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Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011
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Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011

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Get the basics of this pilot program just launched by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

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  • 1. “ Visiting Teachers!!” Granada, September, 8 th 2011 José A. Alcalde IES La Arboleda, Lepe, Huelva
  • 2. Program description <ul>Initiative by the Ministry of Education of Spain regarding compulsory education to implement and reinforce: <li>English as a Foreign Language
  • 3. Bilingual Eng/Spa curriculum programs all over Spain
  • 4. The program will also help foster cultural and educational relations USA/Canada & Spain </li></ul>
  • 5. Program description <ul><li>First steps : Spanish Visiting Teachers in the USA, Canada and Germany
  • 6. Numbers: 60 visiting teachers
  • 7. Experimental in selected schools all over Spain during 2011-12
  • 8. Both in Primary / Secondary schools
  • 9. After evaluation and improvements : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General offer to foster host schools?
  • 10. Other English-speaking countries? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 11. Upgrading ELAs <ul><li>ELAs (young graduates or about to) started in Andalucía in 2005
  • 12. Grantees with 12-16 hours a week (700-1,000€ monthly)
  • 13. The USA is the major supplier of ELAs (over 2,500)
  • 14. Visiting teachers were also hinted in the Andalusian Language Promotion Plan </li></ul>
  • 15. Evolution of North American Language Assistants Source: Spanish Ministry of Education
  • 16. Origin of North American Language Assistants Source: Spanish Ministry of Education
  • 17. Similarities with ELAs <ul><li>Native speakers
  • 18. Language and culture ambassadors
  • 19. Help non-linguistic teachers prepare materials, lessons...
  • 20. Assist teachers in bilingual lessons
  • 21. Improve students and teachers oral skills
  • 22. Get the school in contact with the outside </li></ul>
  • 23. Differences with ELAs <ul><li>There is some selection process (looking for someone specific)
  • 24. Teaching experience required
  • 25. Longer teaching periods
  • 26. Can teach small groups of students directly
  • 27. Higher salary </li></ul>
  • 28. Duties A) Improvement of the quality of the English language teaching B) Collaboration / Support departments and teachers with: <ul><ul><li>Lesson planning
  • 29. Adaptation/Revision of the bilingual curriculum
  • 30. Preparation of materials
  • 31. Participation in complementary activities </li></ul></ul>
  • 32. Duties C) Direct teaching to groups tutored by the classroom teacher (co-teaching or in small groups) D) Training activities for the faculty and student body in English language and North American culture E) Addition of a multicultural, international approach to host schools
  • 33. On offer... <ul><li>Professional growth through direct exposure to the Spanish Education system for a full academic year
  • 34. Valuable Spanish culture and society immersion experience
  • 35. Personal enrichment </li></ul>
  • 36. Candidates <ul><li>US or Canada citizens
  • 37. Native or bilingual English speakers
  • 38. Hold a minimum of a BA or BS (accredited 4 years college/university)
  • 39. Good physical and mental health
  • 40. MUST have an advanced level of Spanish
  • 41. At least 2 full academic years of teaching experience in grades K-12
  • 42. Additional : Complementary experience in language teaching or in other areas, ESL/ESOL/Bilingual teaching experience, knowledge of the Spanish education system, transcripts and other languages. </li></ul>
  • 43. Selection process <ul><li>Application period: March through Profex
  • 44. Interviewing period: April
  • 45. Regional placement : May (preferences accepted but regional authorities decide)
  • 46. Conducted by the Education Office, Embassy of Spain in Washington DC (USA). It is based on: </li></ul>- Evaluation of application merits - Personal interview <ul><li>Also waiting list active all the school year </li></ul>
  • 47. Expectations <ul>Visiting teachers are expected to: <li>Be punctual
  • 48. Be flexible
  • 49. Have a positive attitude
  • 50. Be responsible
  • 51. Meet the standards and rules set forth by the program and host schools
  • 52. Be removed due to disciplinary problems </li></ul>
  • 53. Working conditions <ul>Visiting teachers will: <li>Apply for a long term student visa
  • 54. Work up to 30 hours weekly on-site , their schedule determined by the program coordinator ( teaching periods + complementary hours ) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary: 25 + 5
  • 55. Secondary: 22 + 8 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Be assigned a teaching position for an initial period of one year (Sep 1-Aug 31)
  • 56. Receive a salary of 2,000-2,500€
  • 57. Be provided with health insurance </li></ul>
  • 58. Reception & Orientation All visiting teachers had an orientation course in Madrid (Carlos III University, September 1 st -2 nd ) to introduce them into the Spanish Education System, paying special attention to Elementary and Secondary levels. After that, visiting teachers will have some sort of regional follow-up (to be defined).
  • 59. Regional placement 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 6 7 8 8 8 11 3 60 Source: Spanish Ministry of Education
  • 60. Regional preferences For Primary Education , most regions prefer a general teacher but some education departments are more specific and ask for experts in: <ul><ul><li>English language
  • 61. Bilingual education
  • 62. Science
  • 63. Geography / History or
  • 64. Arts </li></ul></ul>
  • 65. Regional preferences Source: Spanish Ministry of Education For Secondary Education the applicants' degrees should be related to these areas of study.
  • 66. Benefits for English Departments and teachers <ul><li>Help with curriculum and programming
  • 67. Shadowing initiatives
  • 68. Share resources, links, ideas, doubts...
  • 69. Get to know other education systems, didactic approaches, methodologies...
  • 70. Contact other schools and staff for further projects </li></ul>
  • 71. Useful links <ul><li> Visiting Teachers Program Website
  • 72. Guide for North American visiting teachers in Spain
  • 73. Teaching positions' profiles and regions
  • 74. Guide for Spanish visiting teachers in North America </li></ul>
  • 75. “ Visiting Teachers!!” Granada, September, 8 th 2011 José A. Alcalde, IES La Arboleda, Lepe, Huelva

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