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

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?

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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