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The Language Learning Center (LLC) was established in 2000 through the pioneering efforts and vision of former Chair of the Languages and Literature Department (LLD), Dr. Corazon C. Jibrin, and then Vice Chancellor for Academics, Dr. Myrna F. Ramos, now Vice Chancellor for Mission, External Affairs and Advancement of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas (DLSU-D).

Initially, LLC catered to the English language needs of international students coming to DLSU-D to pursue degree programs in various disciplines. In its incipient stage, LLC designed programs toward bridging foreign students onto academic literacy skills through discrete and integrated lessons in the four macro skills.

Now and after more than a decade-long of existence, LLC has expanded its reach to include English as a Second Language (ESL) programs not only for international students wanting to earn their tertiary degree at DLSU-D but for almost everyone as well - local and foreign professionals, local and foreign TOEIC and TOEFL testees, Winter campers and, generally, anyone wanting to brush up on their English language skills in academic and workplace contexts.

Partnering with the Languages and Literature Department (LLD), LLC also conducts tutorial sessions for clients interested in learning other languages: Filipino, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Russian, French and German.

The Language Learning Center (LLC) was established in 2000 through the initiatives of Professor Corazon Jibrin whose area of specialization is in English for Specific Purposes (Aston University, UK). Under the leadership of then Vice President for Academics, Dr. Myrna Fajardo - Ramos, LLC initially responded to the marketability of offering English language courses to the University's gradually diversifying clientele. Materials were designed within the varying scopes of and purposes in learning English. From then on, this internationally recognized office has been formidably functioning as the languages and culture arm of the University. It successfully provides a wide range of language programs that are consistently guided by contemporary theories of and approaches to language acquisition, pedagogy, assessment and evaluation, and research.

The Language Learning Center provides trainings in a variety of standard languages in Asia and the Pacific. As its operation is anchored on the notions of globalization and cultural pluralism, curricular programs have been designed to respond to the language and communication needs of the academe and the industry. Materials are graded and tried out and have undergone rigid scrutiny of credentialed individuals in the areas of language teaching, assessment and evaluation, and materials design and development. In the end, the center hopes to prepare its diverse clientele to be communicatively competent and sensitive to the target language thereby allowing them to cross geographic barriers and promote diversity in multilingual communication contexts.

LLC runs the following certificate courses throughout the year:

  1. English Language Programs Communication in the Workplace (ComWork)
    • Frosh ESL Start-Up (LPP)
    • Frosh Bridging Program (Bridging)
    • ESL for Professionals
    • TOEFL and TOEIC Review
    • Customized Programs
  2. Asian and Modern Languages Programs
    • Filipino, Nihongo, Korean, Mandarin, French, Spanish, German and Russian

  • Communication in the Workplace (ComWork)
  • ComWork is a short course designed to head-start DLSU-D graduating students in the workplace. As its name suggests, the course curriculum includes content, mechanics and protocol of workplace communication. Mock job interview, a great pre-employment 'event' for young graduates, is the centerpiece and a much- awaited part of the course.

  • Frosh ESL Start-Up (LPP)
  • This course is designed for international freshmen whose pre-assessment results indicate a need for a language support program specific to any or all of the four skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing.

  • Frosh Bridging Program (Bridging)
  • This course is designed for international students seeking admission to any of DLSU-D course programs but advised deferment due to an expressed need, validated by pre-assessment results as well, to improve their speaking skills, in both transactional and interactive domains. Further, communicative needs are likewise identified and addressed accordingly.

  • TOEFL and TOEIC Review
  • This course orients testees to the content and structure of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of English for International Communication. Our instructional materials and practice tests are provided by ETS-Hopkins, the Philippine accredited partner of USA Educational Testing Service.

  • This program caters to learners – middle school, high school, tertiary – who would like to spend winter away from home to a beautiful tropical country where they can have their cake and eat it as well. To winter campers LLC offers in-campus and out-of-campus accommodation, ESL sessions, classroom observation, community outreach and fun activities with young people their age.

  • ESL for Professionals
  • This course is custom-fitted to address the needs expressed by the client –expressing oneself in workplace contexts, preparing office documents and other written communication, public speaking, online communication protocol, among others.

  • Customized Programs
  • These English programs are custom-fitted around the expressed and validated needs of clients. In a series of consultative meetings, the clients forward their language or language learning needs; thereafter, LLC conducts pre-assessment and, based on the results of the meetings and the pre-assessment, the Center drafts a curriculum for client's comment and approval, or revision if necessary. Formal agreement where the specific terms and conditions of LLC services follows.

    The program of study for our Asian and Modern Languages is sequenced from developing basic skills in using the target language (Intensive), to applying the skills to specific types of discourses (Communication Skills 1), to strategically assimilating the culture (Communication Skills 2).

    • Filipino
    • Nihongo
    • Korean
    • Mandarin
    • French
    • Spanish
    • German
    • Russian

    1. We have a set of ____________ to deal with today.

    2. Which of the following sentences is idiomatically correct?

    3. Of the most commonly known ___________ found in food, Fructose and Glucose are the ones studied in our Organic Chemistry class.

    4. Which of the following sentences is correct?

    5. Which of the following sentences is correct?

    6. You haven't checked on it yet, _______ you?

    7. Mila is an assistant professor at De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. So far, she _____________ in the campus for two years.

    8. Choose the best formal reply to the question: You have been very quiet for quite sometime. Has something happened, Ma'am?

    9. This research has an impact _______ the province's economy.

    10. The data analysis resulted ______ the formulation of economic policies for every town.

    11. Which of the following sentences is correct?

    12. The word administration is stressed in the ________ syllable.

    13. In the Standard American accent, the word diaper is pronounced ______ syllables.

    14. Hey, Tops! It's been a while since we spent summer together. I've got good news. I already got the job in ____ mall.

    15. Which of the following sentences is correct?


    Language Learning Center
    La Porteria
    De La Salle University-Dasmarinas
    City of Dasmarinas, Cavite 4115

    For questions and inquiries:
    email the LLC Secretariat

    Office Hours (1st Semester)
    MW - 8:00 AM-12:00 noon
    T - 1:00-4:00
    F- 8:00-12:00; 1:00-5:00

    *For any LLC inquiry outside this schedule, please contact the Languages & Literature Department or visit JFH209.

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