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William, when you have a wife and kids, you have to move around ever 2 years, spend six months sending out resumes, pulling your kids out of school, you want to make sure you are at the top of the shortlist for most jobs here. Each job I have applied to has about 30 or 40 qualified people applying for them. You dont need a phD to teach freshmen conversational English but if you dont get a job you starve, even though the professor interviewing you may be less qualified than you. Taikibansei had a PhD, publications in several international journals, was in charge of ESS, on several committees plus teaching a full slate of classes and still got fired by a Japanese professor with no more than a BA. The question of limited term contracts and lack of job security is a subject for another thread but when you have unemployment staring you in the face it focuses the mind really quickly.
Myself, I plan to teach in the UK where PhDs are necessary for university teaching jobs, as well as teaching experience. I like to think my job is more than teaching English anyway, as you do research and publish as well. No one makes you do those of course, just really depends on what your goals in life are, I suppose.