Getting into the rhythm.

From July to December…what happened?

DoSing happened, that’s what!

We started back on September 5th. One of our teachers had written over the summer holidays to resign. Luckily we had some good CVs on file, and were able to arrange Skype interviews. We found a very keen person who knew our city already, which is a bonus. She arrived the second week, and part of my DoS duty was to carry out her induction. I met with her to go over courses, materials, the school itself, Cambridge exams, and timetabling details. Upon reflection, I can say that this is an area where I can definitely improve as a DoS. She had many questions over the next few weeks which I should have anticipated.

Question: What is YOUR induction process like?

There were a lot of placement tests throughout September – our adult courses start in October. My timetable for September was as follows:

10:30 – 12:30: Meeting with teachers, planning, creating an in-house training schedule and materials, and reviewing course materials.

15:00 – 19:00 – Placement tests…


Question: How are placement tests organised in your ELTO?


One thought on “Getting into the rhythm.

  1. Hi Joanne,
    We have two different induction processes, a one-week one for the start of the year when we have a group of teachers beginning at the same time, and a two-day one for mid-year inductions. We’re constantly trying to improve both of them. Something we’ve experimented with this year is an induction checklist made up of a series of questions. At the end of the process, we give it to the new teachers and ask them to tell us/their partner the answers. They should check anything they’re not sure about the answer to. By editing it in response to FAQs, we have been able to make sure that we cover most things in induction now, some of which we used to miss out unintentionally.


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