Hello Academies: TEFL Course 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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Lucille
8/10

A great program that enables you to travel.

My experience here got off to a rocky start but with the support of the staff, things got easier. The course is very intensive and for a native English speaker, it was also a great refresher on English grammar. I would say if you want to a chance to travel and meet new people and have fun while doing it, this course is a great course to do. The instructors are great, natural, warm and friendly and they help you as much as you can if you have issues like I did. A bonus is that Prague is a beautiful city and the cost of living here is very reasonable.

Yes, I recommend
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Tara
10/10

TEFL Course

I know this may be getting repetative now after looking at previous reviews but I could honestly not recommend this program enough. It is a great way to meet new people from around the world, get a little refresher on the English language (which after a while you realize you may not know as well as you thought), and gain some practical experience with Czech students that will prepare you for working in the field.

In preparation to come over to Prague I had so many questions and concerns. The staff here were extremely helpful and reassuring, answering anything I had to ask and providing the necessary resources to prepare for my trip (just make sure to educate youself about the visa process beforehand, specific to the country you are coming from). This one-month course was intensive, and if you have no prior experience teaching, like me, lesson planning can be a bit of a challenge at first but you do get the hang of it after a while - I promise!

Overall I think the course was a great experience with an awesome team to help you out along the way. You’ll meet so many new people and the experience of living is Prague is something I can’t even describe. If you’re on the fence about taking this program, all I can tell you is that you will not regret it!

Yes, I recommend
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Monica
10/10

You won't regret it

These past 4 weeks have delivered more than I could have ever asked for in a TEFL course. I had been researching for over a year where exactly I should go for this certification. There are SO many options out there but this 4 week TEFL program in Prague with Hello Academies really stood out the most because of how personable the staff is and how diligent the course load is. Within the first week I already felt like I was apart of the family here in such a welcoming environment. Barbora is an amazing instructor and I feel overly prepared for my job hunt that I'm about to embark on here in Prague. Within day 4 of the course, I was already teaching English to a classroom of Czech students. Not a lot of other programs provide that vital experience in a TEFL course.The staff here is always willing to help out with anything whether it be assistance finding housing or visa guidance. They also go out of their way to organize social events so we can feel more included in the expat life here in Prague. Would you rather be in a classroom with over 30 other TEFL students and lack of one on one attention or a with a close knit bunch that is overly qualified to help? It was really a no brainer for me.

How can this program be improved?
There's really nothing I would change about the program itself. If you really do your research about Prague and the visa process (I'm American) beforehand you will be all set. I knew that I wanted to stay here somewhat long term so I educated myself on exactly what visas and licenses I would need for working here as well as saving enough US money to live off of since it may take a while to build up enough hours of teaching here before making a comfortable living.
Yes, I recommend
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Frankie
9/10

TEFL Course in Prague

This TEFL course was very valuable as it has successfully prepared me to teach English as a foreign language. It was helpful taking the course in person as the support received was extremely useful. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to receive their TEFL certificate. I felt very welcome from the moment I met the staff here in Prague at Hello Academies. The assistance they have provided from the course knowledge and objectives to learning the life in Prague and settling in has been greatly appreciated. I enjoyed coming in everyday to the TEFL offices because of the people I have been around. My days have been filled with fun and adventure since arriving in Prague and it has been the people who have made it great. I am now ready to take my next step towards living and working in Prague as an English teacher and I would not be as readily prepared without this course and people who run it.

How can this program be improved?
My only critique for this program would be the particularities of information received before coming to Prague. I received a lot of information that was accurate and very helpful however, there was still more that could have been specified or added. For example, more knowledge about the visa process and trade license would have served useful. There are certainly specifics that are difficult to make understood, but more knowledge on the matter would be assistive.
Yes, I recommend
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Elizabeth
10/10

Hello Academies..ROCKS!!

I am so happy I chose this program over others I had considered! Everything from the people, staff class, accommodations, PRAGUE was nothing shy of AWESOME!! I highly recommend Hello Academies to ALL!!

How can this program be improved?
Personally, I would have appreciated more regular in class review of the grammar we learned to gear up for the final test. Otherwise, it was a wonderful program and experience!
Yes, I recommend
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Michael
10/10

An Simply Incredible Experience

For me this course was a spur of the moment choice and has turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. The course was great from day one. A wonderful introduction set the tone for the month. The staff was always amazingly friendly and helpful.

The day to day schedule is fairly simple. A couple of learning sessions in the morning and then they afternoons are spent preparing for lessons. We teach students who are always very willing to participate and eager to learn.

