Program Overview

2018-01-11T15:32:41+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Higher Education, language assistants|

What is TAPIF?

The Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) is a joint initiative of the French Ministry of Education, the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Canada. The program’s goal is to strengthen English-language instruction in French schools by establishing a native speaker presence, while also providing Canadian Francophiles with excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French language and culture.

Job Duties (part time 12 hours /week)

Assistants teach 12 hours per week in up to 3 schools (close location to one another). Classes are conducted in English. Teaching assistants conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English.

Duties include serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies. Assignments vary depending on the school’s needs and the assistant’s abilities.

Contracts are available at the elementary or secondary school level.

• Elementary School – Children aged 8-11 years old. Assistant leads oral activities with small groups, or works alongside the teacher with the entire class present. Good level of French required.

• Secondary School – Students aged 11-18 years old. Assistant serves as a resource person in conversation groups, provides small group tutorials, facilitates English-language clubs, or works alongside the teacher with the entire class present. Proficient level of French required.

Contract Length

All teaching contracts last 7 months, from October 1st through April 30th. Short-term contracts, summer contracts, and alternative start dates are NOT available.


€ 965 per month GROSS, € 794 per month NET (about 1200$ CAD)
Due to the higher cost of living in the overseas departments, assistants in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion receive an additional salary allowance of 30% to 35%. The stipend provides enough money to live the lifestyle of a typical French student in most regions of France (but NOT Paris due to the very high cost of living in the capital region). No additional support is provided for travel to France or for dependents. Personal funds are needed for the initial period of the contract.


TAPIF offers positions in all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Réunion. Applicants may indicate up to three regions of preference on their application. Accepted applicants receive placement in a specific French Académie (school district) at the time of acceptance notification in April.