It may not have been something that has even crossed your mind but teaching English as a foreign language in France is a great way to integrate yourself into the local community, as well as giving you some much needed cash if your limited French language skills are holding you back from finding work. Even in your first couple of months in France, you may have been asked by a friend of a friend to help them with their English – but how and where to start?
As you are already fluent in English it doesn’t take that much more to teach it. Classroom and online TEFL (teaching English a as foreign language) courses are available that take you through how to plan, prepare and deliver lessons to beginner to advanced-level English learners. Many also provide links to schools and teaching opportunities in France.
English language teaching has moved on a lot from the days of the traditional classroom and chalkboard set up. Don’t get me wrong, there are thousands of language schools across France that offer English language classes to a whole host of students, and not just in cities and larger towns. However, there are also full-time and flexible part-time teaching opportunities in ‘non-traditional’ teaching settings.
For those who are interested in working with children, summer schools and language camps are a great option. Contracts are available from late June right through to the end of the summer, and can be as short as a couple of weeks. Most have their English lessons in the morning and the rest of the day is spent playing games, a variety of activities and some excursions, all conducted in English of course to immerse students in the English language.
One-to-one and small group tuition is also an option. There are many adult learners that want to improve their level of English to progess at work, or just help them when travelling abroad. Some language schools offer business English classes but it’s also common to visit businesses and provide English language training on-site. Business English lessons take slightly more planning as they are tailored to the individual but if you have experience in a particular industry like financial services or property, then this can bode well as you already have an understanding of industry terms as well as common procedures in that field.
If you already have a part-time job and are looking to supplement your income, or live in a very rural location, you could also think about teaching English online. There are hundreds of online schools that have thousands of English learners looking for one-to-one tuition with an online English tutor. And just because it’s online doesn’t mean you earn any less – online lessons start from 10 euros and can go up to 35 euros depending on what type of English lessons you can provide. Online you can provide conversational practice, business English or examination preparation with students in different time-zones all over the world. Plus, it’s really flexible so you can fit lessons around your existing schedule.
It may only be a couple of miles across the channel from the UK, but teaching English as a foreign language in France can open up a whole new world of possibilities. Whether you’re looking to teach in the short or long-term, young learners or business professionals, in an urban or rural setting; France can offer any budding teacher a whole host of options.
Visit www.tefl.org.uk for more information on teaching English as a foreign language and EFL teaching opportunities in France.