Tell us a little about yourself. What position do you hold there?
I’m John and I’m the head trainer. I’ve been teaching English for over 20 years, mostly here in Prague.
What makes Prague a unique destination to obtain a TEFL Certification?
Prague is a very beautiful city – most visitors fall in love with the place. Everything is still reasonably priced, so your money will go a lot further here than in, say, Paris or London. It’s also very nicely located – you can be in Berlin, Vienna, or Budapest in just a few hours.
It’s also helpful that there are a lot of language schools in Prague, so your employment options are greater than in many other European cities.
We are proud of our course. We’re dedicated teacher trainers who have spent many years working in the field. Over the four weeks, you will gain vital skills and knowledge, and we will make sure that every trainee benefits as much as they can, both through classroom input sessions and individual guidance.
We have an excellent library and you will have the chance to use this to help plan your lessons. You will also have the opportunity to teach young learners on the course – practical and rewarding experience that in fact many courses of this type do not offer.
What are some extracurricular activities students participate in during this course? (Does your training centre offer any guided tours?)
We have a very friendly staff who will help organize outings for the trainees, depending on their interests. Typically people who take the course want to see the city and guided tours are often planned early in the course. There will be trips to Czech restaurants and pubs, too, and we can help you plan a visit to the opera, Prague Castle, or the famous Black Light Theatre.
Please bear in mind however that as the course is intensive in nature, you will not have a great deal of free time during the four weeks of study.
Do students generally stay in Prague to teach after completing this course? (How does this course help students teach abroad? What are some other popular destinations?)
It really depends on the individual. Some trainees want to go back home to think about their next move, and some can’t stand to leave Prague once the course is over! Whatever you decide to do, we can help and advise.
What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering obtaining TEFL Certification in Prague?
I would advise someone to think carefully about whether they want to teach English to foreigners. If they have the desire and a bit of talent in that area, then we will do our very best to help develop this, and give them the tools they need to do a very good job in the classroom.