A video call with a potential host family is an exciting and important part of the matching process. The most successful home tutor experiences come when tutors have open and honest communication from the start.
At the end of the call, you should have a good sense of the family's expectations (as a tutor and guest in their home), their lifestyle, and the tutoring schedule.
- Review the family’s application and write down questions you would like to ask in addition to the recommended questions below.
- Find things you like about them, similar interests or hobbies and talk about this during the call.
- Be professional! Remember that this is an "interview" in a sense to determine if you're a good match. The host family is seeking a mature, positive, and outgoing tutor who will serve as a role model for their children, and who wants to engage with them and learn about their culture.
- Make sure your phone can accept international calls.
- If you use Skype or similar web calling service, make sure your webcam and audio device are functioning properly before your interview.
- Be online or available for your call five minutes before the scheduled time.
- Communicate your strengths and who you are—you might share some past tutoring/teaching experiences (if applicable) and why you're excited to participate in the program.
- Be honest and direct with the family.
- Smile! This isn't a formal "job interview" and the family has already reviewed your profile and thinks you might be a good match for them. The point of this call is to get to know each other better and learn more about what the family is looking for in a tutor and if it feels like a good fit for you.
Recommended Questions to Ask:
Your Host Children
- What are your children’s personalities like?
- What activities do they enjoy?
- Are they learning English in school?
- What is their level of proficiency?
- Have you hosted an English tutor in the past? What did you enjoy about the experience?
- What topics would you like me to cover in the tutoring sessions?
- Do you prefer informal tutoring (playing games with the kids in English, reinforcing English conversational skills through routine interaction and activities) or more formal lessons where I focus on specific skills (listening, writing, etc.) and specific topics?
- What is the tutoring schedule you envision? (ask abou the days and times on those days)
- If there is more than one child: do you prefer I tutor the children in separate sessions or together?
- Do you have teaching material I can use, such as games in English, English workbooks, and stories/books in English?
- What do you (the parents) do for a living?
- What are your work hours?
- What is your family's typical daily routine? Do you normally eat dinner together? What time?
- How do you spend your weekends or free time?
- How do you see me fitting into your family outside of the tutoring sessions?
- Are there any house rules I should know about?
- Will I have a curfew?
- If I go away for the weekend and give you notice, would that be okay?
- Will I have access to a computer with an Internet connection?
- What is your neighborhood like?
- What are the transportation options in your area? How close is the nearest bus/metro/train station?
- Are there parks, fitness centers, cultural activities nearby?