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Why choose The Language House TEFL?

The Language House TEFL comes highly recommended by graduates of their program. What separates The Language House TEFL from the majority of other 4-week TEFL/CELTA/Trinity courses worldwide is their focus on extra teaching practice and their stellar post graduate community and services in Prague and abroad. The Language House TEFL is not just a teacher training course, but a vibrant community of staff and graduates of the course that help and support each other. It is this extra facet that makes The Language House TEFL so special. This TEFL community is not limited to Prague, but spans worldwide. It is said that wherever you are in the world, there's probably a helpful Language House TEFL graduate close by.


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TEFLing in Prague

My experience with The Language House was life changing. It was my first time abroad solo, and coming from a small island in the Pacific, I was a bit reserved and skeptical about this all. However, from the start with VISA letter assistance until the end with job assistance, Chris and his lovely crew were there to answer my questions and guide me along. The course work was really easy to comprehend, and the instructors were fun and loving, especially Andrea :) With The will never go wrong if you're thinking of doing a TEFL course abroad, and or moving abroad.

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Become the best ESL teacher with The Language House

I’d been thinking of taking this course for many years and TLH was always at the top of my list. Chris Westergaard, Chris Fox, Radka, Stacy, and the entire staff are all so knowledgeable and supportive! At 52, I don’t regret going to Prague and spending 4 weeks taking this intense course. We all worked hard every day, during the classes and lesson plan preparation, giving classes, getting feedback, and doing it all over the next day. It’s never too late!

  • Knowledgeable teachers and supportive staff
  • Prague is beautiful
  • Lots of teaching practice
  • The course is intense, be prepared
  • If you don’t bond with your group it can be a much harder and lonely process
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Lara Mae
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved this program it helped change my life.

The TEFL course has an option for teach young students. I opted to get the Young Learners certifation as well.
This has opened up many doors for me to teach in schools.

It should be noted that the program is rather tough, but it needs to be. To make up for the toughness everyone there will help you anyway they can.
Also be prepared to get a bit sick. With everyone coming from a lover the world and living in a new place it's naturally going to happen. It's possible to get prevention in the pharmacy. But it won't be terrible just like a bad cold.

They also help with getting all your paperwork in order to stay in the country. Which was a major plus for me choosing this program. At the time, I don't know about now, it was the only program that offered that sort of help.

This course overall is a 10 out of 10 and I would totally do it again.

  • Lots of help with everything.
  • Great intro to the country and info on what to expect
  • Good Czech language 101 help
  • You will most likely get sick, lots of people from all over the world. So be prepared.
  • Very difficult and rigorous testing and training.
  • Learning the local language is difficult but doable it just takes time.
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Enjoyable and busy

I moved to Prague in April this year and did the TEFL course at The Language House. It was an enjoyable and busy month. There was plenty of work and learning to be done and we had some crazy fun along the way. The content of the course and its delivery were good. All the staff were friendly and helpful and I received plenty of constructive criticism. TLH provided support with living in Prague and I made friends with others on the course. I am now working in Prague as an English teacher and enjoying being here.

  • Practical teaching experience
  • Friendly, helpful staff
  • Support with living in Prague
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Couldn’t be happier!

I am a recent graduate of the Language House and I could not be happier with my experience. The pre-course guidance made me feel confident and comfortable making such a drastic life-change. The course has an incredible staff who are all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. The course is quite intense, but it has throughly prepared me for anything that I might encounter in the workplace. The post-course job guidance is also incredibly helpful. There are multiple posts daily about job openings with honest reviews. The majority of my class found jobs within 1-2 weeks. And lastly, the community that the Language House has built is incredible. Moving across the world can get lonely, but it’s comforting to know that I’ll always have the Language House community there for me. If you’re on the fence, just take the leap! The Language House will catch you with open and loving arms.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come with an open mind and loving heart! The course is at its best when every student is supportive of each other. My entire class still regularly hangs out every weekend and we wouldn’t change a thing.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Lara Mae Neumanova

I'm a former graphic designer turned English conversation teacher, living in a village about 40 minutes outside of Prague. I moved to the Czech Republic to get a fresh start and live a better life than what I had been living in America.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose the program because I knew I would be staying in the country for at least a year and would need help with all the paperwork involved in that process. The program had a whole process set up for helping with that and the appeal was far to great to pass by. On top of that it offered a certificate for teaching based on a grammar test no one else had that as far as I could find at the time.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The only thing I had to really organize on my own was funding. Which was the hardest part, really, I don't know what it is now, but at the time, I needed a minimum of $5000 in my bank so I could get a bank letter for the visa process. After that, I had to get plane tickets and any other travel expenses and then find a place to live after the course was over. Oh, and chip in for the coffee fund during the program. They had a very cute mug you could buy if you wanted.

Otherwise, they did practically everything. They told us what to do and expect for the visa process. We were taught the basic dos and don'ts of the language and culture.

They took us on some really fun tourist adventures around Prague and even had other hiking trips that we could join in on with Alumni of the course. Some of the teachers there are tour guides for the city, and it was very informative as well as fun.

In the Young Learners part of the course that I opted into, we got to see how classes were taught in a school setting as well, and they provided a lot of resources for us to use in our lessons.

They were study groups to work on lesson plans and things that were difficult throughout the course that we could go to for help. But if it was something simple, you were free to ask someone, and they would help if they had time, and if they didn't have it, they would point you to someone who did.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I really wish I had had some preventative medicine for getting sick when I arrived. I had been recovering from a sinus infection when I and I discovered the pains of mixing germs from around the world at about the 3rd week, it wasn't fun. Especially with the grammar test coming. I also discovered that I am basically allergic to the city in the colder months due to everyone mostly using coal for their heating.

