Wow, The Language House in Prague. What an experience.
Let me begin with a warning: As others have said, it’s intense. Do NOT take that lightly. I have done a lot of very difficult and challenging things in my life, and this was absolutely one of the most difficult things I have ever done. A number of students admitted to having been in tears at least once. It’s a challenge, to say the least. As one very strong and intelligent classmate said to me, “It’s like they have perfected a formula to push us right to the edge, without quite pushing us over.” It did, in fact, push me over, and at least one other classmate. We both hit a point where we essentially couldn’t function, just overloaded and over stressed. It took me an additional week beyond the course to complete it. The owner of the course met with a few of us at no additional cost, on days he should have been off, to professionally and patiently help us become better teachers. It made a huge difference. The staff here wants you to succeed, and will help you in any way you need, to make that happen.
So, what does this all mean? For me it means I cannot possibly imagine another school doing a better job of preparing you to be a teacher. And sure, it could be difficult even if the quality of the teaching and the methods were not top-notch, but that’s not the case. The TLH staff are outrageously good at what they do. They know their stuff. Because of all this, students that come out of The Language House have an undeniable advantage, at least here in Prague (which, by the way, is amazing!). Prospective employers from English teaching schools have told some of my classmates that TLH consistently produces the best teachers. You will get hired.
Okay, this review is long enough, and I think I’ve made my point. Here are a few key words. To each one, please attach the word “Amazing!” Prague, camaraderie, quality, intensity, friends, endless support, your new family, and challenge.
Am I glad I came to The Language House? Well, I wish the intensity could have been diluted to six weeks instead of four, but yes. And perhaps it’s relevant to note that I am a semi-retired guy of 64, WAY outside my demographic! The typical student here is fresh out of college and still has his or her study skills intact. My classmates (and now friends) were wonderful, supportive, and welcoming. I’m heading into an entirely new life, and it’s exciting. Thank you, TLH!
PS Study grammar before you get here. Really.