Employ a Language Assistant
Hosting a Language Assistant in your school is an ideal way to improve language learning for your students.
Language Assistants are native speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Russian and Irish and are usually between 20-30 years old.
They can work with your students to improve their language skills, increase their cultural awareness and boost their confidence. Additional support from Language Assistants can also help schools to implement Government policy on language learning.
Language Assistants fall into three general categories:
- university students, studying subjects relating to teaching
- intending or trainee teachers
- experienced teachers (this usually only applies to Language Assistants from China).
Read on to find out how a Language Assistant would benefit your school, and how to apply.
In this section
Employ a Language Assistant in Scottish schools
How a Language Assistant can help to support implementation of the 1+2 languages policy.
Employ a Language Assistant in primary schoolslanguage assistant
Discover how Language Assistants can help to introduce language learning in English, Welsh and Northern Irish primary schools.
Employ a Language Assistant in secondary schoolsFrench language assistant
Find out how Language Assistants can increase pupils' confidence and prepare them for exams in English, Welsh and Northern Irish secondary schools.
CostsGerman hello sign
Discover how much it will cost to host a Language Assistant and how they can be shared between schools to limit costs.
Support and next stepsStudent teacher and pupil reading a book
Help with the administrative process of employing a Language Assistant. Plus information on how the British Council supports host schools and Language Assistants
How to applychildren-holding-signs-in-french
Apply now to host a Language Assistant in your UK school. Applications for 2015/16 close on 27 March 2015.