English language assistants programme in Metropolitan France [fr]

Applications for the 2022-2023 intake open on 10 January 2022


About the programme
The language assistant programme has been around for over a hundred years and today has more than 60 partner countries. Each year the programme allows around 6000 young people to spend a year overseas assisting a language teacher while sharing their culture and language with students in France.

About the role

If you would like the opportunity to explore France and share your culture and language with students, all the while improving your French.... then the assistantship programme is for you!

Language assistants work with teachers at the host school to provide pedagogical support. They help students to practice the target language within and outside the classroom. They facilitate the study of culture and, generally-speaking, aim to interest students and teachers in the language and culture of New Zealand. Language assistants may work directly with the teacher in that teacher’s classroom, lead different activities with a small group of students, or facilitate activities outside of class time, with the presence of the class teacher.

Language assistants can help the teacher run their class by contributing to the organisation of various activities: excursions, exchanges, exhibitions, theatre sports, publishing a newspaper, coordinating a pen pal programme, setting up a club, creating educational resources, etc. At any rate, the assistant’s valuable contribution and well-considered initiatives will be both appreciated and encouraged.

Assistants have the possibility to apply for renewal of their contracts for a second year. Renewal is managed directly by France Éducation international.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • Candidates must be between 20 and 35 years of age at the time of taking up their positions.
  • Candidates must have completed their secondary education and university studies in New Zealand.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in university studies on the date of application and have completed at least two years of university studies OR have graduated less than two years before applying for the programme.
  • Candidates require a minimum level of B1 in French as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You must be a native English speaker.

Conditions of contract

Contract duration: Seven months from 1st October 2022 until 30 April 2023. Except in exceptional circumstances, the candidate may not reduce the term nor modify the dates. Assistants are to take holidays at the same time as the French students and their teachers.

As an English language assistant in France, you will spend 12 hours a week teaching at primary or secondary schools. This time may be split between two different schools.

Remuneration: Currently the net salary of an assistant posted in France is 795 euros a month.

Social security: Assistants are eligible to receive free health coverage throughout the contracted term.

Your visa (free of charge) will allow you to travel. The successful candidates will be invited to make a visa appointment with the Embassy of France in New Zealand (based in Wellington) after 1 July.

Application process

To join the mobility programme, create your account on ADELE and complete your application online. The platform will take you through the steps.

Deadline: Sunday 27 February 2022

Results: We will advise you of the results of your application in April or May.

Please note: Cancellation of participation after 30 June, except for valid medical or family reasons (certificate required) will disqualify the candidate from applying the following year.

Further information

For further information, please use this contact form.

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