Why not to come to Italy and work with us?
We are looking for native English speaker linguistic assistants and tutors for our projects:
- Kindergarten Linguistic Assistants (KLA): the Linguistic Assistants work part-time from October to May (7 months), in one or more kindergartens in Mantova, supporting teachers in the daily routine and leading some activities in English together with the Italian teacher.
- Learning English with Native Speakers (LENS): the Linguistic Assistants work part-time from January 30th for 2 or 4 months, in primary and/or secondary schools in Italy, supporting the work of the Italian teachers.
- Summer Camps: the camps take place in June, July, the last week of August and the first week of September.They’re based in Italian primary and secondary schools during summer holidays and they are very different from an usual school activity.
It is not possible to apply only for July.
The aims of the Linguistic Assistants in Kindergarten project are various. The general target is to facilitate children’s approach to the English language, in a comforting learning environment.
The specific targets are:
- facilitating 3 to 6 years old children’s approach to the English language, through the communication and interaction with an English mothertongue teacher, in a familiar context;
- facilitating children’s overcoming of the linguistic barrier, by the use of non-formal teaching;
- enriching children and Italian teachers vocabulary and linguistic competences;
- allowing the linguistic assistant’s professional growth in his/her didactical and educational competences by working in different class-groups led by professional teachers.
- giving the Italian teachers resources such as songs, games, simple words to use during daily routines, which can be used also when the linguistic assistant is not in the class.
There are no linguistic standards to be achieved, and oral production in English by children is not a main target of the project.
The aims of the LENS project are various. The general target is to support and promote the spontaneous children communication in English. The specific targets are:
- letting children communicate and interact with an English mother-tongue teacher;
- letting children experience a variety of Anglo-Saxon games and teaching’s approach in the school they attend while enriching the didactic tools of Italian teachers;
- enriching children’s and Italian teachers’ vocabulary and linguistic competences;
- allowing the linguistic assistant professional growth in his/her didactic and educational competences by working in different class-groups led by professional teachers.
- giving Italian teachers resources such as songs, games, simple words to use during daily routines, which can be used also when the linguistic assistant is not in the class.
The assistant agrees with the Italian teacher of each class how to lead the activity: which theme to focus on and how, whether to keep the class-group or to split it, which kind of activities to suggest (e.g. physical activities, songs, drama or artistic activities).
For the Italian law and coherently with the LENS project, the italian class-teacher is fully responsible for the children’s well-being and learning.
The linguistic assistant plays the role of creating and suggesting interactive activities around Anglo-Saxon themes to make learning Anglo-Saxon language and culture more interesting. It even plays the role to put him/herself up for being an interested representative of the children natural communication. In this way, he/she reinforces the learning of English that each child triggers spontaneously. That’s why he/she has to necessarily speak only English when speaking to kids.
Summer Camps targets
During our camps children can learn English, while having fun, in a phisically and emotionally safe environment, which can be very different from the English teaching methodology they are used to during the school year. This is accomplished by using games, role-plays, art and crafts, sport, acting and any other activity can stimulate an active learning. The activities’ purpose is to stimulate the children’s enthusiasm and interest, in order to give them a positive experience of the English language, and to help them overcome the linguistic barrier.
Alice in Città’s philosophy and educational methodology is also based on the application of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, especially the Right to express oneself, the Right to play, and the Right to education (articles 13, 29, 31).
Follow the links to find a more detailed description of the Camps (What are SCC/ESC/BS?), two interesting related videos, photos and a web-radio production made by children during previous camps.
THE ASSOCIATION RUNS SPECIFIC TRAININGS FOR THE TUTORS ABOUT THE METHODOLOGIES TO BE USED DURING KLA, LENS AND THE SUMMER CAMPS.
FORMER TUTORS COMMENTS