Training & Development

If you're not a teacher, don't panic: we can teach you how to teach. With more than 30 years of developing curriculum, teaching classes, and training teachers, we know a thing or two about how to teach English effectively, and we can train you in everything you need to know.

We have a set curriculum with a full range of support materials such as CDs, posters, and visual aids, and classes are clearly structured. This means you don't have to spend long hours compiling materials and writing your own lesson plans. In training, you will be equipped with simple yet effective teaching methods and systems that will allow you to use these materials well and enable your students to succeed.

HESS TEFL Certification Program

Teachers are awarded a TEFL certificate at the end of their first year. This encompasses initial training, branch training, 1-, 3-, 6-, and 9-month follow-up trainings, and a minimum of 800 hours practicum teaching. All trainings are free and mandatory regardless of previous experience or education.

HESS Initial TEFL Training (HITT)

Three times each year, we hold a large group orientation and training program for 30 to 60 people. It is a nine-day interactive training, which prepares teachers for their year in Taiwan. We provide complimentary hotel accommodation with your fellow trainees during this time. We are very serious about developing and supporting professional teachers for our classrooms, and our ongoing assessment process begins here.

We understand that moving to a new country can be just as challenging as starting a new job and that each affects the other. We include useful information about living in Taiwan, share our experiences, and make ourselves available to answer any questions you might have. During this initial training, our documents staff and your head teacher will contact you to begin the process of finding appropriate accommodation and securing your necessary visa and permits.

An important benefit of large group trainings is that teachers are quickly able to begin establishing their Taiwan social network, find future roommates, and share their experiences with people who are in the same boat. We also hold a graduation party at the completion of training to allow you to meet with other teachers and HESS staff.

We recruit year-round for HESS Initial TEFL Training (HITT), and there are various training seasons throughout the year. We conduct an initial training almost every month, so there are plenty of opportunities to come to Taiwan. Once you decide when you’d like to arrive in Taiwan, our recruitment staff will find training dates to match your availability.

Here is a breakdown of our training seasons each year:
SPRING (A): Arrive in Taiwan between January 15 and April 14
SUMMER (B): Arrive in Taiwan between April 15 and July 14
FALL (C): Arrive in Taiwan between July 15 and October 14
WINTER (D): Arrive in Taiwan between October 15 and January 14

At the Branch

After training, you will go to your branch. There, branch staff will assist you in finding your new apartment, and you will have the opportunity to meet your new colleagues. The other people at your branch will be some of your best resources in Taiwan. They will help you with the challenges of day-to-day living such as getting a phone contract or where to buy necessities. Gain basic teaching skills, become familiar with our curricula, and learn how to teach effectively.

You will also observe a few classes being taught by experienced teachers and familiarize yourself with the branch systems before you begin teaching. Your head teacher will help you with any questions you have, as well as observe your lessons on a regular basis and give you helpful feedback and support. To help you adjust during the first month, branches strive to give new teachers a schedule that eases them into a full workload. We have all been through this ourselves, so we know it can be a little daunting—but we are there to help you every step of the way.

Follow-up Trainings

1-day follow-up trainings are held for all new teachers four times in their first year. They are held after 1, 3, 6, and 9 months of teaching. A wide range of teaching and educational psychology topics are covered.

Training is sometimes also sponsored at the branch level. This branch training is usually very specific to the needs of the teachers in a school or area.

Trainings provide a wealth of practical advice and tips from both experienced trainers and colleagues. They are also a great opportunity to see friends and share your incredible experiences as teachers and foreigners in Taiwan.