Teaching English in France


Your Life in France as an English Teacher


The romantic ambiance that pervades France and French culture has drawn foreigners to visit for hundreds of years.  Known for producing what is arguably the best cuisine, wine, and fashion in the world, the French know how to live life to the fullest. Just as famous for their artistic output, you could easily spend a day (or three) gazing at the collection of masterpieces found in the Louvre.  While working as an English teacher in France, you will truly have the chance to live like a local. Unlike all the tourists, you'll have time to find a favorite cafe and establish a routine amongst your new neighbors. On vacations, if a little fun in the sun is what you crave, hit the beaches in the south of France- some of the best in all of Europe. 

French history, culture, fashion, and cuisine have made France one of the most popular destinations for English language teachers. English teachers in France typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January, with most contracts ending in late June.   For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available in France and throughout Europe. Summer positions typically start in late June and early July.  English teachers in France will be expected to interview in person once they arrive, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers. 

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers to live a very comfortable life.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of time to travel, explore and take advantage of your surroundings.  English teachers need to have a BA to teach in France, and TEFL certification is absolutely necessary.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Paris, Lyon, Le Havre, Marseille, and Bordeaux.

It is imperative for prospective English teachers that are interested in teaching English abroad in France speak French.  We have combined our Onsite TEFL course and French language immersion classes to help ensure your success.  To read more, click here.


English Teaching Requirements in France


  • Education: BA/BS; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at our Onsite TEFL Courses in Brittany or in Paris, or by taking the Online TEFL Course
  • Peak Hiring Months: September & January
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools, Public Schools through Ministry of Education Program, Summer Camps
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in France
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals, Children in Public schools, Children Summer Camps
  • Cost of Living per Month: 1,600 - 2,000 Euro; 2,100 - 2,600 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 1,600 - 2,000 Euro; 2,100 - 2,600 USD
  • Start-up Cost: 3,600 - 4,500 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No


Interesting Facts About Life in France


  • France boasts the 5th largest economy in the world, and is a member of the G8. 
  • France is the most popular tourist destination in the world: beating out Spain and the U.S.
  • In 1997, and again in 2000, the French health care system was voted the best in the world by the World Health Organization. 
  • France has produced a wealth of artists and artistic movements. Monet, Renoir, and Degas painted scenes of everyday French life and the French countryside when experimenting with Impressionism.
  • Film is a largely important part of French culture.  The Cannes Film Festival is hosted every year in the city by the same name, drawing some of the biggest names in film on each occasion. The Palme d'Or, or Golden Palm, is Cannes equivalent of the coveted Oscar award. 


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