TEFL Worldwide Prague

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Teach English Abroad! In just 4 weeks you can become TEFL certified and begin teaching English here in Prague or Anywhere!

TEFL Worldwide is an American owned leading TEFL course provider offering the Accredited 120 hour 4-week TEFL certificate course in the heart of Europe, Prague! The TEFL Worldwide course comes highly recommended by our graduates.

To date TEFL Worldwide has nearly 3,000 graduates who have gone on to teach in 60+ countries! We provide lifetime job assistance, Alumni events and support before, during and well after the course. We are always here for you! Our dedication to our graduates is what sets us apart from other schools.

Founded
2003
Headquarters

Freyova 12/1
19000 Prague
Czechia

Reviews

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Catriona
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I completed the TEFL Worldwide Course in Prague in July 2013. It was a fantastic programme, the course structure and standard of teaching was great and I feel like I learnt so much in just 4 weeks. I enjoyed learning about the different aspects of teaching English and although there were assignments to complete, I felt that there was plenty of time to complete them and they helped grasp my understanding of what was learnt. The instructors were extremely friendly and always very helpful, and have continued to help me throughout my future career as an English teacher abroad. Prague is a beautiful city, so to get the chance to live in a place like this for a month whilst also completing a worthwhile TEFL program was the best of both worlds. I would therefore highly recommend the programme to anybody who is looking for an adventure and the chance to live abroad, as this is a great first step towards teaching English in a variety of countries.

What was the most nerve-racking moment?
The most nerve-racking moment about the course is the day that you start practicing teaching in front of Czech adults. At first this may seem very daunting, however the adults who you are teaching are extremely friendly and patient, and you soon get used to it. The positive support you get from the instructors also helps you to feel more confident and they are very understanding that for a lot of people it is their first time teaching.
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Veronika
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I completed the course in July 2017 and ever since then, I've been thankful that I did! The quality of the instruction and the detailed guidance and feedback that we got during the course made me develop substantially as a teacher and also made me fall in love with teaching.

It is an intense experience but you'll be thankful for every bit of it, since everything in the course serves to make you the best teacher you can be. The instructors are some of the best teachers I've ever had, and you get to meet a bunch of great people such as the rest of the staff and the fellow students.

Even a long time after graduation, they are helpful with answering any questions, helping with references, and job guidance. All in all, I would recommend this course to anyone!

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Miro
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've participated in this program in the summer of 2018. Approximately half of the students were from the US, and the remainder from EU (incl. the Czech Republic) and non-EU European countries and South America.

The program was academically challenging. There was a steep learning curve in grammatical concepts. The teaching practice started immediately and required understanding of the material and diligent lesson planning in order to be successful. I've learned a lot and came away with enough knowledge and skills to start teaching as well as lot of ideas on where I needed to improve and grow.

Highlights:
- Experienced and knowledgable instructors from varied backgrounds
- Strong focus on practical classroom teaching experience, with practice teaching 4 days/week, with students of 4 different skill levels
- Smaller program, with personal touch from instructors and staff
- A great choice for someone looking to teach in the Czech Republic
- lot of extras like young learners workshop, 1:1 needs assessment and instruction, practical advice on the business and logistics side of being a teacher

Debbie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I found my month long course here very satisfying and rewarding.

Everything you learn during the course is super interesting and useful. The teaching staff is great! They're knowledgeable and always ready to help.
The fact that you get the chance to experience hands-on teaching to various levels is great preparation for the real world. You receive constructive feedback from the teaching staff and peers who are observing you.
After this course I can say that I feel ready to start teaching!

You also meet a bunch of great and interesting people, that will likely end up being friends for life.

The workload is high, but it's all really interesting and fun to do. You'll have various assignments like analysing the needs and level of a one-to-one student, preparing a one to one lesson and grammar presentations. You'll learn so much from these assignments!

They also provide good job guidance and helpful info on how to get a job.

Sean
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Worldwide Prague prepared me extremely well to work for language institutes, companies, and vocational schools in Germany. We learned many teaching techniques and practiced them while teaching to learners at all speaking levels. We also did a grammar refresher that served very useful. The training I received was instrumental to my success at companies, as well as in group settings and to one-to-one clients in Germany. Having practice-taught all levels and all classroom sizes (including one-to-one), I felt very confident in Germany. The repertoire of skills I gained at TEFL Worldwide Prague helped me ease into language schools quickly because of the breadth of knowledge and experience I gained during this one intense month at TEFL Worldwide Prague. I felt confident in Germany because of how authentic the practice teaching was in Prague. Furthermore, the feedback after our practice lessons was very detailed and constructive. The program was thorough, intense, and enjoyable. The staff was always available. Completing the course in the backdrop of Prague really felt empowering. The world truly opened up its doors upon completion of this course.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Belinda Baardsen

Belinda Baardsen is from Colorado and is currently an ESL Instructor at King Saud University. She is an American expat with a TEFL from TEFL Worldwide, a Juris Doctor from The University of Florida and a Bachelors of Science from Endicott College. She has taught in The Czech Republic, The Republic of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. She's been involved in teaching, sales, toastmasters, public speaking and equestrian instruction for many years. She is a woman working on her second career and enjoys reading, hiking, horseback riding, exploring, photography, and animal rescue. You can follow her @BelindaBaardsen on Twitter.

