Teach English in France in the academic year 2015-2016!pic france

An information session for students interested in teaching English in France in the academic year 2015-2016 will be held in the Crabtree Building, Room 304, on Thursday, January 15, at 4:30 pm.

This programme is intended for graduating students from Canadian universities who wish to spend a year in France working as English language assistants in French universities, but students who wish to take a year off after they have completed two years of study at a Canadian university can also participate.

WHAT IS AN ASSISTANT?

Your role will be to improve your students’ confidence in spoken English through interactive and recreational activities. Students will also expect you to introduce them to Canadian culture. You will have to plan various activities and games using everyday, authentic oral and written documents from Canada.

DEADLINE

The deadline for submitting the application is February 15, 2015. Application forms and supportive documentation should be submitted online (www.tapif.org).

APPLICATION FEE

A non-refundable application fee of $40 US is required for processing the application.

LANGUAGE PROFFICIENCY

Please note that you should have a functional knowledge of French as well as an interest in French language and culture to apply. A minimum B1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required. This is roughly the level achieved by a student who has completed FREN 1711 with a minimum of B-. French majors and minors are particularly encouraged to apply.

LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT

Students are strongly advised to ask professors in French at Mount Allison University to fill out their two assessment forms (the referee needs to be able to evaluate your French).

SALARY

This is a paid internship that allows students to acquire valuable teaching experience. The net monthly salary of a teaching assistant is approximately 800 euros per month. This salary provides enough money to live in the lifestyle of a typical French student.

Please note that assistants are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Personal funds are recommended for the initial period of the contract.

Student assistants are required to work 12 hours per week.

POSTING

All contracts start on October 1st and finish on April 30th every year.

French schools are located in 30 different administrative regions called académies (school board district). On the application form, applicants can choose up to 3 académies. You may be posted anywhere within an académie.

You will be able to choose between primary and secondary school teaching.

WHO CAN APPLY?

The following requirements are not flexible:

1) Candidates must be Canadian citizens residing in Canada at the time of the application.

2) Candidates must be between 20 and 35 years old on the start date of the programme.

3) Candidates must have completed at least two years of university studies.

4) Candidates must have completed the majority of their secondary and university studies in Canada.

5) Proficiency in French is required (see above).

6) The selection process favours applicants who have prior experience teaching or working with children, teenagers, and/or adults. This is not required, but all applicants should demonstrate at least an interest in education.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information on the programme and related opportunities, check out:

The Official Website of the programme at:

http://highereducation.francecanadaculture.org/en/teach-in-france

More detailed information about the programme is posted at:

http://www.ciep.fr/en/assistantetr/

A Useful Wikipedia Entry with Additional Information:

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Teaching_Assistant_in_France_Survival_Guide/Directory

More Practical Information from Transitions Abroad:

http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/work/esl/france.shtml
* this is a website on which you can also find other opportunities that might be of interest to you


Contact: Dr Christina Ionescu
cionescu@mta.ca