TEFL in Montpellier / TESOL in Montpellier (France)
Located in the center of Montpellier, our school provides for an effective teaching resource center for future English teachers, comfortable classroom space as well as free Internet access. Shops and cafes abound in the neighborhood of the training center.
We feature small classes and personalized attention by certified trainers. Our teaching practice takes place with real EFL students in practicing Montpellier English language schools.
Our program in Montpellier focuses on one select region; we guarantee expert advice on living and teaching in Mediterranean countries. As part of our training program, we provide personalized preparation for finding employment.
English Language Assistant Program
This volunteer program is a great opportunity to experience French lifestyle and improve your French skills at a low cost. In exchange for your own room and board, you share your English skills with a host family for approximately 15 hours per week.
The host families live in or around Montpellier. The program is available for 1-3 months. Some basic French skills are required. Program cost: 495 Euros.
120-HOUR ON-SITE TESOL CERTIFICATION
(100% on-site training)
Course Dates in 2017
- 2 January – 27 January
- 6 March – 31 March
- 1 May – 26 May
- 5 June – 30 June
- 10 July – 4 August
- 21 August – 15 September
- 18 September – 13 October
- 16 October – 10 November
- • Total course fee: $2000
- • Deposit: US $1,000 (due at the time of registration)
- • Balance payment: US $1,000 (due 30 days before the first course day)
France, in general, is a dream destination for many people in the world. Teaching English provides one way of making a living and a way of making new friends. And the good news is that apart from Paris and some Mediterranean hotspots, most of France is still FAR from being saturated with TEFL teachers. There are many language schools in Montpellier if it is your goal to stay there. And all of them teach English. Your career-support specialist will provide you with a school list during your training.
In other countries, higher-educational credentials are required to enter schools; the French, however, may hire native English speakers based on other characteristics. While it’s wise to have a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate in your hand, they don’t ask for advanced degrees. A Bachelor’s Degree in almost any subject and some French skills will take you a long way to your teaching position in France.
What type of work is out there? How much will I get paid? Well, Business English still seems to be No.1. “Young Learners” are on the rise in France. Teaching teenager groups after school will probably take off soon, as it did in Spain in the 90s.
Although you may work a number of hours while holding a student visa, this should not be considered as the only way of supporting yourself. If you plan on staying in France for a longer period of time, you are well advised to obtain a work visa. This requires finding a company/school that is willing to sponsor you throughout the process. As a contracted teacher, you will make between 1,400 – 1,800 Euros per month.
Teaching English in France is also possible at the private level. If you’re not interested in working for a school, college, or corporation, consider teaching private lessons. As a private teacher in people’s homes, you can expect to earn about 15-20 Euros per session. If you are planning on staying in France, it can be a great way to supplement your income.
Teaching over the telephone has become particularly popular in France. It offers teachers the opportunity to even work while living in another country.
If you’re interested in the French culture and know French to some extent, teaching English in France can be a great way to make a living. You need to do some homework before embarking on your adventure. It’ll take some work, but it’s very possible to make this your lifelong career and one of the most wonderful experiences in your life.
Montpellier, France, is a beautiful city in the South of France filled with architecture and rich in medieval history. Its boulevards are lined with boutiques which invite the shopper to an endless journey. Sidewalk cafes which are so typical for France are there to enjoy a relaxing coffee and try French pastries. And magnificent squares abound all over the city.
Its proximity to the Mediterranean provides for a comfortable climate all year round. It attracts many tourists who would not only like to enjoy the nearby beaches but also learn something about France’s rich history at the same time. And if you like history, Montpellier is one of the places to go.
The city of 255,000 residents houses a lot of schools. Montpellier is packed with students, except for the summer months when everyone goes on vacation. Then the city is crowded with tourists who have come to hang around the beaches.
So what are 10 interesting things to do in Montpellier?
