Interview Courses – Questions & Answers
1) What do the children focus on in the one hour classes?
Teachers will focus on various skills or concepts which are commonly tested during admission assessments at various local and international schools in Hong Kong. The interview practice lessons focus on communication and social skills, and helps students learn to introduce themselves and communicate their thoughts and ideas to others. All skills and concepts are age-appropriate as children are not expected to know more than they should by a certain age. Teachers will be observing and evaluating the children’s responses, interaction and approach to the different activities and tasks, both as individual participants as well as in a group setting.
2) Do children do the same tasks and activities in each class?
The goal is to focus on a different skill or concept in each class. Basic concepts covered include colours, numbers, alphabet & phonics, sizes, and shapes. Children spend the lesson interacting with other students, conversing with teachers, playing puzzles, completing age-appropriate worksheets, reading books and listening to songs and stories. Teachers will be evaluating continuously throughout the programme and if they feel that certain students require repetition to strengthen a weaker skill or concept, then those tasks may be reviewed before the programme is completed. Individual attention is given to children who do need extra support.
3) What should my child be expecting when they join a class?
Many different activities and puzzles are arranged in the classroom. Children may be asked to choose an activity of their choice or teachers may ask them to focus on a specific task at hand. After a while, the teachers may ask children to shift their focus to another activity or work with a certain student to further evaluate their social and interaction skills.
4) How do parents get feedback on their child’s progress?
Our teachers will complete an end-of-course report at the end of each programme which will provide all the details on your child’s progress, strengths and weaknesses.
5) How many programmes do children need to attend before they are prepared for their interviews?
This depends on the individual child. Some children only require one programme to prepare as they are already quite proficient and confident; while other children who are on the shy side may need a few courses to build their confidence and familiarity of engaging in a new classroom with unknown teachers and children.