Working as an educator: what to expect as a teaching assistant
As a US teaching assistant in Austria, you will work in one or two Austrian secondary schools, teaching 13 hours every week. Specific duties differ from school to school, but in general you can expect to:
Team-teach with English teachers working at your school(s)
Prepare engaging lesson plans focused on topics in collaboration with teachers
Facilitate one-on-one and group discussions
Help students prepare for upcoming English exams
Talk to your classes about US culture and current events
Plan activities to get your students actively speaking the language
Given that teaching assistants are placed at schools in Austrian communities large and small, each teaching assistant job in Austria is a truly unique experience. However, no matter where your assignment takes you, the ability to negotiate cultural differences and to solve day-to-day problems will be a significant asset—both in the classroom and in everyday life. Previous teaching experience is beneficial but not a requirement.
If you have at least an undergraduate degree (or are currently in your final year), have a working knowledge of German (“intermediate mid” or above based on ACTFL guidelines), and are interested in a career in education, Fulbright Austria encourages you to apply online to teach English in Austria. You can submit your application between November 15 and January 15!