Why Should I choose TEFL Worldwide?
There are many advantages for choosing the TEFL Worldwide course. Besides offering a professional and top quality accredited TEFL/TESOL training course in a friendly environment we help find our graduates exciting teaching positions worldwide.
Visit the Why TEFL Worldwide page here: http://www.teflworldwideprague.com/tefl-worldwide/why-tefl-wordwide-prague
Hear what our graduates have to say in these video testimonials:
"The TEFL Worldwide family, as I have come to see it, is a closely knit network, a support system that you will need throughout your international endeavors. Known all over the world as a breeding ground for good TEFL teachers, you will be part of an elite group who has gained a reputation of excellence."
David Alexander, Taught in Slovakia
What is the application procedure?
To apply, you’ll follow this link (http://www.teflworldwideprague.com/component/application/), fill in the appropriate information, and submit your CV. After we review your application, we’ll contact you for a phone interview and then we'll notify you on your acceptance. This is all done within 1-2 business days. In order to reserve your spot after you’re accepted, you’ll need to pay a 350 Euro deposit.
I’m a little afraid to just pick up and move abroad. Do you have any advice for me?
Just remember that this is normal. During your course and the ones before it, the classes will be filled with trainees who feel the exact same way. During the course, you’ll meet many like minded people just like yourself who are ambitious, adventurous, and interesting and wanting to start an exciting new career teaching abroad. My advice to you is to reach out to past graduates, and come here with an open mind and great sense of adventure. On all the past courses, the groups always make lifelong friends, so after the course is over and they’re teaching all over the world (or here in Prague), they always have a place to visit!
What is the difference between TEFL/TESL/TESOL/CELTA?
There really isn’t a difference between CELTA/TESOL/TEFL and TESL certificate courses. These are just different acronyms used for courses on how to teach English to non-native English speaking individuals. Generally, the certificates are all equally recognized and the approaches used are all very similar. Within the UK most employers prefer the CELTA or Trinity TESOL becasue these are UK brand names but for teaching anywhere outside of the UK TEFL courses are accepted. We have over 1700 graduates who have taught in 60+ countries!
CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults. TESOL stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages. TEFL is teaching English as a foreign language. You can be a TEFL teacher in a non-English speaking countries teaching students who want to learn English as a foreign language. TESL stands for teaching English as a second language. You can be a TESL teacher in an English speaking country teaching immigrants or foreign students English as a second language.
How many teaching hours do we receive?
During the TEFL Worldwide Prague course you will receive 8 to 10 hours of teaching practice which is an extremely important component because this hands on practice will prepare you for teaching in a real classroom. From the beginning you will be observing experienced teachers teaching to help you step into the actual situation. You will be observed by your peers and trainers and will have a feedback session when you are finished in order to gain an important insight into your strengths, weaknesses and areas that need improvement.
How much will I make teaching English abroad?
That depends on which country that you will be teaching in. In general English teachers make enough to live a comfortable lifestyle and will pay for all of their living expenses with some extra money for entertainment and traveling in almost any country that they go to. In some Asian countries, like Taiwan, Korea and the Middle East, teachers can end up saving a significant amount of their income. Don’t look at the salary until you compare it directly to the cost of living in that particular country.
I’ll give you some examples of salaries below: Visit www.xe.com/ucc for the current exchange rates:
Czech Republic: (Visit www.xe.com/ucc to convert Czech Korunas to your currency if need be.) A full-time teaching schedule in Prague consists of 20 – 25 hours/week of teaching. That’s contact hours so you have to figure in lesson planning and commuting. Lesson planning will take you less and less time as you get more experience. If you are working full-time you can expect to make between 17,000kc/month to 19,000kc/month. That’s plenty to live on because the cost of living here is low. After paying for rent, food, and transportation you’ll still have spending money for entertainment and light travel. Since you’ll only be working 20 to 25 hours/week, you can certainly pick up some students to teach on the side. Typically you can charge 250kc to 400kc/hour for private students. I’ve known some teachers to do this and boost their earnings to 30,000kc+.
The average hourly rate for an English lesson in Germany is €17 - €22. This can as much as double if you have an emphasis and background in business English. German schools also compensate you for traveling time, usually €2 - €5 a day. However, when you begin teaching in Germany you will probably not be making this much. The average wage is based on private students as well as how much language schools pay. So, at the beginning you will be paid less because you will only be working for a language school. After that you can begin accumulating your own private students and your wages will go immensely. Once you settle in and combine your language school hours with your private students, you can expect to earn €1,200 - €1,800 gross per month.
