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FOREIGN LANGUAGE ASSISTANTS IN THE UK

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Country Code: P270
Name of Programme: FOREIGN LANGUAGE ASSISTANTS IN THE UK
Organisation responsible for the programme: British Council / Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
Type of organisation: Other
Country: United Kingdom
Web Link: http://www.britishcouncil.org/languageassistants-what-to-...
Starting Date 1905
Ending date
Joint initiative involving more than one Ministry? (if applicable) In the UK it involves DCSF; Department of Education, Northern Ireland; Scottish Government Schools Directorate; and Welsh Assembly Government, Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills

Programme Description
General and specific objectives
The aim of the Foreign Language Assistant (FLA) Programme in 2010-11 is to bring native speakers from 20 countries worldwide (Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada (Quebec), Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, Spain, Switzerland) to assist with the teaching of their language in UK schools. FLAs improve their students' motivation and confidence in language learning. They bring an international dimension to the curriculum and update teachers’ knowledge of the target language and culture.
The programme enhances the mobility of young people.

 
Priority actions
Foreign Language Assistant (FLAs) working in primary or secondary schools either assisting the language teacher with the language classes or teaching small groups on his/her own.
They help to make classes more interactive and fun by playing games, singing songs, discussing contemporary aspects of youth culture in their country such as current affairs, education, sport, fashion, films, TV, lifestyles and celebrations.

 
Management and coordination
Language Assistants team, Programmes & Projects, British Council
The programme is funded by the UK education departments: DCSF; Department of Education, Northern Ireland; Scottish Government Schools Directorate; and Welsh Assembly Government, Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills

 
Expected or achieved outputs, outcomes and impacts
Respective country: FLAs raise achievement in language learning in UK schools, motivate pupils to learn languages, instil a strong global dimension into the learning of young people, create school links, update teachers’ knowledge of the target language and culture.
Third countries: FLAs are expected to improve their language skills and intercultural competence, learning how to become more effective communicators and experiencing living and working in the UK.
Results: 2816 participants in 2009-10
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