Finding Work as an English Teacher in France
English teaching in France is a huge industry as English is taught at varying levels to even very young children in order to equip them with the basics for necessary English conversational skills. Thousands of native English-speaking foreign nationals are employed in a variety of schools across the country, although employers prefer experienced English teachers with BA degrees and EU citizenship. It is notoriously difficult to get a working visa for France if you don’t have an EU passport, but if you are a licensed English teacher or have a BA degree and experience as well as a TEFL certificate, it is not impossible.
The cost of living is high, but France remains one of the most popular destinations in Europe for teaching English, and wages are usually good – especially in big cities such as Paris.
Teachers will find the vast majority of teaching and tutoring opportunities in-person on the ground in France. Teaching English in France offers a highly enriching experience to enjoy the unique culture and learn French.
Teaching English in Private Language Schools
Private Language schools abound in France – with 300 to be found just in Paris. These schools offer secure, well-paid and well-supported positions. You’ll usually need some teaching experience to get your foot in the door at these schools and if you have a degree, all the better, but once in your career is pretty much taken care of. It’s best to approach these schools directly in France, as they prefer to conduct face-to-face interviews.
Teaching English at International Schools
There are a great many International schools in France, but you will be expected to be a licensed teacher and or to have plenty of experience teaching English at a high level and at least a BA degree in addition to your TEFL qualification. France is a very culturally sophisticated country with exceptionally high expectations, so the more you have to put on the table the better – and the more you can earn.
Teaching English at Public Schools
It is possible to get an English teaching position through The French Ministry of Education. Their latest programme involves importing native US English-speakers for positions as Teaching Assistants at schools across France.
Private English Tutoring for Children, Adults and Business Executives
There is very high demand for private English tutors in France. The more experience you have or the higher the level at which you can teach, the more you can benefit from endless opportunities across the country to tutor privately. English tutors are in demand for students ranging from kindergarten-age children to business executives. Pay can be up to 30 Euros p/h.
|Monthly Salary||800 – 2220 Euros|
|Working Hours||20 – 25 hours per week|
|Accommodation||Assistance provided by the school|
|Hiring Season||January, September and October|
|Length of Contract||6 – 12 months|
|Requirements||TEFL certificate and EU citizen|
France is the most visited country in the world: 83.7 million tourists in 2014
There’s only one STOP sign in the entire city of Paris
France was the first country to introduce the licence plate
All champagne is produced in the Champagne region in France. Otherwise it is called sparkling wine
France uses 12 different time zones, the most of any country in the world
The most famous road bicycle race in the world, the Tour de France zig zags through the French landscape
The Millau Bridge in southern France is the world’s tallest bridge and France’s tallest structure. At its highest point, it stands 343m (1125 ft) above the ground
The Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world. The famous Mona Lisa painting is on display in this museum