Teacher Feature #8

Name:   Jacqueline GarçonIMG_2141

Nationality: American & French

How long have you been teaching? +40 years

What are you teaching? EFL/ESL

Right now, I am teaching EFL and French. I spent a number of years teaching ESL in the USA, including Harvard University and Harvard Summer School, plus Boston University. For the last 24 years, I have also taught a TEFL Certificate in conjunction with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

What certifications do you have?

Two M.A. from the US, one in French (UC, Santa Barbara) and one in TESOL (Boston University), plus a TEFL Certificate and a Licence d’Anglais

How did you get into teaching English?

I always wanted to be a language teacher. Why? In high school I even belonged to FTA, Future Teachers of America

Where are you currently working? country, school, companies, etc.

For a socio-cultural association I created here in France with some of my students five years ago, “Languages & Lifelong Learning”

What kind of contract are you working under?

At the moment the contract is “determiné”

How long have you been working there?

Five years now….

Where else have you worked?

The list is very long from a private secondary school to business schools to the university in France, plus the Chamber of Commerce, etc.

Where do you prefer teaching English?

Definitely, for the socio-cultural association I have worked so hard to keep going and flourishing. The kind of organization I believe in…but not easy!

What do you love about teaching English?

The challenge intellectually and socially of creating an interactive and dynamic classroom where the learners are enjoying learning and moving forward positively, building on what they do know and can do. I also love the social contact with the learners from all sorts of backgrounds, socially, culturally, intellectually. I learn so much from teaching and being in contact with all these different people. I love sharing my experience, exchanging ideas and thoughts with teachers in training, watching them reflect and develop to be their “own” kind of teacher.

What are the advantages to teaching for you?

I keep learning all of the time from new developments in pedagogy to linguistics to learning from my students/ teachers. It is a continual challenge in so many ways.

What are the disadvantages to teaching for you?

Definitely, the salary, plus the lack of respected and recognized stability/security of employment. Teaching/ learning has become a vocation for me, not just a job.

Do you do another job?


I would like to thank Jackie, my former TEFL teacher, immensely for agreeing to be featured here on my blog.  She was and is still a great inspiration to me.  She is running a fantastic association which is keeping teachers up to date with their pedagogy and teaching people French and English, along side culture.  I urge those of you who are in Paris or near by that are interested in taking language lessons or in learning to be an even better teacher of languages to go over and check out her website for Languages & Lifelong Learning http://languageslifelonglearning.webnode.com/products/bloggs-joe/.  There you’ll find the courses being offered and all the information needed to enrol.

Get Qualified for TEFL!



Lifelong Learning

Learning is Life

Life is Learning

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Certificate Program

in conjunction with

Graduate School-Newark, Rutgers,The State University

of New Jersey  USA

Tuesdays, January 8 – June 4, 2013

The TEFL Certificate is a course for those of you looking into a portable career worldwide as a teacher of English or other languages. It is designed for participants with little or no teaching experience as a practical course which stresses teaching practice and hands-on experience over language theory. The methodology is dynamic and interactive emphasizing actual teaching and observation of teaching and learning. It will prepare you for employment in the field of foreign language teaching and instill a reflective approach to learning. You will become operational in various teaching methods in a wide variety of contexts in order to continue to develop throughout your career, wherever and whatever language or subject you might be teaching.

Participants who successfully complete all course requirements receive an internationally recognized TEFL Certificate in conjunction with Rutgers State University of New Jersey, Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Newark, New Jersey, essential for teaching English in France and other countries. Graduates also receive continuing education credits from Rutgers University.


Jacqueline Garçon is a practicing classroom teacher who has extensive experience teaching English, EFL/ ESL and French. She has worked in program design and management plus teacher education and French at Harvard University.  She engages in research, contributes to professional journals and presents at international conferences. She has an MA in TESOL from Boston University and an MA in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The course will be held in Paris near Montparnasse.



For further information please contact Jackie Garçon

at Languages & Lifelong Learning

Languages & Lifelong Learning, Association loi du 1er juillet 1901, noº Siret 51173895700014