For decades, literally dozens of IWU graduates who have majored or minored in French & Francophone Studies have participated in the French Government's "Teaching Assistant Program in France" (TAPIF) sponsored through the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Education. The program pays students a modest monthly stipend to assist English teachers in secondary school classrooms for a period of 7 months—in locales ranging from Paris, to Provence, to Martinique! Although competition is difficult (with less than 50% of the total number of applicants accepted), IWU applicants have a 100% acceptance rate history in this teaching program! Applications are typically available in mid-October, with a due date some time in early January. For more information, please visit the French Cultural Services website.
Erin Moll (first row, far right, in the red shirt) posing with
students from her English Language Workshops in Paris
“I spent two years teaching English at the Lycée Henri IV in the center of the Latin Quarter in Paris. At times, it was a challenge because of the wide age range of my students—I taught students in the collège, lycée, and classes préparatoires! Every lesson was different and we covered topics from politics to literature to the environment. I learned a lot “on the job” about flexibility in lessons and about bridging cultural barriers that might exist. My favorite experiences were those teaching the week-long intensive English Language Workshops that took place during the school holidays. Being able to work for a whole week straight with the students really gave us an opportunity to focus and delve into concepts or topics we didn’t normally have the class time for. In the spring of this past year, I accompanied my 1ère ES students on a trip to Northern Ireland, where we were able to experience firsthand the subject matter we had been working on. We visited sites relating to the Troubles, and the students were able to feel the impact that the conflicts still had on the country. Overall, it was an incredibly rewarding experience!”
- Erin Moll '08