Ben Brunton is a French and English Literature graduate from the University of Sheffield. He's currently on a lecteur exchange and about to go into his second year of teaching English at the Aix-Marseille University in France. Here's his experience of working as a lecteur, or native English-speaking assistant, in France, the application process, training, pay and effects of Brexit.
Grace Marsh studies French and Linguistics at the University of York. She is currently on her year abroad working as an English Language Teaching Assistant in The Ardennes in North East France, and blogging about her experiences. Here she shares some funny anecdotes of her experience so far which she hopes future Language Assistants will find useful.
Walker Darke is studying French with Music at Canterbury Christ Church University and spent his year abroad studying in Lille. He wrote a blog about his experiences but, in the meantime, here is his summary of his year abroad adventures in Lille, from scouting out the city on a preliminary trip, to witnessing patrolling policemen after the Charlie Hebdo attack, and bumping into the French President!
Elise Davies is studying French and Spanish at Bangor University. She spent the first semester of her year abroad working as a receptionist in France and the second doing an internships at a housing company in Seville, Spain. In this piece, she tells us about her experience working in the Banlieues of Grenoble.
Elizabeth is studying French and Spanish at the University of Manchester, and spent her year abroad as a Language Assistant at a school in Perpignan, before going to Antibes and Salamanca. Elizabeth is blogging and tweeting about her experiences: @Grizonne. She says, "So, you've got a place teaching, working or studying in Perpignan or one of its suburbs. Congrats - it's an incredible part of the world. But where should you live? Here is my guide to four popular neighbourhoods."
Charlotte Hale is studying English and French at the University of Southampton, and is spending her year abroad working as an English Language Assistant in Marignane, France. She says, "The town I am posted in is an airport town with very little in the way of social or cultural opportunities, which I was unprepared for." Here is Charlotte's advice about how to cope on your year abroad if you're in a more isolated location.
Rosie Maher studies French at the University of Leeds and spent her year abroad as a language assistant at Lycée Blaise Pascal in Colmar, France, which she documented on her blog. Inspired by our article on using your blog to reflect on your year abroad, she created this article about her time in Colmar.
Rosie Maher studies French at the University of Leeds and spent her year abroad as a language assistant at Lycée Blaise Pascal in Colmar, France, which she documented on her blog. Here's why she thinks you should follow in her footsteps!
Nupur Patel is a student at the University of Oxford, reading French and History. She spent her year abroad working as a British Council Language assistant in Montpellier, France, having previously worked as an English animatrice in Langue et Nature (an English language school in Laval, France). This is her guide to the fashionable French city!