Did you know there is a TESOL chapter here in Taiwan? It’s part of ETA (English Teachers Association?), but it seems to cater mostly to public school teachers. I’d been here 3 years before I even heard of ETA. The only reason that I did hear about it is that a neighboring English text development office receives their notices and I happened to see one. Big publishers (Oxford, Cambridge) periodically offer free trainings for promotion, but again, the average bushiban teacher never hears of them.
Would you be interested in finding out about more inter-school events such as training sessions and conferences? If there were some sort of association that could help “connect” the bushiban teachers, would you be interested in joining? in helping out? Or is there a group out there already there I haven’t run into yet?