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What employers say

Steve talking about interviewing teachers.

We’ve heard from teachers and learners but what about employers? What do they think and how do they choose teachers to work for them? Watch this video of a Director of Studies (Steve) talking about what he looks for when he’s interviewing teachers for a job. He says he considers what the person will be like when they are at work and what the person will be like in the staffroom.

Listen and take notes about this or complete a table like this one with the things Steve looks for:

A table with columns for qualities at work and qualities in the staffroom
Steve says that he asks interviewees to tell him how they would use a page of a coursebook. Why does he do this?

You can find the answers here or in the ‘Downloads’ section below.


What about you? Do you think you’d make a good teacher? Why? What qualities do you have? Are there any qualities you’d like to have? If you are already a teacher, what do you think your learners like about you? Write your comments in the comments box.

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