Here’s an example for Spain. The usual EFL teacher pay country-wide is between 700 and 900 euros a month or about 8 euros an hour. However, academies in the larger cities of Madrid and Barcelona usually pay new teachers around 10 to 12 euros an hour, so pay monthly there can reach 1,000 euros or more. In smaller cities and towns the pay may be less, but the cost of living may be, too. Many teachers supplement their earnings by teaching private students.
Teachers usually share flats to save money. Sometimes grads end up getting apartments with other graduates while others move in with Spaniards. When renting a room in someone's apartment, a one-month deposit may be required. Long-term room rentals in Spain can be between 300 and 500 euros a month depending on the city, the location in the city, the amenities, etc. Sometimes bills are included.
Many teachers head over to Asia to pay off student loans or credit cards. A degree and a TEFL certificate is required if you want to teach in the following countries: Japan, Taiwan, South Korea. Those are the countries where you'll live earn a good salary. I knew a couple that taught in Japan for 2 years and saved $30,000. Typical salaries in Japan are about $2300/month but the cost of living is higher than the others mentioned. You'll still save a lot. In Taiwan you can earn about $1700/month and in South Korea about $2200/month. Here the cost of living is very low so you will end up pocketing most of your salary.
How much should we bring for during the course?
You should bring about 12000CZK to 16000CZK for spending money during the month of the course. This includes the 8500CZK housing fee. You can cut this amount down by not going out every night or by buying groceries and cooking and bringing your own lunches to the school.
How much should we bring for after the course?
If you plan to stay and teach in Prague then we recommend that you bring 37000CZK to 50000CZK to get started for the first 2 months in addition to the money you bring for the month of the course. This includes spending money for two months after the course, rent for about two months, a security deposit, realtors fee, food and entertainment. In addition, Visa costs for the Czech Republic are about 7500kc if you are getting a work permit and working visa or about 18000kc for the Trade License and visa. These amounts include the trip to the Czech Embassy. Some employers pay some of this fee others take increments out of your salary monthly.
Here are some sample prices to give you an idea of what you will spend. (Exchange rates: Visit http://www.xe.com/ucc for the current exchange rates.) Should you decide to stay here after the course, you can find a private room in a furnished and shared apartment for around 6500CZK to 8500CZK/month. Utilities are usually included. The majority of teachers in Prague choose to share an apartment while teaching in order to cut back on their living expenses. Should you choose to rent a private studio or one-bedroom flat you can find something for around 8500CZK to 15,000CZK +/month depending on your preferences, location, size, furnishings, etc.
A meal at a Czech restaurant (meat, potatoes, vegetable and beer) - between 70CZK to 150CZK. Meal at an Italian restaurant (pizza or pasta and wine or beer) -between 150CZK to 250CZK. If you are in the mood for a nice juicy steak with potatoes, broccoli and wine - about 300CZK to 400CZK. If you decide to eat at home you can easily get by on 600CZK to 800CZK per week.
The clubs usually charge a cover charge of 100CZK to 200CZK. Typical tourist attractions are usually 60CZK to 150CZK. Prague Castle is an exception. It is about 200CZK but well worth it. You can take a bus or train to the mountains or villages for around 90CZK to 200CZK round trip, depending on how far you go. When you travel within the Czech Republic there are numerous hotels and Bed & Breakfasts that start as low as 300CZK to 500CZK per person with breakfast included.
Loaf of bread: 15 CZK
Bottle of a Czech wine : 50CZK to 120CZK
Bottle of beer: 10 CZK at a grocery store and 17CZK to 30CZK, depending on the bar or restaurant.
Glass of wine at a restaurant: 25CZK to 50CZK, depending on the bar or restaurant.
Bag of Pasta: 20 CZK
Dozen eggs: 20 CZK
Litre of milk: 15 CZK
5 bananas: 20 CZK
Head of lettuce: 30 CZK
3 to 4 pieces of chicken breast: 80 CZK
1 yogurt: 7 CZK
Basic living costs:
Apartment with roommates: 6500CZK to 8500CZK per bedroom Monthly transportation pass: 670CZK Groceries for a month: 2400CZK to 3200CZK So, you can assume that you'll need a minimum of 9600CZK to 12500CZK to live on.
Other living costs:
Beer at a bar or restaurant: 18CZK to 30CZK Wine at a bar or restaurant: 35CZK to 60CZK Eating out: 80CZK to 250CZK for a meal and a drink Club cover charges: 100CZK – 300CZK. Some have free entry for women.
