Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France
Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France. Photo ©

Andreas Selter, used under licence and adapted from the original.

Applications for the 2019-20 English Language Assistants programme are open now.

Why choose France?

France offers a wide diversity of landscapes, from the beaches of the south to the mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees, all within reach of one another on the country’s excellent public transport network. You will have the chance to uncover why the country is so famous for its food.

  • You will be in post from 1 October to 30 April. 
  • Posts are available in primary and secondary schools.
  • You will work a minimum of 12 hours per week, with the option in some placements to add up to six hours per week.

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in France, you must:

Where can I go?

As well as mainland France, you could be on placement in one of the country's overseas territories (Outre-mer), such as Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion and Martinique.

Candidates for France have the following regions on offer: 

  • GROUP A: Amiens - Île-de-France - Lille - Nancy-Metz - Reims
  • GROUP B: Besançon - Caen - Clermont-Ferrand - Limoges - Nantes - Orléans-Tours - Poitiers – Rennes - Rouen
  • GROUP C: Aix-Marseille - Bordeaux - Corse - Dijon - Grenoble - Lyon - Montpellier - Nice - Outre-mer - Strasbourg - Toulouse

If you wish to express an area preference, you must choose one region from Group A, one from Group B and one from any of the three groups. The areas listed above refer to regions (académies) and not to towns or cities which may share the same name. Please note that Île-de-France refers to the entire Parisian Region, which includes the three académies of Paris, Versailles and Créteil.

If you are allocated in one of your three area preferences, you should expect to be allocated anywhere within the given region. We recommend that you research the académies before applying. The Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) has further details.

Flexibility is crucial. Due to demand, we cannot award a placement in a central area to all applicants. Some candidates may not be awarded any of their three choices. In these cases, we will make efforts to allocate candidates as closely as possible, geographically, to one of their original choices.

We have no control over the number of posts available in each académie, as this fluctuates yearly.

Before making your regional choices

The cost of living in Outre-mer is higher than in mainland France, so the salary here will be approximately 40 per cent higher. If Outre-mer is your first choice, you must also be prepared to accept a position in mainland France and must choose two other académies as well.

If your reason for choosing an area is that you have contacts and possible accommodation there, you must state the name of your host and address of the accommodation in the ‘Reasons for preferences’ section of the application form. Equally, we can take any other strong reasons for regional preferences into consideration, so long as you highlight it in your application rather than in later communications.

All reasonable wishes for regional preferences, be these medical or otherwise, should be researched and explained as fully as possible on the application form, to ensure the best chance of a desired match. We cannot guarantee a post near your accommodation.

How much will I be paid?

You should expect to earn around €964.88 per month gross. This amounts to approximately €800 net after social security deductions. 

Those allocated to Outre-mer will receive about 40% more. 

You are also entitled to national healthcare.

What is the application timeline?

  • February-April: some candidates may be contacted if we need clarification on certain aspects of their application, or if a language test is required.
  • April-May: candidates find out if their application has been forwarded to our French partner organisation.
  • May-June: candidates find out whether they have been allocated to a country or have been placed on a waiting list. 
  • June: candidates find out to which académie they have been allocated.
  • June-mid-September: candidates are contacted directly by the académie regarding the location of their post and school(s)

Successful candidates take up their post in October 2019.

For more information, download our English language assistant lifecyle (PDF, 800KB)

Will there be an induction course?

The relevant académie in France will invite you to an induction course, either at the end of September or in early October. For any training requiring an overnight stay, académies will generally help financially.

I'm currently a language assistant in France – can I apply again?

Assistants currently working in France can re-apply for a consecutive year. This is not done through the British Council: apply directly through CIEP  before March 2019.  

Consecutive year assistants can ask to remain at the same school, or can request a change to their school or académie. 

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