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Name: Japanese School of Hanoi
Address: Ham Nghi, My Dinh 2, Từ Liêm, Hanoi

Directions: Turn right when heading south towards My Dinh stadium

Phone: (+84) (0)243 764 987
21.03405036911009 105.76886379716598
Description: A Japanese primary school.
Rating: 3.25 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 4 reviews.

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Tầng 4, Số 165 Bà Triệu, phường Lê Đại Hành, Hai Bà Trưng, Hanoi

(+84) (0)2439743353

4 Reviews (Followed by 1 user)
 
teganbliss
teganbliss on Japanese School of Hanoi
May 8th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I am currently teaching at this school (may 2013) through apollo/BEP - I have to say that I'm really happy here.
1. the japanese staff are so nice and helpful and even if we can't communicate, the smiles say it all.
2. the kids are quite well behaved. they ARE children though and tend to get overexcited for english class (what with games etc) especially the younger grades. the older students are usually extremely reserved (they don't like putting themselves out in case they make a mistake)
3. the classes are small (my biggest has 18 students) and there is usually a TA
4. you can order a tasty lunch and sit in a nice cool lunch room with the other teachers
5. printers, photocopiers, cd players, speakers, even laptops, were provided for me and the other English teachers (plus we were introduced to the IT guy who can and will help us with anything)
6. good communication between the school and us (English teachers) which is no easy feat considering all the japanese is translated through a lovely vietnamese woman who then tells us in English (and vice versa)
7. super inclusive - although we have our quiet room to plan etc, we eat with the other teachers who are extremely polite (duh, japanese) and again, even if we can't chat very effectively, it's a nice atmosphere. on the first day we were included in the school photo, we write bits and pieces for the newsletter, the TAs like to chat and are SO helpful.
8. It's Japanese so cleanliness and tidiness is expected and received. (after lunch the kids clean the class rooms and I don't mean a pissy 'pick up 10 papers' kind of effort - they have miniature mops and brooms and they windex the windows and tables etc)
9. there are no rulers being slammed on the table or TAs screaming at kids due to the culture. I wouldn't be surprised if I am the loudest teacher in the school (not that I am yelling at them, just making myself heard over the kids)

one star down for the completely outdated text books. published in 1997? umm, ok.

 
Elliewelliesj (elite user)
Elliewelliesj on Japanese School of Hanoi
February 20th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Completely agree with MaliusMaximus... whilst the school itself seems very pleasant and I am sure the teachers are doing a great job, the English department was incredibly disappointing. The books were poor and hardly qualified as books. It felt like the English teachers were purely there as puppets to perform for 45mins with no authority or freedom to plan good, effective classes. I felt like teaching there would compromise everything I know about teaching well.
Yes the gig was great money but only if you could forget everything you know about teaching and just do it for the money.
Other teachers tried to make changes and introduce a real syllabus but were constantly hit with refusals from the management.
I only recommend working for them if you want to make some fast cash, and I certainly don't recommend any parent who believes their children's English will be improved here.

 
maliusmaximus (elite user)
maliusmaximus on Japanese School of Hanoi
February 20th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

A full curriculum school for Japanese expatriate children.
The Japanese teachers here seem very good and seem to take care of their students. A good option for Japanese who can't get in to UNIS.
I can only comment in detail on the English department though.
As the exiting English teacher, the English curriculum was shocking. We were unable to teach effectively, unable to use modern methods or create effective lessons, instead being required to stick close to an extremely outdated and outmoded Japanese curriculum.
The English department is being overhauled and outsourced to Apollo, so things could potentially improve if Apollo are allowed to use an effective curriculum. If things remain as they are however, with the management and board stifling the input of the English teachers, and pressing for the traditional content and approach, things will likely continue to remain poor.

**update 2015**
It appears that positive changes have been made, and now school has addressed the issues outlined above

 
joshlee
joshlee on Japanese School of Hanoi
March 17th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

worked there for 2 months. Share the opinions bollow, but would also like to add culture differences and managment styles to the mix. Japanese kids are super freaky cute

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