Become an English Language Assistant in France!
Every year, the French Ministry of Education offers teaching assistantship positions in French primary and secondary schools all over France.
The assistantship programme is a unique opportunity and a valuable life experience. As well as improving your language skills and confidence in speaking, gaining in-depth knowledge of French life and culture, a year abroad can also boost future employability.
The Teaching Assistant Programme run by the French Embassy in Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months (October 1st until April 30th ), teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 70 undergraduate and graduate Irish students teach their mother tongue in primary or secondary schools across all regions of France and receive a monthly stipend by the French Government.
As a Language assistant you will teach conversational English for 12 hours a week alongside an English language teacher. You can also get involved in various educational activities held in the school, introduce Irish contemporary culture by developing classroom and extra-curricular activities, contribute to authentic voice recordings to enrich the school’s audiovisual resources, participate in the implementation of exchange programmes and lead a language club.
But more importantly, the role of a Language Assistant is to help pupils to see the foreign language as a living language spoken by millions of people rather than as a ‘school’ language.
To be eligible for this scheme applicants must :
be between 20 and 35 years of age
be Irish nationals
have completed at least two years of higher education in any discipline by the time you take up your position in France
have a working knowledge of the French language
Language assistants work a maximum of 12 hours a week. They are free on French school holidays, and get a monthly allowance of 794€, which allows them to cover the costs of accommodation and living in France.
General information about the programme can also be found on following websites: :
And also on: www.education.ie
1- Download the Application Form 2018-2019 (in French) here : http://www.ciep.fr/sites/default/files/atoms/files/dossier_etranger_2018-2019.pdf
2- Fill the form (electronic version) and then print it (make sure you add a photo and sign the form)
3- Ask 2 teachers (of whom at least one teacher of French) to fill the appraisal forms (“Fiche d’appréciation” 1 and 2) and make sure they put an official stamp on it
4- Fill the medical form and sign it (Fiche 3)
5- Add the following documents:
A certified copy of your latest, highest university degree, or your latest official university transcript
A proof of enrollment (if you are a student in 2017-2018)
A copy of your ID or Passport (page with the picture) valid until December 2019 at least
A recent police clearance check/ Police Certificate : To apply for the police certificate : http://garda.ie/Controller.aspx?Page=2742&Lang=1
6- Send your complete application file to the address below:
Ambassade de France
66 Fitzwilliam lane
Deadline for applications : January 31st, 2018
Please note that accepting a position as a language assistant has the worth of commitment, and any cancellation after having accepted the post has to be duly justified.
For questions about the programme or help with the completion of the application file, you can contact :
Attachée de coopération pour le français
Tél. (01) 277 5055