Hello Academies: TEFL Course & Teach in Prague

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Get TEFL Certified in Prague - Getting TEFL certified abroad gives students an advantage as you receive more hands-on teaching practice and are also able to look for jobs during the course in order to find full-time employment by the time the course is over. The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (also known as TESOL) certification qualifies you to find a paid teaching job overseas. A 4-week course prepares you for teaching grammar, speech and other necessary skills that are required when working at international schools.

Hello Academies in Prague is operated by Smaller Earth. It is a unique experience where Smaller Earth participants can learn to teach English, but at the same time, our participants from the Czech Republic also study English at the academy before they head out on their international adventures!

Questions & Answers

A bachelors degree is not always a requirement, but when you apply you will have a chat with the program coordinator who will talk you through those kind of details. Applying for a work permit here is pretty easy and only takes around a week!

Reviews

96%
based on 55 reviews
  • Benefits 9.7
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.2
  • Facilities 9.1
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.7
  • Support 9.8
  • Value 9.9
  • Difficulty 7.7
  • Job Assistance 9.4
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Marinella
9/10

Great Month

Hello Academies was really great in this TEFL experience. I found their style of teaching fit my learning style well and I felt well prepared to actually teach. They have been a great support network for job searching, visas, and housing. Really glad I joined this program! Met a lot of awesome friends as well :) Like any other TEFL course, there is a lot within the month. It can get stressful, but as long as you do a bit a day and lean on your classmates and wonderful Hello, you will make it through with flying colors! And make time to explore Prague! It's beautiful.

Yes, I recommend
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Darshan
9/10

Value for Money

I started this course never having travelled to Europe before. From the day I had been picked up at the airport until my departure a month later, it was an incredible journey for me.

The support I received from Martha and her team were exceptional. The course material covers everything you'd need know to start your teaching career.

The accommodation for students is a few tram stops away from Hello Academies' offices. I'd recommend this course to anyone considering a teaching career. Prague is beautiful even in the winter and the city's charm made me want to stay longer.

Yes, I recommend
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Petr
10/10

Amazing 4 weeks with HELLO ACADEMIES

I did not really know what to expect from the course but I have to say it was the right decision to take it and especially HELLO ACADEMIES in Prague. It was exhausting and intense but definitely worth it. The program is really well prepared, the tutors are amazing. They really deliver the knowledge at its best. They are super helpful and supportive. I would ever believe I can learn the grammar I did not know before that quickly and easily as during the course. Now after the course I feel very confident and prepared for the future teaching and that is only and only thanks to the tutors at HELLO ACADEMIES. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Peter

Yes, I recommend
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malika
10/10

the best 4 weeks!

this was the greatest experience of my life. it was tough and exhausting but through this course not only have i learned how to teach but i have gained so many invaluable life skills. i have made life long friends through this course. i feel confident and capable to take on the English teaching world. Martha was amazing, she is a creative teacher and gives great, constructive, feedback. if you decide to take this course i wish you the best, you will have the greatest time ever. hello academies are a great TEFL company

How can this program be improved?
clearer information about deadlines
Yes, I recommend
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Michael
10/10

Small group, big hearts, and one great class

I completed this TEFL course last November with Hello Academies in Prague. I am now thinking of returning to Prague eventually after several months, and I figure it were time for me to give credit where credit is due and offer some suggestions for future trainees.

1. Before the course

I tried to sign up for the course at the last minute, while I was still working in India only a few weeks before the course, but the staff were very helpful and were able to interview me by phone in India and accept my application. Communications were clear in coordinating my arrival in Prague, although I wish someone had warned me about the taxi drivers' practice of overcharging foreigners. I ended up getting housing through Airbnb on my own, a place within walking distance to class. But the staff also volunteered to help me find housing in Prague. In retrospect, I appreciated having the Airbnb place. Even though it was much more expensive, I had the convenience of walking to class in 2 minutes and more privacy and peace and quiet than the shared-room group housing the program offered. The downside, however, was that in addition to the age-difference barrier I had with the rest of the class (I was much older), I was physically isolated in my living arrangements from the rest of the class and did not benefit from group discussions and peer feedback outside of the class, plus reminders about assignment due dates, activities and events, etc. that came with living with the rest of the class. If I were to do it again, I would still choose a private room over the group housing, but I would put in more effort to connect with classmates to be kept in the loop on the various details of the course and staying in Prague.

