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.
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
The aim of the camps is to help children learn English in a fun and enjoyable way, one that differs from the learning method they are used to during the course of the school year. This is accomplished using games, songs and music, drama, role-playing, sport, art, new-media and anything that could stimulate their interest.
Despite being organized within the school buildings, the methods used by the Association are very different. “Alice in Città” furthers teaching methods based on positive emotions, playing games, partecipation and are catered to the children’s fantasies and interests.
THE ASSOCIATION ORGANIZES SPECIFIC TRAINING FOR THE TUTORS TO INFORM AND TRAIN THEM IN THE DIDACTIC METHODS USED TO WORK IN THE CAMPS.
Several methods are used to bolster an efficient and enjoyable social environment.
Firstly the creation of small groups helps a direct and efficient communication between children and Tutors. Every group is identified by a group name that relates to the “camp theme” which provides a narrative background fuelling the children’s imagination and keeps their enthusiasm alive during the camp.
To help the children understand what is required of them in each given moment, each day at the camp is divided into recognizable “containers” included in the daily schedule which are specific for each project (Summer City Camp, English Summer Camp and Beautiful September).
These “containers” assure that during the day children are given the opportunity to experience different activities such as Art and Body Expression and, as a result, each child should take part in activities that he/she really enjoys and is good at.
Follow the links on the website 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. You can also find and download the “Tutor information” file, where you can read all the jobs details and how to apply click here!
Take advantage of this experience to improve your career chances!
Tutors in our camps have had gratifying and formative experiences. In our ten-years of collaboration with them, we have found that many tutors obtained better jobs following this professional experience and for many this work was acknowledged as school credits for their academic course. We are in the process in making deals with various universities so that the work in the camps can be officially considered as an internship.
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