I’m planning on arriving in Tainan this fall and ultimately, hopefully, finding a job teaching English (hitting the streets and handing out my resume). Also planning on staying a year and taking a semester of Mandarin classes at Cheng Kung University to get myself oriented, but the sooner I can find a job, the better.
I’m Taiwanese American, moderate Taiwanese language skills, pretty godawful Mandarin, graduate from top-ranked American university if that makes a difference, no teaching certification. I’ll be living with a distant relative but only expect housing, not guidance, from him. There is a very small chance that I may be able to get a Taiwanese passport… but that’s not definite. (Would that be worth it? A passport still doesn’t mean I speak Mandarin…)
So, does anyone have general tips on what I should expect/watch out for in my specific situation (and especially in Tainan)? I’ve read through a TON of these forum posts and they’ve really helped me figure out how I want to do this. Anything else? What is the best I should look for/expect? Are there specific schools in Tainan that are Asian-American-friendly but won’t expect me to be bilingual?
Sidenote: My BA is in Linguistics, and I’m pretty confident I could persuade an employer that I am specially qualified to teach phonetics/phonology. Are there schools where this might matter?
Also, brief note: I’m not coming to TW to make a ton of money-- mostly I want to improve my Taiwanese and Mandarin skills, and (though it sounds corny) get more in touch with my heritage. Hopefully I can make a tiny bit of money though? Maybe?
Any and all thoughts appreciated. Thanks!