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BC FLA Mentor Briefing Presentation 13-14

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BC FLA Mentor Briefing Presentation 13-14 BC FLA Mentor Briefing Presentation 13-14 Presentation Transcript

  • All images © Mat Wrightwww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants 1FLA Mentor Briefing:Getting the most fromyour FLA experience
  • Welcome and IntroductionsLanguage Assistants team members:Eduardo Lees – Project Manager, Edinburgh officeLynsey Dinwoodie – Project Officer, Edinburgh officeRosanne Hirst – Project Officer, Edinburgh officeSusannah Wallace – Project Officer, Manchester officeeTwinning/ Connecting Classrooms:Chris SwiftEduardo Lees – Project Manager, Edinburgh officewww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • AgendaPart 1: Webinar basicsPart 2: Role of the mentor and supporting the assistantQ & APart 3: Using an FLA in the language classroom and beyondPart 4: Other British Council opportunitiesQ & Awww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • PART 1: WEBINAR BASICSwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • The BasicsThe BasicsoUse the Chat facilityoVoteoUse the non-verbal communication toolsoRaising your hand
  • This is the chat facilitywhere you can askquestions and talk toother participantsWrite your message inthe text box and hitenterChoose who you wantto write a message to
  • Click the green tick for yes orthe red cross for no
  • PART 2: THE ROLE OF THEMENTOR TEACHER ANDSUPPORTING THE ASSISTANTwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • Role of Mentor Teacher Professional Pastoral Arrival and settling in On-going monitoring and support Regular meetings Give feedback to the FLA Give feedback to British Council End of year reportwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • Top tips and best practice for mentorteachers Email follow-ups to face-to-face discussions Establish communication process Monitoring progress - FLA log/ diarywww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • Supporting the assistant BEFORE theirarrival Sharing arrangements Administration/ Paperwork Offer letter / Confirmation of appointment Payments – P46 and tax cover letter Police checks Accommodation advice School system and curriculum Maintain contact and build relationships Find out about them and their interestsPlease see: www.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-contacting-your-assistantsBritish Council Information Booklet for Employers of FLAs coming soon!www.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • Supporting the assistant: Initialweeks Observation Class lists/ staff lists/ map of school School policieso Child protection / Internet/ health and safety / absence Systems and equipment Timetable Code of conduct Statement of employmentwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • Supporting the assistant AFTER theirarrival – Integration into the schoolwww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistantsTop tips: Welcomes! Introductions Discuss expectations and role Opportunities to involve them in school trips/ events/ concerts/ staff social activities extracurricular life of the school
  • Supporting the assistant: Integrationinto the community Register with doctor and open a bank account Local area advice Clubs/ libraries/ churches/ sports/ events Mobile phones Internet access Other FLAs in the area?www.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • Problem handling Best dealt with quickly and at the source Open discussion Use code of conduct Use performance management Disciplinary process Contact with British Council FLA line of referralwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • Support for Language Assistants Local authority training Cultural institutes training and support e.g. Institut Français, GoetheInstitut, Instituto Cervantes, Consejería de Educación British Council inductions British Council Information Booklet for Foreign Language Assistants inthe UK coming soon! Language Assistants team at the British Councilwww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • Question Time (1)Let’s take a short break to give you the opportunity to reflectand ask any questions you may have at this stagewww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • PART 3: USING YOUR FLA INTHE LANGUAGE CLASSROOMAND BEYONDwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • What is a Language Assistant? Model of authentic pronunciation, intonation and usage of thelanguage pupils are learning A ‘living’ cultural reference point, with a unique set of experiences,skills, and interests Pivotal figure to help broaden the school’s cultural provision andperspectivewww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • How a Language Assistant can supportthe school’s modern languagesprogramme Develop and improveo accuracy of pupils’ use of the target languageo pupils’ self-confidence in the target language,o pupils’ engagement in language lessons Increase capacity to address the departmental priorities e.g.o teachers’ subject knowledge (language and culture)o uptake of language classes at the non-compulsory stagewww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • How a Language Assistant can benefitthe whole school Raise the profile of language and culture at all stages in the school Build capacity to strengthen the language element of the curriculum Broaden the international perspective of the schoolwww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • Language Assistant roleLanguage Assistant role Work in a variety of contexts including whole classes (underteacher supervision), with small groups or individual pupils Model authentic pronunciation, intonation and usage of thelanguage pupils are learning Revise new vocabulary or grammar points covered in a particularlesson in the form of a game or other type of interactive activity Prepare pupils in senior classes for speaking assessments Prepare resources for teachingwww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • Getting the most from your FLAGetting the most from your FLAexperienceexperiencePrepare pupils for local or national language-basedcompetitionsSupport senior pupils in promoting language learning to youngerage groupsEstablish or reinforce partnership links with another country(e.g. through parcel or video exchanges)Contribute to school gaining International School AwardUse the resources and support from the cultural instituteswww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • Getting the best out of your LanguageAssistantConsider a project approach Giving them the opportunity to plan activities for a longer-term/ on-goingproject reduces the need for teachers to plan their input on such afrequent basis Games and other ‘fun’ activities do create a buzz in the languageclassroom but do not necessarily change pupils’ underlying views aboutthe role of languages in today’s global society By harnessing the Language Assistant’s unique set of knowledge,interests, and skills and channelling them into a project has a greaterchance of helping pupils to recognise the importance of languagelearningwww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • Project SuccessesGet FLAs and students to apply language skills in newcontexts:subtitlingradio broadcastingdrama competitiontravel guidebooksong-writingmultilingual magazineFor more examples please see: www.britishcouncil.org/scotland-education-fla-school-project-initiative-case-studies.htmwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • Helping the Language Assistantimplement a project successfully Find out about the Language Assistants strengths (knowledge of theirown and other countries, interests and skills in other subjects) Discuss ways of incorporating them as an independent slot in theoverall scheme of work (i.e. as part of a weekly lesson) Provide lots of advice and encouragement at the start but let thelanguage assistant take the lead in moving things forwardwww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • PART 4: OTHER BRITISHCOUNCIL OPPORTUNITIESwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
  • Other British Council opportunitiesOther British Council opportunitieseTwinningSchoolsOnlineConnecting Classroomswww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • Question Time (2)Any final questions?www.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
  • Thank you for your attendance and participation!Evaluation form and slides will be sent by emailwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistantsAssistants.uk@britishcouncil.orgwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm