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Interview test

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Interview Test


Chris Heyd


SKILLS: Listening, speaking, reading
TIME: Average: 2-3 minutes/student
MATERIALS: Worksheets, quiet room
OBJECTIVES: To practice answering questions in a formal setting, to practice Western manners, to evaluate students' listening/speaking abilities




  1. Make worksheet and questions tailored to student level.
  2. Set up a room for one-on-one interviews.
  3. JTE gives the students the blank mark sheet at the beginning of class. During class (when the students are doing worksheets or watching a movie) the JTE sends students to the interview room. 1 student is inside; 2-3 students are waiting.
  4. A student enters the room and greets the ALT in English.
  5. She shakes hands with the ALT.
  6. The student then sits and looks at the page of information.
  7. ALT asks five questions of increasing difficulty.
  8. At the end, the student and ALT shake hands again and thank each other.
  9. The next student comes in…




Marks for Manners (1 point each, 5 points max)


Greeting Must be in English and said before the ALT speaks
Handshake 'Dead fish’ and ‘two-handed’ handshakes get no points
Sit At first, I had many students stand through the entire interview
Smile While listening to/answering questions
Eye contact While listening to/answering questions




For this information sheet, we had just finished comparatives/superlatives so I asked the following questions (I changed the names and adjectives from time to time because it gets mind-numbing asking 180 students!):


Does Miki Ando snowboard?

Where is Aiko from?

Is Nishitani older than Ando?

Who is the smallest?

Who do you think is the cutest?


I ask one time and will only repeat the question if asked by the student. (e.g. “Once more, please.”) During the interview, I use no Japanese and basically ignore any Japanese that is spoken to me.


Marks for Answers: (3 points each, 15 points max)


If the student is silent for about 20 seconds, answers in Japanese or says “I don't know” they receive zero points. An answer in English that is wrong or makes no sense receives one point. An answer in English that is grammatically wrong but conveys the correct information in a way that is understandable gets two points. A perfect answer gets three points.


I have a clipboard that holds the student’s mark sheet and I simply circle the marks as I am doing the interview.





The handout for the students



The mark sheet used by the interviewer

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