Why not become 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 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 France Education international 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 upon arriving in France (in september)
- be Irish nationals or EU national having completed secondary schooling in Ireland
- 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 for 12 hours a week, from October 1st to April 30th. They are free on French school holidays, and get a monthly allowance between 770€ and 785€, 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: [https://www.gov.ie/en/service/a960dd-english-language-assistant-scheme/]

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

Before January 1st: applicants can send a mail to irishassistantsinfrance@gmail.com to be officially preregistered and start collecting the following documents, which you will need to apply (the documents do not need to be sent in the mail but will be needed for the application):
-  A copy of your valid passport
-  A proof of registration at your university for the 2021/22 academic year
-  Your last transcript and/or diploma
- A motivation letter written in French (600 words maximum)
-  An evaluation form to be submitted to your French teacher (please find the template below)

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From January 1st: a new platform, ADELE, will be made available by France Education International to facilitate registrations – applicants will be able to upload all the documents to the platform from that date. Applicants who preregistered will all receive an email informing them of the possibility to use ADELE and the information will be published on this page as well.

Deadline for applications : March 10th, 2022 at midnight

Once accepted in the scheme, the French Education authorities (Académies) will ask the selected candidates to provide a recent police clearance check/Police Certificate. This is a mandatory document for your employment as language assistant in France. Please note that you should apply for this Police certificate as soon as you get the information about your selection in May. You can apply here - https://www.garda.ie/en/About-Us/Online-Services/Data-Protection-FOI-Police-Certificates/Police-Certificates.html

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 :

Elias Benchekchou
Chargé de mission pour le français


Last modification: 23/11/2021

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