To remind you, here is the structure of this series.


Posts 1 & 2               Introduction

Posts 3 – 5               The Historical Background (of Teaching Language)

Posts 6 – 11             The Principles of Modern Language Teaching

Posts 12 – 15           Some Reflections on This

Posts 16 – 25           A Conversation of Someone who (Strongly) Disagrees

Posts 26 – 32           Introduction to the ‘Not Real Teacher’ Problem

Posts 3335           Five Signs of a ‘Not Real Teacher’

Posts 3643           Six Signs Which Should Make You Worried

Posts 4447           How to Use these Signs // Analysing a Fake Teacher


And now we are up to Post 26. Let’s start then.


About Not Real Teachers of IELTS/English: Introduction I


This, and the next seven posts, are introductions to the ‘not real’ teacher problem. These people come in two types, and I’ll explain the difference in Post 29 of this series.


Firstly, this and the next post will give an example – and the example is of the worst sort of not-real teacher. This example is shocking, and it shows the damage to students (and your country) that this whole not-real issue is causing. Unfortunately, these bad people can actually thrive in this country, and you might not be aware of this.

The worst of these people simply pretend to be teachers - but that is strong language, right? And here I’m talking about people who call themselves teachers. These are people you might personally like; people you have been trained (or is the real word, brainwashed?) to obey and respect. So, there are certainly many sensitive personal, cultural, and human issues involved in this discussion.


Because of this, (as I said at the start) I have no less than six ‘Introductions’ to this next series of posts on this ‘being not-real’ theme. Here is the first introductory post, to make you think.


How to Earn Lots of Money in Taiwan: Getting Started


Hey, do you want to earn lots of money really easily? Here’s how to do it – by teaching IELTS in Taiwan. The qualifications are, you need to be ...


  1. totally dishonest,
  2. very corrupt,
  3. sneaky,
  4. malicious,
  5. not care about your students,
  6. clever at manipulating the social media tools.

In other words, you have to be ... sort of ... like the picture at the top. To repeat, if you have these ‘qualifications’, it’s very easy to earn big money ‘teaching’ IELTS, because ...


  • you don’t have to be able to speak English.

[You’ll just speak in Chinese the whole time].


  • you don’t need any teaching qualifications.

[Remember, few people care about them, few believe they are necessary, and you can just lie about them anyway, because few will doubt you, or ever ask for proof.]


  • you don’t need a room or any equipment.

[You will meet students in coffee shops.]


  • you don’t need to make or create anything.

[You’ll download material from any junk IELTS website].


  • you don’t need any teaching skills or need to know anything about the IELTS test.

[You’ll just make students read and memorise the material].


So, if you have the previous 16 ‘qualifications’ (and unfortunately, some people do), then you could go for it, right?


In the next post, I will explain the steps you need to take to begin making the money.


Now, check that you know the meaning of the underlined vocabulary (also repeated below).


  • to thrive (v)
  • to be brainwashed (adj/V3)
  • to be corrupt (adj)
  • to be sneaky (adj)
  • to be malicious (adj)
  • to manipulate (v)


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