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    Interview: The only reason I left my last .....

    Interview between a boss and a new teacher

    11. Why did you leave your last position?

    "The only reason I left my last workplace (my last teaching job) was because my contract finished. I have been at Padideh Institute for five years now and I have learned a lot from working with some professors. I decided to leave so that I could focus on finding a position where I could do my best work. Technology was not good in our classes."


    Hi,
    Most of the blue part is written by me. Is it natural to you?

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    Re: Interview: The only reason I left my last .....

    You don't need "only" in the first sentence. Perhaps:

    I left my last job because the contract expired.

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    Re: Interview: The only reason I left my last .....

    Perhaps:

    I learned a lot by working with the professors.

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    I decided to leave so I could focus on my specialty.

    I don't know what you mean by "Technology was not good in our classes".

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    Re: Interview: The only reason I left my last .....

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I don't know what you mean by "Technology was not good in our classes".
    Here, I want to say that for example the technology inside the class was very bad. For example the TV in the class didn't work very well and I couldn't show some pictures to the students. Or the DVD player didn't work very well in the class and I couldn't play the audio files of the conversations for the students.

    Can't I say "technology was not good in our class." in this context?

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    Re: Interview: The only reason I left my last .....

    I think it would be better to say the equipment didn't work well.

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    Re: Interview: The only reason I left my last .....

    The classroom equipments didn't work well at the previous institute I was teaching.

    Is this OK now?

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    Re: Interview: The only reason I left my last .....

    Try:

    The classroom equipment didn't work well at the place where I taught last.

    (The word "equipment" is a noncount noun.)

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    Re: Interview: The only reason I left my last .....

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I left my last job because the contract expired.
    Why not "my contract finished."?

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    Re: Interview: The only reason I left my last .....

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    Why not "my contract finished."?
    I don't have a reason. Except that's an entirely new usage to me. The other one I am familiar with.

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