Volunteering opportunities at ALL
A vacancy for a new Resources Editor has arisen at ALL.
If you enjoy exploring the latest language resources, have a good knowledge of products available and would like to develop your writing skills then please consider becoming part of our volunteer team. You won’t be alone in this role – you will be liaising closely with ALL’s Education Officer and in addition there will be a period of induction.
Statements of Interest need to be submitted by 05 February 2018.
Mentors key to success of Language Futures approach: Language Futures is an exciting initiative for creative language departments interested in developing languages beyond the classroom. It works in tandem with the languages provision already in place in school and is suitable for pupils wishing to increase the number of languages studied or any pupils with a thirst for languages. Language Futures is not designed to ‘teach’ a language, but to equip students with the skills to develop as independent learners supported by school, home and a language proficient mentor from the community.
Students choose the language they wish to learn and receive personalised support from language proficient mentors who are volunteers with an in-depth knowledge and fluency in a particular language, recruited to provide good models of the language and advise students on specific language queries and learning tasks either as part of the curriculum or during an after school club. Mentors are an integral part of the Language Futures approach – both teachers and pupils speak about the difference they make and the impact they have on learning.
“The success of the programme has been the introduction of the mentors. I have three mentors who are enthusiastic and very supportive of their students. They have marked work, set challenges and chivied students along as well as researching websites, creating games and giving rewards.” Language Futures teacher
‘’The mentor has specialised, local knowledge of the language and country that a teacher wouldn’t have; the mentor can illuminate the students as to food, customs, traditions, celebrations, national sport and cultural icons that the student otherwise might not be aware of.’’ Language Futures teacher
“What I like most about LF lessons is having the mentors. It is inspiring to be helped by people who have an insight into the culture of the language and the countries where it’s spoken”. Language Futures pupil
“The mentors are fantastic! I feel comfortable asking any question, even if it might sound silly.” Language Futures pupil
”Mentoring was the best aspect of language futures for me, because I got to meet and spend time with people who had experienced life in Spain and Latin America, which motivated me to learn faster and more thoroughly.” Language Futures pupil
For further information on becoming a Language Futures mentor, visit the Language Futures web pages or email the Language Futures Project Manager Clodagh Cooney.
ALL’s local groups (branches, networks and primary hubs) provide a vital local lifeline for many teachers, and the Association greatly appreciates what they offer.
ALL is currently calling for volunteers who might like to set up local groups in the following areas:
Click here to find out more about how ALL’s local groups work.
If you are interested in volunteering in this way you will not be alone. There is a committed community of volunteers who can share advice and tips with you and ALL’s Honorary Membership Officer, Steven Fawkes, will also be happy to offer you support.
Why not email us if you are thinking of taking the first step towards volunteering in this way?