English schools in China
Leewen Foreign Language School was founded in 1994 and was registered by Qingdao's Education Commission the same year. In the very fruitful years since its opening, Leewen has successfully trained a great number of students who are now pursuing bright futures in world-famous academies including Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University and Imperial College.
Starting with their first ABCs, countless Leewen students have become excellent English speakers. Many have passed the University English Standard Test in high school. Students from the school have won five provincial English proficiency championships, along with innumerable special awards and first prizes.
Qingdao and Shandong are no longer the only places where people talk about Leewen. In 2000, a student from Leewen scored a full mark on the National University Entrance English Exam. In 2001, a Leewen student scored 8 on the IELTS exam, which no one in Qingdao was able to best… until another Leewen student registered a pure 8.5 in 2004 — matching China's highest mark. With new accomplishments every year, Leewen students always make the school proud!
Qingdao is known as the Switzerland of China because of its European style, red-roofed buildings. However, its status as China's second largest port city and its prominence as a popular holiday getaway and high technology center—home to Haier's, Hisense's and Aucma's headquarters—suggests a more fitting moniker: The San Francisco, Malibu and Silicon Valley of China.
Most Chinese recognize Qingdao for its world famous, German-founded brewery that claims the city's namesake. TsingTao beer celebrated its 100-year history in 2003 and the city maintained its annual tradition of hosting an international beer festival.
Geographically, Qingdao is located on the southern coast of the Shandong peninsula (Eastern Shandong province). Its close proximity to South Korea and Japan draws many of these neighbors across the Yellow Sea to work and play. Teaching at Leewen, chances are you will have a few Korean students and may even pick up a little Korean. There are currently 60,000 Koreans living in Qingdao.