Course overview:
OPIc is an oral English proficiency test which consists of a series of recorded questions accessed by computer and was developed jointly by Credu, a subsidiary of the Samsung group and a leading e-learning company in South Korea and the ACTFL, one of the top three language testing organizations in the world under Language Testing International. It is a computerized test of English-usage skills and is a computer version of the Oral Proficiency Interview or OPI.

Course description:
PIA’s OPIc Module is designed to target two points: it develops a test-taker’s functional speaking ability and it also focuses on learning the strategies on how to get a high score in the actual OPIc test.  In OPIc, although the test questions are very simple, it is much more comprehensive than other tests because one’s grammar, vocabulary, fluency, and pronunciation are all tested. In PIA, the module is designed to make the OPIc student be able to meet such competencies successfully. A major inclusion in the OPIc module is IMPROMPTU SPEAKING. It is a group class which develops the confidence of students to speak about topics in a limited period of time.

 

Classes

1on1 Class (4H) + Small Group (4H) + Morning & Evening Option Classes (3H)

 

Type of class

Subjects

1:1 class Language task + lexis 1, language task + lexis 2, listening skills enhancement, odds and ends
Small group class Language exchange, language task, public debate

 

Course requirements:

I. Entry Requirements:
PIA has in place a proficiency test which the academy uses to identify which level a student would belong to. This is the Pines English Proficiency Test or PEPT. It measures and covers the four macro-skills of English, namely: SPEAKING, LISTENING, READING and WRITING. To be able to register in the OPIc module, the following requirements are necessary:
1. The student must be at least in Level 3 or higher.
2. The student must be qualified to study in the Advanced Course Department as per PEPT and/or interview for new students.
3. The student may present an official OPIc score equivalent to NOVICE HIGH.

* Students who are not able to meet these requirements are advised to take Sparta Speaking Course for a minimum of four weeks to prepare them well before tackling the OPIc subjects, especially the speaking part.

II. Study Requirements:
The OPIc students are expected to:
1. Attend their classes regularly and maintain a 90% – 100% attendance in all their classes
2. Participate in all class activities (class activities and homework)
– both 1on1 classes and group classes
3. Take the weekly simulation tests and the monthly Pines English Proficiency Test

Learning outcome: 
OPIc, being a speaking-based test, focuses on speaking competencies.  Specifically, the objectives of the course are for the student to be able to:
1. be fully familiar with the test process, test questions, and evaluation process;
2. develop techniques in answering OPIc questions with as much detail as possible
3. to integrate fluency and speed in answering questions
4. gain confidence and be comfortable in expressing oneself fluently using the English language
5. obtain on OPIc Level of Intermediate Mid / Intermediate High or higher

Teaching Philosophy
PIA teachers are trained and equipped with competencies developed in their degree courses and the constant training and supervision of the department heads (Refresher Course Department, Bridging Course Department, Advanced Course Department) in coordination with the HR Department to have the following:

1. K – knowledge

[PIA teachers undergo a training program before being employed not just to reinforce their current state of competency but to challenge teachers to go beyond what they already know – in order to educationally satisfy the learning expectations of students]

2. S – skill [PIA teachers constantly develop their skills via trainings and peer-sharing which further hone their teaching skills. Furthermore, to maintain the best crop of teachers in the academy, all teachers are subjected to a monthly rigorous evaluation which keeps them performing at their best – in order to 9educationally satisfy the learning expectations of students]

3. A – affective virtue [PIA teachers, aside from having the necessary knowledge and skill, are also fundamentally capable of ensuring that the student has a conducive learning environment by maintaining mutual respect regardless of the differences in culture. The efficiency of teachers in the classroom is matched by their ability to make their students enjoy learning English despite the challenges felt by students]

Recommended study duration:
8 weeks

Instructional methods:
Creativity in teaching is the key for a student to achieve his goals. In PIA, the creativity of teachers in handling their classes brings out the best results in terms of the quality and quantity of English instruction learned. Teachers know their fields and they are adept at creating an appropriate learning environment. The teaching methods applied in each class are diverse and are chosen to fit a particular class – as not one method is applicable to all classes.

