Language assistants can transform language teaching in your school. They can work together with a teacher, or on their own with groups of students, to introduce language skills and improve linguistic ability.
How do they help students?
They can help students practise their speaking skills, especially pronunciation and intonation through conversation, songs, games and activities.
Language assistants can also help students prepare for oral examinations and can contribute to cross-curricular work in collaboration with other subject areas.
Particularly at secondary level, language assistants can encourage students to be more ambitious and outgoing, and help 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.
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 a school in their own country.
How do they help teachers?
Most importantly, they offer a brilliant resource that the classroom teacher can use to grow their own language abilities and confidence to support their own continuous professional development.