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British Council Language Assistants

English, National/National politics/National assembly, 2 seasons, 23 episodes, 11 hours, 49 minutes
Find out first-hand about all things language assistants... We'll be chatting with colleagues, former assistants and experts on a range of themes. From finding accommodation to settling into school life; listen and prepare for your time overseas. Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
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What to pack?

Finola chats to Ellie who was an ELA in Austria during 2020-21 about what is best to pack as a Language Assistant. Listen for top tips on what you really need to bring and what you can get when you're there. Don't forget to leave space for delicious goodies and some marmite if you're a fan! --- Send in a voice message:
9/13/202218 minutes
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Documenting Your Time

Finola speaks to Georgia and Mabel about their experiences as assistants and how they kept a record of their time. They discuss their favourite memories and the joys of looking back on them. Ceilidhs in classroom and Christmas on the beach, listen in to find out how to keep track of your experiences.  --- Send in a voice message:
1/6/202223 minutes, 5 seconds
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First Experiences of Teaching as a Language Assistant

In this episode, we speak to former English Language Assistants Fran, Dylan and Haleema about their first experiences in the classroom. Providing quality first teaching tips, we hear about their favourite activities and the challenges they overcame to produce fantastic lessons. From quizzes about apple pie to what's the time Mr Wolf, discover what being an assistant in a range of schools is like from their first-hand experience. --- Send in a voice message:
9/13/202145 minutes, 44 seconds
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Join us for a trip to the country of the poets in South America with colleagues and assistants. First up, we hear from Gaurav and Ceana. Now both working at the British Council, they tell Finola about their experience as English Language Assistants in Chile. Then Ceana chats to Christopher, a Chilean Modern Language Assistant currently working in the South of England.  --- Send in a voice message:
4/9/202148 minutes, 48 seconds
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Lockdown Learning

2020 has been a very different year for the Language Assistants programme, and this podcast looks to explore how this group of assistants and teachers have adapted in the circumstances. In the first part of this episode we speak to Emily, Joe and Mathilde who speak about their different experiences of Lockdown and the final stages of their assistantship. Not only on the journey they went on but how important it is to look after your own well-being during this time. In the second part, we hear from David Lynch, a British Council teacher currently based in Japan, who has had to adapt to virtual teaching. We discuss the challenges but also the possibilities that come with virtual teaching on this episode of the Language Assistants podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
9/3/202049 minutes, 42 seconds
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Preparing to Teach

In this episode, former Language Assistant team members Bethan and Beth share their top tips for teaching. They explore how to prepare, what to bring and activities to try for future language assistants to get the most out of their teaching experience! Teach English --- Send in a voice message:
6/4/202036 minutes, 54 seconds
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Exploring Gender Equality: Language Assistants and Beyond

With International Women's Day on 08 March, the Language Assistant podcast has carried out a special episode exploring gender within the programme itself and the British Council's work.  On this episode, Finola is joined by Ceana from the Language Assistants Team, Anna from the Gender and Inclusion Team and Dalia from British Council Mexico. Some useful links from today's podcast: Gender in Education: Inspiring the Future British Council Gender Equality Resources --- Send in a voice message:
3/6/202037 minutes, 48 seconds
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In this episode, Finola is joined by Renaud and Rhianna as they discuss life in Quebec. Featuring ski-doos, poutine and the topic of Canadian French, be sure to listen for all the top tips ! --- Send in a voice message:
2/3/202026 minutes, 16 seconds
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In this episode, Finola speaks to two former language assistants: Luke and Katrina about their experience in Austria. Both share their key top tips about life, admin and their experience...especially to keep your fridge stocked before Sunday! --- Send in a voice message:
1/31/202026 minutes, 14 seconds
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In this episode, Olivia is joined by Felicity and Emma who look back on their time as a language assistant in Italy. From delicious food to Romeo and Juliet, this podcast has lots of helpful tips and provides an insight into the experience of being an assistant in Italy.  --- Send in a voice message:
1/6/202026 minutes, 4 seconds