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"Foreign Language Assistants in France"- Bilateral Programme for the exchange of language assistants: ASSISTANTS ÉTRANGERS en France

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Country Code: P151
Name of Programme: "Foreign Language Assistants in France"- Bilateral Programme for the exchange of language assistants: ASSISTANTS ÉTRANGERS en France
Organisation responsible for the programme: CIEP (centre international d’études pédagogiques (International centre of pedagogical studies), public body under the auspices of the Ministry of Education
Type of organisation: Ministry
Country: France
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Starting Date 1995
Ending date
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable) Programme financed by the Ministry of Education and implemented with the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (repartition of the groups of Assistants between partner countries according to bilateral agreements and extension of the programme to new countries).

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
Objectives include:
- Contribution to enriching the offer of foreign languages courses
- Support for the diffusion of French in the world
- Intercultural outlook provided to students
- Promotion of student mobility (from primary to university)
- Initial professionalization of future teachers
- Interdisciplinary approach to the “language” subject

Priority actions
1. Three types of contracts are proposed to those Assistants recruited as temporary agents : 6 months in IUFM - Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres (teacher training college);
2. 7 months in primary and secondary school;
3. 9 months in primary school

In France, the role of Assistant could include:
1. Supporting the development of the competences in oral expression and comprehension of the students
2. Supporting the work of the permanent teachers
3. Participation in educational activities within the school/ university
4. Supporting pupils with difficulties
5. Participation in the organisation of inter-school exchanges
6. Transversalisation of the subject « foreign language » : teaching another subject in a foreign language
7. Elaboration of documentary resources for teaching to students

Management and coordination
The CIEP is managing this programme on behalf of the Ministry of Education (Unit « Assistants » of the Département langues étrangères within the CIEP).
The CIEP co-organises , with its partners abroad, bilateral commissions for the selection of candidates. They also provide the opportunity to redefine the selection criteria, the management structures etc.

Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
- Improvement of the level of the students/pupils in the 4 competences
- Improvement of teacher training
- Strengthening of school/ university exchanges
- Early sensitisation to foreign languages
- Strengthening of professional mobility
- Improvement of intercultural competences of teachers and students
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