Language and Training

TEFL International Prague

About

Language and Training provides TEFL International Prague Certified courses. We combine the personal attention of a small course with the facilities and support of one of the most established and respected language schools in Prague - Threshold Training Associates. We provide comprehensive assistance with finding jobs both in Prague and all over the world.

Our school offers access to a variety of resources such as computers for lesson planning and resumé building, wifi and internet access, photocopiers, scanners, video cameras and full access to our resource library of course books and materials covering a wide range of levels and skill focuses.

Join the TEFL International course in Prague and start teaching English in the Czech Republic and throughout the world, with your internationally recognized TEFL / TESOL Certificate.

Founded
2011
Headquarters

Wassermannova 1039
156 00 Prague
Czechia

Special Offer - FREE Accommodation!

For the November 2018 TEFL Course we offer free accommodation for accepted candidates who pay the deposit before October 31st, 2018. Our accommodation capacity is limited. The course starts on November 19th. Promo code FREE201811

Reviews

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Luke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This is just what I needed. I changed careers from being a banker and I would have been lost without these guys. This school prepared me for a wide range of students and environments. I landed a job in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan after this program. I had a smooth transition because of the depth that this course provides. They give you the chance to teach different types of students. There were young learners at the elementary/primary school age. There was a group of teens and preteens. There were groups of adults at varying levels. The school goes over theory and application. After the lessons you teach, you will get detailed professional feedback from instructors that know their stuff. The instructors are unyieldingly honest , but immensely constructive and supportive.

The instructors come from a variety of backgrounds and geographic locations. It is apparent that they were chosen because of their specialized skills, education, and accomplishments. There are Czechs, Native speakers, and others from other countries. They teach a wide range of English specialities and were available to answer questions and guide us. There will absolutely be an instructor that suits your learning style.

If you are looking to teach English at all this place is a no brainer. Definitely consider this place for professional development, especially if you have related experience or if you got an online certificate. The practice teaching you get makes the difference. The course packs a lot into those four weeks so when you do it, buckle up and be prepared. The beer and friendly staff in Prague will definitely help. The staff is truly approachable and they are great ambassadors to the industry. If you are looking for the first place to land after deciding to take the big career jump, look no further.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Before I started the program I was overly concerned about finding work. The school had a partnership with a visa organization in Prague that took care of many of my peers. The school also elaborates on all the different sectors in the industry, which helped me decide where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. It doesn't matter where you want to go, this is your point of entry into the industry.
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Genevieve
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I decided on a career change after moving to the Czech Republic because I wasn't a native Czech speaker and there weren't many career opportunities for me. I thought that teaching English could open more doors, career-wise, so I decided on attending this course to find out how the experience will be like. What attracted me to this course, compared to an online TEFL course, was the practical training they offered. We had to start teaching real students from the second day, and things went in full speed until the last day. Other than the daily lessons on language, teaching methodology, lesson planning time, teaching and post-class feedback sessions, we also had assignments to complete. Although it got really exhausting for most of us, we managed to pull through and passed the course!

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Uditi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I didn’t have any experience in teaching and this course was appropriate to start my career in the teaching world. This course is tough and intensive but once you get through it, you will see the pros of doing this course. Initially it was hard for me but with the constant guidance and the feedbacks I felt more confident about teaching and soon picked up on the methods and techniques. I don’t think I could have done this course in a better place! Prague is magical.

Stella
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This course is demanding and hard. I had a lot of difficulties in the first week and a half. Going into this, I had never really taught before and I had a bit of anxiety, especially in front of groups. But something clicked half way through and I felt confident and capable in my teaching abilities. They helped with the visa process and helped me find a job and living accommodations. I think one of the best things about this class was the people I met and the friends I have made. It made the transition of moving from America to Prague so much easier.

What would you improve about this program?
It's long and hard but you can't really change that. You shouldn't want to change that because it prepares you for anything
Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I’m happy I chose the course exactly in Prague because the city is amazing and magical. It was really great experience! The school is very good. The trainers are very professional and mature, all of the trainers have great personalities. All the materials were really useful and interesting. The stuff is very nice too. Now I feel more confident and professional as a teacher and ready to go further and achieve my goals! 😊

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Alumni Interviews

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

Shelby Morales

Shelby grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. She has always been an avid student and lover of cultures but only had limited excursions abroad during her childhood to places like Mexico, Jamaica, and other Caribbean islands. Instead, she grew up experiencing travel from the backseat on long road-trips throughout the southern states of the USA. Her mother and grandmother, having traveled the world via the US Airforce, always encouraged her enthusiasm for world cultures and did their best to help her realize her travel dreams. At Southwestern University, Shelby studied world history along with psychology and politics with a hope of putting these skills to use in areas of conflict resolution and diplomacy. During her time in college she studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey where she met many fascinating people, experienced international politics and conflict up-close, and tested the water for a life of living internationally. After graduating with high honors, Shelby looked into several different avenues to align her with her end goal of working towards international cooperation. It was during this time that she found a means to teach English in Prague and with only a month of preparation, she jumped on a plane and has been having the time of her life.

