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French Moving PlannerTeaching English In France

I’m often asked if it is possible to find a job teaching English in France. The answer is yes, no and maybe. Yes, if you find the right location it will be possible to find a job teaching English. Yes, most language schools are looking for native English speakers. No, often language schools only hire someone with experience. No, there are a lot of native English speakers in France. Maybe, even if you are hired you will not be working a lot of hours. In my experience as an English teacher I’ve never been able to teach more than 15 to 20 hours a week.

To find a job teaching English you need to have some experience. One way to get experience if you don’t have it is to teach privately. Find students by placing an ad in a local free newspaper like Bonjour or in local shops and supermarkets. Most local shops and supermarkets will have a bulletin board where ads can be placed. Ads in a newspaper like Bonjour cost money in local shops and supermarkets ads are free.

I personally have found experience to be more important than having some type of certificate, like TOFFL in finding work. It took me a few years to get to the point where I was teaching 15 to 20 hours a week. I started by teaching private students and then moved on to teaching at a language school.

Pay for teaching English at a language school can very and depends on location. I would put it at between 13 to 18 euros and hour. Take home would be less 22 percent. The amount you are paid is based on the hours you teach. This will not include preparation time. Some schools will not include travel time, should you be teaching on site and not at the language school itself. For private (under the table) teaching I would put the pay at anywhere from 12 to 25 euros an hour. Of course this depends on the local market and what the student is looking for.

The hiring time for teaching English seems to be September to November and March to May. For private students most will be looking for an English teacher at the start of the school year – September/October and at test time – April/May.

Once you find a job the fun begins and you then have to teach. We all know how English should be spoken but most of us, like me forgot all the rules. Language schools will have lots and lots of books to help you with your teaching. Most French already know quite a lot of English grammar but do not speak English very well. So even if you have limited grammar knowledge you can still help people learn English. Most language schools don’t teach any particular method it’s up to the teacher to select the course material. Also many teachers today have their own homemade language games or other teaching ads, so it’s always good to ask other teachers around you for ideas.

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