EPIK Interview Questions
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How will you prepare for living in Korea?
language, current events, culture, research the history, stronger relationships
What do you know about Korea?
North & South, rich culture with ancient traditions, hold family values high, South Korea is one of the 4 asian tigers (highly advanced economic country) that has achieved a dramatic economic growth over the past few decades, technology and transportation is highly advanced
How do you handle stress? Give an example.
I try to turn it into something positive by eating healthy, exercising, doing a genuine favor for another person. I also do a lot of prayer and meditation. Ill reflect on what caused the stressed and try to find ways to improve for the next time it happens.
Have you worked with kids with language barriers?
I have not worked with kids with language barriers but I have helped customers with language barriers. The best way I would approach them would be to speak clearly and slowly and use a lot of hand gestures to help them understand what I mean.
Why did I choose my bachelor's degree?
At the time, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for a career but I knew that a bachelors' degree would at least enhance my placement in higher-level management or supervisory positions if I wanted to move up in a company. Also, if I wanted to pursue a Master's later I would at least meet the bachelor degree requirement.
My particular bachelor's degree:
-fit my budget
-flexible with my work schedule
-could finish in a quicker time frame
What do you know about the TaLK program?
TaLK stands for Teach and Learn in Korea. Founded in 2008. Its a government funded scholarship opportunity for students to offer their knowledge of English to elementary students after-school in the provincial areas of Korea. It also allows it s participants to explore and learn about the Korean culture. Students in the program typically work around 15 hours a week with a 1 month orientation. It is offered in a 6-month or 1-year contract.
Why did you choose the TaLK program and what is your favorite thing about the program>
I chose the TaLK program because
1. it's a reliable and well-established program sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, & Technology
2. Gives it's participants a chance to immerse themselves in the culture while also helping out the communities
3. Great benefits
4. It offered a 6 month contract which appeals to me because I have never been to Korea and it seemed like a safe route to start out with. However, I am open to a 1 year contract. I just know that the 6 month is very feasible.
My favorite part of the program is the amount of TIME given for personal development. I think I'd be given adequate time to learn the language & culture, enhance your teaching skills, etc.
Why do you want to go to Korea?/Why do you want to teach in Korea?
Primarily, I want to experience change and discover a new sense of self-identity. Second, I've always wanted to travel, experience a culture, and learn a language. I think it would be exciting to be in a classroom setting. Korea offers many opportunities for that that I can't experience here at home.
What is your biggest strength as a teacher?
I think my biggest strength is my patience. I have I high tolerance when it comes to learning
How would you resolve conflict with other colleagues?
Communicate respectfully and professionally with the other person face-to-face and try to understand their point of view while trying to help them understand mine. I would also try to come with an agreement with them to prevent future conflicts in the future.
Why Korea vs other countries?
I've mainly put most of time and energy into looking at Korea after learning the cost and living at other countries. I feel that Korea is
What kind of teaching experience do you have?
No classroom teaching experience but i do
Tell me about yourself
Who you are-
What will you bring to the table-
Why you want to be in Korea-
Where you see yourself in the future-
How are you an asset-
How is this helping your goals and their goals-
What do you expect to be the most difficult part about coming to Korea?
The long flight. I've never sat on a plane for over 14 hours. I am quite eager to experience
How do you get students motivated to learn English?
Make it a challenge. If students don't feel challenged they will most likely lose interest. Playing a stimulating game challenges students because they are competing amongst their classmates.
How would you manage a class with 30+ students?
Establish rules upfront and be firm about the rules. Learn their names quickly. Easier to control classroom management when the students hear their names being called out. Use points to make a point. The point system will encourage conduct in the classroom because students will want the most points to use for rewards.
How do you feel about working alone?
I am comfortable working alone. Sometimes I challenge myself on how quickly and efficiently I can get a task done independently. Working alongside a team is also helpful when collaborating different ways to handle a matter.
What would you teach Korean students about your home country?
We aren't that much different from them. We have big cities, large amusement parks, and etc. We like the same things they like. However, the way we do things is different. Tell the m
What do you think would make you a good teacher?
I can relate to to the students and understand and communicate with them on their level.
What are some difference about Korea and home country?
Korea has a very homogeneous population compared to the United States where there are diverse groups of people. Korea's adopts a collectivism culture versus an individualistic culture that the U.S. adopts. (concerned for the needs of the group/family over individual needs)
What makes you stand out compared to the other thousands of teachers applying with TaLK?
What makes me stand out compared to the other applicants is my general approach to life. I strive as much to be impactful, influential, virtuous in everything that I do - be humble, kind, generous, patient, & zealous. I strive to do them all with integrity and dignity. I feel my time here on earth is precious and I could make use of every minute to benefit others.
How would you handle students learning at different levels?
incorporate different modes of communication to serve a range of learners. Place the higher-level kids with lower-level kids so that the lower-levels can learn from the higher level and that the higher-level kids learn different ways of teaching their fellow classmates.
What makes you stressed out?
my lack of skill. If I feel like my techniques are not working, I stress over how I should improve for the next time. Once I find an effective solution, I can overcome that stress.
What is your 3-5 year plan?
study as much Korean & Hanguel as I can. If I find myself wanting to continue with a teaching career, I will go for a Masters in English & get my certifications to teach English at a University.
What are your strengths as an English teacher?
I am constantly reflecting on my practice and looking for ways to improve
What are your weaknesses as an English teacher?
my weakness is that I am a novice at teaching. Though, I don't have any experience as a veteran teacher, I am DRIVEN to learn all that I can about being a teacher. another weakness that branches from that is that I am very meek when it comes to something new. I generally take a gentle, easy-going approach which can be mistaken for being a pushover. However, once I understand the system, I feel more comfortable to open up and be assertive when necessary.
What do you like about teaching?
Interacting with students and being a positive influence in their lives. I can empathize with students when it comes to learning English because learning a new language isn't easy process.
What makes you a good fit to the program?
Very reliable, easy-going, enthusiastic.
Reliable-I have never called out sick in the past 4 years because I never was sick to begin with. I am typically the one covering for other who would call out occasionally. You can expect that I will I manage my stress very well and never get involved into drama.
Easy-going-I get along well with co-workers and everyone I meet.
Enthusiastic- I'm sunny.
I have experience (not in teaching) that would transfer well in a classroom. (i.e. leading meetings, guiding a group of people)
How does your Bachelors degree translate to the this program?
My degree is in Supervision and Management. In this degree, I was taught to motivate the employees. The leadership style I prefer is situational leadership. Although I have no experience teaching, I believe my studies about being a good leader and motivating other would transfer well in a classroom.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I would like to have progressed to the point where I have "responsibility to ..." dealing with the company's, ..." and that I am actively engaged in company.. add value to the company's pursuit. (thoughtfulness, ambition, & commitment.
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