Applications for the 2023-2024 Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) Open Oct. 15 to Jan. 15

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Every year, the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. offer approximately 1,500 teaching assistantships for American citizens and permanent residents to teach English in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France as well as in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. This school year, the 2021-2022 Assistants de langue en France program was maintained by the French Ministry of Education. We are happy to report that selected U. S. assistants were able to begin their positions in France at the beginning of the month with no delays thanks to the progressive easing of travel restrictions between the U. S. and the European Union. We continue to make information and resources relevant to the COVID-19 situation in France available to our new cohort of assistants and are happy to be able to continue to support them as they settle into their new roles.

Assistants are assigned a teaching schedule of 12 classroom hours per week that may be divided among up to three schools, although most assistants are assigned to only two.  Classes are conducted in English.  The teaching assistant may conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English.  Duties may include serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies in English classes.  Assignments vary depending on the school’s needs, the assistant’s abilities, and the educational level to which he or she is assigned (elementary or secondary).

The 1,500 American English Language Assistants make up a significant cohort of the over 4,500 Language Assistants in France every year who teach 15 languages and represent 60 countries. 

Facilitated and administered by France Êducation International (formerly known as the CIEP), not only is this program an important investment in robust foreign language education in France, it is also a critical investment in the promotion of the French language abroad and the development of multilingual, international professionals and educators across the globe. 

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