Also, beware of wandering around the historical neighborhoods. Some only have one entrance and exit. I got horribly lost. It was like a maze. I ended up getting help from a local who must have seen that I couldn't find my way back out

Don't let any of that be a deterrent, though, I got allergy medicine from a lékárna (pharmacy) and chances are, in Prague, they will speak English too. That's true for most of the tourist areas, really. The Czech people are generally standoffish at first but are really fun when they open up.

Also, download Google Translate and have the Czech language marked available for offline use. It's saved my butt more than once. It's not perfect but it helps. Just keep the sentence simple and it works.

Most importantly, be ready for a massive amount of information to be put in your head in a very short amount of time. It's like a boot camp for teaching English. It's a lot to deal with all at once and when it's over, it's a massive release of stress but it's also a bit sad because it's over, and most of the friends you've made only stay for a year or so.

And on a more fun note, don't forget to enjoy the food; just mind the carbs. Many people overindulge without doing the work needed to not gain a few pounds in the process. I know I did 😅 it takes a bit to get the portions right. But it's all very tasty. 😋

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

It's basically going to school with a strict schedule. If something happens to stop you from getting a lesson in, they will have to make up time for it later.

In the mornings, you learn. If I remember right, it was 2 or 3 lessons on different topics with a possible outing if it was to apply what was learned (in the case of the Czech language we went to a store to find things) or to observe a real lesson being taught. And then, in the evening, you actually teach a 45-minute lesson. Afternoons were spent making a lesson plan and getting help with it if needed.

On the weekend, we had excursions and got to be tourists with our teachers as guides.
At the end of the program was a big party and I advise eating before you go.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was meeting new people and talking in front of a group. I'm rather shy with a bit of social anxiety, but I hide it well. Which all probably sounds strange given the nature of the program. My mom taught me to "panic later", and I did, but after a while, it became less scary. But if I needed to ask for something in Czech... Well, I'd have rather not. I'm better at communicating now, but at first, it was very scary.

I came into this program knowing that I would likely be staying in Europe. I wanted to restart my life, and this was the best way to do for me.

Write and answer your own question.

Don't be afraid to fail at something, most people are generally nice but some aren't willing to try and communicate with you if you can't speak the language well. The older generation is really chatty too. I still wish I had been able to speak Czech better at the time. I had been on the tram and nice older gentleman sat next to me and tried striking up a conversation. I tried but when I explained that I didn't understand him he was nice about it and soon we parted ways.

I got lucky; I've only had 2 negative experiences due to a language barrier. But everyone else I've met has been amazing.

The key is to try and use Czech and come up with ideas if the person you need to talk to doesn't understand you or doesn't want to look at your translation on your phone.

This is how I got my husband, actually 😂 He barely spoke any English. He had learned in school but never used it outside of games of music. We talked using pictures. I still have our first 3 conversations drawn on a piece of paper with a pencil that I had in my bag. I met him through Facebook, actually. I wanted to meet someone local and make friends. He didn't realize how little Czech I spoke because I was using a translator. He was the best thing that happened to me. He took very good care of me and helped with a lot of things. I'm actually very good friends with his favorite former teacher because I now teach at his old school.

And if you are planning on living outside of Prague, get ready to use the bus. They aren't always on time, so be early, and some locations don't have automatic stops. If you are standing there waiting, you need to wave the bus down or it won't stop if you need to get off the bus, remember to push the button or you will end up walking back to where you wanted to go.

I personally love the Czech Republic. Be ready for some culture shock but keep an open mind. And please be quick when in line to pay for stuff. They generally dislike waiting unless it's unavoidable.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Vanessa Durazo

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Vanessa is a California born traveler living in Prague and teaching English thanks to The Language House!

What is your favorite travel memory?

Traveling in Europe

My favorite travel memory has to be my first time traveling to Prague. I had never traveled internationally by myself before.

I was flying from California to The Czech Republic via a layover in Russia. I was nervous, anxious, excited to start my new adventure abroad. I had never been to Europe before and I had just decided to start my new adventure living abroad for only 3 months.

Little did I know my life would change forever and almost two years later I am still in Prague teaching English!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working for the Language House has been great. Back home in California I was a store manager of a retail boutique. One of my favorite things about my job was getting to train employees and future managers and helping them grow in something we were both passionate about.

Now, I feel like I'm doing something similar as I help expats learn to teach English in a foreign country. I had given presentations in front of 80+ people before, done walk throughs about my stores business in front of the President and board of executives of my company, and worked with many high profile customers, but nothing was like teaching English for the first time!

It's hard to explain how to teach someone something that you have known how to do since you were a small child; something that comes second nature to you.

It's difficult and rewarding and challenging all at the same time.

Teaching English has made me a much more confident person and I feel immense gratification knowing that I am helping someone hone or learn a new language that will help them in work or their social life.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Many things make The Language House unique. One of them being the dedication and unity of the team. It's easy to have a job and work from 9-5 every day just to get by. But at The Language House, it feels more like a small family. All the employees share their ideas and passions about getting the company to the next level.

It's not an hourly job but something that has intertwined with your life. Your co-workers are your closest friends and together you work towards doing what you love better and better. Our meetings aren't just opportunities for us to "hang-out" or discuss ideas "from the top" but to come together and naturally talk about the progression of the school and what direction we see it going in.

It's inspiring to work with such creative people and to be among team members who really enjoy what they do and look forward to doing it every day.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

To be a successful company you have to listen. You need to listen to your employees: their needs, ideas, and aspirations. You also need to listen to listen to your customers: what they want, what they are looking to get out of your company, and what you can offer them that no one else can.

All of this has to happen with creativity , passion, and patience. You don't create a great company based off of the idea of one, but through the collaboration of many.