Caen Education Authority

The education authority

The Caen education authority covers the Basse Normandie region.

With a population of 1,467,425 inhabitants, Basse Normandie (of which Caen is the regional capital) ranks 17th in France and comprises the following 3 départements:
• Calvados (678,206 inhabitants),
• Manche (496,937 inhabitants)
• Orne (292,282 inhabitants).

Geographical location
• 17,589km² of territory
• 470km of coastline
• 192,000 hectares of forestland
• 3 regional nature parks

Climate
• Located in north-west France, edged by the sea and the Channel, Basse-Normandie has an oceanic climate. Given its proximity to the ocean, the region experiences rather abundant but relatively light rainfall spread throughout the year. Temperatures and winds are also dependent upon the tides.
• Average temperatures in Caen are around 2-7°C in winter and 12-21°C in summer

Economy
• €34,869 million in GDP in 2009 (€23,737/inhab.)
• 8th-largest tourist region (popular among French tourists)
• Largest horse-breeding region in France
• 1,774,000 hectares of usable agricultural land in 2008.
For more information visit the Comité Régional de Basse Normandie website

Transport
By train
Paris-Caen-Cherbourg line and Paris-Granville line - Much of the Basse-Normandie region is served by the regional network.
By road
From the Parisian region: A13 Paris-Caen motorway and RN 13 to Cherbourg. Caen is 240km from Paris and 360km from Cherbourg.
By air
2 major airports: Caen-Carpiquet and Deauville-Saint Gatien:

  • Direct links from Paris and Lyon (arriving in Caen) with connections in Lyon from the main French and European towns and cities.
  • Direct links to London and charters from Deauville.

Tourist and cultural attractions
Normandy's global appeal can be explained by its combination of multiple assets, which include the following:

  • an extraordinary reputation: 'Normandy' has established itself as a 'brand' in its own right!
  • an exceptional geographical location (close to huge population basins such as Ile de France, London and the Benelux countries);
  • a wide variety of landscapes and activities on offer;
  • a tourism sector rooted in the traditions of an extensive clientele of French, British and American visitors in particular.

Within France, Normandy is known for being...

  • the 8th-largest tourist region (popular with French tourists)
  • the 4th most popular region for short breaks (1 to 3 nights).

For more information visit the Comité Régional de Tourisme website

The place of the teaching assistant within the education authority

Host school setup
Modern foreign language assistants are based at state schools, at secondary level only (collège, vocational lycée or lycée), located throughout the education authority, depending on the demand on the part of the schools in question.
For more information visit the Académie de Caen website

Specifics of the role of the assistant within the education authority
The role of the foreign language assistant is to develop pupils' language and cultural skills as part of the foreign language-learning process. They will also be the main point of reference for oral language practice.
The assistant will work with groups of pupils, coordinating their lessons with the teacher in question, and establish communication scenarios that encourage pupils to express themselves.
Finally, they will work with and assist pupils in their research, compiling applications, setting up projects and any other initiative relating to their home country, thus playing an essential role in developing the international outlook of the school as a whole.

Website for foreign teaching assistants