Our schools and offices have been specifically designed to have an open and relaxing working environment that reflects our team's work culture. Teachers teach their regular schedules of classes on working days, and on their off days plan exciting trips, pursue their hobbies, or just relax.
Teacher training takes place at TPR Headquarters in Zhuhai. The initial training for new teachers is for one week and this includes learning TPR methods; writing lesson plans; practicing ESL games and activities; learning about classroom discipline; managing a class; doing mock placement interviews; and getting familiar with the rules, procedures and history of TPR School.
In addition, teachers get trained in teaching phonics and conversational English to kindergarten, primary and middle school students using electronic courseware that run on interactive smart boards. Hands-on training - where each trainee gets to do demo lessons in front of the other trainees and gets feedback from them and the trainer - is an essential feature of the training.
According to the logic of Heraclitus, a man can't step into the same river twice because the water in the river is constantly changing and moving away from its source. TPR School, a unique integration of eastern and western cultures, seems just like a river running freely and everlastingly conforming to nature's law. TPR School adapts to tradition, but does not stick to conventions. It twists, surges and meanders. TPR School forges its own way in cultural styles although each Chinese and foreign teacher and staff member of our School has their own individual style. In fact, we must always preserve our own cultures but at the same time keep in mind the motto Unity in Diversity!
TPR organizes outings for teachers and staff to visit cultural sites. Women's Day, TPR Annual Day, Mother's Day, Teachers' Day, Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, and Chinese New Year are some of the celebrations we have at TPR School. Teachers get to know about Zhuhai and the important aspects of Chinese culture and this makes them feel more connected with the local people.
General Annual Schedule
The spring term runs from early March to early July. Most classes are on weekends (8:30 am to 12:20 pm; and 2 pm to 5:50 pm) and a few on some weekdays.
The summer camp runs from the second week of July to the last week of August. Each camp is of two weeks, and there are three such camps. Most classes are on weekdays (9 am to 12 noon; 2 pm to 5 pm) and one Saturday per camp.
The autumn term runs from early September to mid-January. Most classes are on weekends (8:30 am to 12:20 pm; and 2 pm to 5:50 pm) and a few on some weekdays.
The winter camp runs from mid-January to the last week of January. The camp is of two weeks. Most classes are on weekdays (9 am to 12 noon; 2 pm to 5 pm) and one Saturday.
(Please note that the above days/times are subject to change without notice. In fact, sometimes there are classes from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.)
There are different activities for our English teachers to take part in, ranging from Mandarin Chinese courses to dumpling-making, judging a singing or storytelling competition, visiting cultural sites, etc.