The company holds several events throughout the month to encourage socializing with Alumni of the course. The staff is always willing to answer any questions you may have and work to solve any problems that may arise.

I would highly recommend participating in this program.

Yes, I recommend
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Lynsey
10/10

Amazing experience

This course has been a great experience from start to finish. The staff that work here are incredibly helpful, and the TEFL trainer Barbora (who takes the course) is an amazing teacher, and no doubt made the whole experience for everyone on the course. As soon as you touch down in Prague you are met by a member of staff and taken straight to your accommodation. This is extremely helpful as it helps you to settle in to living in a different country. Once the course starts you soon get to know your fellow classmates, and there are many events and activities organised by Smaller Earth to help you make the most of your time here. We had a movie night, pub night (you can win a free drink!), went to a hockey game and did a tour of the city. The course itself is very intensive, so do not take this course if you are looking for an easy ride. You have to work very hard, but there is a great amount of support provided and always someone you can look to for advice or help.

Overall, I couldn't recommend this course enough. If you want a life changing experience that will qualify you to teach across the world, go for it! You will not regret it, and the team here in Prague will make sure it is one of the best decisions you could make.

Yes, I recommend
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Dustin
10/10

The idea of restarting your life abroad is never racking and exciting.

If you're anything like me, the idea of restarting my life abroad was nerve racking and exciting all at once. There were so many questions that needed to be answered, and, at the end of the day, you were obligated to put an incredible amount of trust into a TEFL program. After going through the program with Hello Academies, I can say that you can trust them fully. Barbra, the course instructor is amazing and actually cares about her students. The rest of the staff is extremely helpful, and you become close friends with the other students and the staff of the program. The experience is amazing. Prague is a fun city, and the money is enough to get by.

The program here is amazing here! Barbra, the instructor, is amazing and cares about her students! The staff is great and very helpful! It really has been the experience of a lifetime :)

Yes, I recommend
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Michaela
10/10

The Unforgettable Month Doing TEFL in Prague

I have worked for Smaller Earth as a Czech teacher before, so I knew how amazing this company and all the people in there are. I study Teaching English at the Charles University in Prague, however, I felt like I needed a more practical experience teaching, which is why I decided to do the TEFL course at Hello Academies, which is a part of the Smaller Earth group.
I have to say that this was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. There are so many reasons why I loved it so much, but I will try to only talk the most significant ones. For me, number one is definitely the fact that I finally got a chance to really learn how to teach effectively and correctly. We had teaching sessions every night starting day 4 of the first week, where I was usually teaching one lesson, then observing the other one and sometimes I had an afternoon off. I think that the mos rewarding thing for me was the feedback session after every lesson that we have taught. It helped me realize what I am doing wrong and I could improve on in immediately the next lesson.
Another thing that I value a lot about this course is the overall atmosphere in the classroom and the way everyone who works there is being helpful all the time. Shannon, who is in charge of the whole program, is definitely the sweetest person I have ever met. She is always willing to help all the participants with literally anything, whether it be finding a job or housing. Explaining how helpful she was not only throughout the course, but also before it started and even after it ended, would take me too long, so I better move on. Barbora, our TEFL trainer, is the smartest and craziest person I have ever encountered. She is always full of energy, knows all the answers and can explain grammar and everything else in such a way that everyone understands. She always made our lessons so much fun and I think that I have never laughed so much in my life as during these amazing 4 weeks of the TEFL course.
There are so many things I could write about, but I guess that I will just stop here with the statement that of you decide to do the TEFL course at Hello Academies, you will not regret for even one second. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.
Oh, and I still work as a Czech teacher here, so if you decide to do your TEFL with Hello Academies, I will teach you some Czech as well! Yay! :D

How can this program be improved?
To be completely honest, I cannot think of anything that could be improved. I loved everything about it. All the events we went to, the CV workshop we had, simply everything. Sorry :D
Yes, I recommend
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Robin
10/10

The best step towards a career as a TEFL Teacher

Having just completed my TEFL certification with Hello Academies in Prague, I would like to tell you about my experience..

I have had the provilege of learing with some carefully picked studetns and most importantly an excellent trainer.

The trainer is a TEFL teacher herself and has many years of experience teacher English in different countries around the world. She taught fun and engaging lessons throughout the course, especially when it can to difficult concepts and topics. She was very engaging and approachable, knowledgeable and caring. We could ask as many questions as we needed and she was able to give concise and informative answers.

