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1 Useful INTERNS Guide for TEACHERS

2 What is the Role of the Intern?
Accompany the teacher in the classroom and provide language support for subjects taught in Spanish. Help teachers design & implement teaching activites & materials. Help create an appropriate linguistic context… 2

3 Duties INTERNS Including preparation time.
Are assigned to a supervising teacher. Work in school for approximately 32 hours Including preparation time. Including máximum 5 hours clerical work. Excluding staff meetings and special events. Play a flexible role in the classroom including: Observing classroom and school culture. Assisting the teacher with lesson/group work. Co-teaching when appropriate. Conducting cultural presentations. Participating in extracurricular activities. Developing materials for student instruction. Complete a Cultural Project and may attend courses where available that will enhance the learning experience.

4 THE ASSIGNMENT Interns have to observe, assist and Co-teach when necessary: Observing: Intern observes class to gain understanding of how US classroom functions. The intern provides basic assistance to the teacher, interacts with students , and serves as an international role model. Assisting: After gaining familiarity of the class during observation, intern should, Increase presence in class as assistant Be given increased responsibilities in the classroom including: Lesson planning/execution Student interaction/assessment Limited classroom management Co-teaching: Building upon observing and assisting, intern Increases co-teaching Takes an increased leadership role in class Develops a high level understanding on teaching based on actual experience

5 How can the class be organized when you have an Intern?
Let´s first see who you are… As I look around the room, I should see… 5

6 Having a Teacher + an INTERN in the classroom offers :
A more student-centered learning. More variety of activities. Varying focus on both language and content. First, let’s focus on pedagogy. With an INTERN plus a T, you can have more…. CLIL methodology is not about the T up front lecturing to Ss. To implement good CLIL, it’s really helpful to have an INTERN, which allows more student-centered pedagogy. This is the best use of an INTERN Let´s examine some models of what the T and the INTERN might be doing with the students.


8 1: TEACHER at the front, INTERN at the back
Teachers must know and understand that the Intern’s main role is to support them in the classroom. Monitor students, check for difficulties. Help students take notes. Take notes to recycle vocabulary or summarize content presented by teacher. Too much teacher at the front, with INTERN at back without a task focus means INTERN is underutilized. CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION – MODEL 1: Teacher at the Front, INTERN at the Back. T up front, INTERN stationed at the back?? Make sure as an INTERN you have a task, an objective, so you are not merely wandering and observing aimiably but aimlessly. Guide the students, circulating, listening, helping. The INTERN should actually be doing something or it can be a waste of a precious resource. CHALLENGE: If the T or INTERN are insecure about how to work together, an initial observation period might be a good idea, so long as it does not extend too much and undermine the INTERN´s role. It helps if the teacher tells the students that the INTERN is doing something (getting to know the students, becoming familiar with classroom routines, observing and evaluating their levels of English or learning styles, etc).

9 2: INTERN at the front, TEACHER at the back
It is important that the INTERN has a clearly defined task approved & supported by the teacher. Good for mini-presentations, introducing authentic content & culture. To introduce or review vocabulary or content (reuse & recycle). To transfer vocabulary, structures or content from one skill to another. Too much INTERN at the front, with teacher at the back means INTERN is teaching the class (too much responsibility for Intern). This can be your moment to shine.

10 3: TEACHER at the front, INTERN in Small Groups
This model is very appropriate in order to develop mini-presentations. work with high/low achievers with extra attention (reward for proportional effort). transfer vocabulary, structures or content from one skill to another. provide feedback on progress & evaluation providing that both the teacher and the Intern know exactly what the aims of small group activities are .

11 4: TEACHER and INTERN at the front Teacher-centered
What really matters is that both the Teacher and the INTERN have clearly defined & complementary roles. Good for introducing or reviewing vocab & content. The teacher can elicit responses while the INTERN write them on the board. The teacher and the INTERN can model conversation, interaction, with focus on pragmatics. Good to share feedback with students (maybe focus on different aspects, i.e. content vs. pronunciation).

12 5: Students in groups, TEACHER & INTERN circulating Student-centered
Can focus feedback on groups/individuals within groups (variable focus). Good to ensure all groups stay on task, individuals fulfill assigned roles (extensive overview). Can provide lots of linguistic support, motivation & encouragement. Students learn to learn autonomously. Gives the TEACHER and the INTERN moment to consult each other before moving on to next step (while students continue on working). Instills in students that team-working is important (Teacher & Intern working together).

13 6: TEACHER at the front, INTERN in Resource Center
The Intern can work with small groups in the Resource Center, but always supervised by another teacher! Good for group work, presentations, ICT. Useful to work with high/low achievers with extra attention (reward for proportional effort). To transfer vocabulary, structures or content from one skill to another. Important that Teacher and INTERN know what aims of small group activities are, provide feedback on progress & evaluation. When we talk about supervision, we mean that the INTERN should not be left alone with the whole class… And ideally should be within view or within a shout…of a teacher from the school.

14 INTERN Classroom Roles & Functions
Go over homework (find out what the teacher expects). Give students feedback (task, skill focus, in/formal evaluation w/o templates). Assess students (especially language, but could also be content…). Manage the class, discipline students (Teacher’s responsibility, but they can to help). Go over homework. Yes, once you let the INTERN know how you like to do it and how much time to take on it, e.g., walk around the room and check that all Ss have completed a worksheet, get Ss to write answers on the board, T Ss orally going over answers…. Manage the class, Discipline students. The INTERN will see this as your primary responsibility. Give learners feedback – especially during seatwork or group work. Yes, esp if you let the INTERN know specifics kinds of feedback that would be helpful. On task? Content? Language? Assess students. Yes, if you let the INTERN know what is being assessed. Consider T assesses content and INTERN assesses language for two grades. More later. 14

15 TEACHERS As a teacher you must give your interns pieces of advice that will help them undertake their task appropriately: I’d appreciate it if you could tell me when you’re ready for more responsibility. I think you’re speaking too fast your voice is too quiet you’re using too many idioms for the students to understand. MAKE A LIST WITH THE THINGS YOU CONSIDER IMPORTANT FOR YOUR INTERN TO KNOW!!!


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