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The first part of your interview should involve simpler, more common questions to help students get their footing and build their confidence. Here are several examples in a few different categories:
Your follow-up questions should involve “why” or “how” questions to probe deeper and get a more accurate sense of the student’s ability to converse outside of rehearsed topics or answers.
As an example, if a student says, “I play cricket,” you could follow up by saying, Why or why not?”
While the most compelling interviews will end up being conversations between you and the student, it is helpful to have a list of questions that can help begin or further the conversation, as well as get a bit of more in-depth insight into how the student thinks.
Here are a few examples:
In addition, you may also choose to use questions to test certain things.
To test verb tense proficiency, you could ask the student to describe everything they have done today (past) or what they intend to do when they graduate from college (future).
To test academic proficiency, you can ask standard questions from various subjects, like “What is six times three?” “Is Coca-Cola a solid, liquid, or gas?” or “Can you describe what you are learning in biology class this week?”
To test their reading skills, you can send them a news article and then have them read it to you. You can also check their writing skills by asking them a question about the article and asking them to type the answer to you.
Be sure to read our next post in the series, “Interviewing International and Exchange Students: FAQs for Schools”.
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