Boost language attainment with a modern language assistant
Language assistants give your school the opportunity to broaden students' understanding of the world around them, improve their language skills and increase their cultural awareness.
Language assistants are native speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin or Irish, and are usually undergraduates who come from our 14 partner countries across the world. Many of our assistants are language students themselves, but the programme also attracts applicants from other disciplines and age ranges, including trainee and qualified teachers.
The British Council's Language Assistants programme draws on over 100 years of experience with overseas education authorities to provide a trusted, high quality service. A recent survey carried out by the programme among host schools demonstrated improved results in languages, such as raising standards in under-performing students and motivating talented students to achieve more.
Make a real difference
Our language assistants are cultural ambassadors who will make a real difference to language learning in your school.
In addition to providing invaluable support for teachers, in a primary school a language assistant can:
- help to introduce language learning, especially speaking and listening
- work across the curriculum and facilitate cross-curricular activities and projects
- help to implement government policy on language learning.
A language assistant will provide the cultural awareness and language learning skills that can only be gained from a native speaker. Hosting an assistant can also support the building of international partnerships - by hosting a language assistant a school is automatically eligible for Level 1 of the Foundation International School Award.