Imperiousness and nosiness are at the top.
I had a good teacher, Wang Mama at TLI, who felt it her right from time to time to tell me to lose weight and how to do it. She also told me i was a bad student because i didn’t eat at the night market everyday. And she neverendingly asked me the personal details of my life, saying this was necessary for teaching chinese. When she did stick to doing what i paid her for, she was very good.
While i was at Shi-Da, i once went to the bathroom without asking the teacher first(Jiang1 Li4 laoshi).
Upon my return she indignantly exploded and yelled at me with fury for a full 5 minutes nonstop for causing her to lose her face(by not asking permission to visit the restroom).
Because I’d studied to the point where i was the only non-Asian, the other students said nothing and thought her behaviour was within the unlimited rights of the teacher in Confucian society. I discussed this with the Shi-Da administration and they all said, ‘You’re the student so the teacher must be right and you must be wrong. How could it be otherwise?’ The teacher gave me a 60 to prevent me from getting the chance to get take the scholarship test. The class had previously had another Westerner but he was shy, so Jiang1Li laoshi needled him incessantly for not speaking up until he quit the class (and therefore could not get take the scholarship test).
Another Shi-Da teacher(chen2 laoshi, very short, curly black hair, late 30s) didn’t like my nationality and would ask me every couple days about my country’s governmental policies and encourage the rest of the class(all natives of Asian countries) to gang up on me.
The other students, being more professional than the teacher, always declined with a shrug and grin. I ignored her questions but inwardly it made focusing on the subject at hand(learning Chinese, hello?) tiresome. There are some good teachers at Shi-Da just as there are a few good apples in a generally rotten barrel of apples. But you have to get very lucky to find these good teachers.
I met many scholarship recipients from tiny countries which recognize Taiwan; many of these students didn’t study and seemed more interested in talking about football and clubbing.
If you enroll in easy classes where you are sure to get high grades, and take the scholarship exam for the purpose of enrolling in classes at a lower level(I or II) and not really learning anything, you can get the scholarship.