Do they mean the 25-30 students will be divided between you and another teacher, or that you will have 25-30 each?
Don’t expect the books to be good. They’ll most likely be arbitrarily chosen and bear no relevance to the students in terms of age level, ability level, etc. Also, expect little to no real support or organisation from the Taiwanese staff.
You should probably find out just what all of the preparation, test writing, grading, etc. will involve. It could be a lot more than you figure.
It seems like a standard Dewey/public school contract at 25 classes per week. The hours, 8-5 are probably quite restrictive in that you’ll almost certainly be required to spend all nine hours per day on-site and have one or two hours per month of personal leave (making it extremely inconvenient to do anything that needs to be done during business hours) at most before you start getting docked. Look at other special events and training you may be required to attend also.
Also, look at the holiday and sick leave provisions. Especially look at paid vs unpaid holidays/personal time and national holidays. Dewey has just added something to the contracts here that even if you take paid sick leave (three days per semester) and provide a doctor’s note, you’ll still get penalised for your attendance bonus.
While I am on the topic of penalties, look carefully at how much they’ll charge you if you miss a class, but how much they’ll pay you (if at all) if they make you work overtime. That should tell you a lot.
What will your other perks be? Probably something like a 3,000NT/month rental allowance, a 2,000NT/month attendance bonus, and a contract completion bonus somewhere in the vicinity of one month’s pay, though getting that far may be a marathon effort. The renewal bonus is pathetic, and yearly increases in pay are on a par with inflation. There’s no airfare reimbursement, right, and you have to pay for all of your documents to be processed, medical tests, etc., yes?
In the end though, look at the pay:
There are 21.4 working days in a month. (30 x 5/7)
60,000NT/21.4 = 2804NT/day
If you work it out per teaching lesson (average of five per day), it comes out at 561NT/hour.
If you work it out based upon a nine hour day, it comes out at 312NT/hour; or for an eight hour day (if lunch isn’t included), it comes out at 351NT/hour.
At the per-lesson rate, it’s still piss poor. At the hourly rate, it’s downright criminal. You could get 600NT/hour at almost any buxiban in Taiwan, barring other employers you should avoid like the plague, such as Hess. Working for a buxiban, you wouldn’t be tied into spending all day on-site though and at many of the slacker ones, you wouldn’t have to do the prep and so on.
Dewey is trying to seriously screw you when you sign the contract. Imagine how they’re going to try to screw you once you’ve already committed to it and you’ve spent money setting yourself up here.
As a qualified teacher, you could do a lot better, though don’t expect any teaching gig here to really involve serious teaching. Contact some other agencies or go direct to schools if you must work in a “real” school, otherwise be kind of mercenary about what you want to get out of being in Taiwan and why you would come here and choose your job carefully and accordingly.