Best of TAPIF

Here is  a compilation of tips, stories and insights about my own TAPIF experience. They date from 2015-2018 so you should take them with a grain of salt… There may be details that have changed since I was an assistant !

Check out my TAPIF Timeline for a complete overview of when I submitted what and to whom!

Preparing to TAPIF !

To TAPIF or not to TAPIF, that is the Question

Since returning home, I’ve felt more and more like I’ve been living a double life. In my first weeks back home, I was so surprised by the number of times I described myself as having “just graduated” which I suspect is because taking a year to teach English is France feels so unconnected to the rest of my experience learning and creating and teaching theatre, to the point where I feel like it didn’t even happen. I am striving now to find avenues to connect my professional and personal life to my experience in France, so I can feel like it was worth it, like it meant something in the greater scope of my life, but it’s not easy. … More To TAPIF or not to TAPIF, that is the Question

Living in France – Chambéry and Marseille

Life in Limbo

My first days in Chambéry, though thrilling, included probably the most anxiety-filled moments I have ever lived. Why? you ask. How could you possibly be stressed … More Life in Limbo

The chicken.

One of my French teachers once observed the difference between French and English: English has a million words which all have the same definition. French has … More The chicken.

small talk

“March 26 – The bus driver chatted me up for 10 minutes about his BLUEGRASS BAND after taking the wrong route.” The bus I rode … More small talk


Prologue May 2, 14:35 A lot of work went into this very moment. Months of planning, whispering, stressing….

Même pas peur

Full disclosure*: I started writing this post over a week ago. I have been reading and talking and muddling through these pretty complicated issues and though … More Même pas peur

Working as a Language Assistant – Lesson ideas and Anecdotes

Primary Assistant FAQ

In my time obsessively stalking all TAPIF blogs past, current and future, I’ve noticed the prevalence of secondary assistants across the interweb. It makes sense: there are way more of them! There are commonalities between the expectations and experiences of primary and secondary assistants, but seeing as most of the info out there seems to be geared towards the secondary level, I want to share some ideas that will be specifically helpful to current and future primary assistants, as they can be very different jobs. … More Primary Assistant FAQ

Flashcard games!

Here we go, current/future assistants, just in time for the start of your contracts. My favorite, easiest games that require … More Flashcard games!

Travelling anecdotes – because when else will you have 8 weeks of paid vacation in Europe ?!

Benvenuti in Italia

As brilliantly put by my good friend Julia: “Useful Italian words known: 0 Italian swearwords known: 6788984765658 Hello Turin!” The pack of Italian friends I … More Benvenuti in Italia

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