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    Chile

    Chile

    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. 


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    • 48 min
    Spain

    Spain

    Finola and Leona speak to former ELAs and current Ambassadors Lucy and Laura about their experience as an ELA in Spain.  From sunsets overlooking the Alhambra to chocolate factory school trips in Asturias, listen to find out more! 


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    • 39 min
    Germany

    Germany

    Joined by team member Elena and former assistants Luis and Ffion, Fin hears all about life in Germany. From admin to bakery etiquette, listen in to hear about the assistant experience and top tips for those heading to Germany. 


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    • 42 min
    Lockdown Learning

    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.


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    • 49 min
    Preparing to Teach

    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!

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    • 36 min
    Exploring Gender Equality: Language Assistants and Beyond

    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


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    • 37 min

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