Language assistant teaching girl in the UK.

Would you like to spend a year living and working in the UK, helping students to improve their knowledge and understanding of your language and culture?

Become a Modern Language Assistant in a UK school, college or university and you can do just that.

What will I be doing?

Language assistants in the UK work in the classroom with teachers or on their own with small groups. They spend up to a year helping students improve their confidence with foreign languages and increase their cultural awareness.

You will get the chance to experience teaching in the UK, develop your English language skills and gain important transferable skills to help you in your career, whatever industry you choose to work in.

You will also get the opportunity to live in the UK and visit England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find out more about the role and benefits of being a language assistant in the UK.

Languages covered

You can become a language assistant if you are a fluent speaker of the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Irish (for placements in Northern Ireland only)
  • Italian
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish.

How do I apply?

To become a language assistant in French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish in the UK, please apply to the relevant partner agency in your home country. You will find the contact details for these agencies below. 

Only French assistants in England, Wales and Northern Ireland may stay on for a second year in the programme. You should inform your school as soon as possible if you wish to stay on. Your school or local education authority must must make an application to us in the usual way to inform us you will continue to work with them in the following year.

Every year, we also seek to recruit fluent speakers of Irish to promote and support the teaching and learning of the language in schools throughout Northern Ireland. For more information, please visit the Irish Language Assistants page or contact us.

If your home country is not listed, you cannot become a language assistant in a UK school with our programme at this time.

Argentina

Lauren Fiszzon
Education Services Manager 
British Council
Marcelo T de Alvear 590, 4th Floor 
C1058AAF Buenos Aires 
Argentina
 
Telephone: +54 (0)11 4114 8652

Austria

Ulla Riesenecker
Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung (BMBWF)
Sprachassistenzprogramm
Universitätsstraße 5
1010 Wien
Austria
 
Telephone: +43 1 523 8765-58

Belgium

Rime Mourtada
Service Bourses internationales, 
Wallonie-Bruxelles International
2 place Sainctelette 
B-1080 Bruxelles 
Belgium
 
Email: Mourtada Rime
Website: www.wbi.be

Canada (Québec only)

Renaud Brissonneau 
Équipe des Programmes internationaux d’assistantes et d’assistants de langue
Éducation internationale
301, rue des Peupliers Est, bureau A
Québec (Québec) 
G1L 1S6
Canada
 
Telephone: +1 418 651-4667, poste 144 (Renaud)
Sans frais au Québec 1 877 651-4667 -  Téléc. : +1 418 266-0774

Chile

Ivonne Muller
English Project Consultant
The British Council 
Av. Ricardo Lyon 222 
Of. 2001
Providencia 
Santiago de Chile 
Chile
 
Telephone: +56 2 410 6906

China

Rice Li
Education Programme Manager
British Council, Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy, China
Telephone: +86 (21) 80176361

Colombia

Application dates and requirements are published through British Council Colombia.

Ecuador

Maria Soledad Miranda Salazar

Jefa del Departamento de Lenguas y Linguística

Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador-Sede Ambato

Av. Manuela Sáenz s/n, Sector El Tropezón, 

Ambato

Ecuador

 

Email: mmiranda@pucesa.edu.ec

France

Brigitte Sénécal LEVASSEUR
Centre International d'Etudes Pedagogiques 
Chargée de programmes – Assistants de langue (Royaume-Uni)
1 avenue Léon-Journault 
92318 Sèvres Cedex 
France
 
Telephone: +33 (0)1 45 07 60 46
 
You must be registered as a student at a French university to apply to the France Éducation Internationale.

Germany

Gisela Grütter-Probst
Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) der Kultusministerkonferenz
Nationale Agentur für EU-Programme im Schulbereich
Graurheindorfer Straße 157
D-53117 Bonn
Germany 
 
Telephone: +49 228 501 223
Website: www.kmk-pad.org 

Italy

Ministero dell'Istruzione, Universita e Ricerca (MIUR)
Dipartimento per la Programmazione
Direzione Generale per gli Affari Internazionali
Ufficio V
Viale Trastevere 76/A
00153 Roma
Italy
 
Telephone: +39 055 2380348 - Tuesday: 10.30 – 12.30 / Wednesday: 10.30 – 12.30 e 15.00 – 16.00 / Friday: 10.30 – 12.30

Mexico

Monica Angulo
Lope de Vega 316
Col. Chapultepec Morales
11570 Mexico D.F
Mexico
 

Spain

Olimpia Z. Muñoz López, Jefa de Servicio - Difusión de la Lengua y la Cultura
Subdirección General de Promoción Exterior Educativa
Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
Paseo del Prado 28, 5ª planta
28014 Madrid
Spain
 
Telephone: +34 91 506 5594

Switzerland

Edith Funicello-Bösch
Movetia
Austausch und Mobilität
Dornacherstrasse 28A / Postfach
4501 Solothurn
Schweiz
 
Telephone: +41 32 462 00 72

Prepare for your placement

See information and resources to help you prepare for your placement before you arrive in the UK.

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