Assistant teacher course/Teachers' handbook/Voluntary educational year
Voluntary educational year[edit | edit source]
Preparation for a voluntary educational year (a voluntary social year in education) can provide a continual motivation for beneficial educational goals. It is recommended to invite pupils to consider a voluntary educational year as a sensible goal early and to postpone commitment to a later date. This way pupils can benefit from the additional goal and can still enjoy the unrestricted freedom of choice. Pupils might also decide to postpone participation in a voluntary educational year until college and could still benefit from earlier preparation in school.
Another option could be to donate an available budget for a more important purpose (e.g. Unicef or Médecins Sans Frontières) and to cancel the voluntary educational year. Such a decision should be made at the appropriate time, however, and the voluntary educational year can still provide a beneficial motivation throughout the school career of a pupil while the decision has not yet been made.
Building vocabulary[edit | edit source]
Technical terms introduced during lessons can be translated immediately by the subject teachers to all relevant languages or can be translated afterwards by assistant teachers. Translation during the lesson may be especially recommendable in bilingual education but can also be applied in a monolingual learning environment.
While early bilingual education appears to be beneficial for the language skills of above-average pupils  bilingual learning environments in elementary school are criticized to promote frontal instruction and to discourage group work because the pupils may not have sufficient language skills to make appropriate contributions in the foreign language.  The problem can be addressed with assistant teachers who are already fluent in the second language; the assistant teachers may need a special qualification as foreign language assistant teachers.
Assistant teachers can help to document the technical vocabulary that has been learned by a class in a class wiki in all relevant languages. The connection between language subjects and other subjects can encourage interdisciplinary associations between knowledge.
Pupils who use a laptop or e-book reader to read e-books can also maintain a database of personal vocabulary.
E-mentoring[edit | edit source]
Teaching in a developing country[edit | edit source]
School partnerships with schools in least developed countries are likely to benefit from cooperation between several schools, as, for instance, a group of partner schools in developed countries or neighboring schools. A group of schools may be more likely to be able to provide a sufficient number of participants interested to visit a specific country and to maintain guest houses or rent housing of appropriate quality in the destination country. If a sufficient number of pupils and students participate it may also be feasible to offer more appropriate guidance and supervision on the spot.
In order not to displace regular teachers pupils and students can participate as assistant teachers or restrict the size of their courses to much smaller courses than are usual in developing countries. A course size limit of fifteen to twenty-five pupils (depending on the usual class size) is likely to increase the quality of education, to secure the jobs of regular teachers and to avoid overburdening the visiting pupils and students.
Teaching in a local school or in a developed country[edit | edit source]
In some parts of the United States it is customary or even required that each classroom have one certified teacher and one or more co-teachers or teaching assistants. Japan and Germany have special programs for foreign language assistants, similar programs are probably available in many other countries. In the United Kingdom qualified teaching assistants are also common. Academic exchange programs may require that a foreign language assistant has completed two or more years of college education and has studied to become a fully qualified teacher or has obtained a bachelor's degree.
References[edit | edit source]
- ↑ Zweisprachiger Unterricht#Wissenschaftlicher Hintergrund (German Wikipedia)
- ↑ Zweisprachiger Unterricht#Kritik (German Wikipedia)
See also[edit | edit source]
External links[edit | edit source]
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics Glossary (contains Education terms in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic)
Online learning[edit | edit source]
Language Learning in Tandem (Autonomous Learning with a Partner)[edit | edit source]
Diseases[edit | edit source]
- Category:Tropical diseases (Wikipedia)
- African trypanosomiasis#Drug targets and drug discovery (Wikipedia)
- Dengue fever#Emerging treatments (Wikipedia)
- Chagas disease#Prevention (Wikipedia)
- Lassa fever#Prevention (Wikipedia)
- Tuberculosis#Prevention (Wikipedia)
- Typhoid fever#Prevention (Wikipedia)
- Health mentoring course/Prevention#Vaccinations
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Teacher exchange programs[edit | edit source]
- Amity Institute (amity.org)
- Comenius Assistantship (ec.europa.eu)
- British Council: Foreign Language Assistants (britishcouncil.org)
- The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (jetprogramme.org)
- Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State (exchanges.state.gov)
- Education, Youth Outreach and Community Development (peacecorps.gov)
- CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange (ciee.org)
- Council for International Exchange of Scholars (cies.org)
- NAFSA: Association of International Educators (nafsa.org)
- The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSL) (ipsl.org)
- World Learning (worldlearning.org)
- WorldTeach (worldteach.org)
- English Language Fellow Program (elf.georgetown.edu)
- English Teaching Volunteer Work in the Developing World with Projects Abroad (projects-abroad.org)
- International Volunteer Work Teaching English in the Developing World with Projects Abroad (projects-abroad.co.uk)
- Educators/Exchange Programs (dmoz.org)
German[edit | edit source]
- Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) - German Educational Exchange Service
- Robert Bosch Stiftung: Völkerverständigung macht Schule - Robert Bosch Foundation
- Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen (ZfA) - Central Office for German Schools in Foreign Countries
- Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) - German Academic Exchange Service
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