Teaching at Suzhou Industrial Park Foreign Language School (SIPFLS)
As a growing school, we are constantly looking for strong staff to join SIPFLS. We are an academically focused school, with a student-centred learning philosophy and have a well-rounded school program that also celebrates sports, the arts, service and leadership. Our school is relatively small (approx. 200 students) compared to some of the larger BC Offshore schools, but we see that as one of our strengths. We know our students and many of our parents, and we create participatory activities and nurture our students through our program to post-secondary institutions after they graduate. We are an extended family of learners.
Our program employs both International staff (BC-certified teachers) and National staff (Chinese certified teachers) who work well together to support our students. National and International staff are partnered together to work with a homeroom class and track individual students’ progress. National staff provide morning and evening supervision for students.
The school has a year-long Foundation program to assist students who we feel have promise but whose English is not currently strong enough to enter our regular academic program.
Students at Suzhou Industrial Park Foreign Language School
Our students are primarily Mainland Chinese students who must take a placement exam when they apply to the school. We also have some Taiwanese and Korean students. Because our students are primarily Asian with English as a second language, a lot of our program is focused on improving language skills, building vocabulary, reading and writing skills, and preparing students for going overseas and being successful in different learning environments. A fair portion of our professional development is related to ELL learning and issues.
Our students are usually polite, generally hard working and pleasant to get along with. They can seem reserved and shy, but as you get to know and work with them, they open up. More than one teacher has commented on what a pleasure it is to work with them and how few discipline issues there are at the school.