Everything You Need to Know About the French Baccalauréat

June is a very stressful time in France, because it’s Baccalauréat time. Although I’ve been living in France since 2013 and spent a year working as an assistante de langue in a French high school, I never really got a firm grasp on the ins and outs of the French education system, and more specifically, the French Baccalauréat exam until I actually started teaching high … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About the French Baccalauréat

Grading on the French System

One of the biggest adjustments I’ve had to make coming from teaching in the United States to teaching in France is implementing a new (and in my opinion, quite subjective) grading system. American Grading Systems: 1. The first system is based on the 100-point grading system, used in universities and many high schools. For anyone who is not familiar with the American System, an A is considered … Continue reading Grading on the French System

First Week Teaching in French Schools

My first week of teaching went splendidly! I really feel very welcomed by all of my colleagues and my students alike! I am teaching at a professional high school (stay tuned for a post explaining the French school system) located in Toulon, but on the other side of the city. There is a direct bus line that goes from about a block away from my … Continue reading First Week Teaching in French Schools

Noticeable Differences Between French and American Public Schools

There are a lot of cultural differences between teachers and students here in French high schools. Here are some of the most obvious (to me): 1. School days are much longer; most students are here from 8-5 or 6 PM, with some students even coming in on Saturday mornings. Additionally, in French schools there is normally no school on Wednesday afternoons (although this is an exception … Continue reading Noticeable Differences Between French and American Public Schools