Lesson Plan: Mock University Entrance Interviews Melissa Taylor College of Continuing Education Dalhousie University Halifax, NS How can we help our students improve their speaking skills? Create Mock Interviews Mock university entrance interviews for EAP speaking classes General information Students prepare for and participate in university entrance mock interviews Designed for EAP students with IELTS scores of 5.5 – 6.5. Role of volunteer interviewers Resources: Study Skills for Independent Learning (2010) and experience working with Immigration, Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS) Introduction to interviewing Students share their own experiences with interviews Discuss different types of interviews The Canadian interview process Interviewing vocabulary Canadian resumes Look at international and Canadian samples Online samples http://engandcompscicoop.dal.ca/co-op_students.php?sub=cs/cv_guide University entrance resumes and cover letters from various fields https://dal.optimalresume.ca/modules/resume/showSamples.php?section=l oadSamples Students prepare resumes professional looking culturally appropriate 1. 2. 3. 1st draft peer feedback from classmates 2nd draft instructor feedback Final draft send to volunteer interviewer Name / Address / Phone / Email Objective: Seeking admission into the Pharmacy program at Dalhousie University Summary: Excellent communication skills Willing to do extra work to gain valuable experience Computer proficiency: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Power point and Excel) Education or Training Programs Completed English for Academic Purposes(EAP), College of Continuing Education, Dalhousie University, Halifax , Level2 94.3% 2011 IELTS(International English Language Test), Moncton, NB, Canada 2011 Standard First Aid AID and CPR, Halifax, Canada 2010 Bachelor of Industrial Management, Hekmat University, Mashhad, Iran 2006-2011 Work and Volunteer Work History Crew Trainer, McDonalds, Halifax, Canada Volunteer, Canadian Red Cross, Halifax, Canada Book keeper(Trainee), Payam Noor Organization, Mashhad, Iran 2011 2011 2008 Award Received Employee of the month(McDonalds), Halifax, Canada 2010 References Available upon request Interview questions What questions are typically asked in Canadian universities? Examples of illegal interview questions Are you married? What is your religion? How old are you? Preparation for the mock interviews Students prepare responses to the questions they may be asked Role play interviews with classmates, time permitting The interview The roles of the interviewer & instructor Sample of the Interview Questions General questions: Tell me about yourself? Motivation questions: Why would you like to study at Dalhousie? Subject-related questions: Why do you want to get a degree in marine biology? Topical / situational questions Describe some of the local marine management issues, such as the effects of global warming on plankton? Closing Is there anything you would like to say to help us to determine your eligibility for the program? Video clip of a mock interview Video clip #2 Marking Criteria Interview Preparation ______ / 10 Resume ______ / 5 Cover Letter ______ / 5 Appropriate and professional presentation Interview Content ______ / 10 Demonstrates preparation, knowledge of the program ______ / 10 Demonstrates research and knowledge of the field ______ / 10 Thoughtful and appropriate responses to the questions Language Skills during the Interview: ______ / 10 Listening Comprehension ______ / 10 Pronunciation ______ / 10 Fluency ______ / 10 Vocabulary Accuracy ______ / 10 Grammar Accuracy Evaluation Students complete a self reflection Students get a copy of their recorded interview Students receive feedback from the interviewer and the instructor Interviewer observations Language Skills Did the student’s pronunciation, grammar or vocabulary errors impede communication? Interviewing Skills Was the student well prepared for the interview? Written interviewer observations Leon showed a lot of enthusiasm for the subject matter. Smiled a lot. When he didn't understand a question he asked for clarification. I was able to understand just about everything he said. Subject verb agreement was a challenge at times. He used past tense to talk about current things. I liked the example he gave about being a volunteer tutor. I also liked the fact that he had questions at the end, but in a real setting it would be good to caution him from asking about financial issues and scholarships during an interview… Thank you letters Research sample thank you letters https://dal.optimalresume.ca/modules/letter/showSamples.php?section=loadSampl Students write thank you interviewers letters to the Challenges Finding professional interviewers who are available The time required to write subject–related questions for each student 15 hours of class time Goals outweigh the challenges Speaking practice Students become familiar with the Canadian interview process Students get first-hand experience participating in a professional interview Resume writing Fun, energizing activity References: Study Skills for Independent Learning. (2010). Global assessment certificate. ACT Education Solutions Ltd. Sydney, Australia. Thanks to Negar, Abdul, Marwa, Areej, Amal, Denise, Kim, Mohammad, Wenfeng, Sultan and Waef for agreeing to have their pictures in this ppt.