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SCHS..."at a glance" - 2017-10-21
In response to Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! (ESL Teachers 7466)

Teaching at Sino-Canada School, Luxu, Jiangsu

If you arrive at self-proclaimed China's best school Sino-Canada: your gateway to the world, you may think wow that looks nice, as you approach from the highway to the location called Fenhu (some 64 KM from downtown Shanghai and about 60 KM from Suzhou).

ARRIVAL: ESL TEACHERS "The New Building"

the first thing you will notice is a big red brick building which is the one they love to use for marketing and actually is a teaching area for any classes that are not manned by certified Canadian teachers. This building was constructed in less than 6 months in 2014. It has many rooms but very poor facilities, including no wi-fi, no adequate office space for ESL staff, unclean washrooms, classroom doors that cannot be locked. You will also find that their is favoritism to how the classrooms are allocated with a clear 'them and us' mentality coming from the Chinese admin who run this part of the school.

For instance, each Chinese teacher has their own room. ESL teachers are often expected to shift around classrooms and not allocated their own one. It houses every kind of class from grade 1 to Chinese classes to Middle School to the runts of Sino Canada: the grade 10 ESL classes.

Allocation of teaching role withing the ESL department:

If you arrive new at this school and are asked to teach grade 10 ESL, you HAVE BEEN SHAFTED! Grade 10 ESL is reknowned for being the worst area of the school to teach in. Teaching grade 10 ESL classes is a hiding to nothing. The students are typically a mix of lazy, disrespectful, vile, rude and two faced 16-17 year olds with a chip on their shoulder because ESL is viewed as being something of a dead end street.

NO effort is made by the school to inform either parent of student of the role the ESL department plays on a wider scale - being able to actually speak English as a working language. If a student just does not pass the tedious examination process to study in the BC section it is a case of tough shit.

ESL teachers with more time in or guanxi (means ass kissers - regardless of whether they are good at teaching or not) get cushy jobs teaching Middle School classes. one man, a charlatan in particular called Nguyen - takes full advantage of this. Parents are totally unaware they are being cheated out of a lot of money to send their kids there because of people like this who are employed as teachers.

On the other hand, if you arrive new at this school and are asked to teach Middle School classes you will either be given low risk (grade 7 or 8) or kids deemed to be heading for Grade 10 ESL which means low level grade 9 classes. Be prepared and look at the article wrtten only a few months ago for real authentic advice from a group of teachers who were treated in this way.

ARRIVAL: CERTIFIED TEACHERS "The BC Building"

the first thing you will notice is a total contrast compared to the ESL building. This area of the school housed everyone - Chinese, Western: students, teachers, cooks and restaurants (!) up until 2014 when a new Chinese 'us and them' admin and Canadian snobbery forced everyone bar certified Canadian teachers out. The new look 2012-16 admin were responsible for this change, which has had a major effect on many ways the school operates and functions. Restaurants relocated to near Lake Fen (Fen Hu). Everyone else ended up in "The New BuIlding".

The BC building has many classrooms and some adequate facilities but is poorly laid out and in parts, run down and rank. You may try to speak to the Certifed (?) librarian who despite only being since 2016 has an impressive backlog of knowledge on the place. His side hobby is investigating the campus and taking photos of run down areas.

Once you pop along to the 'BC Office' (constructed 2011), to get started at your gateway to the world, you will notice it resembles a large glass house. The area acts as the Sino-Canada School core admin area, there are 3 secretaries in this area whose main purpose is to look after Canadian teachers and to think sod everyone else.

You will find that in the BC Office area, personal business has to be discussed in 'open' areas. 2/3 secretaries do not have offices but absurd little desk spaces where anyone - students included - can hear your conversations. Funnily enough these secretaries area also a bit worried about the Principal hearing what they are saying and will often act sheepish with you if he is present with his office door open.

You might also think it is amusing to see how small and pathetic the BC Principal's office is for that matter.

During the first weeks there you can expect to be in out out of this area quite a lot as you do things like arrange to open a bank account, go for medicals etc, probably some kind of visa issue.

Do not forget to kiss a few butts and tell a few war stories about previous gigs / teacher college when you arrive as first impressions really count at Sino-Canada. The incumbent in charge calls this kind of thing being a "team player".

Regarding certified Canadian teachers. Granted nearly all have obtained a secondary University degree in education but what makes this place such a pathetic cash cow is that there are teachers with degrees in unrelated subjects teaching 'preferred' subjects. Teachers with mickey mouse degrees backed up with a teaching cert are 'teaching' P.E., Social Studies, I.T., Canadian Studies and non of whom graduated in that field initially.

Compare that to the real international schools down the road in Shanghai where teachers are hired to teach the subject field they actually studied a degree for.

ESL teachers have been hired as recently as 2017 on tourist visas as a method of probation. Probation for ESL teachers is 3 months from start of contract. Salary is also paid cash in hand which has caused teachers to quit over non payment. As of now, 45 working days are required as notice to quit the place with a 5000 RMB penalty if you break the contract. End of year bonus is 1 month salary, if you satisfy enough of the right people by kissing their asses during your tenure there. BC teachers get a 2 year deal but need to kiss ass or similar kudos crap to get the 2nd year.

Oh and do not forget the 'power outages'. Stuff of legend in that place.

Messages In This Thread
Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- ESL Teachers 7466 -- 2017-02-26
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- SCHS..."at a glance" -- 2017-10-21
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Eddy Robbins -- 2017-06-21
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Choose Sino Canada Your Gateway To The World -- 2017-07-22
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- SinoWhere -- 2017-06-19
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Choose Sino Canada Your Gateway To The World -- 2017-07-22
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Silverboy -- 2017-07-23
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Dale -- 2017-07-19
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- 50 CENT WORTH -- 2017-04-26
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Been there at the Sino-Canada Laogai for Laowais -- 2017-05-03
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- KEN -- 2017-06-19
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- sino canada high school: the truth -- 2017-05-04
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Been there at the Sino-Canada Laogai for Laowais -- 2017-05-05
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- KEN -- 2017-06-19
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Ex-Sino victim -- 2017-11-06
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- watch this space -- 2017-04-25
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- shmidt -- 2017-04-26
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- sino canada high school: the truth -- 2017-05-04
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Silverboy -- 2017-04-26
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Reilly -- 2017-04-01
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- watch this space -- 2017-04-25
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- watch this space -- 2017-04-25
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-25
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- watch this space -- 2017-04-25
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-01
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Been there at the Sino-Canada Laogai for Laowais -- 2017-04-01
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- JVW -- 2017-03-02
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- rj -- 2017-03-02
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Sold -- 2017-02-28
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- heretosay -- 2017-02-28
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Simon -- 2017-02-28
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- LostInZhongGuo -- 2017-02-26
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- sino canada high school: the truth -- 2017-05-04
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- watch this space -- 2017-04-25
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Been there at the Sino-Canada Laogai for Laowais -- 2017-04-01
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- watch this space -- 2017-04-25
DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- Been there at the Sino-Canada Laogai for Laowais -- 2017-04-01
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- FTinPRC -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-01
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- Alias Taffy -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- Alias Taffy -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- FTinPRC -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- Alias Taffy -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- Alias Taffy -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- Alias Taffy -- 2017-04-03
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-03
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- Alias Taffy -- 2017-04-03
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- expat hubby -- 2017-04-02
Re DO NOT ENTER CHINA WITH AN L VISA -- Been there at the Sino-Canada Laogai for Laowais -- 2017-04-01
Re Sino-Canada = ESL Hell! -- Sold -- 2017-02-28
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