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UK-German FLA/ELA Ambassadors

The application process for the FLA/ELA Ambassadors network 2016-17 is now closed.

General information about the programme

The FLA/ELA Ambassadors are a network of language assistants who are working in schools in the UK and Germany. They run small projects, activities, events or clubs in order to inspire and motivate young people in their schools for the language and culture of the other country. Projects should address themes that are of educational value as well as interesting and relevant for the target group (see project themes 2016-17 below).

  • FLA Ambassadors are German and employed as Foreign Language Assistants in the UK for the current school year.
  • ELA Ambassadors are British and employed as English Language Assistants in Germany for the current school year.

FLA/ELA Ambassadors run at least one project within their school or in conjunction with other schools in the area. The project is bilateral, run either with a partner Ambassador from the other country, or with an existing partner school. The aims are to enable young people to have direct, meaningful contact with young people in the other country and to make lessons come to life through active involvement in a UK-German partnership. They also pass on relevant information on UK-German opportunities and activities to teachers, pupils, and other assistants.

What are the benefits to the school of having an FLA or ELA Ambassador?

  • Projects can support the curriculum and increase engagement and motivation among pupils for the culture and language of the other country.
  • Pupils are able to make long-term contact with young people from the other country, which can support their language skills and intercultural learning.
  • The school is able to increase the impact of their assistant across the school.

What are the benefits to the assistant?

  • You will be able to enhance your role and wider impact within your school.
  • You will improve on skills such as project management, time management, organisational and negotiation skills as well as strengthen your intercultural competence and communication skills.
  • You will be able to meet lots of people and relevant organisations who can support you.
  • You can pass on your enthusiasm for language and cultural learning to the pupils at your school.

What skills are necessary to be an Ambassador?

FLA and ELA Ambassadors are/have:

  • enthusiastic about enhancing UK-German youth relations
  • interested in developing UK-German projects within their school
  • able to work on their own initiative as well as within a network
  • committed, reliable, open and flexible
  • good organisational skills
  • good communication skills and intercultural awareness

If you have any questions, or would like further information on the programme, please contact us.

Project themes for 2016-17

English Language Assistants who are only at their schools in Germany until February are eligible to apply for this programme. However, please be aware that it is compulsory for all FLA/ELA Ambassadors to attend the evaluation seminar in London in May, to complete an evaluation form and to send a report at the end of the school year. ELA Ambassadors, who leave their posts earlier, should also have a teacher at their school who is willing to carry on the projects and contacts they have established for the rest of the school year.

All projects should relate to one of our themes, mentioned below:

  • Integration and tolerance in multicultural societies
  • Language-learning and intercultural skills post EU-referendum
  • Thematic projects based on current bilateral initiatives:
    seas & oceans (BMBF Year of Science), or
    national identity ('The British View: Germany – Memories of a Nation' exhibition: www.berlinerfestspiele.de)

FLA/ELA Ambassadors are encouraged to develop their own ideas and activities within these topics.

Seminars

It is compulsory for all FLA/ELA Ambassadors to attend two seminars in London (an introductory seminar from 18 to 20 November 2016 and an evaluation meeting in the beginning of May 2017).

What are the costs involved?

UK-German Connection will cover all costs for travel, accommodation and subsistence for both seminars and also provide a project fund for your activities. Participants will be asked to pay a small contribution of £25/€30 for the first seminar.

If you have any questions, or would like further information on the programme, please contact us.

Project supporters

The FLA/ELA Ambassadors programme is carried out with the support of the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst, the British Council and the Goethe-Institut. You can find more information on the language assistants programme on their websites:

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"This role provided me with a real purpose in my German school. Staff and pupils got to know me quicker, too!" (Former ELA Ambassador)

"Es hat meine Zeit als FLA so viel interessanter, vielfältiger, lustiger und hilfreicher – einfach so viel besser – gemacht!"
(Former FLA Ambassador)

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