Teaching French can be a highly rewarding career. Seeing your students go from barely being able to speak a word of your language to being able to converse fluently is something that’s quite special.
You could teach French in a classroom setting, for example in a school, in a university, or in an evening class for adults. Other French teachers prefer to teach 1-on-1, either face-to-face or online.
The pathway towards becoming a French teacher will vary widely based on the specific setting you wish to teach in. And it will also vary based on where you wish to teach. For example, teaching in a school in the UK will likely require different qualifications to teaching in a primary school in Australia.
Almost always, you will need to be fluent in French. If you aren’t a native speaker, you may find yourself at a disadvantage when competing for positions and students. But this isn’t always the case. You may even be able to turn it into a strength if you can demonstrate that learning French has given you a greater insight into how to teach the language.
If you wish to teach French in a formal classroom setting, you will typically require a Bachelors degree in French or Education. Some countries may also require a Masters degree.
Aside from qualifications, to give yourself a strong change of success, you should consider how you can demonstrate the following skills:
Fluency in the language of your students (often English).
Interpersonal and communication skills.
Basic computer skills.
Of course, you can also teach French 1-on-1 as a freelancer. This way, you just need to be able to persuade students to give you a chance. The competition amongst freelance French teachers varies a lot depending on location and whether the lessons are online or face-to-face. You’ll typically still need to demonstrate all of the skills above, but you may be able to get away with not having a degree. Sometimes, a good halfway house can be to take a shorter course in teaching French as a Foreign language.