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I would like to devote this post to data collection of my mini-thesis “There is a lack of online private tutoring in a southern part of Kazakhstan” I have never taken an interview from someone, but I had an experience of being interviewed during my life twice. I felt myself uncomfortable in both cases for the reason it was taken outside in the street; what’s more I wasn’t ready for this interview. I was simply stopping to answer the questions. It was noisy outside, and the people were walking and staring at you. I tried to learn from other people’s mistakes in my actual interview in order to avoid them.
The first thing I decided to look for the websites on the Internet to find some teachers who have some experience of teaching English language online. Then I contacted the manager of the tutoring center to ask permission from the gatekeeper to conduct the research with teachers in their staff. When I got an official permission from the gatekeeper, I asked about the right time and place for the interviewees.
I remember myself inconvenient situation when you are interviewed without any negotiation in advance, and this was the main reason to contact with the participants. The interviewee agreed to have an interview in order to resolve my questions of the mini – thesis. The next measure was the preparation of the semi-structured open –ended questions to answer my research questions. This type of questions helps to get more unexpected variants of answers and it helps to get the answer of the person who have deeper knowledge and understanding in that sphere.
I went to have an interview in their position as the interviewees considered this place and time appropriate to them. I asked all the participants to read the consent form, and sign if they checked the interview to be audio recorded. However, I felt myself a little bit uncomfortable, as it was the first time I visited them and the interviewees were complete strangers. I realized that during the research we usually worry more about the state about the interviewee but not the interviewer unfortunately.
In conclusion, I would like to write that all the data from the interview I included in my mini-thesis. This interview results were helpful to come to a final conclusion about my research.