Hello (早) fellow Taiwan[ese] enthusiasts, current teachers, residents, alike! I, villanelle, have been looking around this forum for a while and decided to join on the account that I can share my interests in this island just as you do, and very much would like to be a teacher of English in the future. I have a few questions, but please bear with me as I try not to type too much…
I would like to start with a personal account for clarity’s sake:
I am currently a citizen and resident in the United States of Caribbean descent. As of August, I have a BA in Neuroscience from a top 50 University (not that it matters… excuse me if that’s crass). I have initially wanted to pursue a non-teaching, STEM career on the island, but coming from a family of [language] teachers I wanted to switch gears and make a respective change in a plethora of motivated students’ lives. I very much enjoy the idea of teaching and from being in University I have had positive feedback when giving seminars and such.
I am on my second year of learning Chinese and have gotten to the intermediate level of reading/speaking/writing (I’m working on listening!) and hopefully by late 2019 I would have decent, business-level ability for getting around. I understand that Chinese is not allowed in classrooms but I figure being able to converse with my superiors/co-workers will be indispensable, outside of everyday life. The need for Chinese mastery seems obligatory to me given this is a country with a generally homogenous population.
As for my credentials, while I do not have any experience teaching English, I am currently fluent and have about 2+ years of teaching experience in music and science, the latter requiring me to switch between two different languages (French, English). I am fluent in 3 languages, and working on Chinese. I do not plan on being TEFL/TESOL certified, and wish to teach junior high school/high school students/adults (this one is up for change, as I have read it is more difficult and overall less rewarding than teaching younger children). I am looking into either Kaohsiung or Tainan (in preferential order for the sake of living costs), however with air pollution issues in the former it might lead me to the latter.
Fellow Forumosans, as I assimilate myself better with you all, I ask — is it worth looking for a non-entry level, public school job assignment? Should I stick to buxiban, and work my English teaching experience from there? Are there considerations that would help for me to take as a Caribbean male during the process (if it helps, I am quite strong-willed and do not take much offense)?
I thank you kind souls in advance. 再見!