Duolingual Education.International Language Programs (ILP) was founded in 1992 by the late Dr. Trevor McKee, professor of Linguistics and Child Development at Brigham Young University. Dr. McKee developed a unique methodology to teach second languages to young children. Using the Duolingual Education methodology, teachers implement developmentally appropriate activities entirely in English with the children.
What's included?Qualified individuals will receive round-trip airfare, housing, a food stipend, visa support, paid salary and training as they prepare for the employment adventure of a lifetime in Taiwan!
Where and when?ILP currently places teachers in the cities of Fengyuan and Changhua on the island of Taiwan. Semesters begin in January and July. Six month and one year contracts are available.
Teach one-on-one.In each Kindergarten program, enrollment is limited to six groups of eight children. Each group is taught separately by each of 3-6 native-speaking English teachers. Each child participates in activities in English for 3 hours a day. During this time they rotate to each of six different content areas taught by different teachers.
Interact in a fun, loving environment.Teachers do not teach translation or grammar rules. The learning environment is similar to that of a birthday party: children will play games, sing songs, hear and act out stories, or participate in creative expression in each of the teaching areas, using activities designed by ILP for teaching language. The teaching areas focus on what the children are familiar with from home. A child may make a cake in kitchen, assemble a doll house in shop, do tumbling in gym, act out “The Three Little Pigs” in drama and make a clay elephant in art all while speaking English. The social environment created by exciting activities, loving teachers, and a peer group is ideal for learning language.
Watch your students grow.Once children have a firm grasp of spoken English, they graduate into the upper levels of the program. Students continue to participate in hands-on, language-rich activities in order to increase their vocabulary and introduce them to more sophisticated grammar constructions. In addition, reading and writing activities are incorporated into the lessons so that students may become proficient in the written language as well.
Chinese skills are not required.In ILP classes, children learn English similarly to how they learned their native language: through experience and activity while interacting with a loving adult. Since teachers speak only in English while teaching, Chinese skills are not required.
What's included?Round-trip airfare (6 month or year ticket), housing, food stipend, teaching materials, pre-departure training, and salary.
1 year contract.Associate's Degree = $12,000.
Bachelor's Degree = $15,000.
A desire to work with children.The children you teach will learn to speak because they want to communicate with you. Teaching and preparation is your first priority. Teachers must put their teaching responsibilities first, and then doors are opened in other areas such as travel, cultural experiences, friendships, language learning, etc.
A strong work ethic. Teaching, although extremely rewarding, can often be challenging. It’s important that teachers devote the appropriate amount of time to lesson planning, training workshops, and other preparation in order to provide your students with the most effective classroom experience possible. Applicants also need to demonstrate that they can stick to a project or cause over a period of time through obstacles, personal sacrifice, and unexpected circumstances.
Maturity.Working in a professional environment demands a certain level of maturity. Teachers should demonstrate the ability to handle problems well, contribute to conflict resolution, accept cultural differences, respond to constructive criticism, and implement feedback. These qualities, as well as a positive attitude, will ensure your success in teaching and maintaining good relations with your school, your fellow teachers, and the Taiwanese people you come in contact with.
High moral integrity.The best teachers are the best people, regardless of what they are teaching. With that in mind, it’s important to us that applicants demonstrate strong character and high moral integrity. Parents and schools entrust you with their children’s education and we want to exceed their expectations.
Good social skills.Often, the friendships you develop with other ILP teachers are the best part of the experience. You will be living, teaching and playing with other American teachers, and it’s important that everyone works well with others, in and out of the classroom. Your team is an important part of the support network while you are in a foreign country.
Age.Applicants must be at least 20 years old at the time of departure. The Taiwanese government will not grant a work permit to anyone under 20.
Language and Residence. Teachers must be native English speakers. The schools we work with also prefer that teachers be residents of North America, though every application is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Minimal Online Class Credits.Only less than half of an applicant's college or university credits can be earned from online classes. More online class credits than that will disqualify you from being a teacher according to the Taiwanese government.
Pre-departure Training Workshops.Prior to departure, some Taiwan teachers will be required to attend a 1-2 day training workshop. Training workshops will give you a basic introduction to the experience. You will have a chance to learn the teaching methodology, and attend cultural and preparation seminars to help you get ready for living and teaching in Taiwan. The training workshops are also a qualifying experience. Once you've completed the training seminar, you will be awarded a certificate verifying that you are qualified to teach in ILP schools. In certain cases online training will be available.
On-site Training.Although you will be trained, your real learning begins when you have a chance to actually start teaching. We recommend meeting with your peer teachers to discuss teaching struggles and successes to enhance learning in the classroom.
After returning. Once you get back from teaching, you will have a skill that is valuable for teaching your own children a second language, teaching Limited English Proficiency (LEP) children in schools, or starting a home duolingual care group in your own home. ILP supports alumni who are interested in using their ILP teaching skills after returning. See our alumni section for more details.
"This was one of the best experiences I've ever had. If your heart is in the right place it will ache when you leave, but it will be a nice sort of sad because you know you loved them that much and it was so worth it."