Teaching English in France is a popular option for expats seeking part- or full-time employment, but opportunities can be few and far between in rural areas. Teaching English online could be the perfect option—you can work from the comfort of your own home, enjoy flexible hours, and get paid to teach.
There are many opportunities for English Foreign Language (EFL) teachers to teach online both in France and worldwide. This could be hosting simple conversational sessions, teaching small groups of children, or higher-level tutoring for business professionals.
What do you need to teach English in France?
In order to work as an online English Teacher in France you will need to have a SIREN/SIRET number. The easiest way to register as a small business or freelancer is to become a micro-entrepreneur. You will then need to declare your income each trimester and pay the relevant income tax and social charges on your income.
Do I need a TEFL/TESOL Qualification to Teach English Online in France?
Generally, the minimum qualification for an EFL teacher is a Batchelor’s Degree, and an ESL qualification. Sometimes the English PGCE qualification is acceptable, but normally a qualification in teaching English as a foreign language is required.
The most common qualifications are TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and the Cambridge University CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). These courses include both theoretical and hands-on teaching practice, as well as graded assessments.
For English conversational sessions, no additional qualification is required.
What Else Do I Need to Teach English Online?
The most important requirement is a good computer with a broadband speed of at least 8 Mbps (megabits per second). By monitoring the time it takes to transfer files, you can get an indication of what speed, measured in Mbps, your connection is getting. There are many free speed testing companies available on the internet that allow you to test your broadband speed.
Most teaching companies will also expect you to wear headphones for the best quality reception, and you will need a quiet place to work where you won’t be disturbed.
Depending on the work you choose, you may be expected to write your own classes or to follow a pre-written lesson plan designed for the student.
Where to Find Online English Teaching Jobs
The best place to find English teaching jobs online is—you guessed it!—online. There are always advertisements on Tefl.com from companies all over the world who will train newcomers in their own style.
Glassdoor also offers leads for English teaching jobs and allows you to read reviews from current or past employees before you apply. Be aware when choosing a job that the hours will vary in different parts of the world.
The biggest employers are language schools who will support you and monitor feedback from the clients on their level of satisfaction. They also often offer ongoing training sessions for their staff.
How to Apply for Online English Teaching Jobs
To apply for a job, you will need to write a good plain CV. Tefl.com will create one for you free of charge, from the details which you enter online, and even send it to jobs for you, and monitor the responses.
Most companies will offer an online interview with a member of their staff in a Skype or Zoom meeting. Some companies will expect you to send a video where you can demonstrate your clear speaking voice and personality. This is easy to make with a smartphone.
Usually, employers will expect to test your Internet speed to ensure that is satisfactory and may expect you to do a demonstration lesson with a member of staff on a given topic.
Once you are accepted, you can expect to receive from 10 to 30 euros per lesson for online classes which can run from thirty minutes to an hour in duration. Some companies expect you to work at least some time during their peak business hours, and others allow you to negotiate your hours according to the needs of the client. For the most part, there is an expectation that you would accept clients of all abilities, and work a minimum number of hours per week.
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Whether you’re working as an English teacher, setting up a business, or taking a CDI (permanent job) at a French company, FrenchEntrée is here to help you settle into your new life in France. Our Essential Reading articles cover all the bases, from writing your French CV or setting up as an Auto-entrepreneur to running a gite business or navigating the French workplace.
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