The English Language Assistant (ELA) Scheme operates between Ireland and 6 other European countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
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The closing date for the ELA Scheme for 2021/2022 was 15 March 2021. The applications are now with the Selection Committee. The scheme is now closed to any further applications.
Applications for the ELA Scheme for 2022/2023 will open in November 2021 and all details will be available at that time.
Role of the ELA
The role of the ELA is to assist teachers in the classroom and help pupils to see a foreign language as a living language of millions of people rather than as a ‘school’ language. The basic duties of the assistant are:
to assist the regular staff of the school either in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium/Wallonia-Brussels
to conduct conversation classes in English
to supplement such classes by exercises in reading, dictation and oral composition / written composition
to give pupils an insight into the way of life in Ireland.
The 6 countries referred to above also select applicants from their own country who want to serve in Irish schools on the same basis as Irish assistants serve in these countries.