Teaching in Kinmen
Kinmen is a small island with a surprising amount of differences between the 20+ schools. One great thing about teaching here is that ETAs are placed in almost all of the schools in the county, which gives us a unique opportunity to learn about and influence the entire English education system here. Most Kinmen schools are small, with an average class size of 10-15, but there are also smaller (5-10) and larger (20-30) schools. Most Kinmen ETAs co-teach about half of their classes with a Local English Teacher (LET) and solo-teach the other half, although this can vary from school to school. It is common for Kinmen ETAs to solo-teach 2nd grade and co-teach grades 3-6. Some schools have the ETAs teach cultural classes or manage clubs in addition to teaching the national English curriculum. These clubs/classes are a great opportunity to bring your talents to the kids! Past ETAs have taught dance, movies, and baking, as a few examples.
Most Kinmen ETAs find themselves very involved in their school community--participating in classes and cultural activities with the students, attending competitions to cheer on the kids, and seeing students outside of class everywhere we go. For prospective ETAs looking for hands-on teaching experience and really getting to know your students, Kinmen is the best place to be!
Click on an image for more information about each school. The information is based on previous ETA's experiences but is subject to change from year to year. Feel free to reach out to Fulbright ETA alumni at your school or your coordinators with any questions!
English Village (EV) is an English-themed learning center where fifth and sixth graders from each elementary school in Kinmen go for a two-day immersive experience learning and applying English in real-life situations. Led by ETAs, students are taught vocabulary and sentence structures pertaining to the classroom they are in and use that knowledge to complete various activities and role-play scenarios. There are a total of six themed classrooms, complete with appropriate decorations, props, and word walls: Kitchen, Hotel, Airport, Airplane, Transportation, and Resort. In the 2015-2016 academic year, 16 ETAs taught at EV once a week. For more information about EV, please visit the official website.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, Fulbright Taiwan transitioned to using Canvas as the go-to platform for sharing teaching resources. You will be set up with an account in the beginning of the year. Numerous lesson plans, PowerPoints, links, and discussions can be found on the Canvas site. For a list of games used by past Kinmen ETAs, click here.