[quote=“mpallard”]You paid $600/hour. That’s ridiculous. Virtually any Taiwanese person can do the job, you just need to tell them what they need to do.
I’m willing to debate whether $150 is too low (I don’t think it is, all my tutors were making far less then that at their other jobs), but paying $600 is showing a complete lack of understanding of the economic realities.[/quote]
Just like any foreigner can teach English for 650NT, hey?
Sure, I could have found a cheaper teacher. I wouldn’t have found a better teacher. She took me from Practical Audio Visual Chinese 3 to where I wanted to be. We started on around 400 an hour and I raised her pay after she decided to quit teaching Chinese because she was bored. The lowest she ever charged was 350NT, afaik, and that was years ago.
The ‘economic reality’ was that she certainly wouldn’t have kept up the effort (made tailor made for me materials for four-six hours’ worth of classes per week) and the travelling had I offered her a kid’s wage. She basically taught me as a hobby/pet project and didn’t have any other students. She didn’t ‘need’ the money at all and I paid her because I valued her classes at more than 150NT. She trained as a Chinese teacher for her own interest and has since quit to do something more fitted to her intelligence/interests.
Does your 150NT an hour tutor bring a laptop to class with an Excel database of the vocab you did in each lesson so that vocab was constantly reviewed in later lessons? Write original stories to practice your reading? Make up reading comprehension question worksheets for newspaper articles? Mark an essay a week for you and kick your arse if you are too lazy to do it? Make up games, worksheets and other activities based around DVDs of TV series and movies? Or does she do PAV Chinese and ‘conversation’ with you? I taught for more than ten years and had very little free time in Taiwan. I didn’t want to waste it with cheap, boring, ineffective, amateurish Chinese lessons. I have precisely zero patience for Shida-style teaching, or LE style yap.
I could have taught myself for free, if it were a matter of money.
I’ve written this post before, anyway. Whatever gets you from A-B. Or ㄅ to ㄥ.