Each year, the Teaching Assistant Program in France allows students and recent graduates to spend seven months in France teaching English in French public schools to students in elementary schools until the end of high school.
This program is jointly run by France Education International (under the guidance of the French Ministry of Education and Youth) and the cultural service of the French Embassy in Canada. It reciprocally allows French students to gain teaching skills and to practice English through positions of French teaching assistants in universities and secondary schools across Canada.
In 2020-2021, 100 positions will be dedicated to applicants from Canada to teach English in the different French “académies” (school districts), including in the overseas regions (Martinique, Guyane, La Réunion and Guadeloupe).
The application file is available for download on the following webpage and can be submitted until February 15, 2020.
Several promotional operations were conducted the past few days in Winnipeg, when the manager of the program between France and Canada traveled to Manitoba in order to inform students in universities about this unique opportunity to go to France.
Students from the University of Winnipeg, Université de Saint-Boniface and the University of Manitoba then had the opportunity to learn more about the role of teaching assistants in France by attending information sessions given in class.
This program can rely on the important support from Canadian universities whose teachers and members of Direction sometimes have themselves been participants of the program; therefore, they encourage their students to live this experience as teaching assistants in France. Constance Cartmill, Associate Head of the French Department of the University of Manitoba is one of them, as well as Peter Dorrington, Vice-President Academic & Research at Université de Saint-Boniface who recalls his participation to the program as “a year that changed his life”.
This trip was also an opportunity to meet with some of the French teaching assistants placed in universities and secondary schools in Winnipeg.
Anne-Claire, Charlotte, Claire, Gwenaëlle and Zélie contribute to the development of the Francophonie within educational institutions in Manitoba by providing the students with a playful approach to learning the French language on one side and on the other side, with a cultural understanding of both our countries.
Three months after starting as French teaching assistants in Canada, some of them are already considering staying in Canada at the end of their work contract to teach French in the long run.