Michele Whaley

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  1. I went through an OPI interview years ago in SC. I remember that the professor at U. of So. Carolina who did the interview was very intent on getting it right, and it felt very artificial. The entire affective invisible world piece, which in real language is so important, was removed. I was a lab rat. The question was what would happen if I was on my way to a job interview and suddenly found a hole in the sleeve of my jacket. Hell, I’m not sure I’d want to answer that in English. I mean, the whole time I’m answering I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, she wants me to use the word for sewing machine or thread or tailor or men’s shop or whatever – stuff I would use in daily speech. Gosh, I guess I’ll tell her I’d take off the coat and try to find a men’s shop, or maybe I could really get creative and tell her I’d go to the job interview, OMG, sans jacket.” Boy, that stuff is really something that I can get into so that they can rate me on how well I speak French. If I did that to my kids they’d feel bad about their French, because the interviewer’s game was “Let’s see how far you can go. I’m in charge.” I don’t know. I did go to the ACTFL site and it said:
    “…the topics that are discussed during the interview are based on the interests and experiences of the test candidate….”
    Hmmm. A hole in my sleeve. A job interview. Yeah, I’m really into that stuff, all right. Who are the real experts in language? They are my students. I accept them where they are and we all work together to get them better and we keep it fun. Hopefully, there are other teachers in the world who don’t see their jobs as their being the experts and their kids jumping, jumping to reach the cherries on the tree that the teacher has already climbed. That’s so old. The real teachers jump down from the tree and grab a branch and pull it down so that the kids can reach the fruit. That’s what I see at the core of what Krashen has brought us. It’s about effortless, unconscious fun. Is that so weird, y’all? I can see the OPI thing being used in important government interviews, but when they interview teachers or kids and tell them that they have been rated at a level that is “less than”, as I definitely felt in my interview, how is that supposed to make the teacher feel? It’s all about control.
    Of course, I can argue the other side of this. We need to know if teachers applying for a job are qualified. But, hold on. Why isn’t the OPI used in most job interviews? I have seen people hired to teach French who can barely speak French, but are good writers and deliverers of book based lesson plans.

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