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What would you ask a potential teacher?

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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby Charlie Phillips » 05 Jun 2016, 01:50

Most competent teachers can avoid interviews like this one by scanning the advertisement in the first place.

That would leave you with the job of filtering the detritus with silly questions.

You can ask questions such as:

Give us an example of how you can work autonomously and as part of a team.

Give us an example of how you showed self-initiative without pissing off management.

How can you exercise superior skill in a classroom environment while avoiding confrontation with your superiors in the corporate structure.

Ad nauseam.

And everything Butterc Ermintrude said.
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby Ducked » 06 Jun 2016, 21:26

I'd ask them


Charlie Phillips wrote:
Give us an example of how you showed self-initiative without pissing off management.

and then if I needed another question, I'd ask them:-

"In what way does the self-initiative that Charlie Phillips asked you about differ from initiative?", because I think an English teacher might know, and I don't.
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby Rocket » 07 Jun 2016, 11:21

As far as the area of morals/ethics is concerned, the only question you ever need to ask is "Should Pete Rose be admitted to Cooperstown?"
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Re: What would you ask a potential teacher?

Postby HenHaoChi » 07 Jun 2016, 23:44


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.

Not so much age. There are bad habits that you see at different stages in EFL careers. You get fresh graduates with no experience who think they can teach with no technique or preparation just because they are magically foreign. Then there are teachers with 5-10 years experience who are stubborn and don't listen to management. Then teachers with 10+ years experience who are too tired to put in a good performance because they have taught the same lesson 100 times. I have seen, and been, most of those types. So with every level of experience there are red flag personality traits to watch out for. These flaws are all nearly impossible to catch in an interview, as well.

On the other hand you get excellent teachers at all ages.

Here's an interview question: Complete this sentence:

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