Back in the spring, I got a message on WeChat from a mother in Shenzhen, China. It went something like this:
We met about a year ago, when you talked with my son online. We did not sign up for your classes then, but we are in trouble now. My son has applied to an American school here in Shenzhen. He has passed the written part of the entrance exam, but he has failed the oral interview with an American teacher. He has taken the interview two times and failed both. He has a third interview in late May, but that's the last time. If he fails that one, he cannot get in. I am almost feeling desperate. Can you please help us?
Of course I wanted to help her, so we set up a time to meet online. I assessed her son's English level, heard more about about their goals, and we made a plan. Her son would have four 1 on 1 classes each week with a DreyerCoaching.com teacher, over the next two months or so, leading up to the interview. Each class lasted fifty minutes. His teacher used these and other questions as the teaching material.
1. The teacher would ask the question, so the young man would practice his listening skills. Let's face it: if you can't understand the question, there is NO WAY you can answer it correctly!
2. The student would try to answer the question, to the best of his ability.
3. The teacher would coach and correct the student, to help his word choice, pronunciation, and overall clarity.
If all this sounds like a lot of work, it is. As the old saying goes, "There is no shortcut to success." But the student and teacher met consistently and worked diligently for many weeks, about four nights per week.
The result? During the last week of May, I asked his mom how things had gone.
Thank you, teacher, we are so happy! My son passed his interview and will enter the new school this fall. Thank you so much!
Her news made the other teacher and I SO delighted to hear. Thanks to that targeted, intensive time of classes, that young man got into his desired school so he can pursue his dream. That's what we want to do at DreyerCoaching.com. Help you make your dreams come true!
Contact me today to find out how we can help you!
Here are some of the questions the DreyerCoaching.com teacher used with this young man, to help him PASS his school enterance interview:
Interview Questions you might be asked:
What are you looking for in a school?
Tell me three things you would bring to this school?
What classes are your favorite and why?
If you could meet one person from history, who would that be and why?
Do you hold a leadership position at your school? Do you want to in the future?
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Who are your heroes?
What are you most proud of?
Are you involved with sports? Which teams? What position?
Do you like music or art? What type of music do you like? Do you sing in a chorus? Do you play an instrument? Are you involved with acting? Do you want to continue with these interests?
Do you keep a journal?
Are you involved with a community service project? What did you learn from this project? What was most significant about this project or projects?
Do you read outside of school? If so, what types of books do you like? Why?
If not, what books that you have read in school do you like? And why?
Do you like to go to the movies? What types of films are of interest to you?
Who was your best teacher ever and why?
Did you ever have trouble communicating with a teacher or coach? If so, what did you do?
What do you like to do with your friends outside of school?
What did you do this past summer? Go to camp? Work? Go on a remarkable vacation?
What does your typical day look like? How much time do you spend doing your homework? How organized are you and what types of methods do you use to keep yourself organized?
When you are faced with a problem, how do go about solving it?
What activities do you like to do with your family?
Tell me one thing about your current school that you most appreciate?
Why do you want to come to this school?
What do you see yourself involved in, if you were to come here?
More students apply here than we can accept. Out of all the qualified applicants, why should we admit you? What unique qualities or background do you bring to the table?
Do you have any questions about this school?
Here is a list of 40 new topics that you might find useful if you are preparing for Part 1 of the iBT TOEFL Speaking section. These are all Independent topics of the "open choice" / personal experience or opinion type.
A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.dreyercoaching.com/en/about/scott-dreyer