School/Institution

Interlingua School

Interlingua School

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Average: 1 (1)
Recruits In
China
Address
Zhaiji District, Jincang Road, #60, Second Floor
- Guizhou -
China
Company Tel
86 851 86769226

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Interlingua School is a private English language school based in Guizhou, China. It has 4 locations and works with children aged 4 - 18. It currently has a staff of 40 and close to 2000 students enrolled.

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Average: 1 (1)
Review by: Anonymous
Date Added: 09 Apr 2017
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Have you taught or lived abroad before?:
No
How supportive was your employer?:
Terrible. They lost 9 teachers among 3 branches in 2 months... Support was non existent. Only constant Chinese deflection.
How did your employer manage the administration side?:
They yelled at teachers when parents didn't like your learning style. Threatened to have you arrested if you tried to leave the country for "breaking the countract".
How well did your employer communicate?:
They were awful. The only time they talk to you is when there was a complaint, which was everyday.
How were day to day lessons and your students?:
2 hour lessons with 4-6 words. Half of a 60 page book for an entire semester... The children and teachers were miserable.
Would you recommend this employer to someone else?:
Absolutely not. They don't provide health insurance, they constantly lie and manipulate. Midnight runners was practically a bi-weekly ordeal. Classes were too long with not enough material. You will work 41 hours on a 32 hour contract. They will take unknown fees out of your salary that will amount to approximately 10% of your salary. They will tell you to make Chinese friends to help you with any problem you have, so they won't have to put up with it. Everyone you meet in Guiyang knows of Interlingua, and immediately expresses their pity ("everyone gets swindled their first year in China"). Listen, if you're reading this, and you still go, then this is on you... We all talked about how we couldn't believe there wasn't anything online with their reputation, so here it is.
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Average: 5 (1)
Review by: Rob
Date Added: 17 Nov 2016
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Have you taught or lived abroad before?:
I have lived in Germany, France and Belgium in the past, but China was where I came for my first teaching position.
How supportive was your employer?:
The school provided everything I needed to grow into my new profession as a teacher, as well providing everything I needed to deal with living in China. In fact, they often went beyond what was necessary!
How did your employer manage the administration side?:
The business approaches of China and Europe are very different, which did bring up some small conflicts. The school made every effort it could to make sure that last-minute decisions were kept to a minimum, however, and I appreciated that. The VISA application process and making sure everything was performed legally ran very smoothly and I felt that they were very professional in this respect.
How well did your employer communicate?:
Having experienced how difficult communication between fairly similar cultures can be whilst working in France and Germany, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the school handled communication with its foreign staff. They had two or three English speaking Chinese staff at the school to help with translation and were sensitive to our cultural differences.
How were day to day lessons and your students?:
The students are just like any students in the world. Some are driven, keen students who want to use their newly acquired language skills whenever possible, whereas some would rather be anywhere else! We had a lot of freedom to choose how we taught our classes, which meant we could really engage the students at their level. At the same time, the school provided plenty of resources for us to draw inspiration from, including books for all the students.
Would you recommend this employer to someone else?:
I would highly recommend Interlingua to anyone thinking about teaching English in China.

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