If you are going to be working in a school in the UK for an academic year, it is essential for you to know how the different education systems in the UK are structured.
Once you have arrived in the country you may be invited by an ALL member in your area to a meeting with local teachers of foreign languages and other assistants. You should go along to meet people and to find out how the association can be of benefit to you. Their contact details are as follows:
Association for Language Learning
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH
Tel 0116 229 7453
Fax 0116 229 7456
CILT is an independent charitable trust supported by central government grants, with the aim of collecting and disseminating information on all aspects of modern languages. CILT is not a membership organisation: anyone concerned with language teaching and learning are welcome to write for information or visit the Centre at:
111 Westminster Bridge Road
Tel 08456 12 5885
Fax 08456 12 5995
There are many opportunities for foreign native speakers who wish to become teachers of modern foreign languages in England and Wales, in many cases these opportunities offer excellent financial incentives.
If you are interested in training to become a teacher in England or Wales on a longer term basis once you have completed your assistantship, further information is available from:
Training and Development Agency for Schools
Tel 0300 065 6661
You should have lots of time during the year for private study as well as for preparing and giving your lessons at school. Ask at your local university if you can attend lectures or do a part-time course at your local College of Further Education, this is often much cheaper and a good way to get to know people. You may also be interested in taking the Cambridge English Proficieny Exam.
Remember that your school work and timetable must take priority. Do not arrange any classes for personal study until you have a fixed timetable at your school(s).