Teaching English in France – Nice

Published: 06 December, 2016  |  Last updated: 06 December, 2016

Teaching English in Nice, France

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Report submitted on 19 Nov, 2016 by Gemma.

Teaching English in Nice, France:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Nice, France?
Language schools, word of mouth, other English teachers in Nice.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at companies, private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

Getting a full-time job contract in France is very complicated, and seems to be offered to French people who can navigate their way through the system. Therefore, it’s easier to be a free-lancer who is sent to different clients at their home or place of work, or to teach short courses for the students’ specific needs; for example, they need to pass an exam or need it for their job.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Generally, a TEFL certificate. Native speakers are preferred. Non-native speakers may need a higher qualification to give them an edge, and many non-natives teach only up to the pre-intermediate level. If they have a car and can travel to clients, this helps as well.

Perhaps a higher education is required for a university or state school.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Be a native English speaker. The more experience, the better. TEFL is generally okay.

What are the levels of payment?
It varies between 16 – 40 euros an hour. France has a very complicated tax system and it’s expensive to hire people under job contracts as the employer has to pay their employees’ social charges. If a teacher does have a job contract, they’re likely to receive less per hour than a freelancer. However, a freelancer has no guarantee of a set amount per week, and has to travel to each client at the times that the client prefers. This may mean working in the evenings, during the lunch break or perhaps even on Saturday.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
Nothing is normal in France

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
Most is face-to-face. hours per week

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
It depends on the student and the school.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Nice, France to teach English?
Be prepared for a lot bureaucracy and inflexible attitudes!

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Nice, France?
English is held in very high esteem in France, and people feel it’s very important to speak English. French people love English music, films and TV series. My students are generally very motivated to learn and improve. They’re also generally not afraid to say when they don’t understand, to ask questions, and to provide feedback as to what they’d like to learn.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Nice, France?
I don’t have a lot of support in terms of resources and training. Directors of language schools are tied up in red-tape and are more interested in sorting out paperwork rather than keeping up with innovative teaching ideas and resources. French students generally are not afraid to complain either if they’re not happy with a teacher.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Lack of practice outside the classroom for the students. It’s difficult for them to progress. TV and films are all dubbed into French, so French people are completely unaccustomed to the sounds of English, and their lack of oral comprehension causes frustration and de-motivation. The methods of learning English at school are ineffective as they learn to read and write, but they can’t speak or understand. Additionally, their teachers at school are usually French, and even if the teacher conducts the class in English, learners are unaccustomed to native English speech.

 

Living in Nice, France:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in France?
Yes, you must be a European citizen or have a visa to work. Some universities offer a year’s job contract and visa to native English speakers.

What is the cost of living like in France?
Cost of living is fairly high. Taxes and social charges are high and therefore wages are quite low. As a result of the high taxes, services such as hairdressing, clothing repairs, plumbers and electricians etc are expensive. Rents are generally high.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Accommodation is very difficult. In order to rent, a person must have a permanent job contract called a CDI; however getting a CDI is difficult. Normally, a person gets a temporary job contract first, and then a permanent one. In addition, a person must earn 3 times the rent. As this is virtually impossible on the riviera, some landlords will accept two times the rent. If you don’t have a CDI, they won’t sniff at you. I was lucky to find a landlord who accepted a year’s rent in advance in lieu of a CDI.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Nice, France?
Perhaps you can learn French if you’re really determined.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in scenery, France?
Trying to understand French culture and mentality. Even after two years here, I’m still struggling. My French teacher told me that French people’s “bark is worse than their bite.” It’s really a nation of rebels, who love to fight against any perceived injustice, authority or wrong attitude. The idea that they beheaded their king in order to get justice still resonates. In order for me to get what I want, my voice has to be louder than theirs. I have to put aside my polite anglophone ways and not accept no for an answer; or to realise that no is always the first answer, then after much insistence and negotiation, it becomes maybe, and then after more patience, persistence and negotiation, it might perhaps eventually become yes. Why the answer can’t just be yes in the first place, I don’t know!

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Nice, France?
See above.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Being able to speak English and to fully express myself!

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave France?
Perhaps one dear friend.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Teaching books/resources, especially for lower-levels.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Gemma

NationalityAustralian

Students I’ve taught in France: Babies (0-2 years), elementary (6-12 years), adults, business.

