A Guide to Teaching in France

Teach English in France

The France teaching jobs market is one of the strongest in Europe, French companies on average put aside around 1.5% of their budget to training staff and this is where foreign English teachers help. There are several roles available including working to train staff, giving private lessons or teaching at schools, colleges and universities. 

By working in France, you’ll be treated to some of the most stunning places that you’re likely to experience in your lifetime; world famous cities, friendly locals, snow-capped mountains, sparkling lakes, dense forests and eerie, cliff-flanked coastlines which are all waiting to be enjoyed. Your friends and family at home are sure to be intrigued when you tell them you are going to teach in France.

The real beauty of time spent teaching English in France is that all of these wonderful experiences (and more) are within easy reach. In fact, in your spare time you could be sightseeing, skiing, cycling, kayaking or exploring more of Europe. France is a special destination to teach, you will be able to ‘blow away the cobwebs’ and enjoy break, brisk and bracing France which is simply stunning.


Best Places to Teach in France

ESL Jobs in France

ESL teachers are often given job assistance from most language schools in the country, you could work as a language assistant, in schools or lead private lessons.

Popular places to teach include:

Other Locations

  • Bordeaux
  • Lille
  • Montpellier
  • Nantes
  • Toulouse



  • Be an EU citizen or have a visa to be able to work in France
  • Usually need to be aged 18+
  • Some employers will require previous experience and some certifications e.g. TEFL, TESOL, CELTA (browse TEFL certification courses in France if you are not already TEFL certified)
  • A grasp of basic French will be an advantage but not essential. We highly recommend you pick up the basics or you might want to book a French language course in France.


Summer Teaching Jobs in France

Language Assistant Jobs in France

Some companies and summer camps hire international staff to work helping children to have fun and improve their English skills. These positions are highly popular and you will need to apply in advance to secure a position. This is a great way to spend a gap year in France as you will get a paid job and also get free time to explore the country.


France TEFL Reviews & Testimonials

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