Become an English Language Assistant in France!

Become an English Language Assistant in France!

Every year, the French Ministry of Education offers teaching assistantship positions in French primary and secondary schools in all regions of France.

The assistantship 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 language 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 courses for 12 hours a week alongside the teacher. But you can also get involve 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 the pupils to see the foreign language as a living language of millions of people rather than as a ‘school’ language.

To be eligible for this scheme applicants have to :
- 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. There are free on French school holidays, and get a monthly allowance of 790€, which allows them to cover the costs of accomodation and living in France.


General information about the programme can also be found on following websites: :

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How to apply : Instructions about the Irish assistant scheme in France

1- Download the Application Form 2017-2018 (in French) here (lien :

2- Fill the form (electronic version) and then print it in *2 copies* (make sure you add a photo on each copy and sign both forms)

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 enrolment (if you are a student in 2016-2017)

- A copy of your ID or Passport (page with the picture) valid until December 2018 at least

- A recent police clearance check/ Police Certificate : To apply for the police certificate :

6- Send your complete application file to the address below:

Nathalie-Zoé FABERT
Programme d’assistants
Ambassade de France
66 Fitzwilliam lane
Dublin 2

Deadline for applications is extended until March 9th 2017

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 :

Nathalie-Zoé Fabert
Attachée de coopération pour le français
Tél. (01) 277 5055

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Published on 23/02/2017

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