TEACH ENGLISH IN FRANCE

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About Teaching English in France

French history, culture, and cuisine have made France one of the most desirable destinations for teaching English abroad. Those teaching English in France typically find work in September or October, and then again in January, with most contracts ending in late June. It is difficult for non-European Union citizens to get a work visa to teach in the private sector so many Americans teach through the government-operated TAPIF program, which recruits Americans, ages 20-30, to work in French elementary and secondary schools as assistant English teachers.

For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps and in some volunteer au pair programs are available in France and throughout Europe. Summer positions teaching English in France typically start in late June and early July.  English teachers in France will be expected to interview in person once they arrive, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Many English teachers in France live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers.

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A solid hourly wage affords English teachers in France to live comfortably.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of time to travel, explore, and take advantage of your surroundings.  A bachelor's degree is typically required to teach English in France, and TEFL certification is absolutely necessary.  Major cities for teaching English in France include Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Le Havre, Marseille, and Bordeaux.

*Note about the Job Market for Americans in France: France represents a sizable job market, but it is important to note, however, the vast majority of non-EU citizens, will need to either teach English on a Student Visa, teach through the TAPIF Program, or Canadian citizens have the possibility to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. Work visas are generally not an option for non-European Union citizens.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in France. You do not need professional teaching experience but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you do need to get hired. 

Teachers typically interview in-person in France or apply in advance from home for the TAPIF program. Therefore, it is most common for students to take one of our TEFL course options listed below:

You may also wish to take one of the 4-Week In-Person TEFL Courses that we offer in 21 locations worldwide.

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You do not need to be a native English speaker to teach English in France, however, you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs. Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa is highly preferred.

*Please note
- Teaching positions for US citizens in France are mostly through the TAPIF Program

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor's degree is typically required to secure a job in France. If you are applying for the TAPIF Program, you will need a minimum of three years of college completed.

TEFL Jobs in France

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in France consist of:

  • Teaching adults at a foreign language school
  • Teaching children in public schools as an assistant teacher through the government-operated TAPIF Program
  • Teaching children in English language summer camps or in volunteer au pair programs
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in France can expect to find jobs in late September/early October and in January. Applicants for the TAPIF Program typically need to apply by January 15 for positions beginning in August/September. 

Most schools in France conduct face-to-face interviews, meaning you will need to be on the ground and in France to interview for jobs and ready to being teaching right away once hired (unless applying for the TAPIF Program where you will apply online and in advance).

Some schools may sponsor a work visa for non-European Union citizens, but this is extremely rare). The government-operated TAPIF Program will sponsor visas for non-European Union citizens, while EU citizens can typically work legally in France. It is not common for schools to hire English teachers "under the table" without a work visa. Some will also teach on a student visa.

Read More: What Type of Visa Can I Use to Teach English in France?

Read More: How to Obtain a Student Visa to Legally Teach English in France for Americans

HOURS

English language schools in France offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of classroom work per week plus additional hours for prep time. This allows for plenty of time to travel and explore. 

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be children, adults, or business professionals. 

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $2,100 - $3,500 USD (1,900 - 3,100 EUR). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in France until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

SALARY

A solid hourly wage enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in France. Teachers can expect to make $800 - $1,800 USD (700 - 1,600 EUR) per month (TAPIF stipend: 965 Euros). It is common for teachers in France to also teach English online to supplement their income.

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent. 

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The cost of living typically ranges between $1,400 - $2,300 USD per month (1,200 - 2,000 EUR).

English teachers in France can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

 

What does teaching in France look like?

Watch ITA alumna Jada Downing show us a day in her life living and teaching English on the TAPIF Program in Belfort, France.

Want more? We've got you covered! Visit our Video Library to watch day in the life videos from our alumni and get a glimpse into what your life as a teacher in France could look like!

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Teaching English in France FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in France?

To teach English in France, make sure you understand what is and is not required:

Required:

  • A bachelor's degree is typically required (if you are applying for the TAPIF Program, you will need a minimum of three years of college completed).
  • A TEFL certification.
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.
  • Savings for start-up costs.

Not Required:

  • You do not need to be a native English speaker, but you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs. Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa is highly preferred.
  • Please Note: teaching positions for American citizens in France are mostly through the TAPIF Program.

How much money can I make teaching English in France?

Teachers can expect to make $800 - $1,800 USD  (700 - 1,600 EUR) per month in France (with the TAPIF stipend being 965 Euros).

English teachers in France can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

Start-up costs will range from $2,100 - $3,500 USD (1,900 - 3,100 EUR). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in France until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent.

What are my job opportunities for teaching English in France?

The most common job types in France consist of:

  • Teaching adults at a foreign language school
  • Teaching children in public schools as an assistant teacher through the government-operated TAPIF Program
  • Teaching children in English language summer camps or in volunteer au pair programs
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Teaching English Online.

English teachers interview in-person in France and can expect to find jobs in late September/early October and January. Applicants for the TAPIF Program typically need to apply in advance from home by January 15 for positions beginning in August/September.

What is the TAPIF Program for teaching English in France?

TAPIF, which stands for Teaching Assistance Program in France, is a program run by the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services of The French Embassy that places Americans between 20-35 years of age as assistant English teachers in elementary and secondary schools throughout France. Though similar programs are offered for Canadians and other English speakers, TAPIF is specifically for Americans who want to teach English in France. The program is one of the most popular ways for Americans to teach in France because it provides a legal visa to teach English.

Read More: What is the TAPIF Program for Teaching English in France?

What type of visa do I need to teach English in France?

France represents a sizable job market, but it is important to note, however, the vast majority of non-EU citizens, will need to either teach English on a Student Visa, teach through the TAPIF Program, or Canadian citizens have the possibility to apply for a Working Holiday Visa.

Some schools may sponsor a work visa for non-European Union citizens but this is extremely rare and it's not common for schools to hire English teachers "under the table" without a visa.

EU citizens can typically legally work in France.

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ITA was recommended to me by a friend who had taken their TEFL course. After doing a lot of research, I ultimately chose ITA because I thought it was the best value for the number of hours. The part-time online course was great because I was working while taking it. The assignments were perfect because now I have a whole set of already written lesson plans ready to use! I now teach in an elementary school in Marseille as part of the TAPIF Program. Teaching English in France is one of the best decisions I ever made. I have progressed leaps and bounds in the French language, and also discovered a career I can actually see myself doing in the long term.

Lindsey Huckson

Taught English in France

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I chose ITA because they just seemed to have all the answers to all my questions. They are extremely organized, highly enthusiastic, open to compliments AND concerns, active on social media, and optimistic outlookers. One big thing my TEFL training helped with is nerves. I remember feeling so nervous to teach my first adult class - something I had never done before. Yet, somehow, I kicked butt! I work for a Bilingual School in the heart of Paris, where half the day is taught in English and the other half in French (I only teach the English). If you are considering making the move to France, DO IT!!! There is absolutely no way you will ever regret it. Living abroad changes you as a person, for the better.

Thomas Scott

Teaches English in France

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When I decided to retire from the corporate world in 2019, I started thinking about how I could continue working part-time while doing something I was really passionate about. After doing some research and speaking with several institutions that offered ESL training and certification, I signed up with ITA. I was attracted to their strong curriculum, experienced teachers, and a good level of interaction between the teacher and students. I wasn’t disappointed. The 11-week online course was more challenging than I had imagined but in a good way - I learned so much! I even signed on for the add-on Business English and Young Learners courses.

Visit the France section of our blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in France.