TEFL jobs in France

Here’s a quick selection of some schools employing TEFL Toulouse graduates. Then scroll down for how to get started as a qualified TEFL teacher:

France Toulouse Happy Momes (Experience English)
France Toulouse Inlingua Toulouse
France Toulouse Universal Languages
France Toulouse Bilingua
France Toulouse Blagnac Berlitz
France Toulouse Tournefeuille Babel School
France Toulouse Maison de l’europe
France Toulouse Bilingual kids
France Toulouse Clic English
France Toulouse ECLAT
France Toulouse Colomiers English Enterprises
France Toulouse Adecco Training
France Toulouse Jardin Culturel
France Toulouse Kid n Play
France Toulouse ENAC
France Toulouse Sud Concours Exam Preparation
France Toulouse Grand Sud, École Superieure de Tourisme
France Toulouse ADEFI Formation
France Toulouse Les challenge des Langues
France Toulouse Linguapole
France Toulouse Université de Toulouse II Jean Jaurès
France Toulouse Capcours
France Toulouse Toulouse Business School
France Toulouse ENSEEIHT
France Toulouse Blagnac Cambridge Centre
France Toulouse Acadomia
France Toulouse / Paris IPSA
France Ajaccio, Corsica Greta
France Bastia, Corsica CNAM
France Beziers Centre Hobson
France Bordeaux Difup
France Castres Greta du Tarn
France Mazamet Ecole de Mazamet
France Paris Actualangues
France Paris Groupe BTL
France Paris and Courriers Intercountry
France Rennes Les Petits Bilingues
France Rodez CCI de l’Aveyron
France Tours Little Big Land
China Beijing PKU College
China Hangzhou English First
Czech Republic Prague Spěváček Language School
Germany Berlin Akademie Fur Fremdsprachen
Germany Berlin Oskar Lernt Englisch
Japan Sanyo Onoda Benda
Japan Tokyo Gaba
Mexico Tehuantepec, Oaxaca Sate Universidad del Istmo
Mexico Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca State Universidad de la Costa
Norway Moss CIS
Spain Madrid The Green Monkey
Spain Torredonjimeno Tower Academy
Thailand Kui Buri Kui Buri Wittaya High School
UK South East England Exsportise
UK Brighton Manor Courses
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

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TEFL jobs in France – getting started

  • if you are non EU, you need to read here

The most common scenario is for a language school to hire the newly TEFL qualified teacher 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 if you are very lucky a long term (“CDI” – contrat à durée indéterminée)contract. As of 2019, tax in France is now deducted at source, simplifying things a great deal!

Being a freelancer (auto-entrepreneur) and having a CDD or CDI contract

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, and it is easy –  whether you are 19 or 60 years old. Remember you get job guidance all your life with us too.

It’s very simple – you just register online to be a freelancer and then receive a SIRET (officially recognised business) number. You then just bill the language school or individual student, just as a plumber would! You’ll pay a little more on tax and social charges as a freelancer so you should charge more – but you have greater flexibility not least because you can name your hourly fee! Of course some language schools might say “that’s beyond what we can pay”!

freelance autoentrepreneur form online

setting yourself up online as a freelance teacher in France

And before you ask…you CAN work on a contract with a language school and also work as a freelancer at the same time. You don’t have to pick one  or the other.

How many language schools will I work for?

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. So do think about sticking around for that second or third year here – your income may take a leap!

“Once my status was sorted out, I was then able to register as an Auto-Entrepreneur and start sending my CV out. I recently received my SIRET and I’m excited to say that I have landed my first role, teaching professional adults at a language school in Montpellier. This will include small groups, one to one and online lessons.
I assisted during an online lesson last week and I’m doing a one-to-one ‘demo’ lesson on Friday morning at a business in Montpellier but officially start in September. 
I’ve also received interest from 2 other language schools where I submitted my resume so I just wanted to thank you, and all the other instructors, for your patience, guidance, and support. It was a great and worthwhile experience that met all my expectations. I regret not being in the mental space to have given it 100% but I’m more grateful to have made it through and it’s 100% full steam from here on.
Thanks and cheers!”
South African living in France

When is the main hiring period in France for TEFL teachers?

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 money to be earned then. However, language schools often hire in the summer for the September start, so it is great if you can be around to attend interviews then. Essentially, language schools need teachers when people contact them to buy English classes. If you wanted to learn Italian would you only consider starting your course in September? Of course not. But you are unlikely to start on December 20th or in July….

How long after the TEFL course will I start earning?

Generally, trainees who stay in France start teaching around a week or two after finishing the course, then build up hours to get a full teaching timetable by around a month later. So you will need some money to survive as you wait for your first pay check!

Can I teach English in English speaking countries?

There can be stiff competition for English teaching work in English speaking countries like the UK, Australia, the USA and Ireland, mainly due to the fact that you are competing against teachers who have been teaching around the world for 10 years or more and finally come back home. Inner city areas with high levels of newly arrived immigrants / asylum seekers may be your best bet.

Opportunities to teach in Europe

Many people dream of teaching in Europe but don’t know how to go where to start and what the basic qualification needed is. They presume that they would need to do country -specific qualifications (eg a French qualification to teach in France). Not so!

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 probably charge upwards of 30 euros an hour for freelance teaching. We show you how to set up as an “auto-entrepreneur” (freelancer)in France during our job guidance session.

How many hours can I teach TEFL a week without getting exhausted?

Upwards of 30 hours a week of “contact time” (the actual time you spend in class) is going to be tiring, with a capital T.  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. It’s an ideal job if you have seasonal work or a serious hobby! Many people combine teaching with tour guiding, translating or interpreting, , being in a band, running a gite….


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