ERIC Number: ED165468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Using the Foreign Language Assistant: A Guide to Good Practice.
Centre for Information on Language Teaching, London (England).; Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges, London (England).; National Association of Language Advisers, London (England).
The guide is addressed to the colleagues of the foreign language assistant in the languages departments since the assistant's work, to a large extent, depends on a successful relationship with them. The foreign language assistant is defined as a native speaker of a foreign language, e.g. French, German, Spanish, Italian, who serves in a British school for a 1-year appointment. Assistants are usually between 20 and 25 years old, female, and future teachers. It is asserted that the formerly restricted role of the assistants, that of preparing oral examinations, providing the only spoken foreign language pupils ever heard (in some cases), and minimal involvement in departmental activities, should now involve the development of all language skills for a wider range of pupils. It is pointed out that this new role consists not only of linguistic and social contact with pupils, but of the preparation of materials and in-service training of language teachers. A summary of the main administrative arrangements that are typically made before an assistant arrives at a school is presented. The assistant's arrival and induction at the school are described, and the assistant's role in the school and in the classroom (middle school, intermediate level, sixth form) are also discussed. One appendix summarizes aids and activities for the assistant and another lists reference materials. (EJS)
Descriptors: Conversational Language Courses, Higher Education, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Modern Language Curriculum, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Teaching, Teaching Assistants, Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods, Tutoring
Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, 20 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AP, England
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centre for Information on Language Teaching, London (England).; Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges, London (England).; National Association of Language Advisers, London (England).