 

OPIc Module Subjects

Methodologies
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・Self-Practice Method: The key to attaining a high score in any test is frequent PRACTICE. In the classes, teachers give students numerous opportunities to answer test questions that may be found in the actual test.
・Explaining: The teacher describes sets of facts which clarify the cause, context, and consequence of such facts.
・Lecturing – Demonstrating: The teacher states details and demonstrates how answers to problems are arrived at.
・Collaborating: The teacher allows the students to work with each other in class activities
・Oral Reporting: The teacher gives opportunities for students to expose themselves more in practicing the English language orally in front of an audience.
・Discussion: The teacher allows the students to express their opinion and ideas.
・Audio-communicative approach: The teacher institutes listening learning processes with enhancement of communicative abilities.
・Critiquing: The learning process is never complete without a teachers’ feedback and critique, thus, it is a must for PIA teachers to integrate feedback mechanisms in all their classes.

Activities
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・Pre-test and post-test
・Speaking, listening, writing, reading activities related to the test
・Impromptu/ spontaneous speaking
・Brainstorming
・Concept Mapping
・Role-playing
・Questioning Activity
・Forum
・Small group discussion
・Assignments
・Vocabulary Drills
・Problem solving activities
・Quizzes
・Take home tests
・Checking and analysis of answers to tests

 

Text and additional resources/materials: 
・OPIc books created by PIA
・OPIc Basic
・OPIc Intermediate
・OPIc Advanced
・New OPIc Actual Tests
・PICUS OPIc

Course outline and level development:

Entry Level

Level 3 or higher [PIA-based English Proficiency Level]/
Official OPIc Test Level: Novice High

Study Duration

4Weeks

8 Weeks

OPIc-based subjects
(Speaking, Writing, Listening, Reading)
・OPIc test format, rules, instructions, do’s and don’t’s
・Tips and answers to frequently asked questions about the OPIc test
・Strategies and Techniques in getting a high score in the OPIc test
・Basic vocabularies, expressions and patterns in answering OPIc questions
・Listening to OPIc questions and sample answers via audio files
・Drills on answering OPIc questions based on the OPIc Background Survey
・Patterns in answering (1) General OPIc questions, (2) OPIc questions on hobbies, leisure activities and sports, (3) role-play OPIc questions as per background survey result
・Interactive classes to simultaneously enhance perspective and critical thinking skills
・OPIc Simulation tests and feedback sessions
・Rigid training on answering OPIc questions
・Honing proficiency by more test practices
・More advanced and comprehensive approach in the OPIc subjects as compared to the subjects during the first four weeks
・OPIc Simulation tests and feedback sessions

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Reading ・Reading aloud, pronunciation and accent activities ・More comprehensive lessons on reading aloud, pronunciation and accent
Speaking ・Impromptu speaking techniques
・Discussion classes that enhance students’ expression of ideas and opinions
・Mastery in the art of spontaneous speaking
Listening (in OPIc group class) ・Listening exercises to enhance listening skills as it is necessary in the test
*Odds and Ends A subject in all test modules which is included to cater to the students’ clamor to have a respite from the rigors of having to study purely about the TEST MODULE. Classes vary from ESL Listening, ESL Writing, ESL Speaking and other subjects that may interest the student.
The level of difficulty and complexity in the subjects increases as the student advances from the first four weeks to the succeeding weeks.

 

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Sample Timetable:

Time

Subject

Class type

7:20-8:10 am

Morning Option Class

8:20-9:10 am

Language task + lexis 1

1:1 class

9:20- 10:10 am

Language task + lexis 2

1:1 class

10:30- 11:20 am

Language exchange

Small group

11:30-12:30 pm

Language task

Small group

12:30- 01:20 pm

Lunch

01:20- 02:10 pm

Listening skills enhancement

1:1 class

02:20- 03:10 pm

Odds and ends

1:1 class

03:20- 04:10 pm

Language task

Small group

04:20- 05:10 pm

Public debate

Small group

05:20- 06:10 pm

06:15- 07:00 pm

Dinner

07:00- 07:50 pm

Evening option class

08:00- 10:00 pm

Mandatory class