2021-2022 RECRUITMENT: Lecteur/Lectrice/Maître de Langue

Coucou ! I have been on a major research kick lately to find job postings for those interested in Lecteur/Lectrice/MDL positions. I don’t usually do this, but as I haven’t seen these jobs compiled in one spot for the 2021-22 academic year, I will add them to my blog and continually update this post as I find new ones. For more information about these jobs, you can check out my 2018 blog post here, or find several of the countless other posts available online. You’re also welcome to join our Facebook community on the “Lecteurs & Lectrices de Langues en France” page.

If you’re interested in official legal jargon, feel free to read through the specifications of these jobs here: “Décret n°87-754 du 14 septembre 1987 relatif au recrutement de lecteurs de langue étrangère et de maîtres de langue étrangère dans les établissements publics d’enseignement supérieur relevant du ministre chargé de l’enseignement supérieur.” It’s unnecessary, though, as universities will share their recruitment requirements.

A Note on Requirements: France has some odd hang ups when it comes to formation, so you might run into some sticky territory when it comes to a school’s education prerequisite. According to the décret, to be a MDL you need an M2 (Bac+5), or a completed master’s degree. To be a lecteur/lectrice, you need “une année d’études accomplie avec succès après l’obtention d’un titre ou d’un diplôme français ou étranger d’un niveau équivalent à celui du diplôme national de licence.” This is where things get confusing. Another way to say this is Bac + 4, which for the French (who have 3 year undergraduate programs), includes one year of a master’s degree (M1). Some schools equate a U.S. bachelor’s with a Bac + 3 even if was four years, but some accept a U.S. degree as a Bac + 4. When in doubt, email them and ask. The best is when it’s clearly stated on the job posting, but that’s not common. Regarding the language requirement, you do not have to be a native speaker of the language, but you must speak the language as well as your mother tongue. You can certainly get hired with a C2 in the target language (typically English), even if you weren’t speaking it at birth (nobody can really speak at birth, but you know what I mean…).

Pay: Around 1200 euros/month net as a lecteur/lectrice, and around 1500 euros/month net as a MDL. The salary is for 12 months and includes school vacations.

OK, now for the part you’ve been waiting for… THE JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS! The posts from each school are hyperlinked in the “Job/Language(s)” section for each establishment below.


Establishment: Université du Mans
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English
Deadline: July 2, 2021

Establishment: Université de Picardie Jules Verne
Job/Language(s): Contractuel– English, Chinese, Spanish, Italian
Deadline: June 29, 2021

Establishment: Université de Nantes
Job/Language(s): Contractuel– English
Deadline: June 18, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université Savoie Mont Blanc
Job/Language(s): Contractuel– multiple posts
Deadline: June 18, 2021 (for English. I did not check all of them) (PAST DUE)

Establishment: INSA Lyon
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English
Deadline: June 11, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Lille
Job/Language(s): Lecteur and MDL– several languages
Deadline: May 23, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Rennes- Fac de Droit
Job/Language(s): Contractuel– English (X2)
Deadline: May 21, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université Bretagne Sud
Job/Language(s): Contractuel– English (X2 full time)
Deadline: May 20, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: IUT de Rambouillet
Job/Language(s): MDL– English
Deadline: “avant le” May 15, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: L’Université Grenoble Alpes
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese
Deadline: May 14, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Haute-Alsace
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English (X2) and German
Deadline: May 14, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– German
Deadline: May 9, 2021 (12:00 PM) (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Lorraine
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English, German, Italian. MDL– English (appears to be on Metz campus)
Deadline: May 3, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université Sorbonne Paris Nord- Paris 13
Job/Language(s): Lecteur and MDL– English (“Plusieurs emplois”)
Deadline: April 30, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Strasbourg
Job/Language(s): MDL and Lecteur– English
Deadline: April 30, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: INSA- Lyon
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– Spanish
Deadline: April 30, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Bordeaux
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English (X7)
Deadline: April 27, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Perpignan
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English (X3) and Spanish (X2)
Deadline: April 26, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Toulon
Job/Language(s): Lecteur and MDL– English (there seems to be a problem opening the “fiches de poste”)
Deadline: April 26, 2021 (by 4:00 PM) (PAST DUE)

Establishment: L’Université d’Orléans
Job/Language(s): Lecteur (X2) and MDL– English
Deadline: April 26, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Bourgogne
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English
Deadline: ??

