API in Paris, France: Language and Culture

Founded in 1948, the ILCF (Institut de Langue et de Cultures Françaises) is a department within the Institut Catholique de Paris. Courses are available in French and in English at the ILCF. The ILCF welcomes more than 2,000 foreign students each year, representing more than 60 different nationalities.

Teaching Internship:

  • All students with 4 semesters of college level French (equivalent to the intermediate level) or more are able to participate in the teaching internship for an additional 3 credits. Spaces are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. An additional fee is charged for the internship.

A French Experience: Internship (3)

  • Students teach English in a French collège or lycée. This is a unique experience for API students in Paris to get to know Parisians and Parisian life from the inside, not only through the teenagers in the classes students teach, but also from the teachers that students assist.

Teaching Responsibilites:

  • Students teach English two to three hours a week in a Parisian collège (junior high school) or lycée (high school). Classes are generally conversational courses for French pupils. The regular professor asks the student what is to be taught and helps students prepare for class.
  • Students are asked to keep a journal where all course plans and weekly evaluations are registered (one page per class, per course taught). Students also have to write a final internship report (in French) analyzing the French teaching system and their perception of French society through their own teaching experience.
  • Upon successful completion students earn 3 semester credits.
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