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  1. 1. Language Assistants in Bilingual SchoolsJos Antonio Alcalde , Bilingual Coordinator Elizabeth Therese Gaughan , Language Assistant La Arboleda Secondary School, Lepe (Huelva) SPAIN in Andaluca
  2. 2. Importance of Language Assistants
    • Native speakers of L2
    • Especially important as speaking/pronunciationmodels
    • Primary source on culture of home country
    • Provide support for teachers
    • Bring new and different ideas and techniques
    • Serve as contacts to further resources in home countries
  3. 3. Qualities of an Outstanding Language Assistant
    • Personable and outgoing
    • Open-minded
    • Flexible
    • Proactive and participative
    • Resourceful, creative
    • Likes kids
    • Experience/interest in teaching or working with young people
  4. 4. Programs that Provide Assistantships
    • CIEECouncil on International Educational Exchange
    • Ministry of Education of Spain
    • Regional Education Departments
    • Comenius Programme
  5. 5. 2009-2010 Statistics
    • Total number in Andaluca: 1037
    • Almera: 96, Crdoba: 96, Huelva: 89,
    • Mlaga: 170, Cdiz: 146, Granada: 112, Jan: 103 and Sevilla: 203
    • English: 820, French: 148, German: 38
    • Others: Italian, Chinese
    • Source countries: USA, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Ireland, Austria...
  6. 6. Duties
    • General purpose is to share their language and culture throughout the school
    • 12-16 hour weekly schedule from October to May
    • Assist teachers in bilingual classes
    • Prepare materials
    • Conduct conversation lessons
    • Give presentations
    • Chaperone school trips
    • Help with student exchanges
  7. 7. Prior to Arrival
    • Provided with a Welcome Pack
    • Contact LA-host school by email
    • Plan budget as allowance will take time
    • Introductions, getting-to-know-you
    • Find information about destination
    • Inquire about materials to bring
  8. 8. Getting Settled
    • Find housing with help of past language assistants, new contacts at school, and internet/paper advertisements
    • Must register as a foreign resident
    • Set up bank account to receive monthly payment
    • Health insurance is included in grant
  9. 9. Starting at School
    • Provincial orientation meeting first week in October
    • Meet with bilingual coordinator
    • Organize schedule
    • Observe lessons
    • Become acquainted with school and faculty
  10. 10. Working with Teachers
    • Must coordinate (plan ahead,whowill dowhat )
    • Work together to find and create materials
    • Important to communicate about expectations (whats expected of LA)
    • Give reciprocal feedback
    • Learn from each others strengths and weaknesses
  11. 11. Working with Students
    • Interact with students in L2, in class and throughout the school
    • Use of realia, body language, whiteboard, etc. to support language
    • Important to have realistic expectations about student abilities
    • Adapt strategies to different age groups
  12. 12. Keeping Connected
    • Connect with other LAs at orientation meeting
    • Maintain social relationship to avoid isolation
    • Share ideas/advice both personal and professional
    • Use Facebook, blogs, social networking to keep in touch
    • Opportunity to meet people from other countries (including the locals!)
  13. 13. Free Time
    • Travel on weekends
    • Take a language course
    • Participate in cultural activities (dance classes, festivals, gastronomy)
    • Teach private lessons
    • Join a gym
    • Attend community events
  14. 14. Lasting Effects
    • Materials created by LAs can be used year after year
    • Pave the way for future assistants
    • Serve as a contact for future exchanges, pen pal, etc.
    • Experience/materials for LAs portfolio and CV
  15. 15. Benefits for Language Assistants
    • Improve Spanish language skills
    • Cultural immersion
    • Get teaching/job experience
    • Plenty of free time to study, travel, etc.
    • Time to consider career aspirations
    • Meet new people from different cultures
  16. 16. Useful Links
    • Plurilingualism Promotion Plan in Andalusia
    • North American Language Assistants
    • British Council Language Assistants
    • CIEE Language Assistants
    • Sample Welcome Pack
    • Education System in Spain
    • English Language Assistants in France