I have already expressed my views on holding the competitive exam for school teachers while the academic year is still on for school students: It shows very little concern both for students and teachers alike. It seems that only Galicia to a certain extent —the exam is to be held on June 23rd— and, particularly, the Comunidad Valenciana, where the Exam will he held as from 28th June, has shown any consideration for them. Congratulations to them, and I hope the rest will take this aspect into account in future.
To those who have already done it, it’s now time to carry on and focus on the Oral Presentation. For them, I am writing this post. To those candidates taking the exam in Valencia, I’d recommend them to bear in mind what was said here.
1. Assessment Criteria for the Syllabus and the oral presentation
It is imperative to take into account the specifications provided for each public call, making sure you:
- Include all the necessary parts.
- Follow the specific legislation.
- Refer to the significance of the CEFR
- Structure it correctly, appropriately specifying and explaining each one of them.
- Follow all the indications and requirements stated, regarding font, size, spacing, total number of pages, etc. Remember you have the specification in the corresponding Gazettes and the following posts:
- Focus on your syllabus design, not what “a syllabus design should be like”: i.e. make practical, not theoretical.
- Check for grammar, lexical and spelling mistakes.
- Do not use abbreviations which are not part of the graphemes of the language: “i.e.” or “e.g.” should not be penalised, while “ex.” should.
- Include the number of specified units (15 in most Autonomous Regions).
- Turn your Syllabus Design into your personal teaching programme.
In my next post, I’ll be gathering together various tips successful candidates have given me for you concerning the oral presentation of your syllabus and unit.
You are almost there, keep up the good work!