Paris - The movable feast
“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." - Ernest Hemingway
The movable feast that is Paris is home to over 2 million people, and you too can experience the exquisite Parisian lifestyle! As a top tourist destination, Paris is full of attractions, both historical and novel. You can spend your day immersing yourself in the cultural history of the Left Bank and the ancient Latin Quarter, or stroll along the Champs-Élysées and Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where many of the luxury fashion houses that Paris is famed for are located.
Whether you are headed for the famed museums located in the city, the sublimely gothic Notre Dame de Paris, the artist’s mecca, Montmarte, or Paris Fashion Week, you will end your day of sightseeing the same way: enjoying delicious gourmet cuisine and desserts at one of the local cafes, bistros, patisseries, or even open-air marchés. No matter what your interests are, Paris has something to offer you.
Training takes place in the Opera district, Boulevard Haussmann, which is a worldwide recognized location. It is situated opposite to Galeries Lafayette, close to Paris' national Opera, hotels, restaurants with easy access to transportation.
The 4-Week TEFL Course
You must complete the 40-hour online TEFL preparatory course at least 1-week before you arrive in France. This means you will have completed most of the grammar and theory modules before you arrive in Paris so that you can focus on the more practical aspects of the course while you’re here, such as teaching practice with students at a local school.
Our 4-week TEFL course is fully accredited and certified to meet international standards. The training involves up to 6 hours of observed teaching practice and 120 hours of classroom instruction. You will acquire the practical skills to teach English as a foreign language in any country around the world.
Classes run Monday to Friday, 9-4pm. Weekends are free to explore the local area but you will have homework assignments.
Once you have confirmed your place on the TEFL course, we will assist you with booking your accommodation. There is no shortage of accommodation choices in Paris to suit your budget.
Getting Here and Visas
We recommend you arrive in France at least 2 days prior to the course start date. Students should arrive on a tourist visa and then we will advise on how to obtain a business visa and work permit once you find an employer.
Prospects for Teachers
Teaching English for room and board is very widespread and is normally arranged on the spot.
There is also a bustling market in freelance teaching as schools can be reluctant to take on contract teachers for whom they would be obliged to make expensive contributions for social security. Self-employed workers register at the social security office. Telephone and internet teaching positions are popular for their convenience and anonymity.
Conditions of Work
Language schools that teach business English often expect you to drive, perhaps even your own car, so that you can give lessons in offices and private homes.
Salaried teachers should be covered by a nationally agreed and widely enforced Convention Collectif, which makes stable contracts, sick pay, holiday pay, etc. An unusual feature in France is that some schools calculate the salary according to a certain number of teaching hours per 9 or 12 months, and will pay overtime for hours worked in excess of this. Expect to earn over $1,500 per month for a normal 40 hour week.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time earning my TEFL certificate and have met some fantastic people who I hope to keep in touch with for the rest of my life. The staff in Jane, Damian, Michaella, Cello and the others were fantastic people who deserve all the credit for being so patient, helpful and fun to be around. I can honestly say, hand on heart, the only thing that could have been improved is that it could have lasted longer so I could have savoured and enjoyed the experience for just one more week...Thank you all so, so much"
"I don't have anything but positive feedback for my experience with the course and my work done at King's [Job Placement]. I thought the TEFL Training was excellent. And I think the way King's has taken us in, trained us, and provided superb life support has been brilliant. Thank you very much"
"My experiences in Thailand have inspired me to apply to become a qualified teacher in the UK, and the overall experience has expanded my horizons and given me numerous happy memories, and I made some enduring friendships as well. In fact, I am already planning my next trip to Thailand - it has been said to me on many occasions that people rarely come to Thailand just once, and I would definitely agree with that. Making the decision to go away is a big one, but it is one you will never, ever regret."
"As I began my search for an English program in Asia, I stumbled across a variety of courses. You struck me as the most compelling program for several reasons. First, the program's flexibility is attractive. You offer a variety of certification locations to obtain the TEFL/TESOL, along with various teaching locations upon completion of the program. Secondly, a job guarantee provides me with a sense of security. I can feel comfortable traveling to a new country and not worry about searching for work. Lastly, everyone I contacted who completed the program had nothing but great things to say about it. I was assured to hear that everything from the program organizers, down to the accommodations throughout the certification process and the actual TESOL training was as advertised."
“I truly had a blast during the [TEFL] course! There was a good, solid mix of in-class instruction, preparing for lessons, actual teaching, discussion, and of course FUN! I met wonderful people. Although the course was intense, the laid-back atmosphere provided a relaxed, enjoyable environment in which to learn. I don't really want to leave!”
"You have consistently responded to my many email queries and requests in good time. As an accounting practitioner running my own business for the past 14 years, I fundamentally understand the value of good service, and especially good response time. I have been impressed with Lisa's commitment, professionalism and non-pushy assistance."
"Hi Lisa. Just thought I would drop you a quick email to tell you how much I am enjoying the TEFL course on Phuket Island. The people are really welcoming, friendly and so helpful. Ian is amazing, and the hotel that he owns is a luxury to return to each evening after a long day at the language school. I am also meeting great people and the others on the course are wonderful. After the course is complete would you be able to help me in finding a school to then teach English in as this would be great. I am now in the second week and loving everyday out here in Thailand. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
"I'm glad I have chosen you' as the avenue for this as the course package is obviously thorough, well structured and professional. There is a welcome depth of experience evident and considerable support for course attendees. I was particularly drawn to the chance to take part in some formal Thai language lessons and to take part in hands- on teaching practice- so much more relevant than a course conducted in cyberspace!"