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EF School in Yuyao, China

  • robles00
    23 Sep 2007 at 7:41
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    6 Jun 2008 at 0:41
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    Hello there Isabelle,

    I was reading yout article about your bad treatment in China and found it quite distressing. I’m due to go off to China soon to teach at a University but believe me, this type of thing puts me off as anyone can find themselves in a similar situation. I think these people at the school were basically scumbags and I would have told them so. Are you still there in China?I did a course with EF but pulled out as I didn’t think much of their approach: expecting too much in too little time which obviously reflects in their jobs. I hope your situation improves and I hope you get back to Paris safely,

    Mark Doherty

    8 Aug 2009 at 12:09
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    I retract my original posting on this topic.
    I DO NOT recommend this school as a destination for anyone wishing to teach in China.
    Please pm me should you have questions or want further information.

    15 Sep 2009 at 18:15
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    As Director of Studies of EF Yuyao from April 2005-June 2007, I was very surprised to read the complaints made against the school in the afore message. Consequently, I would like to make the following comments based on my own experiences at the school.

    Firstly, during my time as DOS, I worked very closely with the managers and know that they always followed EF policies with regards to contracts, flight/visa reimbursements, job descriptions, codes of conduct and disciplinary procedures. In fact, copies of these documents were always given to new teachers to read and sign.

    Secondly, if I remember rightly, in accordance with EF policy disciplinary procedures are enforced if a teacher breaches the code of conduct, this includes lateness for class. A verbal or written warning is given depending on the severity of the breach.

    Thirdly, I consider it extremely unlikely that the managers were deliberately hiring and firing teachers to avoid reimbursing visa and flight expenses. Having recruited for EF Yuyao, I know for a fact that finding suitable teachers is not always easy especially during the school’s busiest time, the summer. Therefore, losing teachers before the end of his or her contract would cause a lot of inconvenience and is hence best avoided.

    Fourthly, I imagine that the Academic Operations Manager’s visit to the school would have been a purely routine one. AOM’s are required to visit all EF centres once a year if possible and during their visit, classroom observations are conducted.

    Finally, I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 years at EF Yuyao, and I was certainly not the only foreign teacher to stay for more than 1 year. The managers were always kind, helpful, considerate and reasonable if problems arose. We were well-looked after and given plenty of pastoral care, something which is lacking in many language schools all over the world. The school was also very well-resourced as the managers encouraged professional development and believed in high quality teaching.

    I would recommend EF Yuyao to anyone interested in teaching in China, and in developing as a teacher.

    Stephanie Lo, ex Director of Studies, EF English First Yuyao.

    23 Nov 2011 at 5:01
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    just finished a contract here.

    i was well looked after both in a professional sense and in terms of support with everyday life in china

    please feel free to message me for any specific info

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