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About this site

This web site is part of the LanguageAssistant project. The information below gives you more information about the project and this site.

Approximately 2000 English language assistants go abroad every year under a programme administered by British Council. They are usually either undergraduates required to spend the third year of their language degree course abroad or recent graduates in languages or other disciplines. They spend an academic year teaching in a school, working either with the class teacher or on their own with smaller groups. Exact duties vary from post to post, but their main role is to develop their students' confidence and competence in understanding and speaking English. Assistants are placed in secondary schools in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Latin America, with some also working at primary school level.

The majority of language assistants have had very little formal or informal pedagogic experience. The language assistant project aims to provide pedagogic support for British Council-administered language assistants and to respond to their developing needs throughout their teaching year.

There are three components to the project:

  • the LanguageAssistant resource manual written by Clare Lavery. This is based on the experiences of recent language assistants; it is available from this web site in downloadable format;
  • an e-mail discussion group to discuss teaching ideas with Clare, the YL team from British Council Paris and each other (this is open only to British Council language assistants);
  • and the LanguageAssistant web site, which provides additional tips, materials on contemporary UK, primary level teaching tips and links to other sites.
The LanguageAssistant web site
The materials and resources on this web site have been developed for British Council language assistants. However we recognise that they may also be useful for others who are helping to teach English or who have recently started teaching, and for teacher developers. We have therefore have made them freely available on through this web site as part of the Council's role in supporting English Language teaching.

The copyright in the LanguageAssistant resource manual and the LanguageAssistant web site is held by British Council. Where material has been provided by other organisations, copyright ownership is indicated on the relevant pages. You may print out materials and photocopy them for use them with a class. Materials on this site cannot be redistributed or used for commercial purposes. If you wish to link to the LanguageAssistant web site, please contact us.


LanguageAssistant contains selected links to other websites to help you find information and materials on other sites, mainly from the United Kingdom. British Council accepts no responsibility for the content of those sites.

Email discussion list
The LanguageAssistant email discussion list is available only to British Council language assistants. We reserve the right to refuse subscription to and to unsubscribe those we believe are not part of this group.

This site does not contain advertising. LanguageAssistant does however promote English language courses, publications and educational services offered by British Council and by educational bodies and publishers from the United Kingdom.

Personal information
You can visit this website without giving us any information about yourself. The software logs we use monitor the use of LanguageAssistant for general statistical purposes only and none of the information we gather in this way can be used to identify any individual who visits the site. By using this site, you signify your agreement to the terms and conditions of the British Council LanguageAssistantPrivacy Policy. If you do not agree to these terms, please do not use this site. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for any modifications. Your continued use of LanguageAssistant following the posting of any changes to these terms shall mean that you have accepted those changes.

The content on this site has been written by teachers and educationalists

Clare Lavery Freelance ELT author (Clare's tips and Essential UK)
Gail Ellis, Jo Bertrand and Angela Ferrere from British Council Yl centre Paris

British Council
John Whitehead, Director ELT, British Council, London
Jeremy Jacobson, Manager, ELT Networks and Projects, British Council, London
Nik Peachey LanguageAssistant website Project Manager and Manager Teaching websites British Council, Naples
Nick Wadham-Smith British Studies Manager, British Council, London
Joan Hoggan Manager of the Language Assistant Programme, British Council, London
Design Department, British Council, Manchester


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