I’d be happy to serve as a ‘test case’ when I finish my distance degree. It’s the least I can do. After all, my university in the UK, ONLY offers their MSc TESOL/TESP via distance learning, and it was the first one in the UK to offer one in this field, twelve years ago. In fact, they closed the LSU (language studies unit) to resident students several years ago because their whole angle is on contextualised research. It’s also one of the most reputable TESOL Masters in the world, so for Taiwan’s MOE to reject it, they’d also have the British Council breathing down their necks! I just hope I’ll have published a couple papers about Taiwan learners before we put this into action. Will keep you posted, or if I know anyone else who finishes before me, from any of the Unis offering them, I’ll let you know.
You sure have a low opinion of English teachers in Taiwan. I wonder if you started out as one yourself, and had a bad experience, to make you feel so bitter. Almost all of the English teachers I know at the moment, are professionals, whether they’re teaching in children’s bushibans, universities, or employeed as corporate consultants. They’re committed to their students, responsible to their schools, and enjoy their work, which they consider their careers.
It may have been true in the past that ‘gadabouts’ would wash up on the shores of Taiwan to teach English for a couple months and then head back to Thailand for heavy doses of morphene, but sweetie pie, times have changed. Wake up!
I don’t mind crude language in my forum. (see *farking) It adds spice. However, please refrain from making such uninformed comments. It’s true what Bu Lai En says about those certificates. It’s also quite true that there are plenty of people who’ve got tons of qualification teaching English, but who’re absolute crap at it!! Especially with the Taiwanese. It takes more than a degree showing your capability around here, it takes experience. I wouldn’t give anyone the benefit of the doubt.