Where I teach: — In Nice, teaching here for 2 year.

How I found my current jobsOnline.
 

My school facilities: Adequate. Teaching resources, technology and classrooms.

What kind of teacher support is available at your school/s?: None.
 

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Teaching English in France – Morez

Published: 22 September, 2016  |  Last updated: 22 September, 2016

Teaching English in Morez, France

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Report submitted on 21 Sep, 2016 by Sarah.

Teaching English in Morez, France:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Morez, France?
Private advertising, through agencies or ask at local schools or town hall.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at community centers, etc., private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
I personally had no previous experience or qualifications. My diploma is in performing arts and I was previously a children’s entertainer. If you have a love and a talent for teaching language that was enough.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
For a Professional full time position you would need a degree and to complete french teacher training.

What are the levels of payment?
I earn 15€ (approx. US$ 16.70) per hour.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
35 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Generally bank holidays and school holidays.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Morez, France to teach English?
Bring loads of baked beans, they cost about 5 times as much here you could make a fortune!

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Morez, France?
People are generally really interested to learn and they really love english culture.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Morez, France?
There are a lot of stereotypes about english people and you have to prove that you an cook good food.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
There are very few english people or opportunities for english immersion.

 

Living in Morez, France:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in France?
No visa required for EU citizens, I don’t really know about non EU.

What is the cost of living like in France?
It’s more expensive where I am because I live on the border but generally its ok.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
You can easily find rentals online.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Morez, France?
Beautiful beautiful scenery and cheap skiing in the winter!

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in scenery, France?
Very remote and hard to find clothes for tall people. If you are larger than a uk 14 it is difficult to find clothes and if your feet are bigger than a size 13 it is hard to find shoes.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Morez, France?
Bring some warm clothes and you can’t get by without a car.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Nothing.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave France?
The lakes, snow and mountains.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Baked beans, clothes, curry powder, marmite, smoked paprika, jelly, angel delight, mango chutney, golden syrup.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Sarah

Nationality: English

Students I’ve taught in France: Toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), adults

Where I teachEcole sur les puits, Morez. Teaching here for 5 years.

I also teach privately.

How I found my current jobs
The town hall called me to offer me a job after I did a few free lessons for the local school

My school facilities: Very good – They have well equipped classrooms and the teachers are excellent.
 

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Teaching English in France – Fontainebleau

Published: 16 September, 2016  |  Last updated: 16 September, 2016

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Report submitted on 5 Apr, 2016 by Mexannie.

Teaching English in Fontainebleau, France:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Fontainebleau, France?
There is a great anglophone community in the area. Join the Facebook groups ESL teachers in Fontainebleau and join the Crossroads FB group. People recommend each other. Lots of the private Catholic schools are always looking for English teachers, so send CV’s. Networking!

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at private international schools, private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
If you want to teach privately, no qualifications are necessary, just the ability to speak and write English! A TEFL or similar course is very useful and of course any experience of working with children or adults.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Most people want native language English speakers and some form of experience is recommended.

What are the levels of payment?
Private 25-30€ (approx. US$ 28-33.50) per hour. Private school is the same, agencies normally pay less than 20€ (approx. US$ 22.30).

How many teaching days a week is normal?
4.5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
15 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
If you are teaching privately you can offer lesson in the school holidays if you are available. If you have a contract you will be paid over the holidays.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Fontainebleau, France to teach English?

There are plenty of opportunities to work, but I’m not sure about “earning a living” and relying on it to pay rent, food etc. I work part time.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Fontainebleau, France?
Lots of demand for teacher’s, International school in the area, close to Paris schools too.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Fontainebleau, France?
None

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
You have to know your grammar if you are teaching adults!! You can get away with knowing less if you are teaching under 15’s, but then they always want to know why? What are the rules?

 

Living in Fontainebleau, France:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in France?
Currently if you are a member of the EU you do not require a VISA or any kind of work permit. You would have to enquire for other countries as I am unfamiliar with the laws and would not want to give false advice.

What is the cost of living like in France?
Expensive! Food is more expensive than the UK, petrol cheaper, clothes etc. more expensive unless you are prepared to travel to find larger international chain stores. Rent etc. is not cheap either.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
I live here permanently so don’t know about this I’m afraid. The FB pages would be a good place to start.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Fontainebleau, France?
Good: Food, wine, weather, countryside, outdoor pursuits, friendly people.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Fontainebleau, France?
Expensive living costs, bad drivers!

