Eight things you need to do in your demo interview


TPR is a teaching methodology developed by Dr. James Asher. The essence of TPR is matching language to body movement. Asher claims that this teaching method mimics the process of language acquisition in infants. For online teachers this is a crucial tool to engage younger language learners. Getting your students moving and acting out their new vocabulary will help bring your lessons to life.

Time management

Each lesson is 25 minutes. Spending too long on one slide means you will have to rush through later slides in order to finish on time. To avoid this, consider how long you will have to spend on each slide before your demo. It is equally important to ensure that students are spending enough time on each slide in order to absorb the teaching material.

Lead the students in reading

Sometimes students might need some help when they are reading English. Encouraging students when they are reading new words is an important part of an online English teacher's job. You can do this by breaking down longer words into single syllables or uttering the first syllable to get the student started on more challenging vocabulary.

Appropriate language

You may have mastered the art of conversing in English, but your students almost certainly won't have (not yet, anyway!). If you speak at your usual speed, chances are the student will miss a great deal of what you are saying. Luckily, this situation is easily avoidable! A good ESL teacher will modify their speaking speed to suit the level of their student(s). Using simple language in conjunction with TPR will help your student understand your instructions.


Enthusiasm is infectious. Without an enthusiastic teacher, online lessons may seem a lot longer than they actually are. With an enthusiastic teacher, the time will fly by and students look forward to their next class. Welcoming your students with a smile creates trust and helps to accelerate learning. Even if your student cannot understand much English, they will be able to tell if you are bored! Enthusiasm really is one of the most powerful tools for online teachers.


Your students will make mistakes; that's how they learn! Experienced teachers know that there is a right way and a wrong way to correct students' errors. An encouraging response to a mistake will be much more effective than an exasperated sigh. That said, it is important not to let mistakes go uncorrected. In your demo lesson, the interviewer will be expecting you to correct their grammar and pronunciation throughout.


Using props not only makes your lesson more fun, but aids your student's comprehension. Visual aids are extremely useful when teaching younger students who are still getting to grips with basic English. Unless you have young kids, it's unlikely that you will have loads of children's toys around the house. Using flashcards or even printed images you found online is a great way to

Background and dress code

Having a professional teacher's background with an alphabet, world map, or phonics chart would definately impress your interviewer. If you don't have these to hand, make sure your background is clear and tidy. The appropriate dress code for the interview is smart casual. Wear a shirt or blouse just like you would for an in-person interview.