Not only does Hello Academies have a first class trainer but the rest of the office staff are friendly, helpful, and down-to-earth people who can help you with all aspects of living in a foreign country and will help you with finding a job afterwards. The Office Manager plans social events during yout time in the city so that you can get to knoe your fellow students andhave the opportunity to immerse youseld in the Czech culture. If you are thinking about becoming a TEFL teacher then I can happily recommend that you come to Prague and train with Hello Academies.

I cannot praise the Hello Academies team enough for what they have given me and while being here I have made friends for life.

How can this program be improved?
The program could be improved by having more space. During the teaching sections of the program therewere days where the classroom was full and students couldn't move properly.

This is being addressed thanks to feedback that Hello Academies openly ask for from their TEFL trainees and they will be expanding in the near future.
Yes, I recommend
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dan.bowmaker
9/10

After this, it definitely is a Smaller Earth

The start of the rest of your life!

I can remember the first day like it was yesterday. The sun was beaming down and it was a glorious day to start my life in Prague. The staff were friendly and really welcoming and I was excited to start. We got all the information about the course, not really taking much in, I was like a kid in a sweet shop, I just wanted it to start. However there was more planned, quick whistle stop tour of Prague itself. Great first day. The days turned into weeks and the weeks become the month, and then everything had finished. Yes it was stressful, yes I was stressed, but the people you meet and the experiences you gain are definitely worth it. I would recommend this course to anyone. The teaching experience is daunting at first, but you get used to it....you have to!

Thank you to everyone involved, and I have certainly made some friends for life.

Yes, I recommend
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Samantha
10/10

Smaller Earth TEFL Course

I absolutely loved my four week TEFL course through Smaller Earth. It was an extremely rewarding experience both culturally and educationally. Not only was my teacher a wealth of knowledge, but the rest of the Smaller Earth staff was nothing but helpful. Our program coordinator Shannon facilitated us through the entire course as well as job, housing, and visa assistance. Four months into my life in Prague I have a job I love, am exploring a beautiful and culturally diverse city, and I could not have done it without the amazing people at Smaller Earth.

Yes, I recommend
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Katie
9/10

TELF in Prague

I completed my TELF course in July 2014. After leaving a large company to come teach English abroad, I was nervous about finding a job and succeeding at something new. This course and program ensures that you are able to find a job after the course should you wish to stay, and even makes it very easy for you to apply. All you really have to do it look at the recommendations and apply! The interview is up to you. As far as the course goes, this program sets you up for success. With various lessons to teach with different themes and support for planning, I felt at ease while teaching in front of Czech students who only had a intermediate knowledge of English.

Yes, I recommend
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Ashlia
10/10

Choose Hello Academies for all of your TEFL needs!

On a whim, I started googling TEFL courses about a year ago when I stumbled upon Hello Academies. What really sparked my interest about this course was not only the location, but their overall simplistic and user-friendly style. This course really focuses on the individual and making your stay in Prague personal and enjoyable. From the moment I spoke to Shannon during my Skype interview, I felt secure in my decision to move abroad. All of my questions and more were answered in a thorough and respectful manner. The staff at Hello Academies is incredibly helpful not only with TEFL related topics, but with flat searching, visa assistance, and job assistance as well. By the end of the course I had a flat near the city center and a wonderful job at a preschool. Although this course makes for an intensive 4 weeks, it thoroughly prepares you for various teaching positions and you can use your TEFL certificate all over the world. They cover everything from lesson planning and structure to teaching methods, and provide you with loads of references for your future teaching needs. Teaching real english language learners was a great benefit of this program in that you were able to directly apply the skills you were being taught and even gain perspective into your own teaching style by receiving feedback after each lesson. My experience with Hello Academies was truly wonderful and I was impressed at the level of dedication and helpfulness of the staff. They really want to see you succeed which makes all the difference. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to teach English aboard!

Yes, I recommend
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Jon
10/10

Best TEFL in Prague!

If you're planning a TEFL course in Prague, or anywhere for that matter, make it this one! Adrienne is an incredible, thorough teacher with experience teaching a range of ages and abilities on several differnet continents. Her approach simplifies everything, and through her personalized approach, you'll come out a confident, capable teacher. Shannon and Tomas provide excellent assistance throughout, ranging from help with finding accommodation, locating a post office, or simply a great restaurant to try. If this isn't enough, remember that Prague is a beautiful city in which you will never run out of great things to see or do. In summary, fantastic staff, a great location, and a genuinely great experience. I wholeheartedly recommend this course!

How can this program be improved?
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Yes, I recommend

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