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Apr. 14th, 2010



Teaching adults in France

Hi there,
my first post to your site - kudos on the design.
I've been teaching now for three plus years and was wondering, if I came to France, is there much opportunity for teaching English to young/adults?  Personally I would have thought it would mainly be to children up to college age and maybe some business courses for international companies.
The reason I ask, I taught kids in Greece, kids in China for a year, and for the last year and a half I've successfully migrated to teachin adults... and to tell the truth I don't want to go back!  I love kids, but I teach with energy... and I find that my energy runs low after kids class.
I would love to experience France for a long space of time, not just the usual 2 weeks vacation... can anyone give me any suggestions?
Thanks in advance

Mar. 7th, 2010

blue guy


TEFL in France

X-posted in france  and learn_french 

I've asked a question similar to this before in this community, but I'll ask again in a different way:

To those of you who do not have EU citizenship: How did you find a job as an English teacher in France? How did you get around the visa requirement? 

I'm planning on moving there in November, and I'm ok in taking my time to find a job/jobs. I hear the most jobs open up in January, and I'm ok in not finding a job until then. I don't know what city I'll be staying in yet, but probably Paris or Toulouse.  I just wanted to hear other's experience (that hopefully didn't go through the assistantship program).

Nov. 19th, 2009


Spring teaching opportunities? Picking a decent TEFL program?

Hey there, I'm an American student who did a stage as a teaching assistant (through my study abroad program) to a native-French English teacher at a collège. I'm planning on moving to Paris this january, and I'm wondering if any of you have suggestions as to possible teaching positions that might be open in the Paris area this spring. Maybe in terms of language instruction schools that are hiring, or need replacements for say, teachers/assistants/employees who leave early? I would have loved to do the French assistantship program, but missed the deadline to apply last year so now I'm looking for something this spring. Any advice or resources to look further into this would be great! Mainly looking to build up experience and some extra funds.

Also, can anyone point me in the direction of the best/most 'accredited' TEFL program(s)? Each time I start looking into TEFL, it seems like I find so many programs/sites/companies that I'm not sure how to eliminate the ones that aren't worthwhile or legitimate. The cheaper ones, the more expensive ones...there was even a 4 weekend course not too far from where I live right now, but the tuition was well over a grand! Sorry if this is a novice question, just would appreciate a little direction.


Sep. 25th, 2009

blue guy


TEFL in France

Bonjour TLM-

I plan to work in France in about a year (starting in December of 2010 or January 2011), and I was wondering what options I have, including international schools. I have a B.A. in German and Music History, a Masters in Music History, and am certified in TEFL. I was wanting to teach either music or English. I am looking at this experience as a way to learn more French (I know a little right now, and will be more proficient by the time I'm there)

At the risk of sounding annoying, I was wanting the pay to be around 1,100-1,300/month. (I don't have a very high standard of living, I'm just hopelessly in debt!) Any suggestions?

Merci d'avance!

EDIT: no offense at all to Parisians, but I was wanting to study somewhere other than Paris. I fully intend to travel there on holiday, but I don't wish to live there.

Feb. 20th, 2009

Jude perso


To all those who applied

A huge thanks to everyone who applied for the teaching positions with BTL.

We have found nearly all the teachers we need, but don't be disheartened if you didn't get a call. If your CV looks good, we'll keep it on file for future recruitment.

If you HAVE been chosen, however, I'll see you there!

Feb. 12th, 2009

Jude perso


TEFL Teachers wanted

If you are a qualified and/or experienced TEFL teacher looking for work in the Paris area, check out Business and Technical Languages.

We are currently looking for mother-tongue English teachers of any nationality. Intersted? Send your CV and cover letter to Dan O'Donnell at dodonnell@btl.fr .

Thanks and good luck!

Dec. 8th, 2008

battle angel


Finding work in France

Hi all,

I'm off to do a CELTA course in the new year, and France is one place I'd very much like to teach in afterwards. I have two years' experience as a language assistant in Japan, and four years' experience of freelance teaching (Japanese/ English). Edit: I am an EU citizen so don't need a visa.

Does anyone have any advice as to the best way of looking for teaching work in France? Is there a website you know of with a good list of schools, or is a trawl through the Pages Jaunes in order?

Also, I've heard a lot said about schools not hiring teachers not already based in France, does this tally with your experience? I have lived in France before and have a bank account/ decent level of French, if this tips the balance at all.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

Nov. 26th, 2008

kitty punk


Nobody question my methods again!

Some people have said that my teaching methods are "unconventional". But even I'm not this bad!!!

Oct. 22nd, 2008

i luv rien normal



Hey all.

I was wondering if anyone else has been feeling the after effects of the world-wide credit cruch?

A lot of my classes are in banks and other financial institutions, so we're worried about how long we'll be able to carry on with them. The companies are asking for less classes and lowering the number of orders. For example, they tend to stick to the 20 hours required by the DIF instead of giving their employees 30 hours as they would have before. And only people who use English in their job are being offered the classes.

Has anyone else noticed anything like this?

Also, I'm on a French CDII contract, meaning I get paid per hour I work and not a fixed wage. However, there are people on fixed UK contracts in the same company. They are paid a fixed wage each month, so the company has to keep their hours up to warrant paying them. So the ones who lose classes are the ones on CDII, like me, because they don't have to give us more than 9 hours a week. It's in our contract.

Anyone else got similar worries?

Oct. 21st, 2008


Letter of Motivation, in English or French?

I'm going to send my CV to a company which teaches English....I have a translated CV in French but do I need to write my letter of motivation in French too? Since it's a company which teaches English they obviously must speak English (well we hope so!) but I'm not sure exactly what to do...

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