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Current Assistants

Congratulations on being selected to participate in the Teaching Assistant Program in France! Please follow the links below to find more information and useful websites for the program, including general program-related sites, information about your "démarches administratives", and teaching resources for the classroom.

Be sure to also consult the 2022-2023 American Assistant Handbook for lots of useful information and guidance about this year's program, as well as the overarching program guide, Le guide de l'assistant de langue en France, France Éducation International's handbook for all assistants de langue. The information in these two guides will prove invaluable to you during your time as a teaching assistant, so please read them both carefully and refer to them frequently!

The teaching contract officially begins on October 1st and ends on April 30th. Most assistants arrive in France in mid- to late September in order to have some time to get settled in their area before beginning their assignment.

Current language assistants interested in pursuing a contract renewal must do so through France Éducation International. Applications submitted on tapif.org by current assistants WILL NOT be considered. Renewal is contingent upon a positive review from the host institution, whether or not the assistant wishes to remain at his or her host institution or be transferred to another school or académie, amongst other factors. Assistants may be recruited for a maximum of two contract cycles. Please visit the "votre candidature" section of France Éducation international's website for more information. 

Program Sites

Ministère de l’Education
France Éducation International
Official MEN text about « assistants de langue »

Logistical Resources

Visa Procedure

Visa Validation Procedure and OFII
Online Validation of your Visa de Long Séjour valant Titre de Séjour (VLS-TS)
Office Français de l’Immigration et de l’Intégration

Caisse d’Allocations Familiales

Health Insurance
We advise all assistants to also seek travel insurance or a supplementary health insurance plan while they are in France, as sécurité sociale coverage does not cover travel outside of France or repatriation, and is only active between October 1st and April 30th of the contract year. We also suggest that you obatin a mutelle. 
Sécurité sociale : L’Assurance maladie
Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale (top-up health insurance)

Useful numbers while in France

List of emergency numbers and crisis & support hotlines

Teaching Resources

U.S. Department of State Materials for Teaching and Learning English
British Council Learn English
Emilangues: List of English Teaching Sites by Subject
Emilangues: English Teaching Resources
English Label Me! Printouts
ePals Pen Pals

Secondary School
ESL Site
Breaking News English

Primary School
PBS Kids
Primary Resources

Fofy à l'école





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