My colleagues and I are scheduled to arrive in Taipei on February 13, and we are getting very excited. Since we are trying to be as prepared as possible, we have done some looking and some shopping for teaching materials. But we don’t know yet what age students we will have, nor do we know what to expect in the way of materials provided by schools.
As a general question, what types of materials are not possible to get in Taipei? Magazines, teaching manuals, videos, etc.? More specifically, are there any materials that have been familiar tools in the USA, but are not readily accessible to teachers in Taipei? Is it a good idea to have books with phonics exercises? Should we have books of templates for activities and games? Should we bring interesting books to talk about? What about childrens’ magazines like “Highlights,” or other magazines with full color articles about current events or art and culture?
Is it worthwhile to pay $80 US for an extra suitcase on the plane full of books, magazines, and manuals, or will these be easy to find once we arrive?
The thing is, we are serious about teaching English, not just coming to Taiwan to live large. We are dedicated workers, and we want to have the materials and tools needed to do the job well. Any experiences you might share will be truly appreciated. The more specific, the better.
Thank you so much,