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”!
And before you ask…you can work on a contract with a language school and also work privately 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!
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….
Employers of TEFL graduates in Toulouse, France
Here’s a selection of employers of TEFL Toulouse ex-trainees:
|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|
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