Teaching English in 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
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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