English Language Assistant France


France provides an astonishing variety of landscapes, architecture and food, and the opportunity to integrate into the local community in rural areas or to experience life in one of its many captivating cities.

Terms and conditions

It is a condition of eligibility for selection as a language assistant that the applicant must have successfully completed 2nd year of their bachelor degree by the time they take up their posting in France (October 2021). Students in any discipline can apply, as long as they have a good level of French certified by a university tutor.

Appointments are made to:

School level: Primary or Secondary schools, for a duration of 7 months starting from 1st October 2021 to 30th April 2022

Salary: €976.49 (Gross) per month – approx. €780 (after taxes)

Age limits: the French authorities only accept candidates between 20 and 35 years of age.  (This is strictly adhered to).

Hours: The 12 hour timetable can be spread across up to 3 schools in the same area.

Location: Appointments can be anywhere in mainland France as well as oversea territories if requested so by the applicant.

You should be aware of the following before making your application

  1. It is difficult to find accommodation in Paris and schools are usually less able to assist. The cost of living in Paris is high and there is a difference between Paris and Paris Région.
  2. Posts in the academies (regions) of Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse and Bordeaux are often in small towns in rural areas where public transport may be  limited. 
  3. The south of France and Paris are the most popular first-choice regions, so competition is particularly tough. 
  4. If your reason for choosing an area is that you have contacts and possible accommodation there, you must provide the name of your host and address of the accommodation for us to consider your request.

We recommend you research different regions of France thoroughly before applying.

You will be invited to an induction course or webinar arranged by the local education authority (académie) in France early October 2021..

Further details can be obtained on the Centre international d’études pédagogiques’ website


The application forms for these posts are available to download.  Applications that are incomplete e.g. have documents missing will not be accepted. 

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 08 March 2021.

Completed applications along with all required documents, must be returned by email to: irishassistantsinfrance@gmail.com 

Further Information

For questions about the programme or help with the completion of the application form, please read the instructions on the website of the French Embassy.

Or Contact:

Address: Attachée de coopération pour le franҫais, Ambassade de France en Irelande, 66 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin 2, D02 HP38

Tél: +353 (0)83 099 7733

Email: benjamin.girodeau@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Website: www.ambafrance-ie.org

We would like to remind you that accepting a position as a language assistant has the worth of commitment, and any cancellation after having accepted the post has to be duly justified.