Directions: Heading south from Hoan Kiem on Ba Trieu, take your first left after Nguyen Du. Turn right onto Mai Hac De. On the left.Phone: (+84) (0)24 39447523
33 Lạc Trung, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi
I have worked at May School for the past 5 years, starting out as a newbie in the world of ESL teaching, and am now in the position of Senior Teacher.
During this time there have been a couple of management changes which did cause some muddled situations, however for the past few years the school has definitely found it's feet again.
The classes are well-sized and lesson information and ideas are always readily available thanks to a dedicated Teacher's Room, friendly administration and teachers eager to share ideas with one another. The classrooms at all three locations are fitted out well, with ample room for activities and newly fitted LCD TV's with DVD capability.
Lessons run for an hour, with Vietnamese teachers working along with you when with young learners. Foreign Teachers have the same classes each week, with minor rotation occurring generally every three months, which keeps it interesting for the teachers and gives the students a broader perspective and the chance to meet teachers from different countries.
Despite some negative comments below, i have always had fun at May School. Most of the time when it hasn't worked out for a teacher it's because lesson times didn't match their "hangover schedule".
I have been at May School for nearly 4 years now. Starting as a part time teacher then moving into a full time teaching position. Now and for the last two years I have been in the position of foreign staff manager. Whilst I am the longest employed foreign staff member we do have many foreign staff who have been with the school for over two years. Plus Vietnamese staff for over 12 years.
I will only give a small response to one of the comments below; in that when you continuously aggravate and harass a young female college things are bound to boil over and bitterness from instant dismissal has obviously resulted in bitter comments.
May School celebrated its 15 birthday as an English Language Centre last year. During this time it has built good foundations as an education centre for young learners working on simple yet effective teaching methodologies and school ideals. Creating an environment where students learn, grow and enjoy in the class room whilst keeping affordable pricing for students from different financial backgrounds can attend.
Some recent developments at May School include.
• New third location opened in June in Trung Hoa Nhan Chinh. Opened within a new building including 10 classrooms. With over 24 classes already running plus an extensive enrolment list.
• New young learners program aiming on developing motor-skills and social skills for pre-schoolers
• New management staff
• Updating of curriculum for different levels
• A library for students to use before and after classes
As with all language centres and schools there are issues that need smoothing over. May School is no way exempt from that though with dedicated staff we are consistently working on improving and developing our centre.
Compared with the many horror stories I’ve heard concerning language centres in and around Hanoi, May School can claim to be a functional, joyful and pleasant place to work.
In finishing I can say with confidence that I have enjoyed my time at May School and believe that I will continue too. Plus for the most part our past teachers feel the same.
I have been in the ESL industry for just under 10 years, starting out as a teacher and then moving on to various management roles across Russia and South East Asia. Apart from a few negative experiences, I have always had the luck to work in schools that actually took pride in what they were doing and always strove for excellence. May School is no difference.
The last 4 years spent working at May School have been nothing but a positive ride. Of course, the school is far from being perfect and there is still plenty of work to be done; that said, all the minor annoyances that are so very typical of Vietnamese organizations are well made up by the constant focus on quality of tuition rather than on profit. I have personally witnessed several episodes of choices being made that, despite resulting in loss of profit, would have meant an increase in teaching quality. A second aspect I grew really fond of while working here is the distinctive family atmosphere; I have felt as comfortable working with the people here as I do when at home with my family.
We have received very positive feedback from our past and current teachers, both Vietnamese and foreign. Development activities are organized virtually every month in the form of workshops and seminars, and the academic team puts plenty of focus on teacher development with regular, informal observations. The school has a good relationship with both Oxford and Cambridge publishing houses, meaning that we usually get priority on their training events held in Hanoi and can get most of our teachers attending. The school basically takes excellent care of its employees, and as a result teacher retention is quite high, with most of our teachers having been with us for at least 2 years. Some have 4+ years under their belt too!
I highly recommend May School for any teaching or management position that will be made available in the future. After all, we are the first language school for children in Hanoi; 18+ years of excellent service puts us there at the very top of what Hanoi has to offer in terms of English language tuition.
I worked at this school briefly a few years ago, so my comments relate to the standard of education and the work environment at that time. I felt that the way the classes were organized was awful. VNese teachers "teach" the students (although they don't do a very good job of it), and foreign teachers rotate around to randomly teach 50 minute portions of different classes. Because of this, you never get to know any students or actually follow their progress or, in fact, teach anything at all. You can't use books or do anything writing/reading-related. Rather, the only thing you can do is play some games. You're reliant on VNese assistants to tell you what the class has been working on or find some flashcards. The school was always full of screaming kids, and there was no dedicated teachers room. One of the foreigners in charge at the time was rather hostile and unwelcoming. I hope the current foreign directors are better and that they have started to treat foreigners as real teachers, but I tend to doubt it. I'm writing this mostly because I think the characterization of the school in its ad as having a "rock-solid reputatation" and being one of the best schools for kids in Ha Noi is laughable. I'm not saying that something in the line of a Language Link is necessarily the paragon of education either, but at least there you're allowed to actually attempt to teach something and have your own regular classes (intead of being treated like a clown called in solely for entertainment purposes).
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