English Teaching Positions in France or DOM-TOMs 2014 (Lecteur/Lectrice d’anglais)

UPDATE: The 2015-2016 job listings are now available.

If you would like to teach English at a university in France or the DOM-TOMs for the 2014-2015 school year, job announcements for lecteur/lectrice and maître de langue positions are starting to appear on university websites. Both positions require native or near-native fluency in English but the lecteur/lectrice position requires completion of only one year of a Master’s degree (some universities may accept a 4 year Bachelor’s degree since it is Bac+4) while the maître de langue position requires a Master’s degree. I will continue to update this post with any new positions I find.

I’ve recently been made aware of the illegal practice of forcing lecteurs to work 200 TD hours per year. As stated in the official décret, lecteurs should only work a maximum of 100 TD hours (the lecteur position can include a maximum of 300 TP hours as well). The maître de langue position requires a maximum of 192 TD hours but pays more than the lecteur position –  yet some universities are hiring lecteurs and making them work as much as a maître de langue so they can save money by only paying the lecteur salary (which is around 300€ net less per month). Some of the lecteur jobs below require 200 TD hours, so keep in mind the number of hours they are asking you to work is unfair and illegal. Either the university needs to lower the TD hours to 100, or the position and salary need to be classified as maître de langue and not lecteur. The January 2014 edition of SNESUP (page 17 in the PDF) includes an article about this illegal practice.

English Teaching Positions in France or DOM-TOMs 2014


Université de Toulon has a lecteur/lectrice position; no deadline given (PDF uploaded May 15)

Lecteur/Lectrice de langue anglaise position available at Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Campus de Schoelcher, Martinique; deadline June 10, 2014

Université Jean Fourier (Grenoble) is hiring a lecteur/lectrice d’anglais; deadline May 30, 2014

Université de la Réunion recrute un lecteur ou une lectrice d’anglais; rémunération environ 1 865€ net; deadline May 20, 2014

Université Claude Bernard-Lyon 1 recrute un/e lecteur/lectrice d’anglais pour l’année 2014-2015; deadline May 19, 2014

Recrutement lecteurs / maître de langue (en anglais)

– Les inscriptions pour la campagne de recrutement pour l’année universitaire 2014/2015 sont ouvertes. Plusieurs postes sont à pourvoir au sein de l’UFR LSHS sur le site de Villetaneuse et au sein de l’IUT de Bobigny.

– Cours dispensés : anglais oral (compréhension orale et expression orale) et transcription phonétique en laboratoire de langues au sein du département d’anglais, et/ou cours d’anglais aux étudiants des autres départements (espagnol, lettres modernes, histoire, psychologie…).

– Les dossiers de candidature doivent comprendre :

– un CV détaillé.

– une lettre de motivation en français, datée, signée et adressée au Président de l’Université de Paris 13.

– la photocopie d’un diplôme équivalent à un Master 1 (bac +4) pour un recrutement en qualité de lecteur ou d’un diplôme équivalent à un Master 2 (bac +5) pour un recrutement en qualité de maître de langue.

– Les dossiers doivent être retournés, accompagnés des pièces justificatives par courrier à l’adresse suivante :
Université Paris 13 A l’attention de Pierre Fournier (UFR LSHS – département d’anglais) 99 Avenue Jean-Baptiste Clément 93430 Villetaneuse
ou par mail à l’adresse suivante : pierre.fournier@univ-paris13.fr – Date limite de dépôt des candidatures : le vendredi 11 avril 2014 (le cachet de la poste ou la
date du mail faisant foi).


April 16: Le Service du Département des langues à l‘Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne recrute pour l’année universitaire 2014-2015 3 lecteurs et un maître de langue en anglais. La date limite d’envoi des dossiers est fixée au samedi 3 mai 2014. Demande motivée + CV à adresser à : andre.gorlier@univ-paris1.fr


April 9: Institut du Monde Anglophone at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris is hiring a lecteur/lectrice (deadline April 10, 2014) and a maître de langue (deadline May 4, 2014)


April 9: Université Lille is hiring two English lecteurs/lectrices; deadline April  25, 2014


April 8: Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand has two vacancies for a post of Lecturer at the Hypermedia Language Centre of the Faculty of Applied Languages, Commerce & Communication for a 1 year (renewable) position starting in September 2014; no deadline given

