Language assistants are native speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese and Irish who have just arrived from a native-speaking context. Their up-to-date knowledge of their local culture makes them ideally placed to work with students on developing their conversational skills and increasing their understanding of other cultures. They can revitalise the skills of language teachers too.
Applications for UK schools to host a modern language assistant for the 2017/18 academic year are now open! Go to the language assistants application form.
You can find out more about how a language assistant can benefit your school, see videos of language assistants at work and hear what teachers think below.
Article 50 update
The British Council remains wholly committed to the Language Assistants programme and its benefits. The British Council continues to deliver the Language Assistants programmes as planned. For the academic year 2017-18 UK education departments have agreed to fund the programme, as such incoming and outgoing applicants can apply with confidence.