… finding an English teacher in Taiwan?
Here’s the scenario: The company I work for recently decided to employ a full-time English teacher who would be responsible for an in-house training programme covering courses such as Meetings, Presentations, Negotiations, Telephoning, and so on. Competitive monthly salary, ARC, medical insurance, annual bonus, six weeks paid vacations per year, one paid international flight per year, Chinese New Year bonus, housing subsidy, petrol subsidy, 20 hours per week.
So, the ad went out, applications were received, and interviews scheduled. Applicants were told that the interview would include a 20-minute demo on Presentations.
I was asked by the boss to sit in as part of the interview panel, not because of my knowledge of teaching, but because my English is “not too bad”.
Here’s what happened.
a. Interview 1: Bluntly refuses to do a demo because “it’s illegal”, it shows a “lack of trust” and just asking for one is sufficient proof of our “ignorance and unprofessionalism”. Shouting at me for being “spineless” for allowing “things like this” to happen. He continues his abuse and we ask him to leave.
b. Interview 2: Arrived 20 minutes late in shorts and a T-shirt, unshaven. :s
c. Interview 3: Couldn’t write more than 5 words without a spelling mistake. :help:
d. Interview 4: A guy that insists speaking Afrikaans to me because he is convinced I’m from South Africa. :loco:
e. Interview 5: A lady whose “handouts” are tiny pieces of torn, crumpled paper with words scribbled on them in pencil.
f. Interview 6: No show. :fume:
g. Interview 7: A person with “years” of experience. Eager to take the job, but only if he’s granted 4 weeks vacation in August to go back to __________.
h. Interview 8: Been in Taiwan a couple of years. Will take the job, but only if we’re willing to pay for his daily commute between Kaoshiung and Hsinchu.
The list goes on.
We are still looking.
It seems as if all the ‘good’ teachers are taken.