Clothes shopping: Comparable to everywhere else but not as many sales or as big of a selection Travelling in the Czech Republic: Cheap. Trains and buses go all over the country for 100CZK to 400CZK round-trip. You can stay in hostels or a bed and breakfast in many towns for 200CZK to 500CZK per night with breakfast included.
What else do I need to bring with me to Prague?
Traveller’s insurance (mandatory by Czech law). You'll need to be insured up to 60,000 Euros in case of an accident or illness while abroad. Buy the insurance for a month or two. Then depending on whether or not your employer offers insurance benefits you can always extend the insurance. Try the following websites for details: www.imglobal.com www.insuranceabroad.com Also check with major insurance providers. Many major providers provide traveller’s insurance so check with them too.
Debit/Credit Cards. Be sure to check with your bank to let them know you'll be in Europe so they can lift any international blocks. Also be sure to find out and adjust your daily or weekly withdraw limit. Your housing fee needs to be paid in cash upon arrival so you must be able to withdraw that or have the amount with when you arrive.
Some smart clothes for teaching – a tie for men is only necessary for interviews.
Apostilled copy of your university diploma or degree and transcripts, if you have one. (This may be required by your employer.)
Notarized copy of your birth certificate. You can order an official copy of your birth certificate from www.vitalchek.com. Or you can simply take your original birth certificate and diploma to a Notary, have them make a photocopy and sign and stamp the copies as proof that they are “official notarized copies.” Regular photocopies are not acceptable.
Hard and soft copies of your CV/resume (although we can help you prepare this once in Prague if you do not already have it).
A voltage converter if you plan to bring any electrical appliances from North America and everybody should bring plug adaptors for continental Europe – the circular two-pronged variety.
Czech phrase book.
If you have a laptop feel free to bring it. You can hook up to our free wireless connection at the school and in the housing.
About 670kc for a one month metro pass.
A good sense of humor and adventure!
Is the course internationally recognized?
Yes, it is internationally recognized. In addition, TEFL Worldwide is officially accredited and externally moderated by IATQuO (The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations)
TEFL courses in general are recognized by most language schools as long as they meet the industry standard of being at least 100 hours, have a minimum of 6 hours of teaching practice observed by an experienced trainer, and have qualified teacher trainers. Our course is 120 hours and offers 8 to 10 hours of teaching practice observed by our trainers. In addition our trainers have extensive EFL experience and teacher training experience.
Our TEFL graduates have taught in Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Austria, Russia, Turkey, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, USA, England, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Bahrain, Qatar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Zambia.
How soon will I be working?
On average our graduates are working in just 1 to 3 weeks after graduation, many times sooner.
Are you accredited?
Yes, we’re very proud to say that we’re accredited by the IATQuO, which involves a difficult application process as well as external moderation of the course, trainers, material, and content. For more information on the accreditation, please visit http://www.iatquo.org
I have a lot of teaching experience. Will this course still be worth it for me?
Yes. We’ve had graduates from a variety of backgrounds. Some were experienced teachers. Others had previously earned TEFL or TESOL Certifications and many had bachelors, masters, and even PhDs in subjects such as English and education. They all found the training and the experience to be extremely rewarding.
I’ve never taught before – will this be a problem?
Not at all. This is an introductory course, so the whole purpose of it is to give you the knowledge and tools you need to become a good teacher. Everything you’ll need to know, you’ll learn while on the course. As long as you have a solid motivation, work ethic, and desire to learn, you’ll develop the skills to become a good TEFL teacher.
I’m too old/young, afraid of speaking in public, etc. Should I still take the course?
Just know that the trainers and administrative staff are here to help you. They know that you’re not coming here as experts on TEFL methodology and are here to train you properly and answer your questions. With the curriculum and focus on practical teaching that is offered on this course, you’ll overcome any shortcomings that you may be worried about. If you have any special circumstances that you think may inhibit you, please contact us.
Do I need a Visa?
You don’t need a Visa to come to Prague for the course if you’re from Europe, Australia, Canada, the US, and some South American countries. If you are not from one of the listed countries, contact us to see if you need a visa to enter.
If you want to live and work abroad, you’ll need a Visa depending on your citizenship and where you want to work. Employers will help you with this. If you decide to stay in Prague we can provide you with information on how to get your working visa. If you plan to stay in Prague, it is important to get this process started as soon as possible.
How can I obtain legal status in the Czech Republic?
This is done by either a Work Permit/Visa, or a Trade License/Visa. Some employers are willing to help you get a work permit when you start working, but we recommend the Trade License because the process of obtaining a work permit can be time consuming. After you apply and pay your course deposit, we’ll send you information on both the Working Visa and the Trade License so you can start the process right away if you plan to stay in Prague after the course
I’m brand new to Prague. How do I get around in this city?
