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  • TopTenInterviewQuestionsforESLTeachers

    ESLteachershavetobemasterpedagogues,authoritiesonsecondlanguageacquisition,andexpertsatrelationshipbuilding.Thatsatallorder,andwhilecertainlyschoolscancoach their teachers toward this ideal, youwant tomake sure youre hiring teacherswithastrongbase.BelowarethetopteninterviewquestionstoaskwhenhiringanESLteacher.

    1. HowdoestheCommonCoreguideyourworkwithELLs?

    2. IfIweretowalkintoyourESLclassroom,howwoulditlookdifferentfromyour

    non-ESLcolleaguesclassroom?

    3. WhathasbeenyourgreatsuccessinworkingwithELLs?

    4. Whatwould you do if a colleague said they did notwant you to pick up theirstudentforESLinstruction?

    5. A colleague comes to you and says that they believe an ELL student needs a

    referral.Howdoyourespond?

    6. WhatisyourpreferredESLdeliverymodelandwhy?

    7. WhatsupportsneedtobeinplaceforyoutobeasuccessfulESLteacher?

    8. HowdoestheNYSESLATinfluenceyourinstruction?

    9. WhatdoyouthinkwillbethebiggestchallengeasanESLteacherhereandwhatcouldyoudotoaddressthatchallenge?

    10. WhydidyouwanttobecomeanESLteacher?

  • TopTenInterviewQuestionsandAnswerforESLTeachers

    Whileyouwillwanttokeepinmindyourschoolsphilosophy,mission,programmodelandELLdemographicswhenevaluatinganapplicantsresponsestothesequestions,Iveoutlinedsomepotentialelementsofmodelresponsesandredflagsbelow.1.HowdoestheCommonCoreguideyourworkwithELLs?PotentialElementsofModelResponses PotentialRedFlags

    -MyESLinstructioniscontentbasedandalignedwiththeCommonCore.-IscaffoldinstructiontomeetboththelanguageneedsofmyELLsaswellastheCommonCorelearningstandardsattachedtothecontent.-IlookattheBilingualCommonCoreEnglishasaNewLanguageStandardsandalignmyinstructiontothem.

    -TheCommonCoreisnotELLfriendly.-IlookmoreattheESLstandardsthantheCommonCore.-IammoreofalanguageexpertthanaCommonCoreexpert.-TheCommonCoreistoocomplicatedforELLsbecausetheirgradeleveldoesntalwaysequaltheirlanguagelevel.

    2.IfIweretowalkintoyourESLclassroom,howwoulditlookdifferentfromyournon-ESLcolleaguesclassroom?PotentialElementsofModelResponses PotentialRedFlags

    -Studentswouldbeworkingondifferentproducts.-Therewouldbemorevisualaids/graphicorganizers/realia/music/chanting.-Astheteacher,Iwouldbedoingmoreexplicitmodeling/slowingspeech/repeating/rephrasing.-Theunitwouldbepaceddifferently.-Therewouldbeagreaterfocusondevelopingorallanguage,aswellasreadingandwriting.-Theremightbesomenativelanguageused.

    -Myclassroomwouldnotlookverydifferent.-ThecontentwouldlookverydifferentbecauseESLinstructionisveryseparatefromwhatotherclassroomteachersteach.

  • 3.WhathasbeenyourgreatsuccessinworkingwithELLs?PotentialElementsofModelResponses PotentialRedFlags

    -Makingdifficultcontentaccessiblethroughscaffoldinganddifferentiation-Buildingrelationshipswithstudentsandfamilies-HelpingstudentsreachthelearninggoalsI/theschoolsetandthattheysetforthemselves-Creatingaculturallyresponsivelearningenvironment

    -HavingstudentsmoveuplevelsontheNYSESLAT

    4.WhatwouldyoudoifacolleaguesaidtheydidnotwantyoutopickuptheirstudentforESLinstruction?PotentialElementsofModelResponses PotentialRedFlags

    -Iwouldscheduleatimetohaveaconversationwiththemaboutit.-IwouldfigureoutwhytheydidntwanttheESLservicesfortheirstudentandthenoffersomesolutions(moredatasharing,differentscheduling,etc.).

    -Iwoulddefertotheclassroomteacher.-Iwouldimmediatelycontactasupervisor.-Iwouldimmediatelycontacttheparent.

    5.AcolleaguecomestoyouandsaysthattheybelieveanELLstudentneedsareferral.Howdoyourespond?PotentialElementsofModelResponses PotentialRedFlags

    -Iwouldexaminetheclassroomsupportsinplace.-Iwouldlookatthestudentspastschoolingexperiences.-Iwouldexaminethetier1,2,and3supports.-Iwouldlookattheculturallyresponsivepracticesinplace.-Iwouldtrytodeterminethestudentsperformanceintheirnativelanguage.

    -Itsaverynuancedissueandwoulddependonthestudent.

  • 6.WhatisyourpreferredESLdeliverymodelandwhy?*PotentialElementsofModelResponses PotentialRedFlags

    *Note:Thisquestionisnotsomuchaboutwhichmodeltheychoosebutthereasonswhytheylikeit.Ilike______________because-itsupportsstudentachievement.-itallowsformorecollaboration.-itsupportssocialemotionallearning.

    -Unabletoexpressapreference-Unabletoprovidereasons

    7.WhatsupportsneedtobeinplaceforyoutobeasuccessfulESLteacher?PotentialElementsofModelResponses PotentialRedFlags

    -Co-planningtime-Beingpartofgradeplanning/departmentmeetings-Adedicatedworkspacewithwallsforvisualaids,anchorchartsandstudentwork(ifdoingpulloutgroups)-Coaching-Communicationinplacewithotherteams(teachersandoperations)

    -Nothing-Textbooksandworkbooks

    8.HowdoestheNYSESLATinfluenceyourinstruction?PotentialElementsofModelResponses PotentialRedFlags

    -IembedsomeNYSESLATspecificskills(becauseitlookssodifferentfromotherexams)ineverydayinstruction-IfamiliarizemyselfwiththedatafromtheNYSESLATreportasawaytodeterminetrendsandproficiencylevelswithinandacrossstudents(RLATinATS)-IfamiliarizemyselfwiththeNYSESLATandoccasionallyconductactivitiesthatlooksimilartoexposestudents.

    -ImatcheverythingIdototheNYSESLAT.-IdontpayanyattentionatalltotheNYSESLAT.

  • 9.What do you thinkwill be the biggest challenge as an ESL teacher here andwhatcouldyoudotoaddressthatchallenge?PotentialElementsofModelResponses PotentialRedFlags

    -Schedulingwillbechallenging,butIcanlookatthemasterschedule/groupstudentsbyproficiencyinsteadofgrade/groupstudentsbyskillinsteadofgrade,etc.-Makingsurestudentshavesupportsthroughouttheentireday,evenwhenImnotphysicallyintheroom,willbechallenging,butIcanhelpembedstrategiesthroughoutunits/meetwithclassroomteachers/sharebestESLpractices/conductsPD,etc.

    -Workingwithotherteachers-Anychallengelistedwithpracticallynosolutiongiven

    10.WhydidyouwanttobecomeanESLteacher?PotentialElementsofModelResponses PotentialRedFlags

    -Personalconnection-Passionforlanguage-Passionfordifferentcultures-Passionforbeinganadvocate-Tohelpthegapwithinthegap

    -Bydefault-Notsure