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Teaching English in France: Bonne Chance Mes Amis

by Jason Neiverth

Every once in a while, in the middle of my day, I find myself suddenly transfixed, unable to move. A half-chewed morning croissant rests deliciously inside my now-still mouth. I stare straight ahead at the sun shining against the distant mountains, amidst a city laden with culture and history, culinary geniuses,
and some of the most interesting people on the planet. I see all this and I can only think one thought, repeated in my head like a mantra–Is this really my life? Six months ago, my wife and I sold everything and moved to Grenoble, France. Just out of Graduate School (and speaking very little French), I never believed that I would be able to make the move either financially or practically.
But as it turns out, I am making a comfortable living working only 12 hours a week and taking wonderful French classes at night. The rest of my time is, well…mine!

Each year, the French Ministry of Education offers 1,500 teaching assistantship positions in the French public school system exclusively for American citizens. Candidates are hired to teach 12 flexibly scheduled hours per week of conversational English. The program requires minimal knowledge of French

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