Transcript: Mr. Nico James Alagasi-Bantayanon’s Speech during the IELTS Circle of Champions 2018

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Last December 16, 2018, our very own TESOL Coach Master – Mr. Nico James Alagasi Bantayanon delivered his motivational speech to thousands of students and parents in the recent concluded IELTS Circle of Champions 2018 organized by Ocean Edu- Vietnam. In his  speech, Mr. Nico reminds the students to bring two things at home: LEARN WISELY and LIVE AMPLY. He said active learning and taking initiative are the keys to learning wisely.

The following is a transcript of Mr. Bantayanon’s speech, which was provided by his office.


Good morning everyone,

I heartily welcome you all on behalf of OCEAN EDU VIETNAM for the prestigious occasion of our school THE OCEAN EDU IELTS CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS 2018 NATIONWIDE ROUND COMPETITION. It is very difficult to believe that what was once dreamt is being fulfilled now. The idea of putting the ENGLISH educational institution is so inspiring: what was once planted as a seed is now all grown into a large tree. Here I can see a blend of extraordinary and smart students and their parents who have made this day arrive; they have come to us from each and every corner of the NATION.

Every year, I find it to be my pleasure to address you people who are the young minds of today and the responsible citizens of tomorrow. I and whole of our dedicated teachers’ team appreciate the efforts put in by the parents along with their wards. So, here I feel privileged to extend my warm welcome to all the dear parents who are constantly extending their support; love to STUDENTS as well as faculty members of this school.

Please bring these two things home: LEARN WISELY and LIVE AMPLY.

Active learning and taking initiative are the keys to learning wisely.  Do you have the initiative for active learning?  What drives you to learn?  If your driving force is test and exam scores, you will surely have a hard time.  But if you have a good cause, if you can see beyond test scores and find the spark and the joy innate to the act of learning, then learning will become much more interesting and much easier.  Go and find out why you have to learn.  Look inward.  If you cannot find an answer, seek guidance from your teachers. After you have found a good cause for learning, learn wisely.  Be the master and take control of your own learning process.  

Go and broaden your horizons, actively seek knowledge from this great world that we live in. No matter what your interests are, be it astronomy, music, philosophy, or dance, the world has so much to offer.

Moving on to “Live Amply” — we all want you to live a fruitful and rewarding life.  Again, be your own master and take control of your life.

Engage in different activities.  Develop your interests.  Explore your talents.  Unearth your potentials.  Stretch your limits.  There are so many extra-curricular activities you can participate in and different things you can do — academic or non-academic, competitions, community services, sports, music, visual art, performing art, cultural activities, etc,  

Do something, so that you won’t regret not having tried when you look back in life. Once again, I would like to say CONGRATULATIONS you have made this far out of thousands of students all over Vietnam. I wish you all good luck and may the Almighty guide you all for the IELTS Examination Competition.


TESOL’s full form is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Having successfully finished with this course means you are able to teach or be a qualified instructor of the language to people in countries whose native tongue does not speak English. TESOL’s course will train you in the basic approaches which include prime teaching methods and learning techniques on how to effectively teach English to foreign students.


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