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Native English speaking teacher wanted to teach EFL in Taiwan
Date posted:2004-04-29 | Writer: Hess Educational Organization | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 5 basic requirements that are necessary to apply for this position. Please do not apply if you cannot fulfill these 5 requirements, as all teachers must meet the Taiwanese government's regulations to qualify for legal working status. There are no exceptions.
1. Native English Speaker
Your first language must be English. If English is your second language, it should be just as fluent and clear as your first language. Remember you are applying for a position to teach young children. You are there to teach proper pronunciation, intonation and grammar. The market in Taiwan prefers the American phonetic system. However, don't panic if you are not American. If you are willing to sound a bit 'American' while teaching phonics and vocabulary, you'll do fine. All it comes down to is attitude and effort.
2. Hold a passport from a native English speaking country
Only the following countries are recognized by the Taiwanese Bureau of Education as English-speaking countries. They include Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.
3. Minimum Education Requirements
Teachers must meet one of the following standards to meet the Taiwanese Bureau of Education's minimum educational requirement:
A) Bachelor's degree in any discipline OR
B) Associate's degree with a TEFL / TESOL Certificate. The Bureau of Education does not recognize any other form of certification including diplomas, unless you can prove from your school that what you have studied is the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree.
4. Must be able to sign a one year contract
All our contracts are one year in duration. In order to follow Taiwanese law, we cannot offer short-term, seasonal or summer contracts.
5. Criminal Record Check
Due to the nature of this position, successful Hess applicants will be required to sign an "Authorization and Release Form" for a criminal record check.
If you are confident that you can pass all the requirements, we welcome your application. We also look for candidates who are patient, flexible, enthusiastic, energetic and personable. You should also have a good sense of humor and genuinely enjoy working with children. Teaching experience is not necessary. We provide all teaching materials and an excellent training program that takes you through the various levels.
Chinese language ability is not essential as you work with a Chinese Teacher in all basic levels. However, it would help to learn some basic Chinese phrases to get around. Living abroad or travel experience is also useful.
Hess Working Hours/Contracts
Typically at Hess Language School, you will work six days a week, averaging 20 - 24 hours. Classes are generally conducted as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday > 16:30 ñ 20:30
Wednesday > 13:30 ñ 20:30
Saturday > 8:30 ñ 15:30
A few branches are open on Sundays. Should the branch give you a class on a Sunday morning (Opening hours: 8am - 12noon), you will be given a different day off (but not Wednesday or Saturday).
New teachers at the language school are guaranteed 16 hours by the end of the second week of their contract. At the start of the second month they are guaranteed 20 teaching hours per week averaged per month. Teachers are required to work any hours given to them during normal working hours. The full-time kindergarten contract guarantees 15 hrs/wk for the morning class and 12.5 hrs/wk for the afternoon class. The part-time kindergarten contract guarantees 15hrs/wk in the mornings.
You are allowed 14 working days of vacation time and up to 7 days of sick leave within a one-year contract. Written requests for time off can be made in case of emergency. All time off is unpaid.
Taiwan has approximately 6 to 10 national holidays during the year. Hess is closed during these holidays. Chinese New Year is the longest. It typically falls toward the end of January or the beginning of February.
For the Greater Taipei Area and Taichung City, the pay for Native Speaking Teachers (NSTs) at the language school begins at (New Taiwan Dollars) NT$1, 060 per 100 minute class. Outside these areas the starting pay is slightly higher. You are eligible for a raise every six months. This raise is based on your teaching performance, attendance record and general professional conduct. The amount of the raise ranges from NT$10-30/hr. NSTs teaching at Hess Kindergarten begin teaching at NT$530/hr regardless of location. Raises are given once per semester. Each semester runs about 5.5 months.
Taxes are 20% until you have worked in Taiwan for 183 days in the same calendar year (1 January to 31 December) to meet the residency requirement. The rate then drops to 10%. If you have been in the country for more than 183 days you are eligible for a tax refund in the next year. Once you meet the residency requirement for your first year, you will continue at the 10% tax rate for all consecutive contracts.
After receiving your HLS sponsored resident visa, we will apply for your health insurance. The cost is approximately NT$225-300 a month (That is a small fraction of the cost. HLS and the government pay the remainder.) which is automatically deducted from your salary.