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Fontainebleau, France?
Get a teaching qualification and find work before you get here, even if it’s only a foot in the door to start with.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Baked bean, cheddar cheese, Vicotia sponge cake, scones, black and white cows, good TV, films shown in their original language, the ability to buy South African wine, decent opening hours and being able to do stuff at lunchtime other than eat!

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave France?
The weather, our house, croissants, Paris, my sister, the Chateaux, the countryside, the restaurants.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Stationery items are expensive here, so bring as much as you can.

About Me and My Work:

My NameMexannie

Nationality: British

Students I’ve taught in France: Toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), adults

Where I teach:Language Connexion, Fontainebleau. Working here for 1 year.

I also teach at the Centre Actif Bilangue and privately after school and in the evenings/weekends.

How I found my current jobs: Internet searches, word of mouth.

My school facilitiesGoodTechnology, classrooms etc. Not excellent as they are a bit run down, one school only has a black and white photocopier and no laminator.

Teacher support at my schoolNone.
 
 

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Teaching English in France – Vienne

Published: 15 September, 2016  |  Last updated: 15 September, 2016

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Report submitted on 20 Mar, 2016 by Sarah.

Teaching English in Vienne, France:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Vienne, France?
Apply directly to private schools, or go through the French CAPES process (competitive exam and school placement).

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities, teaching at companies, private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Native speakers with diplomas and experience can get low-paying jobs by applying directly to schools.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
To have tenure and better pay, you must have a master’s degree and take the CAPES exam.

What are the levels of payment?
15-25€/hour (approx. US$ 17-28) for private lessons, 42€/hour (approx. US$ 47) net for universities, 32€/hr (approx. US$ 36) net for elementary or middle schools.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
4 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
18 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Many holidays: 2 weeks off: fall, Christmas, February, April. Summer: 8-9 weeks in July and August

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Vienne, France to teach English?

You can do it but it’s not easy.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Vienne, France?
People love Anglophone cultures and are interested to have your point of view, as well as expertise. The students also appreciate Anglo-Saxon teaching methods that get them speaking and include positive encouragement.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Vienne, France?
There is no equivalent for teaching diplomas and one must go through the French competitive exam to have a stable position.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Students are not used to speaking up in class.

 

Living in Vienne, France:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in France?
Non European citizens must have a “working visa” which can be acquired by the job contract, but is easier to get if you study in France or get married to a French citizen.

What is the cost of living like in France?
Quite high, though health care is mostly free.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Apartments or houses. Some government contracts have accommodation included (Teaching assistant positions). It is difficult to rent without solid job contract.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Vienne, France?
The food, the metro, beautiful architecture, cultural events.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Vienne, France?
People can be judgmental, tend to complain and take advantage of the social benefits (health care, aides, etc).

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Vienne, France?
Young teachers can easily get their feet wet using the Teaching Assistant program.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
General friendliness.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave France?
The food and the diverse regions (countryside, specialties).

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Birth certificate and diplomas (translate them from a “traducteur assurmenté” when you arrive), plain Cheerios if you have young children, apple butter, almond butter, fruit strips.

About Me and My Work:

My NameSarah

Nationality: American

Students I’ve taught in France: Pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), university, adults.

Where I teachInstitution Robin, Vienne. Working here for 8 years.

How I found my current jobs: I was sought out for this job because I was a native speaker with experience.

My school facilitiesAdequate. Teachers in France don’t have their own classroom so we cannot decorate, which provides lots of encouragement for the students.
They don’t have school libraries before the university level. Schools are very cheap but as a result there are little resources.

Teacher support at my schoolNone.
 
 

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Teaching English in Paris – France

Published: 05 July, 2016  |  Last updated: 11 August, 2016

Teaching English in Paris, France

 

 

Report submitted on 1 Feb, 2016 by Belle.

Teaching English in Paris, France:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Paris, France?
Teachers or inexperienced with a TEFL can find jobs on craiglist Paris or fusac.fr.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
I was very lucky, I had been offered to work in my local community as I was not far from the association and lived locally. I only have TEFL, native English speakers.  Some require degree some do not request.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
TEFL and 1 year experience.

