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French is still the most popular language in secondary schools, and the native language for more than 70 million people across the world. That’s why brilliant French teachers are always in demand and as a trainee, you could access the highest range of teacher training bursaries available. Alternatively, if you are a graduate with three or more years’ work experience, you could earn a salary while you train on School Direct (salaried).

A great French teacher can bring the subject to life by devising and delivering a diverse range of engaging lessons that educate and excite all pupils. Your teacher training will help you discover how to open young people’s eyes and ears up to the beauty of the language by exploring its uses in business, everyday life and culture.

You’ll get to break down barriers and find ways to help both struggling and high-achieving students get the most from the language, nurturing their speaking and writing skills. Some of your pupils could progress from being complete beginners to using their language skills in their further education, travels or career. You may even inspire a French teacher of the future.

In return, you’ll benefit from a competitive starting salary, with excellent opportunities for rapid career progression. 

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Luke outlines the potential for career progression in his own future as a teacher. Transcript (PDF, 74KB)

The language classroom can be a place of fun and imagination, where students learn valuable skills while developing confidence and creativity.

Camille Bégaud, French and Spanish teacher

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