The French high school experience is crazily different from the American high school experience. Generally speaking, French high schools mean business when it comes to how they expect their students to behave - aka long school days, no extracurriculars, no school spirit, etc. Read on to see some of my observations!Read More
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!)Read More
Or, better yet - "The Whirlwind Experience That Is 'Dealing With French Administration a Second Time Around.'" Coming back for Part Deux of being a teaching assistant, it starts a little like this:Read More
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!Read More
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!Read 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!)Read More
Hey friends! I was so happy when Emmy, a past TAPIF assistant, reached out to me offering to share her TEFL knowledge, as I know that many future teachers in France have some questions regarding whether or not to invest in one of the many certificates being offered. So, without further ado, here's Emmy with any and all things TEFL!Read More
This is the first time I've ever done something like this, and I'm a ball of nervous energy and excitement. I can do this, I keep telling myself, I'm not going to freeze up, I'm just not. It's all going to be fine!!! And as the clock strikes 3am in my little Spanish room, I cross my fingers that YouTube won't randomly shut down or that it won't prohibit my live stream from, well, live streaming. Lights, camera...action!
Here’s the thing. While working as teaching assistants in France, we are allotted 12 hours of IN-CLASS work per week. However, that does not mean that we spend EXACTLY 12 hours per week at our respective educational establishment(s) and the rest at home. Sometimes, you may have an hour break between a block schedule of classes. Other times, this break may last a few hours.Read More
GUYS, this is a game-changer for teaching English in France (and anywhere else, for that matter!) If you’ve never heard of story cubes, not to worry. I wouldn’t have known about them either if I hadn’t chosen to stay with a family as a live-in au pair (more on that later).
Guys, I’m just going to start by saying (as we all already know too well by now) that every situation is different. So, I asked a few other teaching assistants what the best + worst things about their own teaching experiences were in order to provide some examples of how teaching at the primaire level (elementary-aged) differs from teaching at the secondaire level (middle + high school).Read More