What the English Language Assistant (ELA) Scheme is
The role of the ELA is to assist teachers in the classroom and help pupils to see a foreign language as a living language used by millions of people rather than as a ‘school’ language. The basic duties of the assistant are to:
assist the regular staff of schools in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium/Wallonia-Brussels
conduct conversation classes in English
supplement classes through exercises in reading, dictation and oral composition and written composition
give pupils an insight into life in Ireland
Teaching assistants can be selected from the 6 countries referenced above to serve in Irish schools.