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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSISTANTS ABROAD

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Country Code: P271
Name of Programme: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSISTANTS ABROAD
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-ela.htm
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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 programme enhances the mobility of young people.
The aim of the English Language Assistant (ELA) Programme in 2010-11 is to provide undergraduate students or recent graduates the opportunity to improve their language skills and live in a community abroad by teaching English to young people in 15 countries around the world. These are Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada (Quebec), Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain, Switzerland.

 
Priority actions
ELAs support the English teachers in schools abroad by planning activities, including texts, role plays and games, using text books, newspaper/magazine articles, photos, pictures, maps, CDs, videos, DVDs or any other media to enable students to practise their English.
In China, Latin America and Switzerland the ELA will almost certainly have to teach whole classes.

 
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: UK undergraduates and recent graduates of all disciplines will improve their language skills, understand and appreciate different cultures, build a sense of independence ,acquire transferable skills relevant for their future careers in a global economy, promote knowledge and understanding of the English language and culture overseas.
Third countries: ELAs will motivate students to learn languages, raise achievement of English language learning in schools abroad, instil a strong global dimension into the learning of young people, create school links, update foreign teachers’ knowledge of English language and UK culture.
Results:
2385 participants in 2009-10
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