puiwaihin I would like to help with your survey, however, I see one major drawback (particularly if you are going to use this survey to help you make a fairly major decision) so I won’t do the survey but I will respond anyway.
I would not necessarrily scorn at a foreigner teaching me Chinese, my main teacher in Australia was a westerner. But…
I don’t live anywhere near Taoyuan. And I wouldn’t move for a Chinese class.
My first concern would be accent. Unless the westerner had close to native speaker Chinese, I wouldn’t want my pronunciation lessons coming from a westerner. This could be overcome by having a Chinese teacher in a support role. My university in Australia did this and I think it worked alright. That is also what many of the buxibans do here with English teachers.
Another concern would be how grammatically accurate is the westerners Chinese. It wouldn’t need to be flawless, but it would certainly need to be of a very high quality, especially in the lower levels where I would be extrememly dependant on my teacher to be getting that grammar right.
Some don’t like grammar focus in class. Personally I need grammar explained to me clearly. Of course grammar needs to be balanced with lots of speaking practice (to me the two go hand in hand - I would not usually teach grammar without giving opportunity for the student to orally practice.)
Whether or not there were grammar lesson per se, the westerner would, in my opinion, need to speak and understand Chinese grammar well.
- The westerner would need to be a good teacher. If I have the choice between a bad western teacher and a bad Chinese teacher…
If you have all the above then likely I would consider such a class as an option (depending on price) because many Chinese teachers don’t know how to teach, many language institutions here cater to Asians more than westerners, and a westerner would probably be more understaning of the difficulties we face as westerners learning Chinese.
(Not like one teacher who in my beginner class told me that by watching Chinese movies and reading the subtitles, I would improve my listening skills. (I recognised less than 500 characters at that point) The Japanese girls in my class unamimously agreed. - a year and a half later I still only get about a quarter, to half of the subtitle, sometimes much less, and usually no meaning before it vanishes, and I have to start scanning the next block for charaters I know.IT"S EXTREMELY HARD WORK!!!) WHAT WAS MY TEACHER THINKING!!! WAS SHE THINKING!!!
My current teacher cuts me off about 50% of the time (if I hesitate - she finishes the sentence; If I say a word out of place - she corrects me and finishes my sentence; she repeats nearly everything everyone says - and adds to it, clearly re-inforcing that we are not clearly expressing our deep inner thoughts, clearly re-inforcing our Chinese is very substandard, clearly re-inforcing I don’t want to speak Chinese in class - which should be my haven! In a class of three I get to do about 5 minutes of talking in two hours AARRGGHH!!)
- I would be cautious, duely skeptical and it would take me a long time to commit to a Chinese class with a western teacher.
I hope this is helpful in some way.