For those looking to make the move overseas and teach English. This post is a must-read for you! If you are in the beginning stages of seeking employment whether it be with a language school, private lessons, primary school, etc., you still need to make it through the interview process.
No matter who you interview with, they are going to ask you two things: 1) Who are you? and 2) Can you teach? Moving overseas to teach English is without a doubt the most exciting and easily achievable thing you can do, but, the reality is, you have to get a job first. So pause the daydreaming and trip planning and start preparing for your interviews. Here are my tips on how to successfully prepare for your teaching interview:
Grammar! Grammar! Grammar!
I cannot stress it enough.
When I interviewed with my first language school, they gave me a student profile to build a lesson plan around and submit prior to my interview. I had to create a 60-minute lesson plan around one of the grammar tenses provided. I picked past simple and present perfect. With grammar being my weakness, I studied extra hard on those two tenses and submitted my lesson plan. I was pumped! Well during my interview she threw out questions surrounding other grammar tenses and I froze. I was stumped and completely disoriented.
It came as no surprise when I didn’t get offered the job due to lack of experience. Yuk! So please learn from my mistake and study your grammar. You never know what curve balls they will throw at you. Try reading grammar books like Practical English Usage by Michael Swan to help you improve. This is a great book to always have on hand!
Make lesson plans ahead of time
Make lesson plans ahead of time for the beginner, intermediate, and advance children/adult language learners.
This is for you overachievers out there. I say this only if you are applying to multiple schools at once, which you are right? Well if a school reaches out to you for example lesson plans, you will be way happier when you have a few on hand. Give it a little tweak and submit. Less time and less stress! Another reason is you never know what classes you will be teaching. Also, if you plan on doing private lessons, then you definitely will have a wide range of language learners.
Foresee the future
Envision how you see yourself teaching the class for easy go-to examples.
Think about what sort of problems you would encounter whether it is answering student’s questions, or handing discipline. Yes, there will problem students. Also, think about how you would start each class. Getting yourself in the right mindset will better help you answer these types of questions during your interview. This is especially helpful if you have little to none experience teaching. Imagining can help you draw upon examples.
See what other successful ESL teachers are doing
There is a reason those teachers are so successful so take note.
The best way to do this is by watching YouTube. Why YouTube? Many interviews require you to roleplay your demo lesson plans meaning they will act as the student and you the teacher. They want to see how you engage with the students. If you don’t have much practice teaching in front of a class, then learn and practice through youtube. That is what I did to help develop my teaching style.