What inspired you to teach ESL?

Belinda: It seemed like an exciting adventure combined with my love of working with kids.

Why did you choose TEFL Worldwide Prague?

Belinda: It was a complete accident. I found them AFTER I'd made a bad choice the first round - I found them AFTERWARDS. I had a broken foot, a bad TEFL School experience & I started googling & dialing. I got Cheryl on the phone & she rescued me from my nightmare. She's stayed with me every step of the way & that's a real sign of a great program in my opinion.

Belinda and her students in Turkey

Describe your day to day activities as a student in TEFL Worldwide Prague.

Belinda: It was a lot of work, but first they showed us step by step how to do the job, and then showed us how to put the materials together to create a teaching plan. The materials were very specific, and there was a lot of structured guidance initially. Then, we put our plans together & had them reviewed prior to execution. We then met with our instructors to review necessary improvements or to let us know good job. Then, we taught our classes and were observed. Each lesson was followed up with comments for improvement, or support on having executed the tasks correctly. It started slowly and built up to a full fledged teaching program where you were rotated from every level they had, and every class. Ultimately we had a written exam, and we were then introduced to the world of employment opportunities. They have stayed with us step by step.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Belinda and a fellow ESL instructor climbing in the desert

Belinda: Professionally, I feel it has been a positive career move allowing me to have international work experience in a unique culture and new, fully developed skill sets. It also allows for a pumped up CV because the schools that hire you are not set up so to speak. It demonstrates your versatility, and ability to keep a commitment in the wild wild west of teaching. This is not easy, and you must be self driven to produce good classes for your students.

Personally, I've grown a lot, and learned more about myself. I am much more relaxed as I travel the worlds community. I belong here, and it shows.

Academically, I've developed more relevant experiences and exposure because I've been/am exposed to so many different teachers with different approaches. It helps.

What is one piece of advice you would give to others thinking about teaching abroad?

Belinda: Your school of choice is important, and critical. Don't believe everything you read on the internet. Be prepared, but flexible. Don't take an arrogant view of the world; you may have a skill to offer, but you can learn something too.

Staff Interviews

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

Kenneth Arnold

Job Title
Course Director
Kenneth holds a BS degree in Pedagogy with a Primary Education major from the University of Missouri, a Cambridge DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English Language to Adults), a Shenker Institue TEFL Certificate from Rome, Italy and is an Official Cambridge Oral Examiner certified by Cambridge University, British Council. He has been working in TEFL teaching and training since 1997.
man with students smiling in classroom

What is your favorite travel memory?

Hard to say. I didn't travel much when I was young so after I graduated, it was as if everything was a new opportunity. The first country that I visited which was vastly different from my own was Malaysia, so that country will always have special memories for me.

When I was teaching in the US, I had the idea to travel during the summer breaks. But I realized I'd only be living for those times when I'd get to travel. I was then introduced to the idea of teaching English abroad. Instead of waiting to travel, I'd be living elsewhere constantly. I loved the opportunity of living in other countries and actually getting a closer look at what makes them special.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

I don't know if any places are over or underrated. You can have a great time or terrible time anywhere depending upon your experiences there, the people you meet, your own attitude, etc. Personally, there are lots of places I haven't been and would like to go, so I don't want to dismiss any opportunity I haven't taken.

That said, I've been very lucky in the places I've taught. Living in Rome opposite the Pantheon, an island in Southeast Asia, the south of Spain, and of course Prague, still one of the most beautiful cities on earth, at least of those I've been to.

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

There are so many factors. Our staff, our trainers, our leader are all important components. But the biggest one is probably our graduates. I've personally helped train over 800 teachers over the years and I try to stay in contact with as many of them as I can. They are, by far, the best representatives of our work. I'm really proud when they are able to get a job abroad, go for a new experience and we were a part of helping make that happen.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Overall, TEFL Worldwide is a great place to work. The staff is small and hard-working. My fellow trainers are full of energy and passion for what they do. And the owner is very dedicated to her company and clients. The location is ideal in a quiet part of Prague but with ample ways to get to various locations around the city.

In my profession, we change employers a lot, each time you move to a new country basically. TEFL Worldwide is one of, if not the, best places I've ever worked.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I can't choose just one story, there are loads of great experiences. I've often said that my big days of traveling are over, but then when I keep in contact with graduates and I hear about all of the exciting places they are going and things they are doing, I feel that travel bug itching again.

To be honest, the best stories are when graduates share funny or interesting classroom experiences they have had. As everyone is teaching or has taught at some point, we can all relate. Those stories tend to be the most universal as you can see that teaching English, for all its ups and downs, is a really fun profession.