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The newbie thread

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Re: The newbie thread

Postby anabanana » 09 Aug 2015, 19:34

Good day to all! I just want to ask if there is a possibility for my girlfriend to work in an ESL teaching gig in Taiwan. We are from the Philippines, and we are both graduates of a Bachelor's degree. She wanted to follow me because I'm going to work in Academia Sinica this incoming September. She already took the IELTS (or TOEFL, i can't remember) exam and she obtained high scores in it. Moreover, she has a teaching experience (although it is Chemistry) in the university level for 3.5 years. She is willing to teach in buxiban schools or any schools in Taipei for that matter. Is that possible? Thank you in advance. :)
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Re: The newbie thread

Postby Lugria » 07 Dec 2015, 23:23

大家好! I wanted to ask if it's possible for someone who has English as a second language to teach English in Taipei. I came from a non-English speaking country, but I have stayed in Singapore for 4 years, and I went for a student exchange program to the United States for 3 months. However, even though most native speakers deemed me capable, and my TOEFL test score was 638/677 (but I took the test 4 years ago), I'm fully aware of the fact that English is still my second language and wondered if it might got in the way of papers/official documentations. I also don't have any certification in teaching or any lingual courses (my bachelor degree is in fine arts). I only has a little of experience in private tutoring, and they were mostly conversational classes. All my students back then were a lot older than me, so I'm not very picky regarding that. :)

I've done some searching on this forum and could not find the answer to my question, so I hope it's alright if I post it here. What I found was information for people with the citizenship of Philippines, and I know that a lot of people in Philippines can speak English, so it's probably considered as an English-speaking country (perhaps similar to Singapore?). If there was already an answer and I missed it, I'm terribly sorry! If this is also the wrong place to post this, I'm sorry to trouble the moderator who might have to move/edit my post!

Thank you in advance!
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Re: The newbie thread

Postby katsnacks » 27 Jan 2016, 09:21

HELLO!

Moving to Zhanghua with a job lined up at the end of the month. I know this isn't a big place for expats- is there anyone else in a similar situation? Any advice?
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Re: The newbie thread

Postby DrewCutz » 28 Jan 2016, 05:38

Hi, everyone. Happy to find a place here that will help me. Hope I'm putting this in the right spot! I'm moving to Kaohsiung in May (my gf is from there and we plan to settle down and get married). I have a Masters in Education from Indiana University, I'm TESOL certified through a 16 week in-class course (with Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul) and I have a Bachelor's in English Lit. I have eight years experience teaching ESL both in the US and abroad in South Korea, including 4 years with a university in Seoul. I'm looking for serious offers from those at universities, international schools or business schools, or barring that, some advice from teachers already there about what steps to take, who to talk to, where to look, what my chances are, etc. For my resume and other documents, please e-mail me at drew.cutz@gmail.com
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Re: The newbie thread

Postby Newbie 91 » 11 Feb 2016, 02:24

Hello, everybody. Thanks for all the info so far. I'm hoping to teach in Taiwan this September, but am unsure of the visa requirements.I will have a CELTA by July and already have an Undergraduate Diploma in Higher Education (Science) (this is equivalent to an associates degree). I have read on many sites that a CELTA and an associates degree, is all you need for a visa and work permit to legally teach. However on many other sites they say that you need a BSC or a BA. Does anybody know where I can find reliable and recent information regarding this?
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Re: The newbie thread

Postby yyy » 13 Feb 2016, 00:30

Newbie 91 wrote:Hello, everybody. Thanks for all the info so far. I'm hoping to teach in Taiwan this September, but am unsure of the visa requirements.I will have a CELTA by July and already have an Undergraduate Diploma in Higher Education (Science) (this is equivalent to an associates degree). I have read on many sites that a CELTA and an associates degree, is all you need for a visa and work permit to legally teach. However on many other sites they say that you need a BSC or a BA. Does anybody know where I can find reliable and recent information regarding this?

I can't answer your question, but I can tell you the qualifications for foreign teachers are set in Chapter IV (Art. 40 to 42) of the Qualifications and Criteria Standards for foreigners undertaking the jobs specified under Article 46.1.1 to 46.1.6 of the Employment Service Act. In that context, 46.1.3 refers to public and private (full-time) schools, and 46.1.4 refers to buxibans ("cram schools"). You can find the text at law.moj.gov.tw.

If you ask the Workforce Development Agency or the Ministry of Labor (to which the WDA belongs), they'll tell you (in Chinese) how the regulation is currently interpreted.

If it comes down to "we don't care as long as the degree is 'recognized'" then the Ministry of Education should be able to tell you.
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Re: The newbie thread

Postby yyy » 15 Feb 2016, 22:48

Newbie 91 wrote:Hello, everybody. Thanks for all the info so far. I'm hoping to teach in Taiwan this September, but am unsure of the visa requirements.I will have a CELTA by July and already have an Undergraduate Diploma in Higher Education (Science) (this is equivalent to an associates degree). I have read on many sites that a CELTA and an associates degree, is all you need for a visa and work permit to legally teach. However on many other sites they say that you need a BSC or a BA. Does anybody know where I can find reliable and recent information regarding this?

Btw here are the links (in case google isn't friendly):

http://www.wda.gov.tw
http://www.mol.gov.tw
http://www.edu.tw (Ministry of Education)

These are Taiwan government websites, so when you can't get through, check to make sure you included the www (yes, even in 2016). As a general rule the English versions are not well maintained, if they're maintained at all, but you can usually find a "contact" page.
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Just some questions.

Postby Ninetails » 13 Mar 2016, 19:32

Hi there everybody. I am a 23 year old male from South Africa, my girlfriend (25) and I are wanting to move to Taiwan to teach English. We both have degrees, hers being an honours in psychology and I have an undegraduate BSC in environmental management. We are currently in the process of completing our TEFL certification ( it is a Cambridge CELTA). From the research I have done it looks like we will have to apply for the buxibans, or cram schools to secure our first position teaching. We would like to have the job before touching down in Taiwan and the chain school seem like the best option for that. My questions are what would be the safest option in terms of choosing a chain school? I have heard good things about Shane English, in the sense that they are reliable and give a good support structure to new teachers. Does anybody have an opinion on them?
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Re: The newbie thread

Postby RedpillNeo101 » 24 Mar 2016, 15:11

Hello everyone. I'm also new to the forum and I'm considering a move to Taiwan to teach English. I have been reading that there are schools in Taiwan that do hire English teachers that only have 2 year collage degrees? Is this still the case or decade-old news? I don't have a 4 year degree or a certificate such as a TESOL/TEFL/CELTA, etc. but I have about 8 years teaching experience. I have been teaching in Japan for almost 2 years and taught in China for 4 years and the US for 2 years. Do English schools in Taiwan sometimes look at years of teaching experience in lieu of not having a 4 year degree or certificate? I can also speak Mandarin and Japanese at a conversational level as well. I'm a Caucasian native English speaker from the US, which I know helps.

I would appreciate any advice from the experts on here.
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Re: The newbie thread

Postby Tempo Gain » 24 Mar 2016, 15:35

I recall that they require a certification to go with a 2-year degree, and that it shouldn't be an online one. I've never seen it spelled out anywhere in detail what would satisfy the certification requirement. Hopefully some others can chip in. You can find a number of threads on the topic in these search results:

http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/search.p ... mit=Search
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