Other things I would do before the start of the class:

A. Make sure you have a good working laptop for word processing, spreadsheets, Internet connection, etc. Fix whatever problems your computer may have. You will need it throughout the course. Get to know how to navigate through Google docs. Piece of cake for most youngsters now, but I am getting a bit too old to learn new tricks. At least, not easily.
B. Come a few days before class starts to familiarize yourself with the city and its resources: where to get supplies, laundry, transportation, computer repairs, copy shops, stationery, etc.
C. Do some sightseeing to get the urge out of the way, so that you don't feel you have only this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do it, while the course is going at its intensive pace. If you are a procrastinator like me, you will still find an excuse not to do your work on time. But one does what one can to get rid of excuses. Prague is a beautiful city with many temptations. Enjoy, then study.
D. Spend some time to learn a little Czech, especially the phonetic aspects of it. It will help you understand the mistakes of your students in your practice teaching sessions and especially in analyzing the mistakes of your student in the learner profile assignment.

2. During the course

A. attitude

I had previously completed CELTA before taking this TEFL course and was only taking the course to get the TEFL brand name, which is better recognized in certain parts of the world, so I had a more relaxed, almost nonchalant attitude in the beginning, which quickly turned to my disadvantage. You need to take this course seriously, no matter how qualified you are already. Things could easily pile up with the intensive pace of this course and you need to be organized and be on top of it to not fall behind. Having a strong reason for wanting to succeed in the course and reminding yourself of the reason will help. You need to decide and know what you want before you come and not give up when you are here. The staff were consistently friendly, helpful and encouraging, but you need to be organized enough yourself to avail yourself of their help during class and office hours. Huge mistakes in my practice lessons could have been avoided, if I had asked for feedback more in advance.

B. instruction

One outstanding feature of the instruction part of the course is that the director of the program systematically goes through all the English verb tenses and their uses, illustrated with diagrams. This is something that was not quite covered in my CELTA training. I have gone through verb conjugations for a number of other European languages, so it was not such a big deal, but I still appreciated having it taught in its entirety systematically. For native English speakers, grammar would come naturally in speaking, but explaining the why's and how's of it to someone else is nearly impossible. This is where you get your money's worth. You learn to articulate the explanations to a non-native speaker.

That is not to say, I had no issues with the instruction. I have great respect for the director of the program, who was also the primary teacher of the course. She was evidently abundantly qualified, knowledgeable, intelligent, charming, helpful, and fair and effective as a teacher. I think she also truly wanted to help the trainees succeed and took her responsibility seriously. And I adored her British accent. Nevertheless, I still strongly disagree with her regarding the demise of the subjunctive in English. It still makes my stomach churn and my blood boil, when I hear people say, "if I was," when they should say, "if I were" in contrary-to-fact conditional statements. It's a losing battle against the tide of ignorance, but better to die a glorious death at the Thermopylae of the English language than to live a life without the freedom from boorishness that can only be won by the grace and elegance of subjunctives. At the very least, I think it should be made clear that there is still a difference between street (dare I say gutter?) English and acceptable academic or literary English. End of my preaching to the choir, if any still exists.

Another notable feature of the instruction is the introduction to IPA symbols. Although we did not have time in the course to become experts on the subject, the materials presented made me much more aware of the depth of the subject, the resources available and the necessity for me to work on this skill. The course did not cover the phonetics of contractions, elisions, etc. That is perhaps something that could be added to future curricula, so that trainees can be at least made aware of the concepts.

C. practice teaching sessions

Do not procrastinate like me. Prepare, prepare, and prepare way in advance. Use the office hours to get feedback in advance. However, mistakes you make are invaluable in helping you learn. The teachers were great in giving detailed, helpful feedback and the lessons you learn from these practice runs are the ones that will stay with you. Particularly useful was the videotaped lesson. You get to watch yourself as others see you. I never realized how distracting my hand gestures were, until I saw my own video.

