Getting the most from your Language Assistant experience

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Getting the most from your Language Assistant experience All images © Mat Wright www.

Getting the most from your Language Assistant experience All images © Mat Wright www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants 1

Agenda Part 1: Webinar basics Part 2: Role of the mentor and supporting the

Agenda Part 1: Webinar basics Part 2: Role of the mentor and supporting the assistant Q&A Part 3: Using a Language Assistant in the language classroom and beyond Part 4: Other British Council opportunities Q&A www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

PART 1: WEBINAR BASICS www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

PART 1: WEBINAR BASICS www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

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PART 2: THE ROLE OF THE MENTOR TEACHER AND SUPPORTING THE ASSISTANT www. britishcouncil.

PART 2: THE ROLE OF THE MENTOR TEACHER AND SUPPORTING THE ASSISTANT www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

Role of Mentor Teacher v Professional v Pastoral v Arrival and settling in v

Role of Mentor Teacher v Professional v Pastoral v Arrival and settling in v On-going monitoring and support v Regular meetings v Give feedback to the Language Assistant v Give feedback to British Council v End of year report www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

Top tips and best practice for mentor teachers v Email follow-ups to face-to-face discussions

Top tips and best practice for mentor teachers v Email follow-ups to face-to-face discussions v Establish communication process v Monitoring progress - Language Assistant/s log/ diary www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

Supporting the assistant BEFORE their arrival v Sharing arrangements v Administration/ Paperwork v Offer

Supporting the assistant BEFORE their arrival v Sharing arrangements v Administration/ Paperwork v Offer letter / Confirmation of appointment v Payments – Starter Declaration and tax cover letter (Double Taxation Letter) v Police checks v Accommodation advice v School system and curriculum v Maintain contact and build relationships Please see: http: //www. britishcouncil. org/language-assistants/employ/support-andnext-steps

Supporting the assistant: Initial weeks v Observation v Class lists/ staff lists/ map of

Supporting the assistant: Initial weeks v Observation v Class lists/ staff lists/ map of school v School policies Child protection / Internet/ health and safety / absence v Systems and equipment v Timetable v Code of conduct v Statement of employment www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

Supporting the assistant AFTER their arrival – Integration into the school Top tips: v

Supporting the assistant AFTER their arrival – Integration into the school Top tips: v Welcomes! v Introductions v Discuss expectations and role v Opportunities to involve them in v school trips/ events/ concerts/ staff social activities v extracurricular life of the school www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants

Supporting the assistant: Integration into the community v Register with doctor and open a

Supporting the assistant: Integration into the community v Register with doctor and open a bank account v Local area advice v Clubs/ libraries/ churches/ sports/ events v Mobile phones v Internet access v Other Language Assistant/s in the area? www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

Problem handling v Best dealt with quickly and at the source v Open discussion

Problem handling v Best dealt with quickly and at the source v Open discussion v Use code of conduct v Use performance management v Disciplinary process v Contact with British Council v Language Assistant/s line of referral www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

Support for Language Assistants v Local authority training v Cultural institutes training and support

Support for Language Assistants v Local authority training v Cultural institutes training and support e. g. Institut Français, Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Consejería de Educación, Institute of Education (China) v British Council inductions v British Council Information Booklet for Language Assistants in the UK coming soon! v Language Assistants Team at the British Council www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants

PART 3: USING YOUR LANGUAGE ASSISTANT IN THE LANGUAGE CLASSROOM AND BEYOND www. britishcouncil.

PART 3: USING YOUR LANGUAGE ASSISTANT IN THE LANGUAGE CLASSROOM AND BEYOND www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

What is a Language Assistant? v Model of authentic pronunciation, intonation and usage of

What is a Language Assistant? v Model of authentic pronunciation, intonation and usage of the language pupils are learning v A ‘living’ cultural reference point, with a unique set of experiences, skills, and interests v Pivotal figure to help broaden the school’s cultural provision and perspective www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants

How a Language Assistant can support the school’s modern languages programme v Develop and

How a Language Assistant can support the school’s modern languages programme v Develop and improve o accuracy of pupils’ use of the target language o pupils’ self-confidence in the target language, o pupils’ engagement in language lessons v Increase capacity to address the departmental priorities e. g. o teachers’ subject knowledge (language and culture) o uptake of language classes at the non-compulsory stage www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants

How a Language Assistant can benefit the whole school v Raise the profile of

How a Language Assistant can benefit the whole school v Raise the profile of language and culture at all stages in the school v Build capacity to strengthen the language element of the curriculum v Broaden the international perspective of the school www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants

Language Assistant role v Work in a variety of contexts including whole classes (under

Language Assistant role v Work in a variety of contexts including whole classes (under teacher supervision), with small groups or individual pupils v Model authentic pronunciation, intonation and usage of the language pupils are learning v Revise new vocabulary or grammar points covered in a particular lesson in the form of a game or other type of interactive activity v Prepare pupils in senior classes for speaking assessments v Prepare resources for teaching www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants

Getting the most from your Language Assistant/s experience v Prepare pupils for local or

Getting the most from your Language Assistant/s experience v Prepare pupils for local or national language-based competitions v Support senior pupils in promoting language learning to younger age groups v Establish or reinforce partnership links with another country (e. g. through parcel or video exchanges) v Contribute to school gaining International School Award v Use the resources and support from the cultural institutes www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants

Getting the best out of your Language Assistant Consider a project approach v Giving

Getting the best out of your Language Assistant Consider a project approach v Giving them the opportunity to plan activities for a longer-term/ on-going project reduces the need for teachers to plan their input on such a frequent basis v Games and other ‘fun’ activities do create a buzz in the language classroom but do not necessarily change pupils’ underlying views about the role of languages in today’s global society v By harnessing the Language Assistant’s unique set of knowledge, interests, and skills and channelling them into a project has a greater chance of helping pupils to recognise the importance of language learning www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants

Project Successes Get Language Assistants and students to apply language skills in new contexts:

Project Successes Get Language Assistants and students to apply language skills in new contexts: v subtitling v radio broadcasting v drama competition v travel guidebook v song-writing v multilingual magazine v For more examples please see: www. britishcouncil. org/scotlandeducation-Language Assistant/s-school-project-initiative-casestudies. htm www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

Helping the Language Assistant implement a project successfully v Find out about the Language

Helping the Language Assistant implement a project successfully v Find out about the Language Assistants strengths (knowledge of their own and other countries, interests and skills in other subjects) v Discuss ways of incorporating them as an independent slot in the overall scheme of work (i. e. as part of a weekly lesson) v Provide lots of advice and encouragement at the start but let the language assistant take the lead in moving things forward www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants

PART 4: OTHER BRITISH COUNCIL OPPORTUNITIES www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

PART 4: OTHER BRITISH COUNCIL OPPORTUNITIES www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm

Other British Council opportunities ve. Twinning v. Schools. Online v. Connecting Classrooms www. britishcouncil.

Other British Council opportunities ve. Twinning v. Schools. Online v. Connecting Classrooms www. britishcouncil. org/schools/language-assistants

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Thank you for your attendance and participation! www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants Assistants. [email protected] org www. britishcouncil. org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities. htm