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British Council Language Assistants Programme Tutors and Co-ordinators Briefing Friday 8 October 2010
Publicising the programme and The Ambassadors Initiative Become a more effective communicator Improve language skills Experience living and working in a different country Improve intercultural awareness Have a defined role in a community Improve presentation and managerial skills Increase confidence and independence Increase employability for a variety of careers Discover whether suited to a teaching career
Terms and conditions in the 17 different countries Please refer to the information on our website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants.htm http://www.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants.htm Both undergraduates and graduates can apply for posts in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Spain and Switzerland Undergraduates get priority over graduates when applying for posts in Italy and Argentina Only graduates and final-year students may apply for posts in China Shorter appointment in Argentina, Austria, and Germany Final decision regarding appointments rests with the partner organisation, especially in cases regarding: non-UK passports disabilities and medical conditions older applicants
General points Test-run the online system: enter Surname DELETE and Forename TUTOR No medical certificate this year Passport numbers required on Word doc Candidates with dependants must enclose letter re financial independence Foreign language ability: Degree level explained Former assistants will be asked to provide host school report Foreign authorities cannot guarantee … NB France – removal of 9-month appointment Successful completion of 2nd year of degree course is a requirement Meaning of permanent address in the online registration Decent and recent (passport) photos … NB ill-advised e-mail addresses! E-mail acknowledgment of online registration
Review of application procedure Online application process Tutors reference A grade A-D should be awarded for academic ability A grade 1-4 should be awarded for suitability to be an assistant based on what you know about the student Flexibility, maturity, adaptability and confidence are usually more important than academic ability Requests for specific areas cannot be guaranteed and certain areas are often oversubscribed – please advise students to research as many areas as possible, and guide them in their choices Applicants who are not native-level speakers of English are not eligible
The interviews All short-listed applicants for Canada, China, Latin America and Switzerland will be invited for interview A cross-section of applicants for Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will also be interviewed We may hold interviews for Belgium Invited applicants must attend interviews and pay their own travel costs Please refer them to our website for advice on interviews It is recommended that students look at the LanguageAssistant website prior to interview Feedback is not normally possible due to volume If an applicant is unsuccessful tutors will be informed of this
The allocation process Matching Meetings are held for Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain For other countries, dossiers are sent to the partner organisation with recommendations for allocation Dossiers are sorted into first choice areas prior to the Matching Meeting A decision is made at Matching Meeting on region within France and Germany – dossiers are then sent to individual regions for allocation to schools by local inspectors Assistants are allocated to schools directly by the Ministry/authority in Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland Candidates are informed of the outcome by e-mail – tutors are normally sent a spreadsheet by e-mail Assistants in France and Germany are informed of their allocation by the school or local education authority directly
Preparation Pre-departure training (University of Cumbria and University of Sussex) Our information packs Are sent 4-6 weeks prior to departure and include (by email and post): Country Notes (administrative) Information on induction courses abroad LanguageAssistant manual Personal Safety leaflet Contact details of other assistants in current and previous years Certificate of service – to be signed and stamped by school upon completion of service A lot of this information is available for tutors on our website http://www.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants- documentation.htm http://www.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants- documentation.htm
Support and advice during the year Assistants: are employed by the school or education authority abroad, not the British Council are encouraged to speak up if they have a problem are encouraged to be culturally sensitive and give it a chance should be reminded that they are doing a job and must follow sick leave procedures and complete their contracts should follow recommended procedure supplied for solving problems: initially through mentor or senior teacher then through local education authority then through the British Councils partner organisation in their country only then through the British Council in the UK are encouraged to support each other locally (British Council provides contact details of other assistants)
Language Assistant Support www.languageassistant.co.uk www.languageassistant.co.uk Language Assistant teaching page http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/language-assistant http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/language-assistant 2 Virtual Mentors: one for primary, one for secondary teaching Tips Essential UK Web links Supported by Language Assistant manual
Erasmus Team www.britishcouncil.org/erasmuswww.britishcouncil.org/erasmus email@example.com Tel: 02920 924311
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