UK schools, colleges and universities can benefit from a language assistant. They can help enrich classroom activities and bring fresh perspectives to language learning, helping to boost results.

Our language assistants are native speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Irish, coming from 14 partner countries across the world. They are keen to bring knowledge of their culture and language into your classroom, helping to make your students more socially conscious.

What teachers are saying about language assistants

'That personal contact with someone from the country – it was just the impetus…It made the world of difference.'

'The pupils were more confident in their final speaking exam.'

'Pupils gain so much: cultural insights; increased motivation to learn languages; benefiting from building a relationship with a "real" person from the country; up-to-date knowledge about current events and culture.' 

The value of language assistants

In our annual end of year evaluation of over 150 UK institutions hosting language assistants, mentor teachers reported that their language assistant made a significant impact on attainment and learning outcomes in the following areas:

  • Improved exam grades (87 per cent)
  • Improved cultural awareness (91 per cent)
  • Increased enthusiasm or motivation for language learning (87.3 per cent)
  • Improved standards in listening and speaking (95 per cent)
  • Improved confidence in using the language (86 per cent).

Hosting a language assistant also means your school will automatically qualify for level 1 of the International School Award, our accreditation for your school's international activity.

Learn more about how a language assistant can benefit your school.

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Support

We offer support at every stage of the programme, and are here to answer any questions you have about your application, recruitment, visas and other matters. We also have resources to help you show senior managers that language assistants are a good investment for your school.

Apply for a language assistant

Applications are open, so if you are ready you can apply today.