Establishment: Université de Montpellier
Job/Language(s)- Lecteur (X3)- English
Deadline: April 21, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université Paris Nanterre
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– Multiple openings for multiple languages. MDL– English, Greek
Deadline: April 16, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Sorbonne Université
Job/Language(s): Lecteur (X16) and MDL (X6)– Multiple languages
Deadline: April 12, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université Clermont Auvergne
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English and Spanish
Deadline: (“avant le”) April 8, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: La Rochelle Université
Job/Language(s): Contractuel– English, MDL and Lecteur– Indonesian
Deadline: April 6, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: l’Université d’Avignon
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English, Spanish. MDL– Italian
Deadline: April 5, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Sciences Po Lille
Job/Language(s): MDL– English
Deadline: April 2, 2021 (12h) (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Tours
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Deadline: April 2, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: INSA- Hauts de France
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English. Note: I cannot find a link for this posting. It was shared as a downloaded PDF. I’ve converted it to a shareable link through smallpdf, but it will expire on March 23, 2021, so be sure to download it before then.
Deadline: March 31, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Lyon 3
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English, German, Arabic, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Russian. MDL– English
Deadline: March 31, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Paris 8
Job/Language(s): Lecteur and MDL– Russian
Deadline: March 31, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Strasbourg Faculté de droit, de sciences politiques et de gestion
Job/Language(s): Maitre de Langue– English
Specification: Hi! I had this job a few years ago and loved it! Write a comment if you have any questions :).
Deadline: March 19, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Pau et des pays de l’Adour
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English (2 SEPARATE POSTS- one in Pau, one in Bayonne)
Deadline: March 17, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle- Paris 3
Job/Language(s): Lecteur and MDL– English. Scroll down. The top of the page has info on “Lecteurs francophones.”
Deadline: March 15, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université de Paris
Job/Language(s): MDL– Japanese
Deadline: March 12, 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English, Spanish, Italian
Specification: Corresponded with head of English department- 4 year bachelor’s meets requirement.
Deadline: DEPENDS ON POST. March 8 (PAST DUE) or April 4, 2021

Establishment: Université Toulouse-Jean-Jaurès
Job/Language(s): LecteurEnglish, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Russian
Specification: Bachelor’s Degree ACCEPTED for English position (I have not checked others).
Deadline: March 4 2021 (PAST DUE)

Establishment: ENS de Lyon
Job/Language(s): Lecteur– English (X4). Maitre de Langue– English
Deadline: March 4, 2021 (Lecteur), March 2, 2021 (MDL) (BOTH PAST DUE)


Sorry for any grammatical errors or weird sentences- it’s far past my bedtime. But I was laying awake, thinking of how I could organize the many links I’ve dropped in various Facebook groups, and got up to write this. Don’t hesitate to write a comment if you see any other job announcements come up! I will gladly add it to this post. And if you are currently working/have worked at one of these universities, feel free to share your social media handle or contact information if you’d welcome communication from current applicants. Good luck to everybody applying!


16 thoughts on “2021-2022 RECRUITMENT: Lecteur/Lectrice/Maître de Langue

      1. I also know someone in France who is a certified translator. She did mine for me and it was well don. Let me know if you need her email address.


  1. Thanks for your post. Really helpful to have everything summarised in one place. I just wondered whether all posts are a similar number of hours, and if so, how many? Most don’t state the number of weekly hours.


    1. Hi Chris! Thanks for reading. There is a set minimum number of instructional hours for the year (192 of TD for MdL and 300 TP- less if doing TD- for Lecteurs). The weekly hours vary depending on the length of the semester. It’s a very manageable workload in either case, I’d say!


      1. Thanks for your reply, Emily. If the work is manageable, is it potentially possible to combine with part-time freelance work?


      2. Oh gosh, I’m so sorry I missed your reply! I’d say the work is definitely manageable, but freelance work is not allowed on certain visas. If you are European, you’re in the clear and can open a micro-entreprise, to maintain your freelance business. If you come to France on a work visa, unfortunately you cannot set up a micro-entreprise. So I suppose you could freelance, but it would not be above board, which has the potential to pose problems.


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