Before you go, you should find out some basic facts about the education system of your host country.
The British Council office in-country may also have information and materials online to help you. You can find a list of country sites where we have a presence on the British Council homepage.
Make sure that you:
- prepare carefully and seriously for lessons
- arrange to discuss your work regularly with your mentor teacher
- arrive for class on time, even if the students are late
- show an interest in your students’ progress
- offer to make up time for classes missed.
To help you with teaching, you'll find extensive free tips and resources on our website teachingenglish.org.uk. You will also receive teaching resources when you receive your summer information pack.
Get yourself classroom-ready by registering for our TeachingEnglish training. These courses are optional but they will boost your confidence ahead of your placement and help you develop the knowledge and skills to thrive in the role.
If you aren’t sure where to start, complete our self-assessment to receive a recommended individual course of study.
We have two special offers for English Language Assistants:
STARTING TEACHING (MODERATED COURSE)
This course is structured over seven weeks, taking you from an introduction to learning and through six more modules that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to set up your own classroom activities. You will be working with other language assistants on course content, interacting in forums and meeting up in three webinars.
Subsidised cost: £50.50 (regular price £150)
Course details: Language level: CEFR B1
Time: 21 hours/seven weeks
Start dates: start dates for 2020 will be communicated to assistants in the summer.
SELF-ACCESS TRAINING MODULES
Our self-access training allows you to go at your own pace and dip in and out of teaching topics as you need them. There are three free modules, and many other modules on a wide range of teaching topics for you to choose from.
Subsidised cost: £6.50 per module (regular price £12.00)
Dates: ongoing, register for modules as you need them. You will have access to modules for two years after signing up.
Find out more by browsing the modules and courses. You can then pay and enrol on the training directly (you will be prompted to first set up an account). If you have any technical difficulties, select the 'Help' tab at the bottom-right of the screen to raise a support ticket.