Teach English in or near: Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Nice

France is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations – and for good reason. You could wonder this unique country for a year and never see the same thing twice. The capital Paris is famous for its association with a long and revolution-soaked history, decadence, art, architecture, and magnificent gardens, castles and palaces. Then there is incredible engineering feat of The Eiffel Tower and the world-renowned Louvre Museum – to mention just a few attractions.

Equally iconic is the cuisine and of course – wines! France has unrivalled food and wine traditions and you can visit many vineyard-laden areas, in-between myriad medieval villages all the way from the north to the Cote d’Azur – the premier summer destination for the world’s super-wealthy and celebrities who flock to the coastline near Nice and Monaco to play on their Superyachts and attend the Cannes Film Festival.  Teach English in France while you learn French.

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 Salary800 – 2220 Euros
AirfareRarely included
Working Hours20 – 25 hours per week
AccommodationAssistance provided by the school
Hiring SeasonJanuary, September and October
Length of Contract6 – 12 months
RequirementsTEFL 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