Prague has a very efficient metro, tram and bus system and our school and housing facilities are located very close to the Yellow metro line “B”. I would recommend using the following site www.dpp.cz to look up directions in Prague. Most people in Prague don’t even have cars since the public transportation is so affordable and efficient (about $25 per month). Our staff has all lived in Prague for years, so we’re more than happy to help you with directions and help you get acclimated, and maybe even show you around a bit!
Where and with whom will I be living?
If you want to arrange your own housing prior to the course, that’s totally fine. If you live in the housing that we provide, you’ll be living amongst your peers. You can either live in a private apartment, a private bedroom in a shared apartment, or a shared bedroom in a shared apartment.
How early should I apply?
It’s really up to you. Please note that spots are filled on a first come first serve basis. Typically our summer classes fill the fastest, so if you’re interested in taking the classes then, you should apply at least 3 months in advance.
During the teaching practice, who will I be teaching?
During your teaching practice, you’ll be teaching English to actual level-based classrooms of foreign students (mostly Czech). When you teach your grammar lessons, you’ll be teaching these to your peers.
What if I realize I’m not going to pass the course?
Our teacher trainers are extremely approachable and willing to help you pass the course, as long as you’re willing to put in the work and aren’t afraid to ask for help.
Is it possible to not pass?
Yes, it is possible not to pass the course. Some trainees come to the course thinking that this will just be an excuse to travel and live abroad when in reality it involves hard work, discipline, and time management. Most people who haven’t passed haven’t done so because they didn’t put in the proper time and effort and/or didn’t ask for help when they were unsure of things. Again, if you’re proactive, motivated, inquisitive, and show improvement, you should have no problem passing the course.
If you are going to fail speak to the trainers and director about the options you'll have.
What if there is an emergency and I can’t attend the course after all?
We know that unfortunately this happens. In this case, if you’ve already paid your deposit, we’re willing to transfer this deposit to another course depending on availability without charging you an extra fee for the course (even if the course is more than a year in advance), but you will be responsible for paying for your housing.
Will I get a job after graduating?
Typically, our graduates find jobs within 1-3 weeks of graduating, but it’s possible to be offered a job while on the course. The job search is all what you make of it. If you ask us questions and take advantage of the job resources and vast graduate network that you have access to during the course and approach it with a proactive attitude, then you will have plenty of jobs to choose from.
I heard there is job guidance. What do you do to help us find jobs?
Our Job Guidance Counselor is a former graduate of TEFL Worldwide Prague himself, so he knows what it’s like to be actively searching for jobs and flats while balancing the course work. In our library, we have binders for each geographic section of the world that we consistently update with new job adverts as well as information on each country. There are hundreds of job offers that are no older than 3 months in our job binders. Our Student Coordinator also searches for jobs and focuses her search on Czech Republic and Slovakia only, so you know you’re getting a variety of job options. We also offer:
• CV/Cover letter assistance
• Job Workshop (featuring 5-10 schools in the Czech Republic)
• Access to a large graduate network all over the world who are willing and able to answer country specific information for you
• Interviewing and job searching tips
• Support from a very approachable, knowledgeable staff
I’m going to be spending 4 weeks with the same people. Are there any Team Building activities or other activities to get to know each other besides just the course work?
Yes, most definitely! On the Sunday before the course, we’ll have an orientation walk throughout the city of Prague. Our coordinator will guide you around the city, tell you a little about the sites, and most importantly, give you an opportunity to meet your classmates in a casual environment. After the walk, it’s always good to enjoy some Czech cuisine before the course starts the next day Also, from time to time one of the graduates will take you all for a "week 1 pub crawl” on the first Friday of the course, and once all the hard work is finished, we’ll have a graduation champagne celebration.
Will I need to speak Czech?
No. As TEFL teachers, our goal is to immerse the students with English and teach them strictly in the English Language. You will get a few “survival” Czech lessons during the course to familiarize yourself with the basics as well as put you in the shoes of learners of a new language, but don’t stress too much about the Czech. Most employers prefer that you never use the students’ native language when teaching them English. This is part of the methodology that we use called the Communicative Approach.
I don’t know anyone in Prague. Is this a problem?
This is more of an opportunity than a problem! The network of TEFL Worldwide graduates in Prague remain in touch, and while you’re on the course, you’ll meet many like mind people. Whether they’re just out of college and looking for a year-long adventure, or are ready to do something new with their careers, they’re all here for a similar reason. Also, no matter where you choose to go, we can put you in touch with graduates who are happily employed all over the world.