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miss_scarlet007 in tefl_in_france

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!


Do the teacher's assistant program, honestly otherwise it's much too difficult to get a visa and find a job, especially a job which will pay you enough to be able to live. So you can try being an assistant or a lectrice. To be a lectrice I think normally you need to be enrolled in a masters program at the university, but that doesn't always seem to be the case.
Thanks, but I should have said that I don't need a visa.
There's the fusac. www.fusac.fr has the offers. Or, I could give you my boss' email address if you wanna get a job in Paris. Just message me and let me know.
Done :)
oh if you don't need a visa than that improves things a lot! But I still think the teaching assistant program is the best option, it's the only job teaching english in France that actually pays a decent amount of money.
Thanks, but I seem to have missed the deadline for this year, and after two years of assistanting in Japan I'm quite keen to actually run my own classes! I'll bear it in mind for future reference.
Don't be fooled by the 'rules' of the assistantship, I worked with kids and was left on my own with 30 children and had to come up with my own lesson plans!

Less common in colleges and lycees but it does happen frequently.