Wuhan Foreign Languages School

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Wuhan Foreign Languages School
武汉外国语学校
WFLS Seal.png
Location

High school:48 Wansongyuan Road

Junior High School:Special 1 Taizi Lake, Dongfeng Avenue
Wuhan, Hubei
China People's Republic of China
Coordinates 30°35′02″N 114°16′07″E / 30.5838°N 114.2686°E / 30.5838; 114.2686Coordinates: 30°35′02″N 114°16′07″E / 30.5838°N 114.2686°E / 30.5838; 114.2686
Information
Type Public, Coeducational
Motto 爱国 好学 自强 图新
(Love the Motherland, Study Hard,
Improve Oneself, and Make Innovations)
Established 1964
Principal Li Honglang
Student Union/Association Wuhan Foreign Languages School Students' Union
Website

Wuhan Foreign Languages School (simplified Chinese: 武汉外国语学校; traditional Chinese: 武漢外國語學校), or WFLS, is a public secondary school founded in 1964 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. It now offers education from 10th grade to 12th grade. WFLS's curriculum places a particular emphasis on foreign language training and maintains rigorous standards in the arts and sciences. Languages other than English, such as French, German, and Japanese, are offered. After 1998, WFLS is separated into two schools. Its affiliated elementary school and junior high school called Wuhan Experimental Foreign Languages School, or WEFLS, which covers the 1st - 9th grades is established. Students entering 7th grade at WEFLS choose an available foreign language track to pursue throughout their secondary education.

History[edit]

WFLS was one of the first seven foreign language schools initiated in China by the then Premier, Zhou Enlai (周恩来) and Vice Premier, Chen Yi (陈毅) during the 1960s. It was founded as a specialty school to train foreign language speakers, with the mission to cope with the increasing national demand for bilingual workforce in such sectors as foreign affairs, international trade and diplomacy. WFLS has since transformed into a comprehensive secondary school, retaining the heritage of a strong curriculum in foreign languages and cultures. The school now operates under the philosophy of "foreign language specialty, equal emphases on arts and sciences, and international cooperation (外语特色、文理并重、国际合作)," and has been listed as a key secondary school in Hubei Province since 1982. It has also gained the status of a "model secondary school" in the province since the year of 2000.[1]

Education[edit]

WFLS attracts tens of thousands of 6th graders to sit for its entrance examination each year, where approximately three hundred are admitted to the 7th grade (middle school). Although most renowned for its education in disciplines pertaining to the liberal arts, WFLS also boasts an outstanding faculty in the natural sciences. The average score of WFLS students in the national college entrance examination is usually among the highest in the city and the province. To enrich the intellectual experience of its students, the school also provides a large collection of elective courses in addition to the nationally standard high school curriculum.[2] Wuhan Foreign Language School, unlike other high schools in China, has many circles(Japanese way of saying extracurricular clubs), similar to American universities.

International Exchange[edit]

WFLS has established close connections with the Raffles Institution in Singapore. Every year a small number of students graduated from junior high (9th grade) in WFLS are sent to continue their education in Singapore. WFLS also has regular exchange programs with a number of high schools and universities in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States; they include the Manchester Grammar School in Manchester, United Kingdom, Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, United States, Lycée Montaigne in Bordeaux, France, and the Max-Planck middleschool in Duisburg, Germany.[3]

Outreach and Innovation[edit]

In 2011, WFLS partnered with the Municipal Government and the Bureau of Education of Wuhan, along with a few other leading secondary schools in the city and the province, to start an online learning platform "istudy·武外在线 (istudy-WFLS Online)". istudy-WFLS aims to share with the public the educational resources in the consortium by providing VOD recordings of course lectures at each participating school.[4]

Sister Schools[edit]

Hangzhou Foreign Language School: http://www.chinahw.net/html_en/template/aboutus.html

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WFLS official website". Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Baidu Encyclopedia (百度百科)". Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Xueke Wang (中学学科网)". Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  4. ^ "istudycn-WFLS Online". Retrieved 2011-03-07. 

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