Taiwan Visiting Chinese Language Assistants Program
Taiwan is world-renown for Chinese language teaching and learning. In order to promote international educational exchange, the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Taiwan, in cooperation with State school districts in the U.S., sponsors the “Taiwan Visiting Chinese Language Assistants Program” and implements training programs to help prepare teachers and assistants for teaching posts overseas.
This program encourages Taiwan’s professional Chinese language teaching assistants to teach in American school districts. The teachers are highly qualified, having attained undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, as well as certificates for teaching Chinese as a foreign language, issued by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. The assistants have all received professional training and will complete their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees on return to Taiwan.
The general practice of the program is outlined as follows:
I Application Procedures:
Interested school districts submit requests for the program to the nearest Taiwan representative office (TECO), which will be forwarded in turn to the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. These requests should include the following details: job description with qualifications, Chinese program overview, curriculum, teaching hours, salary, hiring period, application deadline, etc.
Upon approval from the Ministry of Education, the request for eligible Chinese assistants will be forwarded to the appropriate agencies for selection and recommendation. The recommended candidates’ applications will then be sent to the inquiring school district for approval. If possible, interviews may be arranged in Taiwan via phone or over the internet, for example.
II Provisions from the Participating U.S. School District
(1) The U.S. school district pays the assistant’s salary in accordance with the teacher salary schedule and other relative regulations that apply in the school district. In the case of assistants in districts where no such salary schedule applies, it is suggested that the U.S. school district considers offering a living allowance.
(2) The U.S. school district assists the assistant in obtaining their U.S. visa.
(3) The U.S. school district offers the assistants professional teaching counseling upon arrival.
(4) The U.S. school district helps the assistants prepare for any state teaching certificate exams that may be applicable.
III Grant from the Ministry of Education:
The grant from the Ministry of Education includes:
(1) The pre-departure training program, which all assistants must complete before they leave Taiwan.
(2) Round-trip airfare.
(3) An exceptional living allowance of up to US $600 per month to cover minimum living costs is available for assistants only and awarded on a case by case basis.
IV For further information, please contact:
Education Division, TECO in Houston
Tel: (713) 871-0851