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 speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Irish, coming from 15 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.

Learn more about where our language assistants are from.

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.'

‘Assistants help to raise the standards and help the students build confidence in their language ability.’ 

‘Excellent motivator for students and able to give a fresh, youthful perspective to teaching and learning.’

'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 that your school will automatically qualify for level 1 of the International School Award, our accreditation for your school's international activity.

Read the BBC story on a French language assistant’s Hebridean lockdown.

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.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Apply for a language assistant

Applications to host a Modern Language Assistant in 2021-22 open on 15 February 2021 and will close on 30 April 2021. Find out more about the application process.

Learn more about your options of hosting a language assistant in 2021-22. Once you are ready to apply, complete an application.