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All images © Mat Wrightwww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants 1FLA Mentor Briefing:Getting the most fromyour F...
Welcome and IntroductionsLanguage Assistants team members:Eduardo Lees – Project Manager, Edinburgh officeLynsey Dinwoodie...
AgendaPart 1: Webinar basicsPart 2: Role of the mentor and supporting the assistantQ & APart 3: Using an FLA in the langua...
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 hit...
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-...
Role of Mentor Teacher Professional Pastoral Arrival and settling in On-going monitoring and support Regular meetings...
Top tips and best practice for mentorteachers Email follow-ups to face-to-face discussions Establish communication proce...
Supporting the assistant BEFORE theirarrival Sharing arrangements Administration/ Paperwork Offer letter / Confirmation...
Supporting the assistant: Initialweeks Observation Class lists/ staff lists/ map of school School policieso Child prote...
Supporting the assistant AFTER theirarrival – Integration into the schoolwww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistant...
Supporting the assistant: Integrationinto the community Register with doctor and open a bank account Local area advice ...
Problem handling Best dealt with quickly and at the source Open discussion Use code of conduct Use performance managem...
Support for Language Assistants Local authority training Cultural institutes training and support e.g. Institut Français...
Question Time (1)Let’s take a short break to give you the opportunity to reflectand ask any questions you may have at this...
PART 3: USING YOUR FLA INTHE LANGUAGE CLASSROOMAND BEYONDwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorit...
What is a Language Assistant? Model of authentic pronunciation, intonation and usage of thelanguage pupils are learning ...
How a Language Assistant can supportthe school’s modern languagesprogramme Develop and improveo accuracy of pupils’ use o...
How a Language Assistant can benefitthe whole school Raise the profile of language and culture at all stages in the schoo...
Language Assistant roleLanguage Assistant role Work in a variety of contexts including whole classes (underteacher superv...
Getting the most from your FLAGetting the most from your FLAexperienceexperiencePrepare pupils for local or national lang...
Getting the best out of your LanguageAssistantConsider a project approach Giving them the opportunity to plan activities ...
Project SuccessesGet FLAs and students to apply language skills in newcontexts:subtitlingradio broadcastingdrama compet...
Helping the Language Assistantimplement a project successfully Find out about the Language Assistants strengths (knowledg...
PART 4: OTHER BRITISHCOUNCIL OPPORTUNITIESwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
Other British Council opportunitiesOther British Council opportunitieseTwinningSchoolsOnlineConnecting Classroomswww.br...
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/lan...
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    1. 1. All images © Mat Wrightwww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants 1FLA Mentor Briefing:Getting the most fromyour FLA experience
    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. PART 1: WEBINAR BASICSwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
    5. 5. The BasicsThe BasicsoUse the Chat facilityoVoteoUse the non-verbal communication toolsoRaising your hand
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. Click the green tick for yes orthe red cross for no
    8. 8. PART 2: THE ROLE OF THEMENTOR TEACHER ANDSUPPORTING THE ASSISTANTwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. 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
    14. 14. 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
    15. 15. 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
    16. 16. 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
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. PART 3: USING YOUR FLA INTHE LANGUAGE CLASSROOMAND BEYONDwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
    19. 19. 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
    20. 20. 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
    21. 21. 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
    22. 22. 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
    23. 23. 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
    24. 24. 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
    25. 25. 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
    26. 26. 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
    27. 27. PART 4: OTHER BRITISHCOUNCIL OPPORTUNITIESwww.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-uk-schools-and-authorities.htm
    28. 28. Other British Council opportunitiesOther British Council opportunitieseTwinningSchoolsOnlineConnecting Classroomswww.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
    29. 29. Question Time (2)Any final questions?www.britishcouncil.org/schools/language-assistants
    30. 30. 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
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