Why did you decide to get TEFL certified with TEFL International in Prague?

I was approached by United TEFL during my sophomore and senior years of college. Upon graduating, I knew that I wanted to travel either to Washington DC or internationally to pursue a future in international relations. When my attempts to find work in DC fell through, I pursued teaching as an alternative.

I looked mainly at three countries to teach in: the Czech Republic, Spain, and South Korea. I ended up choosing Prague because it was most available to me through United TEFL and because I knew the least about the region.

I feel the best way to learn about countries is to live there and experience life beyond the tourist front. Teaching English is the easiest way for me to initiate an international lifestyle. Although I didn’t foresee this path for myself, I am very happy because I’ve always been passionate about teaching and speaking educated English. Getting my certification here has been wonderfully rewarding already.

What made this teaching abroad experience unique and special?

For me this is my first step into the real world. I’ve always been a student only away from home for limited chunks of time. This experience is unique because I have the freedom of time and money that comes with living and working abroad. There’s a much greater sense of independence when you realize that you can survive in a foreign country on your own.

This trip is also special because I am learning everything from scratch. I came to Prague without any background knowledge of the history, culture, or language and I also did not know anybody else here. This experience is quite the adventure for me as I meet new people and constantly am learning new things.

I keep a blog and am helping to educate people back home about the Czech Republic. It’s very relaxing to not rush about like the tourists or carefully budget like students studying abroad. I have the time to experience Prague at my own pace and to learn the language and culture.

How has this experience impacted your future?

This experience has impacted my future in several different ways. It has always been my goal to go on the graduate school for International Relations and I have a strong interest in joining the US State Department as a Foreign Affairs Officer, but both of those paths are very competitive; very few people straight out of undergrad without international experience are accepted. As such, teaching abroad is not only a great way to build that needed international experience but it also is familiarizing me with languages and the process of learning them. I have to have foreign language skills for both paths.

In addition, getting this certification to teach has turned into a path of its own. Now that I’m working, I’m realizing that I could be very happy continuing as I am. If one or neither of my plans in the USA come to fruition, I am fully capable of staying abroad to teach. I’m very passionate about making a difference in the international community and promoting understanding and now I’m recognizing teaching as another way of doing just that.

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering teaching / living abroad in Prague?

Do a test run. Moving abroad is not an easy thing to do. On top of getting your certification and getting hired by a language school you have to adapt to a completely different lifestyle, orient yourself in a vast, new city, navigate without the support of language, work on getting your visa and all other necessary paperwork, and making friends so that you don’t sit in your flat alone every evening.

Before committing to the money and time of getting certified to teach, take a long vacation or study abroad focusing specifically on building skills you’d need to start somewhere new. If you go abroad with friends, focus on making new friends. It’s surprising but your ability to find friends can make or break trip.
Give yourself the chance to experience the learning curve in a temporary setting before jumping into a (traditionally) year-long commitment. Not everyone is cut out to live in a foreign culture whether it’s because of language barriers, being shy, or not liking the food – it’s best to find out how you cope well before making plans to teach.

Staff Interviews

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

Kristýna Bulová

Job Title
TEFL Coordinator

What is your favorite travel memory?

It is difficult to choose one memory as I love traveling and have a lot of favorites. I'll pick a recent one as it's fresh in my memory.

I spent some time working on an EU project in Cyprus last year and my friends and I took a few days off to travel to Paphos to enjoy the sea and beaches. On our way back from the beach we nearly missed our bus, but the bus driver spotted us!

The driver violently stopped the bus and allowed us to get on, however not without a price. The rest of the ride was nothing short of a comedy show, with the bus driver continuously making jokes and causing the whole bus to shake with laughter.

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

As a TEFL program coordinator I have improved my organizational and multi-tasking skills a lot as there is a lot of tasks you have to handle at the same time to support the trainees and trainers and make the course run smoothly.

I also feel like I'm growing with every course because it consists of different people with different needs, so I have to adjust quickly to what is happening at the moment.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would definitely choose the TEFL program because it gives you everything you need as either an experienced or new English teacher. It provides you with not only methodology principles and language awareness training, but most importantly - teaching practice followed by professional feedback.

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

We are quite a small team of people and we also keep the TEFL groups rather smaller so everyone feels like part of the team. There is more trust, intimacy, and support because we all know we are in it together.

I am proud during every single final ceremony when our trainees receive their certificates because I know we helped another set of tens to hundreds of students to learn better English by having qualified and hard-working teachers.

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

I believe it is flexibility and ability to adjust to change, awareness of your company´s strengths but also weaknesses and the knowledge of who your customers are and what their needs are.

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