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Suzhou Foreign Language School (SFLS)
苏州外国语学校

  • Rating:   Reviews: 4
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  • Address:  201 Zhuyuan Lu, New District, Suzhou
    苏州市虎丘区竹园路201号
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  • Website:  http://61.177.60.228/jswy/english/index.htm
  • Updated:  Apr 01, 2011
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Description

This boarding school offers K-12 programs on a huge, scenic campus. Contemporary classes in everything from ''industrial art'' to embroidery.

Reviews (4)

1

numeracy 5 stars

Hello, school my name is marc, how are you guys nice to meets you, I am born Nigeria British citizen,applying for a company job or a teaching job in China, and also I'm a permanent residency holder of Shanghai, China's., also a trained teacher in TEFL with a DEGREE certificate in management/accounting. I would like to work in any perimeters of your vacancy areas. You can reach me at my mobile number or through via email. I Will be glad to hear from you soon thank you.13636409587,13120683462 61220608@qq.com.

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BumRush

Having worked at the school for 2 years, I would recommend it. The pay is quite generous, the accommodation they provide is quite good on campus, (it's a bit like a hotel room), it's a little small, but well maintained and it does have AC. I quite enjoyed living on campus, it's good for your social life , convenient for work and it's FREE. The school may also offer an accommodation allowance 1500rmb 500 utilities (understandably they would prefer teachers on campus because it saves them money).
I have ready many rotten reviews about the school and I think it's a bit pathetic when people name drop and add insults, such as somebodies weight.
Despite all the good things about the school, there are also some bad..There is some very bad/ awful middle management. To be honest I think that they are not interested at the top, they prefer to be blissfully unaware of who is professional and performing well and who is here just to party.
The school has a great reputation in China and that is down to the huge success of the high school department. They have achieved world records in some departments and have students going to top universities all over the world. If you talk to any of the students in grade 6 or above you will be amazed at how clever they are and how good their English is. The school is so good it turns many students away. The students are rich and I think they are well disciplined compared to other government schools I have worked at. SFLS gives generous paid holidays, including 1 month at spring festival, October week and a few days here and there. If you are renewed they will pay you for 1 month of the summer holiday and they give 12,200rmb travel allowance every year (10,000 for flights/taxis/trains 1,100 per semester).
I would suggest giving this school a try, Suzhou is a great city to live, perhaps the best in China. The salary is quite good and the school is generous.

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VocalRush

Please don't believe a word this C. Worthington troll says. He worked at this school in 2009 for all of 10 weeks. He couldn't handle the workload and the job duties with which he was tasked. He is EVERYWHERE on the internet under a host of names slinging his mud and hatred.

The campus is about 15 years old. This year many of the classrooms received new electronic "smart" white boards which many teachers love. There are 34 foreign teachers (as of this writing) on campus, professional, kind, even-tempered.

The above poster never even lived on campus. He was given a nice, two-bedroom dig right across the street. He and his five cats destroyed it before he left. I won't comment on the school-ground accommodations as the school pays for my nice, modern two bedroom flat, situated on the 9th floor with a balcony that overlooks a gated community and my school just to my right. They pay for all utilities except for my personal mobile phone and satellite system.

Please contact the school and ask for current FTs' emails or phone numbers. I'm sure you will find many responses that totally contradict the one above. Thank you and good luck in your job search.

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C. Worthington

This school is an absolute AVOID if you are a foreign teacher looking for a job in China. The living conditions for foreign teachers are probably among the worst in China. If you live on campus, you will be crammed into a small, dark, dingy, unheated, moldy one-room apartment with a plywood door. You can easily hear your neighbors and they can hear you. The apartment is NOT heated and winters in Suzhou can be cold. Notwithstanding the comments above, the campus is NOT pretty at all. NOT at all. It looks like a 19th Century reformatory for wayward boys. The students are fine if you like spoiled little rich kid who expect the foreign teacher monkey to dance and sing. The worst, however, are the foreign managers. The Chinese administration is shrew -- they don't do the dirty work. They turn the dirty work over to their middle-level foreign managers. All of them, or almost most of them, are terribly, terribly fat OVERWEIGHT white Americans. One was a prison guard in the United States; another was a pizza delivery boy, etc, etc. Do not even consider this school at all. Just read the comments about it all over the Internet. It has a terrible name.

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