Teaching Demo Lesson Tips To Ace Your Interview
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Job interviews can be tough – especially if you don’t know what to expect from the interview! Did you know you might need to do a demo lesson during an interview for a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) job?
Yep, during a TEFL interview you might be asked to do a demo lesson to demonstrate your teaching skills. This can be an in-class demo if you are at the school for the interview, or it can be a Skype demo if you are being interviewed at home.
But before your blood pressure hits the roof, let’s look at the whole interview process.
How to apply for a TEFL job
- Search for jobs online (top tip: use our handy Jobs Board)
- Fill in the application form – don’t forget to check your grammar and spelling!
- Be invited for an interview – online or face-to-face
- Ace the interview (and your demo lesson)
- Sign a contract – be sure to read the fine print, and pack your bags.
Because they are so important in a job interview, here are our top demo lesson tips to help you ace your TEFL interview.
Demo Lesson Tip 1: Know what you are teaching
The first step towards acing a demo lesson is to make sure you know exactly what you are teaching. This might sound stupid but you shouldn’t assume you know everything about a topic or a language point just because you’ve dealt with it before or you looked at it during your TEFL course. If, for example, you are tasked with teaching the present perfect to an Intermediate class, make sure you know the present perfect well enough to explain it forwards, backwards and inside out! Plus find out exactly which aspects of the present perfect an Intermediate student needs to know.
Demo Lesson Tip 2: Plan your lesson
Once you know what you are teaching, you need to plan how you are going to teach it. For your demo lesson, don’t try anything new or crazy. Rather stick to the basics and make sure you execute your plan well. When planning your lesson, come up with a warmer activity and then follow the PPP lesson plan model. First, present the language. Then have an activity which allows your students to practise it. Finally, have an activity which gives them free rein to produce the language. That’s it!
Read more: PPP in The EFL Classroom
Demo Lesson Tip 3: Don’t forget your Plan B!
Once you have planned your lesson you need to consider alternative options in case things don’t go according to plan during the lesson. Maybe you need to think of a different warmer just in case they don’t respond to your original one; or maybe you need to have a 5-minute game up your sleeve in case you have extra time at the end of the lesson. Remember, deviating from your plan is not a problem (it happens all the time) but not being able to deviate from the plan when necessary, is.
Read more: Top Tips for Effective Lesson Planning
Demo Lesson Tip 4: Practise your lesson
You may feel a bit dumb but you need to practise your lesson before your demo lesson. You don’t necessarily need to find students to teach it to but go through the lesson (aloud) as you think it would progress. While you can’t predict how your students will react and what questions they may ask, this will help you practise what you are going to say at each stage of the lesson.
Demo Lesson Tip 5: Troubleshoot your lesson
Finally, you need to think of all the possible what-if situations that can take place during your lesson. What if your students only speak their language? What if one student is really disruptive? What if your students don’t understand your language explanations. Imagine the scenarios and come up with ways in which you would handle them appropriately and effectively. Even if they don’t happen during the lesson, your interviewer could ask you afterwards how you would have handled it.
Read more: Common EFL Interview Questions
And that’s all there is to it! So if you are asked to do a demo lesson for a TEFL interview, don’t freak out! Just follow these tips, and thank us when you get the job!
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- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.