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Best Learning School, Taiyuan

 
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China2



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:44 am    Post subject: Best Learning School, Taiyuan Reply with quote

Has anybody out there heard of this language school in Taiyuan? I know it focuses on young learners, but how about conditions, reputation etc?

Thanks
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ChrisHenry15



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a few reviews on Glassdoor.
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China2



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:06 am    Post subject: Best Learning School Reply with quote

Thanks, but Glassdoor doesn't seem to even recognise the name of the school or the place.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Best-Learning-Reviews-E653718.htm


Come on. There are two reviews of the Taiyuan branch on the first page.
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China2



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:06 am    Post subject: Best Learning School, Taiyuan Reply with quote

Thanks a lot
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cdchristy



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Taiyuan Reply with quote

Hello, I have lived in the Taiyuan area for about 3 years. I do not recall anyone saying something negative about this school. That being said, I have heard many horror stories from teachers who taught at local private training centers. Most recently, one school printed out a college degree from England for a Chinese teachers. Many schools hire Russians and call them Canadians. My advice---If possible, take a job at a university. Most schools will allow you to pick up extra hours at training centers on the weekends. After you make some good contacts, then you can decide whether or not to work directly with them. This approach will give you bargaining power. If you do choose this route, be aware that some universities will tell you that you can not work off campus. But the reality is that they run by a don't ask and don't tell policy. If you decide to come to Taiyuan, let me know. I will try to help in any way.

Mark
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Foo_Fighters_Dave



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:58 am    Post subject: Re: Taiyuan Reply with quote

cdchristy wrote:
Hello, I have lived in the Taiyuan area for about 3 years. I do not recall anyone saying something negative about this school. That being said, I have heard many horror stories from teachers who taught at local private training centers. Most recently, one school printed out a college degree from England for a Chinese teachers. Many schools hire Russians and call them Canadians. My advice---If possible, take a job at a university. Most schools will allow you to pick up extra hours at training centers on the weekends. After you make some good contacts, then you can decide whether or not to work directly with them. This approach will give you bargaining power. If you do choose this route, be aware that some universities will tell you that you can not work off campus. But the reality is that they run by a don't ask and don't tell policy. If you decide to come to Taiyuan, let me know. I will try to help in any way.

Mark


What's Taiyuan like? Does it have a vibrant expat community?
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james s



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr grohl,

I used to live here a decade ago and am in town as I write.

The town has grown immensely and is now at 4mil people

A lot of high rises and areas of dense population.

The foreigners here that I used to see wanted nothing to do with any other foriegner
, hence why they came. At the place I worked, however, we drank regularly and hung out together a lot.

It is not the best city in china but it will give the Chinese experience to you

I would not move back here.

Nice to visit though
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Guerciotti



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Location: In a sleazy bar killing all the bad guys.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. Grohl,
What does 'vibrant' mean? (serious)
From what I have seen, most foreigners here seem to like drinking.
True, there are many Russians posing as Westerners. There's one American school owner who rants about how non-native speakers are better teachers than natives.
Been here over one year. If you hate Western things (Starbucks, McDonald's, KFC, etc.), you will find many like-minded foreigners, not necessarily from the 'native speaker' countries. There are more than a few Africans here.
Strange place, but my social life is my lowest priority, so I don't care.
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james s



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a week here, I like taiyuan. I like it now and like the development that is coming.

It is not the same city that it was. I would consider living here now.

James
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cdchristy



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:14 am    Post subject: Re: Taiyuan Reply with quote

I would echo the thoughts of those who have described Taiyuan. The expat community is small, and many are seeking a more authentic cultural experience.
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