The post involves teaching in a state-of-the-art multimedia lab and offers a relatively rare opportunity to gain valuable experience in a developing area. The centre, which earned the European Award for Languages in 2003, aims to foster and develop students’ oral communication and comprehension skills in English by its unique combination of face-to-face group activities and on-computer pair work. See the Guided tour section of our website at http://englishlab.univ-bpclermont.fr

The teaching load averages about 14 hours a week during term time. Work will also include tutoring students’ recorded discussions on our own innovative software platform and working with colleagues to prepare IWB flipcharts and multimedia lesson material. Monthly salary is roughly 1480 euros (gross). Overtime is available.

The applicant should be a university graduate and a native speaker of English with training and experience in TEFL. A qualification such as the CELTA would be particularly appreciated. He or she should be enthusiastic about working with ITC in a communicative approach as part of a dynamic team.

A CV, references and covering letter should be sent by email to: Dacia Dressen-Hammouda (Dacia.Hammouda@univ-bpclermont.fr) and Emily Butler (Emily.Butler@univ-bpclermont.fr)


April 8: IUT de Sceaux (equivalent of a Technical College of Higher Education) is recruiting a lecteur/lectrice d’anglais for the 2014/2015 academic year (September to June); deadline is April 30, 2014

The position can be renewed for a second year. The IUT de Sceaux caters for students doing courses majoring in Commerce and Financial Management, so the classes are oriented towards business English. Other activities include preparing students for oral exams (business schools) or international certificates (TOEIC, for example). Working conditions are good: class sizes are a maximum of 18 students, all classrooms are equipped with audiovisual equipment. There are language laboratories and a multimedia room available for use. Many English-teaching textbooks are at your disposal.

Teaching hours: 200 annually, on average approx.15 per week (plus the possibility of doing extra hours, paid as overtime @ approx.€40 gross/hour).
Monthly salary: €1486 gross (approx. €1200 net), September 2014 to August 2015.

Requirements: Applicants must

§ be native speakers of English
§ have a university degree at BA (Hons) level or higher (i.e. a 4-year degree, comprising 240 ECTS)
§ already have valid working papers for France or have an EU nationality

Applicants will preferably:

§ have already had significant experience in teaching (business) English to students or to adults
§ have some knowledge of new language teaching technologies (the use of language teaching software in the context of a language laboratory or a ‘multimedia room’)

To apply, send your application (CV and letter) by email to:

Kevin Diamond

Coordinateur des langues
IUT de Sceaux

April 6: Le Centre Inter-Pôles d’Enseignement des Langues (CIEL) de l’Université de La Rochelle cherche à recruter un Maître de Langue en anglais. [No deadline given]

La personne recrutée travaillera à l’UFR Sciences et sera administrativement rattachée au CIEL. Les candidats doivent être de langue maternelle anglaise et avoir au moins un Bac + 5. L’obligation de service est de 192 heures TD mais il y a également des tâches administratives annexes à assumer. Si vous êtes intéressé par ce poste, vous êtes prié d’adresser un CV complet, une copie de votre diplôme, une copie de votre passeport, 4 photos d’identité et une lettre de motivation à Joseph EGWURUBE, Directeur CIEL, 1, Parvis Fernand Braudel (FLLASH), 17042, LA ROCHELLE CEDEX 1. (tél: 05 46 45 68 45/ fax: 05 46 45 68 44 e-mail: contact_ciel@univ-lr.fr)


April 3: L’ENSIAME, Ecole d’Ingénieurs, sur le campus de l’Université de Valenciennes propose un poste de lecteur ou de lectrice à pourvoir pour la rentrée de septembre 2014 à juin 2015. [No deadline given]

PROFIL: Langue maternelle : Anglais
DIPLOME : Universitaire, Bac + 3 minimum
EXPERIENCE : Avoir déjà enseigné l’anglais, de préférence aux étudiants post-bac.

