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The Language House TEFL

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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.

Founded
2004
Headquarters

Na Porici 6
11000 Prague
Czechia

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Check out our website to watch our fun and informative Life in Prague videos make by graduates of our TEFL program. These videos cover topics like riding the public transportation system to interesting places to hike near the city.

Reviews

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Brendon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am writing this review because I want everyone to know how great this school is to their alumni. This school takes care of you far after the time you leave their program. I graduated in 2016, but needed some additional help because my Chinese employer required extra certification on my TEFL certificate that I earned at The Language House. The Language House director personally assisted me in getting this authentication from the Chinese embassy, even though it is a rather time consuming process. When this school advertises that they will assist you after you graduate, they certainly aren't lying.

I can't speak highly enough about the quality of education you will receive at this school. This is not an easy program, but if you are serious about teaching, you don't want an easy TEFL program. Because this school gives you so many opportunities to teach with great feedback, you will graduate with the tools, knowledge and confidence to be a successful English teacher.

I have done some English teaching in the Middle East, where I worked with many English teacher volunteers who either don't have a TEFL or got their TEFL online. It is amazing to see what a difference one month at The Language House made in my teaching abilities, and how much better my classes were because of my time in this program.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
In this program, you start teaching on the second week. It was very nerve-racking to get up and teach my first few lessons, but the more you do, the easier it gets. After finishing the program, I could comfortably teach a class even with very little time to prepare a lesson plan.
Alevtina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I completed my training at The Language House in September 2018 and I can't thank the school enough for the knowledge and experience they've shared with me.

The thing that I've appreciated the most is how serious the school is about their alums and professionalism. Being a non-native speaker (I am Russian), I was half expecting discrimination and a difficult journey on my path, what with being surrounded by native speakers, complicated visa process, and political tension. Guess what, it doesn't matter where you come from, as long as you prove your level of English, you pay attention during classes, and you implement given knowledge - you'll be just fine! The school has such a great reputation that your origin doesn't matter - as long as you have the TLH TEFL certificate, the employees know - you're a well-trained professional.

From day 1 not a minute has been waisted: even if you're listening to a class, you're involved in it, practicing every point of the lecture. Not only do the staff give you useful knowledge, tips and offer their advice, they also give you a very detailed feedback on everything you do, be that homework assignments, lesson-planning assistance, or your proper lesson feedback. That is not everything, though! Starting from the orientation activities, you are introduced to a bunch of new people that in the matter of days become your closest friends, colleagues and support system. You don't have to struggle alone because they are in the same boat!

I strongly recommend The Language House TEFL. Great stuff, wonderful experience, appreciative students, and magical Prague. (and beer, lots of beer.)

What would you improve about this program?
I would probably recommend improving the wifi connection (and I've been told it's already in progress) and probably have instructions on how to use the printer directly with a flash drive.
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Shaun
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I came to Prague without any solid idea about how I planned to earn a living. White collar Ponzi Schemes or Bank robbery seemed like the best options until I came across The Language House... which just seemed like less of a hassle. In the end, I signed up and I'm glad I did because if I hadn't, I'd probably be in prison and wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet all of the great instructors and, even moreso, my fellow students... many of whom are still here with me in Prague!

The course was hard - for me, really hard - but totally worth it, and the instructors make it fun and give great pointers on what life may involve after you graduate. In addition to that, their knowledge extends beyond just classroom or job stuff because they've all lived here long enough to know about things like the little cultural quirks and where to find that stuff from home that you just, like, really need...

Shout out to Andrea for being cool, funny, and a great instructor and to Foxwell for being a tough teacher, but a really good one.

Whatever they taught me must've worked because I got a full-time job the weekend after I graduated... and thankfully never had to pursue a life of crime.

What would you improve about this program?
Can't think of anything.
Josh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I took the language House program back in 2012, and i’m Glad to see the program continuing to be successful in Prague. The Language House will prepare you for all the challenges of living overseas, while giving you the job skills and introducing you to awesome new friends. I can’t highly recommend The Language House enough. The Staff at TLH are very knowledgeable and patient, and they’ll do everything they can to set you up for an awesome experience living in the Golden City.

Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I left college not knowing who I wanted to be, or what I wanted to do. I took the course on a whim; I still carry the teachings today, 7 years on. Chris and his staff is extremely helpful; they provide ongoing cultural and professional insight, long after the course is over. His only requirement; be eager to learn, and motivated to succeed. TLH will help with the rest. He has made his company a family, and an integral part of the English speaking community. I unreservedly recommend the Language House.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Ana-Madalina Danila

Ana Danila is an English Teacher, a Geographer and a Traveler at heart.

Why did you choose this program?

I had been wandering in this confusing universe of seeking a job for one year before I found out about the TEFL training course. Seeing my mother and my father leaving for school every morning when I was a child, made me believe that is the thing to do when I grow up. The educational environment within my family inspired me almost involuntarily. I could not imagine a different future for me.

So I started to look online because I wasn't happy with my real life opportunities in my country. After a tremendous research, I finally decided to enroll the Tefl Program in Prague. It seemed the perfect choice for my future and the reviews were more than satisfactory. I had no doubt about it after I got in contact with the people from ITTO and The Language House.

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

ITTO (International Teacher Training Organization) assisted me with finding a school matching my requirements. They put me in contact with a school in Prague to start my training in January 2018. I completed my pre-course assignment and then I found out they are no longer organizing the Tefl training. But ITTO was magic and asked me about another school - The Language House in Prague and it was perfect. Thank God that happened because I couldn't be happier or more satisfied with what they do (friendly advice, answers at any hour day and night, housing, airport pick up, orientation, etc).

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

Go for it! You will find it very rewarding! Be sure the program provider will assist you with everything. It takes time for things to settle down a bit so think ahead before starting your adventure. You don't want to be stressed out about leaving your country or be a good student/teacher once you get there. Be prepared and be brave! And make sure it's what you really want to do!

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

The program is very busy. The course itself is intensive, but you can do it. I had classes from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm every day and teaching practice from 5.00 pm to 7.00/8.00 pm. I used the free time for lesson planning or studying. We went out for drinks during the weekends. I do remember realizing that I didn't actually know the city I was living in and I blame it on the schedule. But they also teach you how to manage to have a work-life balance, so now it's all a beautiful memory.

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 not being a native English speaker. But I found out that "it's a bit of a two-sided coin. On the one hand, some of the best teachers are non-natives. They know the grammar and they have an understanding of the language that is similar to what their students experience as they progress. They also know they have a bit more to prove, so they tend to put a lot more emphasis on good lessons. Be prepared to bring your A-game to your lessons!" After reading this (an e-mail from a former Tefl teacher), the other side of the coin didn't even matter.

One of my teachers also said to me that "The best way to learn a language is to teach it!"

Write and answer your own question.

Finally, I don't have a question, but I do have an answer! Going away from home and starting a career somewhere else is the best way to develop both personally and professionally.

The world is yours! Start with a course, enjoy teaching, find summer camps, travel! Or...Eat! Drink! Love! And be responsible.

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Staff Interviews

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

Vanessa Durazo

Job Title
Observer
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.

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