus, there has been a rapid increase in demand for people to be able to communicate in English. DLA has the perfect curriculum for conversational English for students of all ages. We teach basic to advanced English, from simple conversational English courses to more advanced communication courses for business, travel, and academic purposes. All students are unique, and so, DLA can tailor courses to meet the needs of our learners.