CONTACTER pour plus de renseignements :
Mme Jane LAURO, Tél. : 03. 27. 51. 12. 16
Email : Jane.Lauro@univ-valenciennes.fr


March 28: Université Jean Monnet in Saint-Etienne is hiring a lecteur/lectrice for September 2014; deadline is April 22, 2014


March 21: Université d’Evry is hiring a lecteur/lectrice for September 2014; deadline is April 26, 2014

– must be a native speaker
– this post is for one year, renewable for one further year.
– a Master’s (or at least a first year of Master’s) is necessary
– nationality of a European Union country is required, or if anglophone from outside the EU, residence/work papers must already be established
– English teaching experience is important, especially at secondary school/university level, with medium-sized/large groups
– salary paid monthly. Contract = 200 hours per year – extra hours possible.

Please contact Frederick Goodman at goodman@univ-evry.fr


March 1: Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie is hiring a lecteur/lectrice d’anglais; no deadline given but the academic year in New Caledonia starts in February so they probably need someone right away.

Elle / il doit être de langue maternelle anglaise et justifier d’un niveau bac + 4 minimum. Le contrat est d’un an, renouvelable une fois pour la même période. Le salaire est de 370 000 xpf brut / mois. Le service annuel est de 200 heures TD ou de 300 heures TP. Contact : rene.zimmer@univ-nc.nc ou eleonore.laineforrest@univ-nc.nc


Université d’Avignon will post any open positions in June 2014


 Deadline passed:

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon is hiring 5 lecteurs/lectrices d’anglais; deadline is March 7, 2014 (Must have started an MA program; a 4 year Bachelor’s degree is not enough for this position)

La Faculté de Droit, de Sciences Politiques et de Gestion at Université de Strasbourg is hiring a maître de langue; deadline is March 17, 2014

Université Paris Ouest Nanterre is looking to hire 16 lecteurs/lectrices and 2 maîtres de langue to teach English; deadline is March 21, 2014

Institut Français de Mécanique Avancée is hiring a maître de langue for a two year position; deadline is March 31, 2014

Université Paris-Sorbonne has two lecteur/lectrice positions available for la rentrée 2014; deadline is April 4, 2014 (closed early)

Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée recrute un lecteur/une lectrice de langue anglaise pour l’année universitaire 2014-2015. Les TD à assurer (en LEA et/ou LLCE anglais ; 200h sur l’année) seront en priorité en civilisation américaine contemporaine, expressions écrite/orale, communication et multimédia. [No deadline given]


If you don’t have the qualifications to teach English at the university level, you can still apply for the Teaching Assistant Program in France if you’d like to work in the public school system. The contract is shorter and the pay is less, but it is good experience to eventually move on to teaching at the university level. Deadline is in January each year with positions starting October 1 and ending April 30 of the following year.

  • alba

    hi jennie, i’ve tried to see if any other french universities have advertised for lecteurs/maitre de langue posts but no luck so far, other than the one you’ve posted… was that the only one you saw too?

    • So far yes, but I’m sure more will appear in January after the holiday break.

  • Kelsy Kinderknecht

    Hi, Jennie,

    Thanks for the information! Do these positions require a master’s in any particular field, or will any master’s do? I have a master’s in math, which I realize isn’t at all relevant, but I do have a bachelor’s in French and am currently working for TAPIF. Thanks again!

    • Most universities specify that you should have a Master’s degree in linguistics, TESL or a similar subject – but you can always send your CV anyway, especially since you have the TAPIF experience.

  • Sierra N

    Salut Jennie,

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been an avid reader of your website for years, and I’m finally starting to seriously think about working abroad. I currently teach middle school English learners and masters’s degree classes in the teacher education program at my local university. I’m thinking that being a Lectrice d’Anglais in France would be a wonderful change of pace. I’m currently in the process of translating my CV and cover letter. Any advice would be welcome. 🙂



  • Kim C

    Jennie, do you think that working as a maître de langue would be appropriate for someone with a child? I noticed that housing was offered at the university and I didn’t know if children would be welcome. Any help is appreciated!

    • I’ve known some English assistants who brought their kids to France and it worked out fine. At least with the maître job you’d get paid more. You don’t have to use the university housing if you don’t want to or it’s too small for more than one person.

  • Melissa

    Hello Jennie,
    From your experience, when do universities begin contacting the applicants they would like to hire for maître de langue positions? If applications are due late March/early April, can one expect to hear back by May or June, or might it be later in the summer? Thank you for maintaining this website, by the way. So much useful information!