1. Go to the Beach. Take Bus 28 (for 25 minutes) from the city center to get to a large, fantastic Mediterranean beach for a relaxing day. Generally not commercialized, there are a few cafes and sun loungers available if you want a bit of luxury. The food (salads, sandwiches, fruit and ice cream) at Cap Sud is always fresh and attractively presented.
2. Spend Time at Place de la Comedie. It’s the heart of the city and lined with cafes and shopping. This is also home to markets. A must-see is the Opera and the Three Graces statue.
3. La Promenade Royale de Peyrou is a park and oasis to get away from the bustle of the city. It’s also right next to Montpellier’s version of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe.
4. Visit an Art Gallery. The Musée Atger is amongst the best and houses a collection of paintings, which was brought together by Xavier Atger and donated to the Faculty of Medicine in Montpellier. Recently renovated at great cost, the Musée Fabre is a real treasure of an art gallery. The museum’s impressive collection of paintings is housed in a former 17th-century Jesuit college.
5. Have Fun on a Hot Day. The Piscine Olympique d’Antigone water park features fast chutes, a pool, and whirlpools.
6. What about a Night Out? At night, you may go to Montpellier’s bars and clubs to have a taste of the exciting nightlife of the city. One of the most popular is the Abbaye L’. It is a Parisian café that is frequented by students. You can have night-long parties over there. A nice alternative is the AmerikClub, a sweet, sophisticated bar/restaurant, which serves great cocktails and mouthwatering dishes. You may also try Antirouille l’, a popular music bar with daily concerts performed by local artists. The music ranges from rock to reggae.
7. Visit Montpellier’s Version of Arc de Triomphe. It’s a famous and much-loved iconic landmark. Built at the end of the 17th century, it was intended to celebrate the French monarchy of the time. It is possible to enter the interior of the monument. A staircase leads to a rooftop terrace, allowing a spectacular view of the city.
8. Carré Sainte Anne. The steeple of the Church of Sainte Anne can be seen from the distance. This almost fairytale tower rises impressively from the narrow streets below. The church itself is no longer used for religious purposes. Today, it houses contemporary art exhibitions which are open to the public.
9. Aqueduc du St. Clément. This 17th-century aqueduct was built originally to supply water from the St. Clement spring some 14 km/9 miles away from Montpellier. Its impact on the city enabled the construction of several fountains.
10. And Finally Shopping, Shopping, Shopping. In the shadows of the aqueduct is the “Les Arceaux” district of Montpellier, named after the arches of the bridge itself. Here you find different shopping areas, each with its own particular attraction. Together, they offer a good selection for shoppers, including chic boutiques, specialist shops, and larger chain stores. The vast Polygone shopping centre is very popular and meets most daily needs of Montpellier’s visitors. It’s also worth heading outdoors to one of many different markets around Montpellier which offer everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to gifts and bric-à-brac.
Montpellier’s location on the Mediterranean coast means that the city offers its visitors a temperate climate and more sunny days than most other French cities. In fact, with approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, Montpellier is sure to embrace you with great weather whenever you plan to visit.
Springtime weather in Montpellier is perfectly pleasant. Even early on in the year, it’s possible to swim in the Mediterranean or to relax in a sun lounger on one of the nearby beaches. The city’s beautiful floral displays are particularly attractive during that time.
With an average temperature of 26°C/79°F, the summer can be really hot in Montpellier, and visitors should be prepared to stay out of the sun during the middle of the day. A gentle breeze may make the overall climate a little more pleasant. During July and August, the water temperatures are quite high for those who enjoy swimming. Warm evenings invite visitors to sit outdoors at Montpellier’s many pavement cafes and restaurants.
For all those who are used to a cooler northern climate, autumn in Montpellier makes it still possible to go swimming. At this time of the year, temperatures often register as high as 19°C/67°F during the day. Although evenings are now somewhat cooler than in summer, they still remain balmy.
Sunny winter days in Montpellier mean unbelievably blue skies and crisp air—a weather that invites for walks through the city or along the beaches. It’s the perfect time for bike tours. Winter temperatures average 11°C/52°F.