First things first: We offer successful trainees a lifelong job guidance service, regardless of where you want to teach. Just stay in touch and we’ll help you whether you’ve just finished the course or five years down the line! We have graduates who have worked in Spain, Africa, Mexico, the Czech Republic, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea… you name it! At the bottom of this page you’ll see some examples of schools worldwide where some of our TEFL graduates have worked.
How long after the TEFL course will I find work? Generally, trainees who stay in France start teaching around a week after finishing the course, then build up hours to get a full teaching timetable by around a month later.
How much do TEFL teachers earn in France? Rates of pay vary – private language schools in France usually pay from 18 to 30 euros an hour gross (you then lose a bit of this on tax), and you can charge upwards of 30 euros an hour for freelance teaching. We show you how to set up as a freelancer (“auto-entrepreneur” in French) during our job guidance session.
The most common scenario is for a language school to hire you tentatively for up to 10 hours a week at the start, before offering you more (often too many for you!) hours when they realise how good you are! If a language school offers you a contract, it will usually be either short term (“CDD” – contrat à durée déterminée) or long term (“CDI” – contrat à durée indéterminée).
You can work on a contract with a language school and privately as a freelancer at the same time in France. Nowadays, though, more and more language schools prefer their teachers to be registered as freelancers (autoentrepreneurs in French) so it may be that most, if not all of your work is on a freelance basis. We show you exactly how to set this up. It’s very simple – you just bill the language school at the end of each month as if you had been doing plumbing work for them! You’ll pay a little more on tax and social charges as a freelancer – which is why you charge more – but you have greater flexibility.
“Have been working for a couple of months in Toulouse now, there is definitely work around here and the course really helped me prepare for it!”
Erwin Verhagen, France
Many ex-trainees end up working for two language schools (either on contracts or a freelance basis) as well as teaching privately, finding private students through word of mouth or by putting up ads around town. In fact, one of the reasons for us opening in France is due to the current high demand for English all over the country. France is changing – fast. There are over 30 language schools just in and around Toulouse.
Some of our ex-trainees are teaching at universities here in Toulouse at up to 60 euros an hour. The catch is that you have to have another contract somewhere else and usually have a year or two experience. But a great option if you do!
Language schools in France look for teachers year round, but bear in mind that almost everyone is on holiday from July 14 to the end of August, so there is very little work advertised then. Sometimes schools hire in June or July for the September start to avoid the frantic rush to find teachers in September.
Upwards of 30 hours a week teaching is going to be tiring. The great thing about TEFL teaching is that you can usually take on more or less work depending on your personal aims for any given period of your life- especially if you are freelance. Or just go back home for the summers to teach in summer schools. It’s an ideal job if you have seasonal work or a serious hobby!
In any case make sure you have access to enough money to survive for a couple of months until you get a full timetable – although in sunny Toulouse you can while away a morning quite happily with a 2 euro cup of coffee!
Can Americans teach English in France?
Yes! Here’s how it works:
If you book intensive French courses to begin immediately after your TEFL course, then you can come to France on a student visa, and stay here legally for a year or more. With this visa you can set up as a freelance teacher (nearly all teachers are freelancers now). The Alliance Francaise in the Place du Capitole in Toulouse provide TEFL Toulouse trainees with a 10% discount on their Student Visa French course. Here is the procedure, which you should begin several months in advance:
- You apply for our course, and contact Maggy at the Alliance Française Toulouse email@example.com to find out when you can start their course (asap after ours ends) and confirm your discount. We work together.
- Once we have accepted you, you purchase 6 months of their 4 week courses (at 468 euros each, after your discount) to get the student working visa. They will bill you for the first 3 of their courses upfront and when they receive this payment they will send you the registration certificate. You use this registration certificate to apply for a student working visa. A href=”http://www.campusfrance.org/en” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Campus France can help you with the whole visa procedure.
- You pay the Alliance Française the balance for the second 3 month course when you start your course with them.
- Their courses will be in the mornings, and so you will be free to teach in the afternoons and evenings. The Alliance Française also offer a range of activities (cooking, wine tasting, local visits…) as well as accommodation during your French course.
- Once you are in France on a long term student visa, you can usually renew it without needing to go home by arranging more studies. Want more information? Just email the Alliance Francaise as above or us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recommend Americans on a tight budget just come to TEFL Toulouse on a standard 3 month tourist visa. That way they can get TEFL certified, enjoy France for 3 months, visit the Alliance Française to enquire about student visas, and then decide if you want to come back to live and teach for a year.
Where do our ex-trainees work?
“Your training was, and is, extremely useful. I am now in China… and teaching little kids their first words in English.”
Derek Logan, UK</span
Here’s a selection of employers of our ex-trainees:
* One word of warning: There can be stiff competition for English teaching work in English speaking countries like the UK, Australia, the USA and Ireland!
|France||Toulouse||Happy Momes (Experience English)|
|France||Toulouse Tournefeuille||Babel School|
|France||Toulouse||Maison de l’europe|
|France||Toulouse Colomiers||English Enterprises|
|France||Toulouse||Kid n Play|
|France||Toulouse||Sud Concours Exam Preparation|
|France||Toulouse||Grand Sud, École Superieure de Tourisme|
|France||Toulouse||Les challenge des Langues|
|France||Toulouse||Université de Toulouse II Jean Jaurès|
|France||Toulouse||Toulouse Business School|
|France||Toulouse Blagnac||Cambridge Centre|
|France||Toulouse / Paris||IPSA|
|France||Castres||Greta du Tarn|
|France||Mazamet||Ecole de Mazamet|
|France||Paris and Courriers||Intercountry|
|France||Rennes||Les Petits Bilingues|
|France||Rodez||CCI de l’Aveyron|
|France||Tours||Little Big Land|
|Czech Republic||Prague||Spěváček Language School|
|Germany||Berlin||Akademie Fur Fremdsprachen|
|Germany||Berlin||Oskar Lernt Englisch|
|Mexico||Tehuantepec, Oaxaca Sate||Universidad del Istmo|
|Mexico||Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca State||Universidad de la Costa|
|Spain||Madrid||The Green Monkey|
|Thailand||Kui Buri||Kui Buri Wittaya High School|
|UK||South East England||Exsportise|
|USA||Los Angeles (CA)||Ardmore Language Schools|
|USA||St Paul, Minnesota||Hmong Cultural Center|
|USA||St Paul, Minnesota||Vietnamese Social Services|
|USA||St. Paul, Minnesota||International Institute of Minnesota|
|Vietnam||Hanoi||Volunteer Peace Vietnam|
|Worldwide||425 training centers||Wall Street English|
Ready to teach English in France? Apply for the course now!