The more interviews that you appear for, the more confident you will grow. That is a fact.
Language Teacher Interviews may often feel like the happiness-sucking Dementors from the Harry Potter fame, but in actuality, they are a necessary part of the job application deal.
In fact, you should be worried if you do not receive an interview call despite your best resume and cover letter writing efforts.
Once you go through the following interview questions and (expected) answers, your worries will be laid to rest:
Language Teacher Interview Questions and Answers
Why did you opt to work as an English language teacher?
English has always been the strongest subject. Teaching English as a first and a second language is something that comes quickly to me. For someone who is as enthusiastic about language as I am, it only made sense to take it up as a career and share the wealth of information that I currently possess.
How do you feel about different countries sporting different concepts (spellings and pronunciations primarily) of the English language?
I am quite open-minded about the subject. Our language has evolved quite a lot over the centuries, with different countries picking up separate pronunciations and spellings. I firmly believe in the “to each his own” philosophy. My job is to make sure that I teach socially acceptable language to my students – one that is also following the federal and state regulations.
What do you believe is the hardest to teach in language?
I am of the opinion that there is one thing that even the best language teachers cannot teach if the student doesn’t have the knack for it. And that one thing is creative writing. Encouraging students to think creatively is our job, but it does not always have a positive outcome.
What student age brackets have you taught? Which one is easier to handle?
I have been fortunate enough to teach young students and adults. I believe children are more open-minded about learning new things than adults are, which is why they are easier to teach.
In your opinion, how important is reading in helping students learn a language?
I believe that reading is the most critical part of learning a language. Not only is it interesting, but it also opens our minds to countless possibilities, and increases the vocabulary as nothing else can!
How do you use technology to impart language lessons?
Incorporating technology into standard teaching methods has become a necessity now. Using visual aids, teaching through smart boards, and assisting students in using online dictionaries and resources is all in a day’s work for me.