- Not sure quite what to do on your gap year or for your year abroad?
- Would you be interested in helping others improve their language skills whilst also improving your own?
- Do you enjoy working with young people, and fancy gaining some experience of working in a school environment?
- Then keep reading to find out more about being a British Council Language Assistant.
Who are assistantships for?
You can become a British Council Language Assistant if you are a native English speaker and a graduate or undergraduate (in any subject) and are under thirty years of age. You also need to have either AS-Level German, Higher German or an equivalent qualification. You can find out more about who is eligible to be a Language Assistant here: www.britishcouncil.org
What do they entail?
Being a Language Assistant is all about helping foreign students improve their English language skills and gain some insight into what people from the UK are actually like. Your actual responsibilities might vary from school to school, but you are expected to work with the English departments at one or two schools. This might involve working with small groups of pupils with the teacher’s assistance, or could even involve taking whole classes on your own, if you feel confident enough. Assistantships are usually in secondary schools, but there are a small number of primary assistantships available.
How long are assistantships for?
The assistantship usually lasts from 1 September until the end of May. However sometimes it is possible to get your contract extended until the end of the school year. Some shorter assistantships are also available from 1 September until 28 February. You can be a language assistant for up to two years.
What should I expect?
Being a language assistant means that you work with the English department at one or two schools for around twelve hours a week. Sometimes schools will arrange these hours equally over four days, which means that you might have a free day during the week. As a language assistant, you can expect to be paid a salary of 703 € a month. However, the first instalment of this might not be paid until the second month of work is over. You should make sure you take enough money to Germany with you to cover for this eventuality. With regards to work in the school, you should expect to plan work for classes, and work with the staff in the English departments.