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Teaching English in France 101

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 BA 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 & it is not common for schools to hire English teachers "under the table" without a visa as it is countries like Spain & Italy.

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Teach English in France with TAPIF

Teaching Assistant Program 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.

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Teaching English in France

Visas for teaching English in France

Some schools may sponsor a work visa for non-European Union citizens (this is extremely rare); the government programs will sponsor visas for non-European Union citizens; EU citizens can typically work legally in France. Unlike in some other European countries, it is not common for schools to hire English teachers without a work visa "under the table." Some will also teach on a student visa.

Teach English in France with International TEFL AcademyTwo-Month Tutoring Opportunities for Toulouse TEFL Course Graduates

To accommodate those who wish to stay in France and teach English following graduation from our Toulouse TEFL course, we are pleased to offer opportunities to stay with local families offering room and board in exchange for English language tutoring.

This two-month program provides a perfect solution for trainees who want to get teaching experience immediately upon graduating with us. It also provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local community and to practice your own French language skills. It is also appealing for those who prefer not to have to go job - hunting, as you will not be required to send out CVs etc. 

* Note About Program: There will be terms and conditions that you need to sign and you will need to complete a criminal background check. This program is only open to students and graduates of this TEFL course in Toulouse.  

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