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Preparing for Your School Interview, Skype Interview or Video Submission 


1. What to Wear 

 

Please make sure you are well presented, regardless of whether you will be there in person, online or in front of a camera. This means business casual, at least. 

 

2. What to Talk About 

 

a. Who You Are: One of the first things the school will want to know is who you are, here's a list to help you prepare: 

 i. Name 

ii. Age 

iii. Where you are from 

iv. Summary of teaching and/or education 

v. Why you want to teach in Shenzhen or this age group (or even better, in this particular school) 

 

b. Relevant Experience:  Consider what you have done that makes you suitable for working at this particular school. Do you have similar experience? Have you worked with kids of the same age before? Make a list. 

 

c. Your Interests: What interests do you have that might excite the school? Beyond just wanting to teach EFL, do you have other things to offer? Music? Drama? Art? Sports? Make a list. 

 

d. Consider Your Audience: All schools will have their own individual expectations, and you can always ask us if you are looking for more guidance. In the meantime, here are some general tips based on different types of school: 

 

Public Schools in general will want teachers who can excite their students' interest in English and become an active member of the school’s staff. With this in mind you should think about how you will engage and excite large classes of students that you only see once a week, and how you are willing to get involved with the school outside of your weekly classes. 

 

Kindergartens and Primary Schools will be looking for more lively teachers who can inspire their young students. How can you show this in your interview? If that's not your style, but you're still confident of teaching these ages, how can you show that? 

 

Middle Schools and High Schools will expect more experienced, and perhaps more “serious” teachers. Think about how you will demonstrate that during your interview. 

 

Make a list to prepare for your target school. 

 

e. Show Your Interest (Interview Only): One great way to express your interest in a school is to come prepared with a list of questions about them and how they do things. Just be careful not to ask too many overly-specific questions, as these may be difficult for school reps to answer and leave them embarrassed. Here are some suggestions: 

 i. What grades would you like me to teach? 

ii. What topics would you like me to teach? 

iii. Is there a textbook? Would you like me to follow it? 

iv. Are there any activities you would like me to help with? 

v. What are the students at your school like? 

 

These are good questions that show an interest in teaching, the students and helping the school. 

 

3. Skype Interviews and Video Submissions 

 

a. Environment: What's behind you? Is it distracting? Does it give a bad impression? Is it noisy where you are? Are there other people or sounds that might interrupt your interview or recording? Eliminate all these factors before you start. 

 

b. Dry Run: Can you do a trial run with a 1 minute video or Skype call to a friend or family member? This would be a great way to make sure your voice is clear and the video quality is good. If you identify problems through a trial run, you can avoid wasting time and potentially missing the opportunity to say more during your interview

发布时间: 2017 - 07 - 20
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The first part of the fifth video of the SDE Teachers 2017-2018 Online Orientation covering laws for foreigners in China.



The second part of the fifth video of the SDE Teachers 2017-2018 Online Orientation covering legal differences in China.


The third part of the seventh video of the SDE Teachers 2017-2018 Online Orientation covering big differences in the laws in China.


The fourth part of the fifth video of the SDE Teachers 2017-2018 Online Orientation covering political sensitivity in China.

发布时间: 2018 - 04 - 02
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All the frequently asked questions we receive from incoming teachers.


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Frequently Asked QuestionsSDE New Teacher Frequently Asked Questions



Frequently Asked Questions

School Life

Questions about what to expect from your school and what might be expected of you from day to day, while you work.


Frequently Asked Questions

Teaching & Classroom Management

Questions about what to expect from your school and what might be expected of you from day to day, while you work.


Frequently Asked Questions

Flight and Orientation

Questions about what you should bring with you to China, what will happen once you arrive and orientation, in general.


Frequently Asked Questions

SDE International

Questions about our company, the resources you'll have available to you and other things you might want to know about us.


Frequently Asked Questions

Getting a (Z) Work Visa

Questions about the visa process, how long it takes, and anything unexpected you might thing of when you're in the process of applying for your visa. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Money Management

How much money you might need, how to pay for thing in China, and how to send money from China to your bank account back home. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation

Questions about finding an apartment, how to pay for it, and what else might be your responsbiilty regarding your housing while living here. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Transportation

How to get around China once your here, from the subway, to other question you might have about traveling around. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Technology

What you might want to know regarding technology in China, from basic questions about the internet, to mobile phones and so on. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Learning Chinese

What can I do about learning Chinese? How much Chinese do I need? And other questions about learning Chinese. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Shenzhen Lifestyle

Questions about living and working in Shenzhen. Questions about activites and nightlife in Shenzhen. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Health

Questions about going to see the doctor in China, and questions about general health in China that you might have.

发布时间: 2017 - 07 - 20
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Part 1 of the sixth video of the SDE Teachers 2017-2018 Online Orientation covering Health & Safety in China - in this part: insurance, getting ill, hospital visits and medicine.



Part 2 of the sixth video of the SDE Teachers 2017-2018 Online Orientation covering Health & Safety in China - in this part: food and drink.


Part 3 of the sixth video of the SDE Teachers 2017-2018 Online Orientation covering Health & Safety in China - in this part: safety in China.

发布时间: 2018 - 04 - 02
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The first part of the seventh video of the SDE Teachers 2017-2018 Online Orientation covering a warm-up activity to get you thinking about cultural differences and the details of culture shock and fatigue.



The first part of the seventh video of the SDE Teachers 2017-2018 Online Orientation covering the building blocks of culture and differences between cultures in the East and the West.


The third part of the seventh video of the SDE Teachers 2017-2018 Online Orientation covering some examples of when things go wrong and how to deal with it or avoid it in the first place.


发布时间: 2018 - 04 - 02
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