January 22nd, 2009
|09:36 am - Interview for teaching job in Japan!|
Whee~ I have an interview in February with AEON in Toronto, one of those schools/companies in Japan that hires English teachers and if all goes well I'll hopefully be on my way to Japan within months!!
I'm so excited!
I have to write up a 30minute lesson plan teaching basic English conversation that involves student interaction and games/actitivities. At the interview I'll have to demonstrate 5 minutes of the lesson to a group of 2-9 "students". Anyone have any suggestions??
i don't have any suggestions but good luck with the interview and everything. ^^
Ooh~ Gratz and good luck for the interview!
You could just like give them a "crash course" on certain phrases/aspects of conversation and get them to try it out or something like that. XD
At 5 mintues it'll have a be a crash course, lol! Thanks!
Thats great!! Good luck! Or should i say... gambatte-kudasai! :)
I have a couple of language books that are not for English, but they might give you an idea of teaching approaches for the interview... If you want to meet up sometime soon, I could let you take a look at them, and if you find something useful I could lend them to you :)
That's so great that you got the interview, when in February are you going to Toronto?
First off, happy Chinese New Year :D We really must meet up sometime soon, haven't seen you since I've gotten back and I have a Christmas/New Years gift for you that's now super belated, lol.
Second, that'd be really great if I can take a peek at those books :) Anything helps at this stage, I'm banking everything on ths interview and job so that'd be really helpful, thanks!!
So far it looks like I'll be heading to Toronto on Tuesday the 17th, the group interview's on Wednesday, and if I pass I have an individual interview probably the next day, so I'm going to buy my Greyhound return ticket for that Friday. I soooo~ hope I get the job.
Aww, I was hoping that you were going on a Friday/weekend because I need to go to Toronto again (eventually) and it would be nice to have company on the Greyhound! Working full-time is so frustrating, I can barely do anything during the week because I have to wake up so early.
I think that your enthusiasm for the job will definitely help you in the interviews. From what I've heard, the interviewers are looking for smiley enthusiastic people lol. Have you checked out any of the English teacher communities on LJ? If you'd like, I could ask one of my LJ friends who taught in Japan some years back if she'd be ok with answering some questions? She might have some advice for the interview process.
Let me know when you want to meet up. Anytime after 4:00pm on a weekday or a Friday is good for me.
|Date:||January 26th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)|| |
You have a political science degree and you are looking for a job as an English teacher? Honestly, if you wanted an English teaching job you picked the wrong program.
Shouldn't you be applying for a job in Canadian government or something of that sort, like their foreign service?
First off, who are you?
Second off, just because I have a PoliSci degree doesn't mean I am limited to political job choices. I know many, many people in my program and in programs that have absolutely nothing to do with teaching who have taught in Japan and China. It is a great opportunity to gain some experience abroad, learn some new languages and get a first-hand look at local cultures. By learning new languages I open doors for future career choices in politics, and gaining a first-hand look at different cultures gives me an advantage if I should choose to work in that area in the future be it politics or otherwise.
I am not planning to teach English for the rest of my life, there is nothing wrong with my choice in program. At the momeny with the economic recession the hiring rate for the government has slowed like for every other sector, therefore I plan to take the opporunity to go abroad, gain some working experience, learn a new language, as well as take some time to immerse myself in a country that has long held a fascination for me. Afterwards I plan to go teach English in China where my true interest for future political career development lies. I want to improve my Chinese while there and see for myself what kinds of changes and development are occuring and have occured in the country. I want to see first hand the benefits people have gained through the government's policies as well as what problems these developments have brought. Tell me, what is wrong with that? If I want to work in China-Canadian relations in the future or research differences between China and the West be it politics or culture, what is wrong with my choice to go teach in the area for awhile so that I can have an income while I gain experience?
If I was merely interested in Canadian politics then perhaps going straight to the government would be the best choice, but that is not where my interest lies. To want to work in international development or relations and yet having no working experience abroad, to me that sounds ridiculous and ignorant. If I apply for Canada's foreign service yet go in having no first-hand knowledge of the country of which I will be dealing with that is absolutely arrogant and I would think insulting to the country in question.
|Date:||February 3rd, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)|| |
The first thing to do would be to pick a topic. An easy one is greetings/introductions! You will find this useful as I've found 99% of ESL students respond to 'How are you?' with 'I'm fine, thanks.' It never changes.
So, you can go over:
'How's it going?' (different levels of politeness? or when to use which sort of greeting -- with friends, to your teacher, etc.)
'How are you?'
'Nice to meet you.'
'My name is _______.'
'I am (insert occupation/kind of student here).'
'Have a nice day'
'Talk to you later'
These sort of elementary greetings sort of break the ice, so to speak. As well, they're phrases that you can practice every class and that they can use on a daily basis.
Group activities include role-playing out various situations where those phrases can be used. You can also do a memory game where you can either find the same word twice or pair words up -- ie: 'Hey' -> friends | 'good morning' -> morning etc.
You can also play hang-man.
Or, another way to get them to interact is to bring a ball of string with you and get everyone into a circle. You say your introduction: 'Hello. My name is Mengya. I am your teacher.' (or whatever else you want, of course), and then toss the ball to someone and have them say their introduction. Repeat until everyone is holding the string.