An information booklet for Language Assistants in UK schools is available to download from the bottom of this page. It contains all the information you should need for your placement, such as practical information like arranging travel, visas and accommodation, and sorting out payment and taxes, as well as information about your role as a language assistant and settling in and life outside of work.
Making an impact
Former language assistants have found that one way to make a successful impact on their placement is to organise a language-based learning project to engage and inspire students as well as show the relevance of learning a language.
What is a project?
A project is a sequence of activities that you carry out in class over a number of weeks that will lead to a visible product or outcome at the end.
How do I set-up a project?
Any language assistant can set-up a project but it is important to get agreement from the teachers you work with first.
In Scotland, the British Council works with SCILT (Scotland’s National Centre for Languages) to provide extra support for Language Assistants undertaking a project.
What worked in the past?
Below you will find popular projects implemented by former language assistants that should easily fit in with most departmental programmes of study. Remember to check with your mentor teacher before beginning any projects.