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.

Ideal for

education and teaching careers, language learning and cultural experience, combining with a job or studies

The one to know

www.britishcouncil.org/language-assistants/la-in-uk and http://www.ciep.fr/en/foreign-language-assistants-in-france

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

  • Language skills
  • 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.

Good tips

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.

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