Children in a classroom holding up words written in French.

Language assistants can transform language teaching in your institution. They can work together with a teacher, or on their own with groups of students, to improve linguistic ability and raise cultural awareness.

How do they help students?

Language assistants can:

  • transform language teaching through conversation, songs, games and activities with students
  • help students to prepare for oral examinations and to practise their speaking skills, especially pronunciation and intonation
  • introduce students to aspects of their culture and inspire an international outlook
  • contribute to cross-curricular work in collaboration with other subject areas
  • encourage students to be more ambitious and outgoing, as well as helping them develop the ability to communicate their world views.

As most assistants are not qualified teachers, they should not be asked to take sole responsibility for a whole class, deal with discipline issues or mark students’ work outside the classroom.

Can they help outside the classroom?

Yes! Language assistants can develop projects and extra-curricular activities (e.g. lunchtime clubs) focused on their country’s culture and even support the creation and/or development of an international partnership with their home country.

How do they help teachers?

Employing a language assistant adds a brilliant resource that the classroom teacher can use to grow their own language abilities and confidence, supporting their own continuous professional development. 

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