What are the levels of payment?
Depending who hires you. It ranges from 13 euros (approx. US$ 14) up, I was offered 27 euros (approx. US$30) an hour .
You will not get paid for school holidays or sick leave, so read the contract carefully.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
6 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
17 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
School is about 6-7 weeks then usually 2 weeks holiday.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Paris, France to teach English?
If you are coming to Paris for love ok stay but also for experience why not. But to live here for long term, I do not recommend it.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Paris, France?
Teaching kids ages 2-6 years old is positive. Paris city itself is a beautiful place.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Paris, France?
Teaching 7-11 years old disrespect kids. The French seem to be quite negative, and I think Paris is just a busy city. Pay is not as good if you aren’t lucky. Monthly salary.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Depending in the area.

 

Living in Paris, France:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in France?
You need a visa, carte de sejour a resident card or EU passport

What is the cost of living like in France?
Accommodation for share is 400-600 (approx. US$443 -US$664). Own place ranges from 500-1000 (approx. US$553 – US$1107) a month all in euros, transport is only 70 euros (approx. US$77), 1-5 zones . But most school or agency pay half of your transport.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Fusac.fr

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Paris, France?
Here for love.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Paris, France?
Monthly pay. I’m from Australia where there ws weekly pay.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Paris, France?
Be mindful why you are coming to Paris. Think twice.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
The weather, high salary and weekly pay.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave France?
Fresh baguettes.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
I would go to London to the pound store buy pound books and pound posters.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Belle

Nationality: Australian

Students I’ve taught in France: babies (0-2 years), toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years).

Where I teach: School/ association in Paris, France. Teaching here for 3 years.

How I found my current jobs: Craig-list Paris.

My school facilities: Good – Classrooms, free photocopying machine use for me has helped me out.

Teacher support at my school: none.
 

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Teaching English in France – Paris

Published: 08 September, 2014  |  Last updated: 08 September, 2014

Teaching English in Paris, France

Paris, France

 

Report submitted on 08 September, 2014 by Angie.

Teaching English in Paris, France:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Paris, France?
Free-lance, associations, town hall, all schools. There are a lot of opportunities.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities, teaching at companies, teaching at community centers, etc., private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.).

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Speaking English language fluently and experience. Sometimes diplomas are required but they don’t really check.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
A TEFL diploma.

What are the levels of payment?
It goes from 25€ to 50€ per hour.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
4-5 days per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
We have school holidays every 6 weeks for 2 weeks, then a long summer holiday. Parents like putting kids in an English speaking summer camp for the vacation holidays.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Paris, France to teach English?
Be patient and tolerant. French people can sometimes be annoying!

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Paris, France?
Motivated and enthusiastic students.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Paris, France?
Annoying parents of these motivated students.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Competition (for teaching work).

 

Living in Paris, France:

What is the cost of living like in France?
Depends where you live. Paris suburbs are less expensive than Paris. Going out can be expensive.

How can you find accommodation?
Agencies, newspapers, internet…

Local private schools help you to find a place but you will pay the rent.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Paris, France?
Beautiful country, great food, good pay, and large English speaking community.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Paris, France?
Sometimes you meet unfriendly people, but that’s everywhere I guess!

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Paris, France to live?
Find the English or American community as soon as you can. You will need their support.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Friendly service in stores and restaurants.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country (e.g. things that are difficult to get in your location)?
Nothing. Everything you need is here. Perhaps books in English.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Paris, France?
I have a family here so I don’t plan on leaving.
I would miss the beautiful countryside and Paris, and great food!

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Angie

Nationality: French/American

Students I’ve taught in France: Pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), adults, business.

Where I teach: Different public schools and an association, and I’m also freelance. I’ve been teaching here for 1 year.

How I found my current jobs: Just by applying. People come to me too.

My school facilities: Adequate – Not enough resources. I need to find my own.

Teacher support at my school: None.

 

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Teaching English in France – Béziers

Published: 04 September, 2014  |  Last updated: 04 September, 2014

Teaching English in Béziers, France

Béziers, France

 

Report submitted on 02 September, 2014 by Francois.

Teaching English in Béziers, France:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Béziers, France?
There are not many opportunities around the city I live in. Montpellier is a bigger city closeby and there are therefore more opportunities there.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Agencies (send teachers to different locations), private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
You would have to hold a degree in English and in education, preferably a Bachelor’s degree.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
It is quite hard to find a teaching position in French schools, due to the very protective nature of the French government. All teachers in State schools have to have a French degree. There are opportunities in the private sector, so the more experience you have the better. Speaking French is a requirement.

