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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