The role of an assistant

The overall objective of this programme is to enable assistants to learn about the language and society of their host country whilst bringing their native speaker language skills and their valuable knowledge of their own culture to schools.

To this end, this programme contributes to students' mobility, at a European and international level, and offers them a training opportunity and an introduction to professional life, thus providing unquestionable added value to their university studies.

The assistant's role is to improve pupils' communication skills (in particular oral skills) and develop their knowledge of a different society and culture. They support the work of the language department in the school they are placed in, under the supervision of the modern language teachers. They may do this in whole class situations in the teacher's presence, or they may lead activities independently with small groups of pupils.

The assistant’s specific qualities (youth and student status) enable them to encourage pupils to express themselves orally, to introduce a fun dimension to learning and to discuss socio-cultural topics of interest to children and teenagers.

Main duties

You may carry out the following duties in your school:

  • conversation practice with pupils alongside the teacher
  • participation in various educational activities held in the school
  • contribution to authentic voice recordings to enrich the school's audiovisual resources
  • participation in the implementation of educational projects
  • running a language club

You can find more information about the assistant ’s duties in the guide de l’assistant.