I am so glad to hear that the Pole d'Emploi in Burgundy is better. I know it's an area of high unemployment, so it's great to hear that some Brits do succeed. The initial people at the Pole d'Emploi were great, really nice, and shocked when I told them what had occurred on their course. Maybe the course administrator was just a horrid hag from hell who didn't like the look of me. However, having read the replies on here, I was sadly not too surprised. Some years ago my sister tried to work here, teaching English - bearing in mind she has two MAs, one in English Literature, and one in Linguistics and is a qualified teacher with oodles of experience, she thought she might find work. She was told several times that French people are better at teaching English, and this seemed to be an accepted given. I just somehow figured that time had moved on, and things may have changed.
I will find work - the course at the Pole d'Emploi made me realise just how horribly capable I am! So there was a positive outcome! My main fear is that having read some of the responses, I worry for my son. He has always been teased at school about having foreign parents, but I now realise that these teasings may be more than just kids being horrid.
I have determined that by Christmas I shall be an employed and fully functioning worker at something or another, even if I have to build my own factory and production line, in order to give myself a job pushing a button! The only question now is whether or not I want to be accepted as part of a society, that I had previously thought I was accepted into?