Tuesday 24 January 2012

Quick Tip: Record a Demo Lesson

One reason to record a demo lesson is so that you can watch yourself teach. You can see what you do well and what you need to improve. Another reason is to make your job search easier. In addition to emailing your CV, now you're supposed to scan your degree, TEFL certificate, and a number of other documents from your teaching portfolio to send as well. Some employers are taking it a step further and asking for a demo lesson. When job hunting the last thing you want to do is try to record the perfect demo lesson.

So plan ahead. . .

Try recording some of your lessons now and build up a library of demo lessons that you can choose from. Make demo lessons that last between 5 and 15 minutes, have different class sizes, and involve teaching a variety of skills. You could teach make one for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), one of you giving a lecture, another of a class debate, or one of students working in groups.

By preparing now when the time comes to look for a job you won't have to worry about your demo lesson. Just pick and choose from your demo lesson library.

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