3. Ancillary points

The course itself, though intense in its pace, was very enjoyable with the pleasant, friendly atmosphere. Our particular class of about 9 or 10 people had great camaraderie and was very mutually supportive. I had a great time cracking jokes to an appreciative audience, although the disruptions I caused were probably sometimes to the chagrin of the teachers. I got away with more than I should have, I must say with a guilty conscience. The teachers were firm, though, when they needed to be, so that no course content suffered as a result of shenanigans from clowns like me. The initial group lunch, the river cruise field trip and a couple of nights out at local pubs all served to heighten the group's camaraderie.

At the end of the program, representatives from a couple of English-instruction schools came to present employment opportunities with them and an agency gave a presentation on how to find housing and obtain necessary permits to work in Prague.

4. Summary

Overall, it was a very well-organized, substantive, thoughtful and, with its brief duration, efficient program, designed to give the trainees the basics of how to teach English in four short weeks and help them find employment immediately, especially in Prague. But I want to emphasize two points in particular. First, the old adage: you get out of it what you put into it. Second, learn beyond what is being taught in the classroom. For me, the warmth, friendliness, sincerity, professionalism, self-discipline and self-control, and balanced frame of mind of the staff and teachers may prove to be the most valuable gifts that I will cherish and hope to emulate from this experience. Not to mention the director's charming British accent and all those gorgeous Czech women in class, especially the grandmas (inside joke). OK, I had better stop before I get myself into real trouble. Just take the class. You won't regret it.

How can this program be improved?
More spacious facilities
Better temperature controls, better heat distribution/dissipation.
Loan computer equipment.
Better, larger library.
Yes, I recommend
Sarah
9/10

Fantastic but intensive experience!

I signed up for this course without really knowing what to expect or what I wanted to do with the qualification once I obtained it. I knew I wanted to gain a TEFL qualification at some point and I was considering doing it once I had finished my degree. But when I found this course I thought it would be too good of an opportunity to let pass by. The intensive four weeks meant that I could do it in the summer between studying without having to take time off. As it runs all year round it means you can do the course when it best suits you.

Throughout the time of study the staff were helpful and encouraging. The course was well organised, the modules were all relevant and the hands on experience gave us the opportunity to apply the skills we had learned into the classroom. I really felt my skills developing throughout the course as my confidence grew.

Prague is a beautiful city with so much to do. The food, culture, nightlife and the events that hello academies organise are also good fun too.

Even though I chose not to stay in Prague I'm so glad I did this course as I now feel prepared to go and teach anywhere in the world. Just go for it!

How can this program be improved?
To have been able to speak to the other people on the course prior to departure.
Yes, I recommend
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Bex
10/10

Great Staff, Great Program!

Before taking Hello Academies TEFL certification program, I had no previous teaching experience, so I was a little nervous going into. However, the TEFL trainers, Martha and Rebecca, were so helpful and knowledgeable. They were there for us TEFL trainees throughout the entire course and gave amazing feedback to help us improve our teaching skills. By the end of the course, I can honestly say I felt confident enough to create successful lesson plans and teach non-native speakers English. The rest of the Smaller Earth staff also helped to make my experience in the course a good one. They were so helpful whenever I had questions about where to find things in Prague or to give me recommendations on things to do. They also helped me find accommodation for after the course. I recommend Hello Academies to anyone who is interested in getting TEFL certified!

Yes, I recommend
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Mickey
9/10

let's do this course again.

So, really for sure i mean that. Doing the course, agian, would be easy to do and accomplish because the situations created by all staff is wicked awesome and totally in order. Definitely sign up for their course, if what your looking for is the first step to an new start to a new adventure and maybe teach some English when you get the chance, then this course i highly recommend. 9 out of 10 is good, no doubt, but go see for yourself and then write one of these reviews and try and say something negative about what they didn't meet. It was a great experience and opened a lot of doors.

How can this program be improved?
Make it free!
everything rocks
and
rolls

Yes, I recommend
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Becky
10/10

The most life changing month ever!

Getting my TEFL certificate with Hello Academies in 2014 was the best decision I ever made. It changed the course of my life forever.

I became confident, overcame my anxiety about public speaking and even made the move abroad full time. The staff are incredible, so dedicated and caring and will always go above and beyond! They guided me through everything I needed, and were available 24 hours a day for emergency.

The course was intense but interactive and fun - the Czech students we taught became great friends and my co-teachers became my friends for life.

I love Prague and I loved this course! I would strongly recommend it to anyone who loves to travel and would like to find a way to fund further travel!

