Recruitment of English language assistants for the 2022-2023 French school year [es]
The English language assistants program offers young university students the opportunity to travel to France for seven months to help in the teaching of the English language at public schools. This allows them to acquire experience as teachers of English as a foreign language, improve their French skills and engage in cultural exchanges with the students and teachers. Recruitment for the 2022-2023 school year is open from October 11 to October 31st, 2021.
With the objective of allowing students of foreign languages to interact with native speakers of those languages and promoting cultural exchanges, the foreign languages assitants program was created in 1905 through a convention signed between France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Gradually, more countries joined and currently close to 4,500 assistants from 63 countries travel to France each year to help teach 15 different languages.
Belize is the newest country to become part of the program; the first Belizean assistant will be selected this year and will travel to France in September of 2022.
Language assistants are assigned to elementary and secondary level schools located all accross the French territory. Their role is to help improve the students’ communication skills, particularly their speaking skills, and to help them discover the culture and idiosyncrasies of their home country.
English assistants support the activities planned by the English teachers and can interact with the whole class or carry out activities in sub-groups.
Specific tasks may include but are not limited to:
- Participating in language training for students in and out of class. Leading study on themes of civilization and, in general, aiming to interest students and teachers in the language and culture of their home country.
- Providing help in the classroom with oral and written English for small groups of students. Working either with a teacher in their class, or leading a variety of exercises with a small group of students, or conducting a variety of activities outside of school hours, accompanying the teachers. The assistant will be expected to organise oral expression activities on their own with small groups of students or to work alongside the supervising teacher with the whole class. The assistant’s timetable may be shared between up to three schools.
- Providing linguistic and cultural assistance to teachers. The assistant can help the teachers on many extra occasions : visits, exchanges, exhibitions, drama groups, publication of a newspaper, school correspondence, club activities, creation of didactic material.
- Making recordings on tape for the audio-visual resources of the school’s library. The assistant is advised to bring supporting materials (newspaper articles, magazines, video, poetry, songs, tourist documents, printed matter related to everyday life).
Assistants are granted a seven-month contract, working twelve hours a week, with a monthly salary of approximately 977 euros. Airfaire, accomodation and food upon arrival in France, as well as health insurance for the duration of their stay in France, are to be covered by the assistant.
- Candidates must be Belizean citizens residing in Belize. Belizean citizens who are also citizens of a European Union member state are not eligible.
- Candidates must be between 20 and 30 years of age as of October 11, 2021.
- Candidates must have completed their secondary education in Belize.
- Candidates must be enrolled at a university in Belize at the time of application and must have completed at least two years of university studies. Students of foreign universities and persons who have already graduated from university at the time of application are not eligible.
- A minimum Level B1 or equivalent in French is required (see the Cadre européen commun de références pour les langues).
- Candidates must be native English speakers.
- Candidates should be single and not have any children.
- After placement offer, successful candidates will be required to submit a National Police Check dated no older than three months.
- NOTE: Preference is given to candidates with experience in the teaching of French as a foreign language, studying to become teachers or studying a field related to the French language, but students of all fields can apply.
Interested candidates who meet the above-stated criteria must submit the following documentation by email to email@example.com. before October 31st, 2021:
- A letter of motivation drafted entirely in French, duly signed addressed to: Mme. Maud Aba’a, Attachée Culturelle et de Coopération, Ambassade de France au Guatemala.
- A curriculum vitae drafted entirely in French, including a recent passport size photo as well as their place and date of birth. The CV should include only past experiences that are relevant to the position and must not include professional or personal references.
- Original proof of enrollment corresponding to the 2021 university year. NOTE: even though the application is sent through email, candidates must request two (2) original certificates as they will be needed in case of selection. Proof of enrollment for the following year will not be accepted, nor will proof of enrollement in temporary programs (summer courses, independent courses, conferences, workshops, etc)
- A letter from their university indicating the degree they are pursuing and the number of years they have completed. It should NOT indicate the modality of the course: bimester, trimester, semester, etc. Transcripts are NOT accepted.
- A photocopy of their secondary studies diploma. Candidates who already have a university diploma should also submit it. All other diplomas or certifications should NOT be submitted.
- A copy of their DELF or DALF diploma (only if they have one. Other diplomas for French courses should NOT be submitted)
- A copy of their valid passport page with personal data (if the passport has been renewed, provide a clear copy of the page showing the renewal date).
- A jury will screen the candidates based on their application documents (academic level, motivations, experience, etc).
- Candidates who pass the first screening will be called for an interview, which will be done entirely in French via videoconference.
- The jury will then decide on the best candidate. The jury’s decision is final and not subject to appeal.
- The selected candidate’s official appointment is made by the French Ministry of Education and Youth. This confirmation is not to be expected before May 2022.
For more information, go to https://www.france-education-international.fr/assistants-langue-france