TaiwanVisitor12321 wrote:I did a demo at this place, and it was really strange.
The employees posed as students (including Richard), and then proceeded to pretend that they couldn't understand anything I said, and acted like children with shy one word replies to everything (if they even responded to questions), and no matter what I asked they wouldn't really cooperate. Then only maybe a minute in, they told me to move to the next section of the demo, claiming my five minutes for the first section were already up. The next section was ten minutes, and they stopped me after maybe two minutes at the most. Why did you even ask me to do a demo if you just cut me off before I can even really get started?
I'm really not sure what they were looking for, and it was my second demo in Taiwan (and first with adults) so it probably did suck but it was really odd. Real students are shy, but they do actually respond when asked something directly... most of the time. I've demoed at other schools that pull that shit too though (fake students acting overly shy and refusing to cooperate). I don't get it. I guess it's supposed to show how we deal with shy students, but I've never yet met a shy student that behaved that way.
To be fair, in this instance the school was doing the right thing. The teacher is breaking the rules of his/her work visa by doing a demo to a group of students at a school address which isn't the primary employer. In this case Richmond is protecting the teacher.
However, I do agree with your point about whether these demos are of any use. Yeah, you can tell within a minute of watching a teacher in action whether they are experienced or not, but teaching is a long term thing. I used to think demos were good, but really they're the lazy way to select teachers. It's how the individual performs over time that is important, and a well-conducted interview is much more likely to get the right candidate. In my opinion, schools that run demos don't know what they are doing. I've never failed a demo, before anyone suggests sour grapes .
If you go to a demo and the employees are pretending to be adult students the first thing to do is bring all the 'students' towards you. The classic trick moronic buxiban owners who don't know what they are doing is scatter the 'students' around the class. Have realia ready before hand and use it with all vocabulary. Speak very slowly. Repeat student answers. Smile a lot. If the 'students' are still behaving like dicks just walk out of the school. Seriously, nine times out of ten they'll call you back.
Oh, and cutting a demo short is like cutting an observation short. Shows they don't have a clue what they are doing.