Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011

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Norht American Visiting Teachers at Greta 2011

  1. 1. “ Visiting Teachers!!” Granada, September, 8 th 2011 José A. Alcalde IES La Arboleda, Lepe, Huelva
  2. 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. 3. Bilingual Eng/Spa curriculum programs all over Spain
  4. 4. The program will also help foster cultural and educational relations USA/Canada & Spain </li></ul>
  5. 5. Program description <ul><li>First steps : Spanish Visiting Teachers in the USA, Canada and Germany
  6. 6. Numbers: 60 visiting teachers
  7. 7. Experimental in selected schools all over Spain during 2011-12
  8. 8. Both in Primary / Secondary schools
  9. 9. After evaluation and improvements : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>General offer to foster host schools?
  10. 10. Other English-speaking countries? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Upgrading ELAs <ul><li>ELAs (young graduates or about to) started in Andalucía in 2005
  12. 12. Grantees with 12-16 hours a week (700-1,000€ monthly)
  13. 13. The USA is the major supplier of ELAs (over 2,500)
  14. 14. Visiting teachers were also hinted in the Andalusian Language Promotion Plan </li></ul>
  15. 15. Evolution of North American Language Assistants Source: Spanish Ministry of Education
  16. 16. Origin of North American Language Assistants Source: Spanish Ministry of Education
  17. 17. Similarities with ELAs <ul><li>Native speakers
  18. 18. Language and culture ambassadors
  19. 19. Help non-linguistic teachers prepare materials, lessons...
  20. 20. Assist teachers in bilingual lessons
  21. 21. Improve students and teachers oral skills
  22. 22. Get the school in contact with the outside </li></ul>
  23. 23. Differences with ELAs <ul><li>There is some selection process (looking for someone specific)
  24. 24. Teaching experience required
  25. 25. Longer teaching periods
  26. 26. Can teach small groups of students directly
  27. 27. Higher salary </li></ul>
  28. 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. 29. Adaptation/Revision of the bilingual curriculum
  30. 30. Preparation of materials
  31. 31. Participation in complementary activities </li></ul></ul>
  32. 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. 33. On offer... <ul><li>Professional growth through direct exposure to the Spanish Education system for a full academic year
  34. 34. Valuable Spanish culture and society immersion experience
  35. 35. Personal enrichment </li></ul>
  36. 36. Candidates <ul><li>US or Canada citizens
  37. 37. Native or bilingual English speakers
  38. 38. Hold a minimum of a BA or BS (accredited 4 years college/university)
  39. 39. Good physical and mental health
  40. 40. MUST have an advanced level of Spanish
  41. 41. At least 2 full academic years of teaching experience in grades K-12
  42. 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. 43. Selection process <ul><li>Application period: March through Profex
  44. 44. Interviewing period: April
  45. 45. Regional placement : May (preferences accepted but regional authorities decide)
  46. 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. 47. Expectations <ul>Visiting teachers are expected to: <li>Be punctual
  48. 48. Be flexible
  49. 49. Have a positive attitude
  50. 50. Be responsible
  51. 51. Meet the standards and rules set forth by the program and host schools
  52. 52. Be removed due to disciplinary problems </li></ul>
  53. 53. Working conditions <ul>Visiting teachers will: <li>Apply for a long term student visa
  54. 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. 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. 56. Receive a salary of 2,000-2,500€
  57. 57. Be provided with health insurance </li></ul>
  58. 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. 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. 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. 61. Bilingual education
  62. 62. Science
  63. 63. Geography / History or
  64. 64. Arts </li></ul></ul>
  65. 65. Regional preferences Source: Spanish Ministry of Education For Secondary Education the applicants' degrees should be related to these areas of study.
  66. 66. Benefits for English Departments and teachers <ul><li>Help with curriculum and programming
  67. 67. Shadowing initiatives
  68. 68. Share resources, links, ideas, doubts...
  69. 69. Get to know other education systems, didactic approaches, methodologies...
  70. 70. Contact other schools and staff for further projects </li></ul>
  71. 71. Useful links <ul><li> Visiting Teachers Program Website
  72. 72. Guide for North American visiting teachers in Spain
  73. 73. Teaching positions' profiles and regions
  74. 74. Guide for Spanish visiting teachers in North America </li></ul>
  75. 75. “ Visiting Teachers!!” Granada, September, 8 th 2011 José A. Alcalde, IES La Arboleda, Lepe, Huelva

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