    • Yeah, I would say one or two months is normal. Though if the job listing went up in June, it might not be until September thanks to les grandes vacances.

  • Charity


    How easy would it be to transition from a maitre or lectrice position into something more permanent? I see that there is a 2 year max for these jobs (I assume that’s a bit of French red tape) but I’m planning on relocating to France permanently.

    I have my M.A. in English and am currently teaching English at a University in China. I want to continue teaching at the college level (and maybe down the road obtain a PhD, still undecided on that) but is it even possible to shift from these positions to something full time within the university?


    • It’s a bit difficult if you don’t have an EU nationality since the permanent positions of maître de conférence and professeur des universités are technically civil servant jobs. Contract jobs require a PhD (such as ATER), or you could be a doctorant contractuel for 3 years during your PhD. Chargé d’enseignement might also be a possibility, though it is not full-time.

      • charityj

        Thanks for the info! I’ve applied for several of these positions but have gotten a “no” from two and am still waiting to hear back from others. I started out a bit confident because I thought that even as an American my qualifications (M.A. in English, B1 level French, 1 year of full-time teaching experience at a university and several years of part-time experience in the states) would make it easier to find a position. After both rejections though I’m a bit worried. How many positions did you apply for before you were accepted?

  • Nika

    Just want to say thanks for all this info.

  • Katie

    I was planning to apply for Paris-Sorbonne. Why did they close it early??? 🙁

    • They probably received a ton of CVs and didn’t want any more 🙁

      • Frances

        I was one they didn’t contact. I’ll be starting my second year as Maitre de Langue at the rentree. Do I have any options after that? I know it’s only for two years max but I want to stay in France. I don’t have a Masters but got the job because of my extensive teaching a experience and 9 years studying in tertiary education.

  • charityj

    How long does it usually take to hear from these universities? I got my C.V. and application in for Sorbonne before it closed (and got confirmation that it was received) but I haven’t heard anything yet. Should I take that as a bad sign? Is it normal for these jobs to inform you if you haven’t made the cut or am I supposed to email them and ask at some point? (sorry for asking a million questions!)

    • Some universities will only contact people who were short-listed for interviews. Paris-Sorbonne’s website now says “Si, vous n’avez pas reçu de message de notre part le 5 avril, cela signifie que votre dossier n’a pas été retenu. A cause du très grand nombre de dossiers déposés, nous ne pourrons pas envoyer de réponse individuelle aux candidats non retenus.”

  • Tanya

    Hey do you have the contact for the Université Paris Est Marne lectorship by any chance?? thanks! I’ll keep checking back here for more

  • Adri

    Thank you so much Jennie, for taking the time to share this info and continually update the site.

    I was curious as to if you had any info on “being wait listed?” I was wait listed for the Institut du Monde Anglophone Sorbonne Nouvelle opening however, judging by how negative the e-mail sounded in the beginning, I was shocked to read in the following paragraph “La Commission vous a néanmoins placé(e) sur liste d’attente.” Do they wait list everybody who isn’t offered a position, or is it just a cultural thing to address being wait listed so negatively. Thoughts? Thank you.

  • Priscilla

    Has anyone heard back from Paris Ouest Nanterre? When do they normally tell you?

  • Lizzie

    Hi Jennie,
    Will you be updating this for the 2015-16 school year? Thanks

    • Yes, I plan to.

      • Liz

        Thanks so much! I’m just finishing my masters and would love to get a job in France for next year while working on PhD applications.

  • Kevin


    This is really useful info, thanks!

    I was wondering if anyone knows when approximately do universities
    usually advertise the lecteur d’anglais positions? i.e. what month. I know I’m
    quite early, but just wondering.

    Also, does anyone know how competitive the places are? I
    wouldn’t mind so much, for the first year going to one of the less “popular”

    And how about level of French? Currently mine is only about B1. Not sure if
    some unis are looking people with closer to B2/C1 level, so just wonder what
    kind of chances I have. I have a master’s
    in TESOL by the way.


  • Mary

    Love this blog! When do you estimate the maitre de langue positions for 2015-2016 will be posted? Thanks!

    • Sometimes positions are posted in December but usually it’s more often they appear in February/March

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