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Tutoring (English)
by Suzanne • Tue 15 May 2018 17:09

Has anyone tried doing English tutoring for French children/adults ? Any pitfalls to avoid/advice ?

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Re: Tutoring (English)
by Creusebear • Wed 16 May 2018 20:36

There are lots of resources for teaching EAL online. Have you any teaching experience? Teaching adults and children can be a very different experience! Also is there a purpose? eg is it to support school or business language or just to improve conversation.In my opinion you need to know your market. I can help with ideas as a teacher and sometime EAL specialist but know nothing of how you would manage the financial side of things. Good luck!

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Re: Tutoring (English)
by Suzanne • Sun 20 May 2018 16:06

Good points !
I've got 9 years experience teaching French at Secondary schools, but I want to start tutoring English when we move to the Creuse (both to support children with school lessons and adults with their 'Business English').
I've signed up with a couple of tutoring agencies here in England to get some tutoring experience, but nothing yet, so I'm trying to work out what else I can do towards this myself before we make the move to France. As I have no experience actually teaching English I am wondering if it would be useful for me to do a CELTA/TEFL course.

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Re: Tutoring (English)
by Creusebear • Sun 20 May 2018 16:25

So, plenty of experience in the trenches then! :-D
I have the CELTA and taught in a language school overseas for a few years but never in France so I don't have any first hand advice to offer. However, I do not think mainstream French schools will recognise the qualification - they tend to require French teaching qualifications which can seem a little counter intuitive when it comes to MFL teaching! You might have better luck at a private school, university or language school. Where abouts in Creuse are you heading for?

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Re: Tutoring (English)
by Suzanne • Mon 21 May 2018 10:09

We would be based just North of Gueret. I was planning to contact language schools for direct employment as a tutor and/or offer home tutoring. I looked into going through the 'Concours' to work in mainstream schools but when I discovered it won't guarantee I would be located in the Creuse there didn't seem any point in pursuing it, but I would contact schools to let them know I'm in the area and available to give extra tuition to the pupils outside of school. I had heard that private schools are few and far between and as I'm not actually qualified as a teacher of English I thought they wouldn't be interested in employing me directly unless I have some certificate to prove my capabilities (one reason to consider the CELTA course).
I know some schools have 'language assistants' in school to help in lessons, but when I researched this about 10 years ago one of the schools at Gueret wanted to employ me but couldn't pay me anything, not even travel expenses. They advised me to contact the relevant education department at Limoges, who, if they approved me, would pay for me to be at the school in Gueret. Another example of France's infamous red-tape !

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