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  • CFTU
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    24 May, 2013 at 10:52
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    Be aware and prepared for some unethical schools in China that may ask you to perform one or more free demo classes as part of the alleged hiring process. It is normal and appropriate to give such demo class to a Principal or Academic Director, but not to a class full of students.

    Furthermore, a demo class should not be more than 30 minutes in duration. If a school says a longer class is required, then feel free to request professional payment by the hour.


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    Keith
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    27 May, 2013 at 7:31
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    Reply To: Free Demo Class Abuse of China Foreign Teachers

    What’s wrong with this hiring practice? I use it at the school I’m working at to recruit teachers (not in China) – I feel it is by far the best way to determine a candidate’s skills and approach. I can learn more about a teacher from a 30 minute demo class than from 3 hours of interview questions. Perhaps if more schools adopted this hiring practice there would be less complaints down the line from students about ineffective teaching…?

    From the teacher’s point of view, if (s)he wants to work for a school and feels confident that (s)he is the right teacher for the job, then (s)he should be willing and prepared to give a demo class.

    So I’m interested to know why you think this hiring practice is not appropriate for teachers?

    ICAL TEFL
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    27 May, 2013 at 10:07
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    Reply To: Free Demo Class Abuse of China Foreign Teachers

    I would agree. It’s a good way to see how the teacher works and interacts with the class.

    But of course I wouldn’t expect to see a teacher give more than just one (or very possibly under exceptional circumstances) two lessons and there needs to be plenty of preparation time and class information given to the teacher beforehand.


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    Keith
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    27 May, 2013 at 12:01
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    there needs to be plenty of preparation time and class information given to the teacher beforehand.

    Absolutely. I give prospective teachers a full class profile, including information about their classes up to now, learning styles, learning objectives, as well as guidance on the type of class expected and any other relevant information at the time.

    big bird
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    29 May, 2013 at 14:20
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    Reply To: Free Demo Class Abuse of China Foreign Teachers

    Sorry, but nobody should work for free. I was asked three times to give free demo classes in one month to class rooms full of kids for a full 2 hours. When I left I found other expat teachers waiting in the lobby scheduled to give the next class!

    You know damn well how "thrifty" (cheap) Chinese people are and they will find anyway possible to say 100 yuan – even at our expense! A one hour demo is plenty time for someone to evaluate your teaching style and methods. And only a Principal or Teaching Director needs to be there – unless you also believe that teachers are also supposed to be free entertainment for the young students?

    Keith
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    30 May, 2013 at 7:18
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    Reply To: Free Demo Class Abuse of China Foreign Teachers

    nobody should work for free

    I agree – I’m not talking about 2 hour demo classes for the clear purpose of getting free teaching out of teachers. This would be abusing the practice, and any practice is open to abuse if in the hands of disreputable people.

    I’m talking about a 30 minute demo lesson for the purposes of evaluating the suitability of a teacher for recruitment. There’s a clear difference.

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