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MFL post interview questions

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by xcaroline, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. xcaroline

    xcaroline New commenter

    Hi, I am a new MFL HOD, (literally only in post since half term). My first challenge is to conduct the interviews for a German & French post we have available. I would really appreciate suggestions from anyone with experience of conducting MFL interviews of some suitable standard questions. I have some ideas but would be grateful for any assistance!
  2. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    The first questions that spring to mind are:
    1. Can you speak German?
    2. Can you speak French?
    3. Are you a teacher?
    4. How soon can you start?
    More seriously though, it might be a good idea to contact the MFL HODs at schools local to you to see if they could assist you with ideas. They are likely to have recently conducted interviews so will probably have a list of questions they have used. They will be familiar with current MFL issues in your local area and are also likely to be using the same exam boards as your school.
    madcatlady and agathamorse like this.
  3. xcaroline

    xcaroline New commenter

    Haha I take your point, and thanks for the suggestion.
  4. Caity52

    Caity52 New commenter

    I would want to know what they would do to engage lower ability learners. How they would encourage uptake at GCSE (and A level if relevant). What sort of interventions would they make to help a student make better progress. How they would support students in receipt of Pupil Premium. What suggestions they have for raising the profile of MFL across the school. Would they be interested in accompanying / leading trips? What are the current issues facing MFL in your area / the UK? Those are just a few off the top of my head.

    I would also want to see them teach a lesson that showed off their own subject knowledge. Very often candidates end up teaching something very basic to Y7s which doesn't really show me that they know their stuff. I'm not saying I would want to make it unnecessarily difficult but if I need someone to teach GCSE or A level I want to see that they can do that. The most enlightening lesson I have seen was teaching Après avoir / être to a group of Y10s. The best candidates were clear and made it feel like a very simple concept, weaker candidates confused themselves and I knew they would struggle with bright GCSE and A level students.
    madcatlady, agathamorse and pascuam49 like this.
  5. xcaroline

    xcaroline New commenter

    This is really helpful, thank you for taking the trouble to write this reply.
    agathamorse likes this.
  6. madcatlady

    madcatlady Occasional commenter

    This is an excellent suggestion.

    I would add that I always ask a question in the TL they say is their specialism (or have someone ask it) because I have been caught out a couple of times by people who say they can speak a language, have a qualification, and then it seems that their grasp of said language is not sufficient to the task. Yes, really. The suggestion above would help with that I think.

    Otherwise the usual things (example of a great lesson, safe guarding, why do you want the job etc), however we have to have a list of agreed questions from HR and we have a format for making sure all candidates get the same questions. I have to submit my questions in advance (we can expand on them and ask for clarification) so your HR should have a list already.

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