How can this program be improved?
The staff frequently request feedback and try where ever possible to implement changes requested by students, if of course they are applicable, so the course is always being improved!
Yes, I recommend
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Olivia
10/10

Great course!

Great course! Getting my TEFL certificate through Hello Academies was one of the best decisions that I have made. The amazing teachers, students and roommate made everything a million times better. Definitely a life-changing, busy, stressful, and rewarding month. The staff and friends that I made persuaded me to stay in Prague! There was a lot of help with applying for a visa, finding housing, and getting a job. I would definitely recommend to anyone considering taking a TEFL course!

Yes, I recommend
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Britton
10/10

Amazing people!

Getting my TEFL Certificate through Hello Academies was an amazing experience! They helped me with every step of the process from picking me up at the airport to job assistance after finishing my TEFL certification. The TEFL instructor is extremely talented and the rest of the staff members are helpful as well. I finished the course in August '15, am still living in Prague, and have no plans of leaving!

Yes, I recommend
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Anna
9/10

Non-native English Speaker Experience

When I got my bachelor's degree in January, I was sure I still need to work on myself to get a well paid job. However, I knew I did not want to continue my education at university. For this reason I decided to take TEFL course here in Prague instead and I gotta say I will never ever regret this decision.

TEFL course gave me exactly what I expected - a lot of useful theoretical information concerning teaching and work with various levels of students, as well as many hours of practice. By the end of the course I had finished 13 lesson of English teaching - where else can you get this in just 4 weeks? :) :) :)

I also had a chance to become friends with many English teachers who work here in Prague. It means that anytime I need a piece of advice, or just want to hang out with people who have similar interests, there is always someone ask.

How can this program be improved?
If there was one thing I could change it would be the spectrum of students we worked with during our teaching practice. Most of our students were intermediate - and they attended even lessons that were aimed at pre-intermediate students. This means we didn't really have a chance to teach various levels.
Yes, I recommend
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ella
10/10

tefl prague helo academies

The main reason I decided come to Prague complete to my TEFL certificate was because I wanted to experience studying in another European country and meet like minded people.

Many people had told me before I started the course about how intense it was. This was definitely a good thing as this meant I could prepare myself -in the end I didn't actually find it too intense!! Yes, we were in class every week day from 9.30 until 6pm but there was quite a long break in the middle of the day. We had every weekend free to explore the city and meet past participants of the course.

Before I came to Prague I hadn't yet decided if I wanted to stay on for longer. After just 1 week I knew I wanted to stay for the summer! Prague is a beautiful city with so much happening during the week and at the weekend.

Hello Academies has a fantastic TEFL course, but its really the people who make the course so enjoyable. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The alumni group is probably one of the best things about doing the course at hello academies. Before coming to Prague I did not know anyone.
There are so many events organised at the weekends which are fantastic opportunities for meeting past students of the course. I have made so many new friends from around the world, and hope to make even more this Summer.

The accommodation we stayed at during the course was satisfactory. It was in a safe environment however it was a little far from the city centre. The Wifi was free but not very good; instead I just got a Czech sim card with data for internet.

This course has been an absolutely amazing experience. I would definitely recommend to all my friends, and especially to anyone who loves meeting new people and travelling.

Yes, I recommend
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Stef
9/10

TEFL

Overall, I had a really great experience doing my TEFL course with Smaller Earth. The instructor (Barbora) was excellent and very knowledgeable about the topics we needed to know. After this course, I feel prepared to teach anywhere in the world. The lessons were very helpful and teaching 2-3 times a week definitely boosted my confidence.

Prague itself is an amazing city, and if you are thinking about doing a TEFL certification I would definitely recommend doing it here with Smaller Earth.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would change about this program would be the housing.It was a bit far out from the city center, and having long days plus commuting was a bit of an annoyance sometimes.There are night trams though.
Yes, I recommend
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Lil
9/10

TEFL Prague

Overall, I really enjoyed the TEFL Course in Prague. It was an amazing experience meeting people from different parts of the world. I will say this, once you are part of the program you automatically join such a tight knit family. I abosulelty loved our TEFL instructor...so full of energy and knowledge. And for that reason I would recommend the program to any future students.

How can this program be improved?
I would probably change the location of the housing to be a bit closer to the school. The course itself was very straight forward and allowed for further english development.
Yes, I recommend

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