Their role is to bring language and culture alive in the classroom and across the school community, motivating students to learn and develop their understanding of the world around them.
Language Assistants can be employed to:
- work together with a teacher in the classroom
- work on their own with small groups of students to introduce basic language or improve linguistic ability, with a focus on oral skills.
- help to prepare pupils for oral examinations
- contribute to cross-curricular work in collaboration with other subject areas
- develop lesson plans and extra-curricular activities (e.g. lunch time clubs) focussed on their country’s culture, suited to particular age-groups
- support the creation and/or development of an international partnership with a school in their country
Language Assistants can undertake exercises in reading, comprehension, pronunciation, dictation and oral composition, and may also contribute to international projects.
As the majority of Language Assistants are not trained teachers, they should not be asked to take sole responsibility for a whole class, deal with discipline issues or mark students’ work.