Teaching English in Taiwan

Guide to Teaching English in Taiwan

The great thing about teaching English in Taiwan, is that you do not need to have any teaching experience or any teaching qualifications.

For most schools you do not need even need a TEFL certificate. The schools hire you for being a Native English speaker.

It is prestigious for a school to advertise that they have native English teachers  to teach their children.

What you will need:

  • University Degree Certificate – there are some schools that will hire you even if you don’t have a degree but the majority of schools do require one.
  • Native English Speaker – Countries that are normally preferred in most schools are: UK, IRE, USA, CAN, AUS, NZ, SA
  • Although not needed, If you are concerned about TEFL certification, read the FREE TEFL Ebook by James Jenkins

    Useful Information:

    • Average Salary: NT$500 – NT$700 per hour.
    • Contract: Normally you will need to sign a one year’s contract. If you renew for a 2nd year then some schools may give a bonus. Most schools will also give an annual pay rise.
    • Average Class Size: This depends on the type of school you decide to teach in. Small classes may have only 5 children and some classes may have up to 30 children. Adult classes tend to be smaller in size.

    Working Hours:

    • At a Kindergarten you will work mainly in the mornings ranging from 15-20 hours per week.
    • At a Cram School, you will work mainly in the evenings during the week and potentially Saturday’s. Hours can range from 15-30 hours per week.
    • Universities (you can teach here if you have an MA or PH. D), hours will vary.
    • International Schools (you can teach here if you are certified to teach at home) normally require the traditional 9 AM – 5 PM.

    Why teach English in Kaohsiung?

    Taipei is the most popular location for foreign teachers to teach English. As a consequence, there is a lot of competition.

    However, not as many foreigners have heard of Kaohsiung in Southern Taiwan.

    It’s the second largest city in Taiwan, and has one of the best climates with all year round sunshine.

    The wages are often higher, and the cost of apartments are much lower than Taipei.

    Furthermore, the local people in Kaohsiung are some of the friendliest you will ever meet.

    Other reasons for teaching English in Kaohsiung include, it has it’s own airport which is 20 minutes on the metro from Kaohsiung City Centre.

    It has excellent biking routes (voted top 5 in Asia by CNNGo).

    Kaohsiung is also a really affordable place to learn Mandarin, and it’s got great attractions and ample places to eat and drink.

    List of English Schools in Kaohsiung, Taiwan:

    2 thoughts on “Teaching English in Taiwan

    1. i am trying to contact Peet Strydom who taught English at the Jumpstart English School 191 Roosevelt Road in Taipei. If he still is working there, I would like him to contact me. Yvonne Seck ybseck@aol.com Thank you

    2. I have been here for a few weeks, and there is more competition for ESL jobs here then ANYWHERE I have ever been. There are a ton of experienced teachers who can’t find a job. Most of the schools will not pay someone based on experience. Almost all of my offers have been for 500-550 an hour, the same as someone fresh out of Uni. If you are coming to Taiwan and need to find a decent job in the first month, I would suggest Taipei. If you are all set on southern Taiwan, then Tainan is good. In Tainan there is less competition, lots of western food and bars, and more school in need.

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