funkymonkey wrote:$560/hr is still crap. Most of their teachers are newbies, right?
Everyone's got to start somewhere
. I still think that they are a good starting school for newbs because they have a support system which, on the whole, works and they tend to offer block teaching hours. The teaching method is pretty straight-forward for people who don't know what they're doing - standard PPP stuff. Highly ineffective but easy to do and the punters like it
. I don't think many newbs pick up much more than 600 an hour at the moment for a gig with block hours.[/quote]
Was going to reply in PM, but figure here is just as good.
I actually usually recommend starting at a chain school. If you know nothing about teaching or the country, you're likely to at least get here, more likely to meet foreigners, and less likely to get a sudden "we don't need you" email from the company a week before you start. (Actually happened to a guy coming to work in a school in Zhanghua I used to work for). Once you get here and make contacts, find jobs that way.
Most people I knew didn't stay with Shane, largely because of their pay. That's not just Zhanghua....it's other places. I'd look into the work permit for every location. It's easy for a school to do that, but many don't.
When you get here, let me know. Will still grab a burger with you and let you know all the places to hang out.