Teaching Assistants Convene at La Résidence de la France
The Consul General of France Fabien Fieschi received the former French Teaching Assistants on Friday, June 14th at the Résidence de France. The reception was an opportunity for these former teachers who have worked in France for at least seven months teaching English to French students to connect with each other as well as allow the Consulate to stay in touch with these Francophiles, as well as collect their feedback to improve the program as much as possible. This was the first meeting of the alumni of this program in the Boston area.
- Consul General Fabien Fieschi, Magali Boutiot from the Education and Lingustics Department and Anne Miller, Cultural Attaché
The reception was well attended and a happy encounter for all the returning Teaching Assistants, who were among the 1,400 American citizens who taught across all regions of metropolitan France and in overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and La Réunion. This is a program run by the French Embassy and Consulates meant to enrich both the teachers’ cultural experience and the students’ English.
As the assistants have been back for at least a month, getting their perspective will inform the next year’s administration how to better run the program. Because they have already shown interest in France, the Consulate in introducing them to each other and further cementing its relationship with them hopes to ensure a future francophile base.
Each year from October to April, the teaching assistants who are US citizens of residents between 20 and 30 years old with some French proficiency are spread throughout France. The age range of the students is from 8-18 years old and each assistant teaches a total of 12 hours of English per week in up to 3 schools.
Deadlines to apply are January 15th of the previous year.
For more information please visit the website : www.frenchculture.org/assistantshipprogram or email: firstname.lastname@example.org