Does he or she speak English well?
Does he or she speak English at all?
If the answer is no - major red flag. A buxiban boss who doesn’t speak English obviously doesn’t care about learning English. And if she doesn’t care about learning English, what makes you think she cares about teaching English? She’s only in it for the money.
If a Taiwanese buxiban owner can’t speak English relatively fluently, that is a sign that she doesn’t care enough to put in the effort to learn the tools of her trade. Would you trust an owner of a fleet of taxicabs who couldn’t drive a car? An owner of a garage who couldn’t change the oil of a car? A beauty shop owner who couldn’t cut hair?
Nope. I wouldn’t, either. So why should any of us trust an English school boss who can’t even speak English? And believe many, there are many, many out there in Taiwan.
Just a heads up for the newbies. Check these people off your list of potential employers.