What are the levels of payment?
Can range from 15€ per hours if you work for a company to 55€ per hour if you are very experienced and can sell your services to a company.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
4 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
18 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
5 weeks if you are employed. It is the law here in France. It will be more if you are hired by a school. If you are self employed you have to work all the time!

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Béziers, France to teach English?
Definitely be fluent in French and learn about French culture before you come. A lot of people want to learn a foreign language and their first choice is usually English.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Béziers, France?
The south of France is gorgeous and the weather is terrific! You have the sea and the mountain not far, lots of tourists during the summer months.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Béziers, France?
The economy isn’t doing so great in France, not many jobs available.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
You have to know French and make sure you can teach pronunciation well.

 

Living in Béziers, France:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in France?
If you are not a EU citizen, you will have to have legal status to be able to live in France. It can be very difficult to get.

What is the cost of living like in France?
Cost of living in France is quite comparable to the USA. Small towns are cheaper, Paris is outrageously expensive.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Most people live in apartments if they are within the city limits. You can rent apartments quite cheaply in small towns.

Local private schools help you to find a place but you will pay the rent.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Béziers, France?
The weather and proximity to the sea and mountains.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Béziers, France?
It is a small town and pretty poor. People tend to be conservative and not very welcoming at first.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Béziers, France to live?
Be patient, get to know people. At first people tend to not be as friendly as they would be in the USA for instance. It doesn’t mean they are not nice, they need to get to know you first!

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Stores being opened all the time. Good customer service!

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country (e.g. things that are difficult to get in your location)?
You can find all the things you find elsewhere in the industrialized world. If you really like peanut butter, Cheezwiz or vegemite… bring it along, the French are very conservative with their food 🙂

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Béziers, France?
The food!!!

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Francois

Nationality: American

Students I’ve taught in France: Elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), university, adults, business.

Where I teach: I teach privately. My wife and I created a structure and we teach locally and on Skype. My wife teaches mostly French and I teach ESL.  I’ve been teaching here for 1 year.

How I found my current jobs: I am self employed.

My school facilities: Good – All schools have good to superior facilities.

Teacher support at my school: Training / workshops, lesson observations.

Links: http://living-in-languedoc.com

 

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Teaching English in France – Royan

Published: 01 July, 2014  |  Last updated: 01 July, 2014

Teaching English in Royan, France

 

Royan, France

Report submitted on 1 July, 2014 by Nicky.

Teaching English in Royan, France:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Royan, France?
Tricky, there is a language school but it is oversubscribed with French students studying English looking for work. I find my own private students.
The French education system is quite closed to outside influence.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
University degree or equivalent. TEFL course.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Good level of French to help you get jobs in the first place.

What are the levels of payment?
20-25 Euros/hour.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
25 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
If you are in a language school summer holidays are the busiest time, same for private students.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Royan, France to teach English?
After completing this form I wouldn’t!
I can survive as I am not the bread winner, I have 2 young children which also occupy my time.
The French system is difficult to get into, you need good French.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Royan, France?
People are lovely.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Royan, France?
The System.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Nothing particular.

 

Living in Royan, France:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in France?
None, but you have to get into the system.

What is the cost of living like in France?
Housing – reasonable.
Everything else is more expensive than the UK (except for wine)

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Local papers.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Royan, France?
I love where I live, 2 mins from the sea, beach life in summer. Lovely friends. Fairly open community to foreigners.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Royan, France?
The cost. The expensive social charge system.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Royan, France to live?
Think twice.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
The ease in which you can start your own business, the help and support you get. Less bureaucracy.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country (e.g. things that are difficult to get in your location)?
You can get everything you need here.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Royan, France?
The lifestyle.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Nicky

Nationality: British

Students I’ve taught in Japan: Pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), adults.

Where I teach: Privately from home or in peoples own homes in Royan for 2 years.

How I found my current jobs: I advertised on the Internet. Now through word of mouth.

School facilities: Good – Everything that is required by students is adequately provided. The education system is good here..

