Owl English Preschool

Hualien, Taiwan
The School
The Owl School is quickly emerging as one of Hualien's premier English language preschools.
The school opened summer of 2002 and is located on the outskirts of town in a beautiful area
surrounded by vegetable gardens, rice paddies and banana and papaya orchards. The excellent
facilities include a resource center with library, learning aids and toys. There are three classrooms
(home rooms) located in two adjacent buildings. The school grounds contain playground equipment
with grass and cement play areas and are beautifully landscaped and maintained. Classes begin at
8:45 a.m. with rotations every thirty minutes and different curriculum depending on the day of the
week. Classes break for lunch and a nap between 12 noon and 3 p.m. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
there are three more 30 minute rotations. There are generally three native English teachers (one in
each classroom) and each has a Chinese aid.

The Students
Students range in age from 3 to 6 years old and come from families where learning English is
important. Students' parents often speak English and many have visited or studied in the United
States or England. The students are bright, learn quickly and it is not necessary to speak Chinese
in order to communicate. In fact, speaking Chinese at the school is discouraged.

The Experience
Teaching English preschool to Chinese children is a wonderfully fulfilling experience. Chinese
children are generally well behaved, disciplined and are eager to learn. Teaching at Owl School
provides a unique Asian experience in a beautiful rural setting but with state-of-the-art facilities
and teaching resources. Living accommodations are very comfortable and include ADSL Internet
connections, computer, TV/DVD and modern appliances. Other teaching opportunities are often
in crowded cities with limited access to open spaces. Owl School provides teachers the opportunity
to immerse themselves in a foreign culture while still living comfortably.

Yuling Lin is the school owner and administrator. Her experience includes degrees from Brigham
Young University in Family Science and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
She has also taught English and elementary school. YuLing is energetic, hardworking, fun loving and
is dedicated to providing a rewarding and enjoyable experience for both students and teachers. English
speaking Chinese aids assist with teaching and individually work with students in various situations.

Hua Lien, Taiwan
Owl English Preschool is situated on the outskirts of the seaside town of Hualian located about
three hours south of Taipei by train. Some of Taiwan's premier natural beauty is only minutes away.
The Taroko Gorge National Park (25 minutes by car or scooter) is a labyrinth of marble slot canyons
with Buddhist sanctuaries, hiking trails, hot springs and miles of scenic highway. Jichi Beach (35
minutes) is a beautiful ocean beach park with kilometers of black sand and surf. Hualien also provides
the full Asian experience with markets (farmer's, fabric, day/night, fruits/vegetables), restaurants
(European, Asian and of course-American fast food), Buddhist and Taoist temples, Chinese
cemeteries, banks, local fairs/festivals and the all the excitement of navigating through wild traffic
that you can handle.

For more information on Taiwan, see www.picturesofplaces.com/Asia/taiwan.html.

Contact Information
In the United States, contact Katy or Kevin Skinner (phone: 801.491.4192,
email: knk94@netzero.net, kskinner@growthclimate.com).  Or, contact
YuLing Lin in Taiwan (email: yulinglin215@hotmail.com).   For reference
information, more photos or webmaster feedback contact Peter Clegg
(phone: 801.224.6437, email: clegg@clegg.org)

To download an Acrobat (PDF) version of the Owl English Preschool contract, click here.