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Dear Theo (and others): Picking a subject to teach at interview

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Filiz06, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. I have an interview for a Year 5 post this week and have been given free reign as to what to teach for 15 minutes to a mixed ability class.
    The post specified that an interest in Modern Languages was preferable and, as a Primary Langauges Specialist, I wonder if I should take this as a hint that I should teach a language at interview?
    On the other hand, I have heard that schools prefer you to teach a core subject at interivew. Plus, given that many schools, as far as I have seen, don't follow a specific curriculum for languages it would be difficut to ascertain what the children have already learned in French and so run the risk of teaching them something which they already know.
    Any advice you could offer would be much appreciated.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well, you could always try teaching them something simple in another language - Spanish or Italian for example. As a French specialist, you shouldn't find that too hard even if you have no knowledge of the language.
    The main thing is that children are learning, making progress in your class. You could even have a plan for the next lesson showing how you would follow up with a link to literacy.
    Don't forget to read the interview clickables inside the Welcome thread - essential for intelligent preparation!
    And if you have time, order this book from Amazon now - it tells you how to prepare a lesson for observation.
    [​IMG]Well done for getting that interview - here's hoping you start a new thread called Dear Theo - I got that job!"
    Best of luck!
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