Assisting a foreign language teacher in a local primary school or high school doesn’t require a teaching diploma but can provide a great experience to discover a culture and a language from the students’ viewpoint. A lot of different opportunities in length, hours of work and duties are offered with different programmes.
education and teaching careers, language learning and cultural experience, combining with a job or studies
The one to know
I can benefit of it if
I am willing to teach my mother tongue in another country.
I can leave for
Usually one semester or a full school-year.
I can go
In a wide range of countries, it is usually easier to find opportunities in English speaking countries, France or Germany.
I will receive
A salary according to your working hours and the rules in the country Support to arrange all aspects of your stay (accommodation, social activities) Sometimes language courses are offered
After my return, I’ll have gained
Confidence and independence
Professional skills and experience in teaching
In-depth cultural knowledge
I need to prepare
By actively searching for these opportunities as many agencies are dealing with these sorts of programme. I should check the British Council (UK), the CIEP (FR) and the Goethe Institute (DE). By first asking in my home country for sending organisations who can guide me through the process.
For help I should contact
Foreign language teachers or language department of my university.
Far from being only made for students willing to undertake a teaching career, language teaching assistant is an opportunity open to all those willing to work in a school environment and share their knowledge about their own culture while learning about a new culture.
- Mis à jour : 22 novembre 2014