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Teach ESL In Taiwan.

Author : Affy Bemish


Seems like everywhere I go nowadays people is talking about the dour ESL industry in Taiwan. A lot of my friends appear to be either losing hours at their schools or losing their jobs all together. I have even noticed a couple of schools near me have closed up. And an extremely large school, DongMen Elementary School in Taipei, has closed some of their classrooms due to the lack of more children. So is this the end of ESL teaching jobs in formosa?
No, I don't think so. But I would say don't expect the slow down to lessen any time soon. The business here is a bit saturated I think. Too many foreigners for too few employment. I am of course talking about the good employment. There will always be a demand for the newbie at the big chain schools. And ESL in formosa will constantly be big business for many reasons.
But for most of us, gone are the days of NT$1'000 plus One on Ones where all you needed to do was show up. Or the friendly interview when you could walk in with a tattered jeans and a concert shirt and nevertheless get the job because you were a foreigner. Gone but not forgotten.
On a side note, these jobs are nevertheless applicable in China. In truth, my sincerest advisement to newbie ESL teachers would be to come to formosa for a year or two and train with a franchise school that takes teaching seriously. Then go to China for the best opportunity to take advantage of what you have learned. If you go straight to China as a newbie, I've got a feeling there is a really high chance you're going to get screwed. That's why I say find out in taiwan first, then go to China.
If you want to come to Asia to teach it's in addition helpful to know your strengths and weaknesses a bit. Are you chatty, friendly, calm? Although these are not essential traits, they can be helpful.
Do you want to work with adults, children, pre-school students? Each level requires individual abilities and levels of patience. If you have no idea of what I am talking about, then I advise the first thing you can do is get a TEFL certificate. No, it's not compulsory here in Taiwan, most employers won't even ask if you have one. But it is a great introduction to the terms, methodology and absolutely nominal teaching skills that will be helpful in your endeavor.
I personally do not suggest the on-line courses. Nothing replaces real situational teaching. If you have a little cash and time, go somewhere nice like Thailand and get your cert. First, it's actually cheap there. Plus, you can feel a few vacation time while working to advance your career at the same time! Most classes are 2 weeks or shorter.
If you can work legally, then the next step is finding a job. If you are not currently in Taiwan, then I would propose coming to taiwan and looking for a job after you get here. This is not cost effective, but in the long run, I think you'll be able to get a better job and pay than most recruiters offer.
It's possible to get a job in your house country. Often recruiters will pay for your airfare and a place to stay for a little while when you first arrive, but they will pack a part of your pay check each month as well.


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