Hi everyone, I am planning to move to Taiwan because my girlfriend is there. So, I am wondering if I get any professional jobs as a non-native English speaker in Taiwan. I am getting a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from California State University. But, I am a Korean native speaker and do not have a passport of English speaking country. In this situation, would my job hunting be extremely difficult?
Yes it would be difficult
teach Korean. In high demand here.
OP, I agree, I think getting a (legal) job teaching Korean would be less difficult in your situation. As Lao_Wang mentioned, Korean is getting more and more popular in Taiwan (at least with the high school students I talk with).
Global Village Language School offers classes in English, Japanese, and Korean. Perhaps check them out.
I think there is a Korean school in Taipei.
Do you qualify to teach there?
Once you and your girlfriend get married, it will get extremely easy.
Getting married is a good option for you in many ways . You may as well if you are moving to Taiwan anyway .
Yeah, but don’t get married just to make it easier to come to Taiwan. It can make your life more complicated in many other ways…
There is a Korean school, and they’re a nice bunch of people. Their English teachers are mostly English speaking Asians. OP get in touch with them, it’s a good place to work.
Teaching Korean has already been suggested. It’s a good idea.
However, I disagree that finding a job teaching English would be as difficult as people say. I’ve posted ads online and collected resumes for cram schools on two occasions (as a favor to the owners) and was surprised that perhaps 60% of the applications came from non-native speakers, most of whom had names you would recognize on their resumes. Two of the three hires that came from the search were from non-native speaking countries (according to the gov’t). However, all were in the country legally and had some other support for their ARC.
this is the most important point, imo.
If he’s serious about her it’s the easiest route.
Yes, I was nearly done with my post when I realized the same.
I remember that a few people needed visas for the jobs, which were part-time and, as they were currently employed by chain schools, I sort of assumed they were being sponsored but didn’t dig in that deeply.
You know that she has to agree, right?
How far are you off finishing this? and is the course in taught in English?
I am graduating this December. Yes, I am an international student here and all academic courses were taught in English in the United States.