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Updated Feb 17, 2019

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  1. "English Language Assistant in France (Seconde)"

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    Former Employee - English Language Assistant in Clermont-Ferrand
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Council part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - relatively good pay for the amount of hours worked - you get to learn another language while living there - good insight into teacher life if you are trying to figure out whether teaching is suitable for you - you can get a real insight into a place, in this case I know for sure that France isn't for me - it's rewarding to work with young people on days when they pay attention - since I had little to no instructions,...

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    Cons

    - long wait to get placement confirmed - the programme was not very well organised, I did not get any introduction from my teachers (this depends on your school) - timetable very random and not efficient - 12 h per week but another at least 12h waiting time in-between classes and for daily commute - teachers did not seem to value me, I felt like I was wasting my time - they gave me BTS classes which I am not supposed...

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    Advice to Management

    Please consider collaborating with schools who value their assistants and don't ignore them most of the time. Otherwise you are wasting a valuable assistant's time.

    British Council2019-02-17
  2. "Language Assistantship"

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    Former Employee - English Language Assistant in Coutances
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Council for more than a year

    Pros

    - Gives you the chance to work at state schools in a number of countries (you pick one). State schools are otherwise very difficult if not impossible to get into without a teaching qualification from that country. - Very varied work - Transferable skills (how to give presentations, adapt to different audiences, plan lessons and activities, teamwork with people from different backgrounds, general life skills etc.) -...

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    Cons

    - You can choose country and region preferences, but may not get sent where you wanted to go - The type of class you are given, the activities you are expected to do with them and the respect you get greatly depends on your school(s), but you have no control over the school(s) to which you are allocated. - It takes a long time to hear back from them

    Advice to Management

    Try to link schools with the applicants which best suit them.

    British Council2018-01-23
  3. "A good experience"

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    Former Employee - English Language Assistant in Córdoba
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Council for more than a year

    Pros

    A well thought out programme, with the opportunity to engage culturally in the country of choice

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, difficulty getting in contact with organisation once problems arose

    British Council2017-12-04
  4. "English Language Assistant"

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    Former Employee - English Language Assistant in Mulhouse
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Council

    Pros

    Easy application process, good work-life balance, good opportunities for travel. Good pay for the hours worked (12 per week)

    Cons

    Slow to hear about placement information. Little contact/help regarding relocating/adapting to the job role.

    Advice to Management

    Should speed up the application process so that they applicant will know where they are being placed at an earlier date.

    British Council2017-05-21
  5. Helpful (1)

    "They have been supportive"

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    Current Employee - English Language Assistant in

    I have been working at British Council full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The teaching preparation is very helpful. You have multiple sources of support.

    Cons

    Not always the best organised.

    British Council2012-12-16
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