What are you going to do next?
This is one question that haunts every literature student or anyone involved in a non-professional degree course. They somehow end up picking-up a language or two. The only possibility for them after having finished the language course is to either become a tourist guide (very few well-paid opportunities in India) or enter an MNC (odd working hours) and become a Language Analyst? Translator? Customer Service Agent?
Very few French language learners are aware of the number of things that learning French could offer you. Here are five things you didn’t know your French language skills could do for you:
A SEVEN-MONTH PAID TEACHING CONTRACT IN FRANCE
Hurray! It’s true. And not that difficult. Every year the French Government allows 40 Indian Nationals to work as teaching assistants in France. They get a chance, not only to visit France but also to experience the culture and improve their language skills. The application process for the year 2018-19 would start in October 2017.
FREE SCHENEGAN VISA
Did you know that learning French could actually land you with a Visa with which you could visit more than 26 schenegan countries? Honestly, they don’t sell French classes the way they should be sold. I had no idea about this program until the third year of my studies at Alliance Français de Delhi. On top of it, this Visa is offered free of cost to all the assistants. So in the year 2014 when I applied for the program, I got a year-long Visa irrespective of the fact that my work contract was for 7 months.
FREE FRENCH LESSONS AT THE UNIVERSITY
Among all the good things that this program has to offer, there is another free goodie: attending lectures at a French University. So the program is all about teaching, learning and exploring Europe! Woah!
TEACH 2 HOURS A DAY
It seemed like a joke to me in the beginning, but it wasn’t. You may as well ask your school to accumulate all your 12 hours/week in two weeks so that way, you’re free rest of the week.
3 WEEKS OF PAID VACATIONS
I think this is one perk related to teaching in general – holidays!! With the English teaching program in France, you get three weeks of paid holidays. You teach for a month and a half, and there is Vacances de Toussaint. You teach for another one and a half month and you have Christmas Break. Then you have winter breaks, followed by autumn breaks/Easter break.
You also have the right to ask for a teacher’s card that will allow you free access to a lot of museums among other benefits. I benefited from the teacher’s card even in Italy, so you can imagine.