As you may recall, my department is conducting a search for a TT line in a language that is not Spanish. In fact, it is a language that I know nothing about. So the finalists have already been decided, and have been invited for campus interviews. As a member of the search committee, I am supposed to attend the teaching demonstration, in an "Advanced Language" class. I would bail out since I doubt I could be very useful not understanding a word of what is being said, but the problem is that there is only one faculty in the department who teaches the language, and maybe an additional one who can comprehend it. So I have to go.
Has anybody ever attended such a teaching demonstration? Do you have any suggestions about how to make my observation as productive as possible? Things I could look for, to give me clues of whether the candidate is good in the class or not. I remember every teaching demonstration I gave, and since you do not know the students, they will always be pretty quiet, no matter how cheerful you are. So I would hate to evaluate somebody based only on student apparent interest.