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What would you ask a potential teacher?

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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby ironlady » 02 Jun 2016, 20:21

What is your position on using Chinese in the classroom? Do you have any ability in Chinese that might be useful (if this is desirable/okay in your organization).
How do you approach classroom management?
What does a good learner look like/sound like during class? (Beware if they come up with only one answer for this one.)
What languages have you learned yourself? In what situations? Why?
What specific steps would you take to handle a child who fails to pay attention during class? (Looking for the teacher attempting to find out the reason and addressing that, not simply punishing the child)
What would you do if you had one learner who simply did not seem to be able to "keep up"? Please give a series of steps, not just "transfer him out of the class".
What do you believe is the basic way in which people become good at languages? What is the role of input? How much practice do you believe is necessary to create fluency?
How do you harmonize the kind of language required for standardized tests in Taiwan with actual English as it is spoken?

I know what answers I'd be listening for for the above, but your organization's positions may vary. Put it all through the lens of what you're looking for, of course.
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby yyy » 03 Jun 2016, 13:29

zender wrote:Better to mix it up a bit.

I'd ask, "Where do you see me in 5 years?"

:bravo:
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby Baas Babelaas » 03 Jun 2016, 18:35

Cheers for the replies.

I'm going to have to manage this herd of teachers, both foreign and Chinese, so I would like some high quality folk.

I'm now on the other side of the desk, and it makes me realize it is a tricky business.

I really don't want trashy foreigners onboard.
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby HenHaoChi » 03 Jun 2016, 19:47

Beware impeccably qualified EFL burnouts who can bluff their way through an interview, but have no zing left in the classroom. I saw a few of them in London. I went through the burnout phase myself. On the other hand, some 20+ year experience teachers are awesome.
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby Baas Babelaas » 03 Jun 2016, 22:25

HenHaoChi wrote:Beware impeccably qualified EFL burnouts who can bluff their way through an interview, but have no zing left in the classroom. I saw a few of them in London. I went through the burnout phase myself. On the other hand, some 20+ year experience teachers are awesome.


They will definitely be doing demos.

With before and after cross questioning :cool:

EDIT: Good point - what are the markers for a burnt out teacher in your opinion? (here or PM)
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby Dynaflow » 03 Jun 2016, 23:45

I'd ask, "What is the most enlightening article you have read recently in an SSCI weighted language learning/acquisition journal and how could you implement that empirical knowledge it into your classroom?"
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby Ermintrude » 04 Jun 2016, 00:16

Baas Babelaas wrote:
HenHaoChi wrote:Beware impeccably qualified EFL burnouts who can bluff their way through an interview, but have no zing left in the classroom. I saw a few of them in London. I went through the burnout phase myself. On the other hand, some 20+ year experience teachers are awesome.


They will definitely be doing demos.

With before and after cross questioning :cool:

EDIT: Good point - what are the markers for a burnt out teacher in your opinion? (here or PM)


But ... those applicants can absolutely bluff your demo just as easily as your interview. A demo's only really useful for unqualified teachers or those who haven't really worked anywhere with much observation before: it would be a huge turn-off for most experienced or international applicants because it looks amateurish. I've only ever been asked to do one for an illegal kindy job in Taiwan. It flags you as a manager as not that capable.

Try and get their confidence. Try and get them to tell you honestly why they left their last job. Get them to loosen up and say why to get their 'honest' approach. To be honest, if they are doing a solely classroom job in Shanghai with 20 years' plus experience, that's a red flag in itself. Dig a bit, but be realistic. If someone has more experience than you, they can probably manipulate you into hiring them (no judgement: none of know all of what it is we don't know), if they really want the job/need the money. You need to read between the lines a bit.
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby Hamletintaiwan » 04 Jun 2016, 15:07

HenHaoChi wrote:Beware impeccably qualified EFL burnouts who can bluff their way through an interview, but have no zing left in the classroom. I saw a few of them in London. I went through the burnout phase myself. On the other hand, some 20+ year experience teachers are awesome.


Are you talking about sex?
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby HenHaoChi » 04 Jun 2016, 17:06

No. ?!?!? I'm talking about energy and enthusiasm in the classroom.
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby Hamletintaiwan » 04 Jun 2016, 18:00

HenHaoChi wrote:No. ?!?!? I'm talking about energy and enthusiasm in the classroom.


Why?!?!?

You are bringing up age as criteria for hiring someone.
Besides, it's against the law.
If you were looking for someone to share your bed with, I think taking gender and age into consideration will be OK.

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Why is poo brown?
Who is the vice president right now?

You can screen out stupid people.
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