Q: What is your profession?
A: My profession is quite diverse. I am an English college professor and can also work as a high school English and literature tutor.
Q: What are your academic achievements?
A: I am a holder of a bachelor degree in English and a master’s degree of the same where I specialized in the field of literature.
Q: Do you have any prospects of pursuing a Ph.D. in your area of specialization?
A: It’s something that I have been aspiring and will commence once I have settled other more pressing issues in my life such as job and family.
Q: How would you describe your job?
A: My job involves giving lectures to students in my subject of specialization, writing test papers and grading them, assessing course text books and other relevant materials as well as having interactive sessions with my students and colleagues.
Q: What other form of writing do you do in your job other than writing test papers?
A: I do write a lot in other areas too. I write lesson plans for my units, I also write feedbacks on the tasks that am handling for evaluation purposes as well as replying to emails.
Q: Which part or category of your writing would you consider to be the most important?
A: I observe all writing I do as equally important. If I was to choose however, I would say writing lesson plans. This is because lesson plans are directly involved with my job and guides me on how to deliver various concepts to my students. Teaching new concepts to student is not easy hence I have to plan in advance to ensure that I deliver what I want.
Q: What kind of writing would you consider as the least pleasant?
A: Writing assignments is the least pleasurable for me since I tend to worry whether my students will fully understand what is required of them. I am usually concerned with the clarity and students conceptualization of the assignment.
Q: Do you write professional works?
Q: Would let me know please?
A: Well, I feel good while contributing to the field of writing since I am enthusiastic about writing. I am involved in writing conference papers for the English faculty whenever am requested. The conference involves English teachers of all levels who discuss pertinent issues regarding the course.
Q: How do you go about writing assignments?
A: I am very critical when it comes to any writing and more especially when writing assignments. Conceptualizing on the topic of the assignment is usually the first step after which I conduct a wide research on the requirements. I like reviewing similar assignments written in the past by my colleagues. I usually start with writing a rough draft then the final copy which I proofread before giving it to my students.
Q: Do you write outside your job zone?
A: Yes, writing is my hobby. Although I don’t have much time I involve myself in creative writing.
Q: Have any of your works been published?
A: Several plays I wrote have been published in the English faculty’s newsletter.
Q: What apparatus do you use when writing?
A: I utilize pen and paper as well as the computer in equal measure. I like using the computer though because it allows me to write faster and enables me to proofread and make corrections to my work efficiently. Writing with hand forces me to rewrite the work using computer for printing purposes and is time consuming.
Q: Other than your computer, what facilitates you to write?
A: I always have a dictionary and a note book. I love using a physical dictionary to look up for some words and writing styles while the note book allows me to highlight some important remarks for my writing.
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: My job involves doing what I like. It involves writing, socializing and passing knowledge to others. I also like learning new things and my job serves as the best platform.
Q: What is the most important aspect of your job?
A: It is important for every teacher to see that the students understand the concepts being taught. It feels good to see that students get what you are saying.
Q: You said you don’t have much time to write outside your work, would you please describe your typical day?
A: The main reason I can’t be able to write or concentrate on studies outside my workplace is mainly because of my family. In the morning have to get my children who are in the elementary school ready. I also have to provide some time for family recreation activities. My schedule at school is quite dynamic as it changes with every new semester hence I have to adjust. The number of lessons is not the same every day hence some days are more hectic than others. The days when I wind up my school work early I utilize the extra time for my children’s after school activities (Hudley and Adele 197).
Q: Having many contending demands on your time, how do you identify your major areas of concern?
A: My time schedule is highly structured and I make sure to handle what I am required at the right time to avoid confusion. Proper time management enables me to serve all my priorities equitably.
Q: What would you quote as your strength?
A: I would consider my ability to write as strength in my profession. Writing allows me to amass knowledge regarding various topics in my profession. It also enables me to infer to different opinions while teaching without confusing my students.
Q: How do you ensure that your children get to appreciate literacy as you?
A: I have always read to them since they were very young. I buy wide variety of books and magazines for them every now and then. I also challenge them to ask me questions based on their readings which make it fun. I believe learning is a process which should start at a tender age. In addition, constant practice improves literacy learning capabilities.
Q: Do you apply the same kind of approach when teaching your scholars?
A: Yes. Literature has proved to be fun with most of my students but some of them view it as a task which makes learning difficult.
Q: What efforts have you made in the previous year to better yourself in the faculty?
My efforts have been directed to my teaching skills. I have conducted depth research on certain teaching skills such as action learning which would enable my students to understand learning concepts better. I have also attended several workshops with my colleagues in the faculty which have improved my teaching experience