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1 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL

2 Language Assistant What do you think will be the most enjoyable aspects of the job? What do you think will be the hardest aspects of the job? What qualities and skills do you think you will need (or acquire) as a Language Assistant?

3 Making the most of your Year Abroad oWhat do you expect from your Year Abroad? oWhat sort of things do you expect to do during your Year Abroad? oWhat do you expect the Year Abroad to do to you? oWhat long-term gains do you expect from being a Language Assistant?

4 The skills of the Language Assistant Language Assistants only learn how to become teachers Language Assistants develop skills that are attractive to all sorts of employers

5 Some of the skills you can hope to acquire or develop as a Language Assistant Working independently Self-reliance Self-confidence Working with others Taking initiative Negotiating People management Resource management Communication skills Analytical skills Time management Problem solving Research skills Adaptability Imagination/creativity Presentation skills IT skills Setting and meeting objectives

6 Logs & Portfolios Why keep a record of your Year Abroad? Recording oyour life experiences oyour day-to-day concerns oyour day-to-day successes and failures Reflecting on oexperiences and events and how they affect you oways in which you have changed Planning ohow to respond to developments ohow to manage change ohow to capitalise on your growing skills base

7 The Personal Development Portfolio To keep track of your Year Abroad, you could do some or all of the following: keep a diary take photos make a scrap book record and reflect on events at strategic intervals work out an Action Plan

8 The Personal Development Portfolio A structured Diary that helps you to take stock and monitor your skills base as it develops prioritise your activities get the maximum gain from your Year Abroad articulate your abilities and enhance your employability

9 Stages and structure: what will I have to do 1.Throughout the year you will be asked to keep a Diary at agreed intervals. If you wish, you can of course (and many do!) go beyond the agreed minimum and turn it into a Work of Art. 2.Before you go, you will be asked to complete a simple check-list or practical things you need to do, and to assess your personal attributes under a few simple headings.

10 Stages and structure: what will I have to do 3.At set intervals, you will be asked to record your thoughts under a number of headings (e.g. work, language development, personal development) and consider what steps you have taken or plan to take to extend and consolidate your skills. 4.You will also be encouraged to involve your school mentor teacher in planning your development schedule and monitoring / reporting on your progress.

11 Timescale Suggested times for recording / reviewing Pre-departure (stock-taking) About 6 weeks after arrival After Christmas Around Easter End of assistantship

12 British Council Language Assistantships Helping Assistants oIntroductory courses oLibrary, newspapers, teaching materials oLanguage Assistants Website www.languageassistant.org.uk oTeaching manual by Clare Lavery- Language Assistant oPDP scheme


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