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ESL Interview - What do I need to know?
Old 02-10-2020, 01:58 PM
 
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I have an ESL interview next week and am looking for advice as to what I need to know in order to do well. I am certified in ESL, but have not taught it yet (though I work with ELL students in my English classes). Any advice or help is appreciated!


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I'm a reading specialist in a building with a high bilingual population and we are the district magnet school for monolingual non-English or Spanish speakers. Lots of refugees and newcomer immigrants.

The main thing I would recommend to prepare for your interview is to find out what the structure of ESL looks like in the building where you will be teaching. In our area, some elementary schools have the ESL teacher push in to homerooms, some modify classroom lessons, some have stand alone ESL pull out programs, some (in middle and high school) are basically labs where kids are on computer programs, some schools offer bilingual classes, some offer dual language, etc. You should know the structure of the program so you can think about things like how you will support classroom teachers in their work with their students, and also how you will work with students to support their language development.

In our district, there is a big debate right now about the role of ESL and whether ESL should primarily be focusing on language (speaking, listening, vocabulary), or whether it should primarily be teaching reading and writing to ESL students. I don't know if that's just here or a trendy topic, but you might want to think about that. This might also be a good question to ask the interview team when you get to the "do you have any questions?" part of the interview.

Other things to think about:
How will you support monolingual ESL students?
How will you support long term English learners?
How will you support the parents of your students and encourage them to participate in their child's education?

Good luck to you!
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This is great! Thank yuo!!!
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How did your interview go?
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It was a job fair/interview. I think it went well. They said that they would be getting in touch with everyone in about two weeks.

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