Logic might say that you have the best chances if you come in the summer, between school years, as schools staff-up for the upcoming semester. In my case, I came in April not even looking for jobs, but within a couple months I had 4 part-time gigs because teachers quit in the middle of their contracts and friends called me asking for help.
Ya just never know. I don’t think there is an “ideal”.
if wikipedia is to be believed (and im not always so sure of that) taiwanese spring semiester starts after Lantern Festival (in 2010 being 28th) would this be correct?
in any event I suppose this is irrelevant for cram schools, right? and is the latter where most newbie esl teachers find themselves?
Your best bet might be the week after Chinese New Year’s. In 2010, school should start back up again on February 21. Of course most schools that need new teachers will look to make changes before the Chinese New Year’s vacation begins.