Why Study with Us?


Why Study with Us?

For many students, an important reason for studying with us is economy. We offer EAP seminars that meet international standards of excellence for a fraction of what you would pay in Canada, the United States, Australia, or the United Kingdom. According to a recent BBC report,

“The Philippines is fast becoming the world’s low-cost English language teacher – with rapid increases in overseas students coming to learn English or study in English-speaking universities.”

In these times of strained family budgets, studying academic English with us in the Philippines is an attractive, cost-effective option.

Most researchers agree that studying in an English speaking environment greatly accelerates acquisition of the language. English is widely spoken throughout the Philippines, and it is used as an official medium of instruction from elementary school to university. Consequently, when you study English with us, you are exposed to North American style English during your daily routine as well as in the seminar room. The role of exposure in learning a second language cannot be over emphasized. Not only does it allow you to experience the language firsthand, in real situations, but exposure provides reinforcement, something Asian students rarely get outside the classroom.

According to an Educational Testing Service (ETS) ranking based on TOEFL scores for 2010, the Philippines ranked 35th out of 163 countries worldwide. The only other Asian countries to score higher than the Philippines were Singapore (ranked 3rd in the world with a score of 98), and India (19th with a score of 92). Malaysia tied the Philippines for 35th place with a score of 88.

A third reason to study with us is our academic director and head teacher. Professor I.G. MacDonald was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (honors) degree from Queen’s University in Canada in 1997, a Master of Arts degree in 1999, and in 2003 he passed the comprehensive examination for a Ph.D. Before joining the faculty of Dankook University in Korea in 2005, he taught at Queen’s University School of English and Seoul Women’s University. From 2005 until he retired in 2016, Professor MacDonald was Senior Foreign Professor of English Composition and Rhetoric in Dankook University’s Department of English Language and Literature, Graduate School of English Education, Department of Anglo-American Humanities, and Graduate School of TESOL.
Last, but certainly not least, our facilities are second-to-none. Situated in a quiet, secure compound next to the beautiful Iloilo River Esplanade, Bridge Seminars has everything you need for serious academic study. In addition to our air-conditioned seminar room, the school features a comprehensive academic resource library, high-speed wireless internet access, individual study spaces, and a modern multi-media suite for lectures and presentations.

Join us at the seminar table this semester.