30 Reasons Why I Love Teaching English in France

While life teaching abroad (or just teaching in general) isn’t always the most amazing thing ever, I decided to come up with a list of 30 reasons why I’m so grateful for exactly where I am right now in life - in my little French high school just outside of Toulouse. I hope other teaching assistants can connect with this and that future assistants will use it as inspiration for their upcoming time as teaching assistants in France!

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Assistant Spotlight with Reuben Ramsay

HI Reuben! Where do you come from and what made you want to teach English in France? Hello. I'm from Montreal, Canada. I grew up in and around Toronto though. Well [the opportunity] sort of came to me. In 2013, I decided I was tired of the 'status quo' or whatevah and decided to take up French again.

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Alex Morton
Getting Back to France After Studying Abroad

So you're a university student and you've just returned home from your magical semester abroad in France! Whether it was bustling Paris, hip Lyon, peaceful Aix, or somewhere else entirely, I'm sure by now you're just itching to get back someway, somehow! This post will cover different ideas for how to come back to France after graduating from university if your semester abroad just wasn't enough time in the magical country of France!

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WTF OFII: The Complete Guide to Your Immigration Appointment in France

Let's face it. Immigration matters are difficult. Despite the awesome fact that we get to live in France, we sometimes begin to question our sanity once we get started with the infamous OFII (l'office de l'immigration et l'intégration).This post will give you a big break-down of what to expect when, frankly, ya just don't know what to expect! So let's dive in. 

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Assistant Spotlight with Amber Sweat

I knew I wanted to eventually feature Amber on the So You Think You Can France  blog when I'd watch her Instagram stories (really!!). Although we've never met (although I know I will when I venture up to my sweet Paris!), I just had a hunch that she was a rad chick because of her mentions of cool lessons she was planning, how she was making her life in Aubervilliers (just outside of Paris) her very own, and her boldness at being silly and real for people watching!

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Assistant Spotlight with Anne Donnelly

Anne is a TAPIF queen. This is her third year as an assistant. She's currently in Marseille teaching in a primary school, but she's also taught in Chambéry near Grenoble. In the 'related posts' section at the end of this post, check out her two guest posts on working in French primary schools for ALL the tips from Anne! Honestly, she's such a wonderful resource for all teaching and living in France questions, and I'm SO happy to 'host' her here on Assistant Spotlight! Enjoy her rad insights!

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TAPIF: How to Cut the Cost of Your Commute in Half

I don't know if you've heard, but if you take public transportation to work and you have a monthly subscription to a metro/bus/train/tram service, you're eligible of getting 50% of your monthly cost reimbursed directly to your bank account! Keep reading to find out how! (Because we all know that we should be keeping every little euro in our pockets for a rainy day!)

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4 Ways to Supplement Your TAPIF Income

Alright, friends.  So, as we all know - our assistant salary in France, though oft-argued that it "enables language assistants to live comfortably in France," might not be as comfortable as we would all like (or need)... Thankfully, there ARE ways to earn money on the side - as long as you know the right places to find them (hint: keep reading!) and work hard to put yourself out there, you'll be able to support yourself a whole lot more comfortably! 

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Making French Friends: 6 Ways to Speak More French

Here's the deal. You've been in France for a hot minute - let's say a month and a half or so. But... you feel like you're not fully taking advantage of speaking French. In fact, you've realized that it's really just not that simple to go out and do it! So, here are a couple of ideas for you to use if you really want to bite the bullet and just speak French already!

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Teaching in a Primary School: Lessons + Planning - Part 2

Hey, hi, hello! Welcome to Part Two of this mega Primary-school guest post by the lovely Anne Donnelly of the blog  Present Perfect ! In this section, we will cover mostly things pertaining to lesson plans and topics, but there are a couple miscellaneous Q+A's thrown in for kicks. Anne has a wealth of knowledge about this, as she will be returning as a third-time primary assistant in Marseille, and so I feel so fortunate to be able to share her insights with you all!

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Teaching in a Primary School: What to Expect - Part 1

I feel so lucky to have the chance to feature Anne Donnelly - a major TAPIF player - on So You Think You Can France. This coming year (2017-18) will be her THIRD year as a primary teaching assistant in France. I don't have extensive experience with primary school teaching, so I was so delighted when Anne offered to share one of her posts from her AMAZING blog, Present Perfect, which will provide you with everything (seriously, everything) you need to know about teaching English in France, especially at the elementary level!

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5 Ways to Drastically Improve Your French as a TAPIF Assistant

Let's be real - one of our main goals for teaching abroad in France is to really perfect our French. We've thought about it: the idea of being completely fluent in French (or any second language for that matter!) is completely amazing. So what better way to achieve this than by spending seven glorious months (at least!) in lovely France with TAPIF?!
 

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TAPIF Q+A: In the Classroom, Banking, Accommodation in France + So Much More!!

I'm so excited about this latest round of Q+A - there were some awesome questions and I'm happy to share some of them below in this post. You'll also find the recording of the Q+A session at the bottom of this post. Categories we'll cover in this post/video: In the Classroom, Banking + Phones, Accommodation, Transportation, Insurance, Miscellaneous (Immigration appointments, French language skills, medications/ prescriptions + more!)

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