 

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Teaching English in France – St. Amand Montrond

Published: 22 June, 2014  |  Last updated: 29 June, 2014

Teaching English in St. Amand Montrond, France

 St. Amand Montrond, France

Report submitted on 19 June, 2014 by Monika.

Teaching English in St. Amand Montrond, France:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in St. Amand Montrond, France?
Well, in fact, I’m from Belgium but I’m married to a “Frenchman” and we have 2 children. In Belgium, we are used to hearing English all the time, even when we are watching TV, we hear the actors speaking and movies, even Walt Disney, are “subtitled” in Dutch. Here in France, it’s very different! And as soon I saw that my children didn’t get English lessons in primary school I went to the principal teacher and I asked her if I could help in giving English lessons! She agreed right away and that’s how I’m still at school but I’m not paid … because I don’t have a diploma as “teacher”…. (but I do it with “love”). Now, when my pupils are leaving primary school, their English level is soooo much better! It so sad that here in France they still don’t understand that you have to start English lessons when children are still very little! Normally, French teachers should give them “basic English” but I can assure you that is not what is happening! I also give private lessons at home, to earn a little bit money, and otherwise, I work with my husband….. I also worked for “L’éductation Nationale” but sadly enough, they think that French teachers are capable of giving English lessons……. Sorry to say, but their accent is just AWFUL !!! I think that in big cities, such as Paris, you can more easily find work as an English teacher…. if you have the right diploma!

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.).  I think there are English teaching jobs available but in big cities, maybe “private” teaching….at schools, universities, but here in France it is not so easy !! You need a special diploma.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
In my case: experience, qualifications, and lots of good motivation.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
It’s always the same: here in France it’s not that simple – you really need a higher diploma. They start very late giving English lessons, and little children don’t have a solid base in English.

What are the levels of payment?
Well, I’m not paid at all in school, but I receive lots of encouragements from parents, and they send older brothers and sisters to my house, so when people come to my house, I ask 10 euros / hour (high school level to college).

How many teaching days a week is normal?
3 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
8 hours per week.

I have 8 groups of children from 6 years till 11 years old. How many days? How many hours?  Easy to say: give them a solid base to go to college: 1 hour / week / group!

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to St. Amand Montrond, France to teach English?
France is a big country (when you compare with my little homeland!).

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in St. Amand Montrond, France?
I’m just somebody from another country, as well, and I just think that it’s more than urgent that France does something for people like us, who just want to help!

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in St. Amand Montrond, France?
The negative aspects are that it is a looong way to go, I suppose but be BRAVE! French children NEED English teachers!

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
In my area (in the middle of France) parents think that it is not interesting to learn English, they say, “Oh, our children need to learn French first of all …”

 

Living in St. Amand Montrond, France:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in France?
I suppose so! If somebody wishes to come to France to teach and live in “my” location, I wish him / her GOOD LUCK!  But, yes it is possible: for universities, high schools….. no future for primary schools.

What is the cost of living like in France?
It’s okay! I have my family: my husband, a son (14 years) and a daughter (11 years) and myself, 3 dogs and 5 cats! My husband and I have a cereal farm, well, he “showed” me to do the work, because I always worked in foreign businesses, that’s why I speak several languages.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
I think you should go to see “l’éducation nationale” or universities, or colleges …

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in St. Amand Montrond, France?
As I already mentioned before, France is a big country, so I think it must be more interesting to go to BIG cities! People from certain cities are very kind.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in St. Amand Montrond, France?
Here, where I live, my husband is French, but he is from Normandy (even our 2 children were born in Normandy) and people treat us like strangers, 7 years ago, when we arrived here (near Bourges).

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to St. Amand Montrond, France to live?
Well, I’m rather a positive person, I have already left my country (my family, friends, job…) for my husband, maybe it was not easy at the beginning, but I’m not the kind of person who stays in his / her little house all alone!

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country (Belgium)?
CHOCOLATE! (Belgian chocolates!) and also to speak my mothertongue, to be able to say everything that you want, in your own language!

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Monika

Nationality: Belgian

Students I’ve taught in France: Pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years).

Where I teach: School in St. Amand Montrond.

How I found my current job: By asking the principal.

My school facilities: Good – there are 2 kind of schools: private schools and public schools.  Private schools don’t get much help from the state but are catholic, parents help the school a lot. Public schools are not catholic and get lots of help from the state.

Teacher support at my school: None.

 

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