A school asked me to do a grammar lesson for my teaching demonstration, and I’ll only know the topic on the day of my teaching demonstration. Moreover, there will only be one learner who is the interviewer himself/herself; really demotivates me. I have limited teaching experience and am clueless about preparing for this lesson.
Is this normal practice?
Any advice please? Thanks.
21 July, 2015 at 15:38
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Is this for a job interview or an interview to get onto a teacher training course?
If it’s for a job interview, then it’s quite normal. The employer (quite rightly I think) wants to know if his potential employees have some theoretical and practical teaching knowledge and skills.
Putting you on the spot like that on the day is in part designed to test your knowledge of grammar, but I would guess it’s more designed to test how well you can think on your feet, use your imagination and prepare a lesson quickly.
It’s tough, I know, but the employer is just protecting his/her interests and future clients, and remember that everyone else being interviewed has to go through it too. Do you have a TEFL / TESOL qualification? If so, then I would follow as much as possible what you learnt on that. If not – have you considered taking one?