Jodie is a rising senior and majoring in French. In the fall of 2014 she will be in France with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF).
In TAPIF, American students spend seven months teaching French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. When students are selected for the program, they teach their native languages to either primary, high school or middle students (depending on their preference) and are placed in schools according to the different departments they specify on their applications.
Jodie personally chose the académie of Nancy-Metz, as it is close to Germany and she wants to be able to improve her German as well. She says, “It’s a great way to get your foot in the door as a future teacher as well as a way to simply see if teaching is something you want to pursue in the future, since the teaching assistants often teach their own classes and plan their own curriculum to some extent.”
For more information on TAPIF, see http://highereducation.frenchculture.org/teach-in-france