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    FAQ’s

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Why should I choose your program in Prague?

    A. There are numerous TEFL courses in Prague and across Europe. However, there are a few factors that make Our school unique. Not only are they an actual language school as well as a teacher training center, but the course itself is taught by actual teachers who teach at Our school. Thus, the course is owned, managed and operated by English teachers. Our school is also a member of variety of ESL organizations including the College of Teachers, IATEFL and Pitman City and Guilds. Our school has smaller sized classes than most other centers in the city and abroad. Moreover, Our school offers almost twice the amount of observed teaching practice than most courses do. Plus, they offer great housing and a multitude of complimentary extras that other institutions do not.


    What is the difference between a TEFL, TESOL, TESL, and TEAL?

    TEFL, TESOL, TESL are virtually the same, just variations on wordings. These certifications are all dedicated to teaching English as a foreign or second language.


    • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Second or Other Languages) and
      TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) are standard terms for
      English language teaching in non-English speaking countries.

    • TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and TEAL (Teaching English as
      an Additional Language) are normally related to English teaching
      among immigrant and refugee communities in English-speaking countries.

    • TEFL and TESL are more frequently used in Europe as acronyms while
      TESOL and TEAL are more commonly used in North America.


    The idea of moving abroad kind of scares me. What advice can you give me?

    This is completely normal. Most of our graduates experience some anxiety with the idea of moving abroad and beginning a new career. Understand that there have been hundreds of students that have gone through the same procedure that you are doing right now. For most of them, teaching was a recent idea and not something they had planned their whole life.


    Why do I need to have a B.A. or work experience?

    Simply because the course is demanding. Applicants with a good work ethic and/or experience with studying long hours shouldn't have a problem. People without work or college experience may find the program too stressful or difficult and are more unlikely to successfully finish it. If you feel you can handle the course, contact us for an evaluation.


    What should I bring with me?

    Clothes for warm and cold weather is a must. During the program, students are expected to look and conduct themselves in a professional manner, and it is actually a part of their grade. So bring a set of clothes for work. Other important information on what to bring can be emailed if requested. All students who apply for the course receive extensive arrival information about 4 weeks before their course begins.


    How early should I apply?

    Depending on the month, sessions can become filled pretty quickly. It is wise to apply early. If you need to change your date later on, that is not a problem at all.


    I don't have any teaching experience. Is this a problem?

    No. As long as you have the interest and motivation to become a good teacher, you will not have a problem during the course or in your teaching career. Our school will send you a list of recommended readings and other useful information upon receiving your application.


    I have a lot of teaching experience. Will the course be worth it?

    Yes it will. Having experience is not the same as being properly trained. Many of our students have been teaching for years, and they have all found the course to be worth it. Being trained will make teaching much more enjoyable for you and your future students. Also, having a 4 Week Certificate will open up many doors in terms of jobs and further teaching education.


    How will I get around the city? Will I need a car?

    Absolutely not. Due to the city's excellent public transportation, which consists of buses, subways, and street trams, it is extremely easy to get around the city. The cost of a monthly pass to use all forms of transportation is around $17.


    How much money do I need?

    It is highly recommended to have the equivalent of at least $2500 in savings to cover extra expenses for a period of six months to a year. You may never need this money, but it's nice to be able to travel, eat out, go to concerts and really enjoy Prague. The biggest complaint that many people have is that they wished they had brought more money with them so they could see and do more things. Also, remember that it will cost money to get your own apartment after the course, as well living expenses during the course.


    Do I have to stay in our school's housing?

    No. However, if you compare Our school's housing price with most real estate companies and other courses in the city, it is probably the best deal around. In fact, Our school actually pays more money per month than what we charge you. Still, having a permanent place set up before you arrive is always nice. If this is something that you are interested in, check out www.expats.cz or www.happyhouserentals.com for more information.


    Do I need a visa for Prague?

    Americans and Canadians do not. Some countries do. If you are not sure, check with your own Embassy or Consulate.


    How many hours a day is class?

    School is from Monday to Friday and is approximately six to eight hours a day.


    How many students will be in the class?

    We limit the number of students per course to 14. Most of the time there will be 7-10 other students in the class with you.


    What materials should I bring?

    All teaching materials are provided for you except for things like pens and notebooks. These are easy to buy here, but you can bring your own if you like. It's also a good idea to bring English materials e.g. newspapers, magazines, music ... etc. The use of authentic resources, as you will learn, is often more effective than using a textbook.


    Where and with whom will I be living?

    All apartments are centrally located in Prague with two to three trainees sharing an apartment. They are of good quality. Each person gets his/her own room. You will live with other students from the course for the first month.


    What if I have some problems or there is an emergency and cannot attend the course?

    Our school is very understanding about the problems that can occur while living abroad. If there is a serious problem, efforts will be made to resolve it as fairly as possible. What is nice about Our ¨School is that you can always forward your one-time deposit to a later or earlier month without any kind of fee. If you are sick during the course, you will have to make the work up.


    What if the course is too hard and I don't pass?

    Yes, the course is difficult, but our staff is more than willing to help students individually in whatever areas of the course they are having trouble with. Motivation and the willingness to improve demonstrate a lot and are highly regarded. If there is a problem with your ability, you will be asked to spend another week reviewing material or practice teaching. Most of the time this extra work will be free of charge or, at the least, very reasonable.


    Has anyone ever failed the course?

    Yes. Our school is in no way a TEFL mill and an automatic pass is one thing that they do not do. While they will do everything possible to give you the best training and attention, there have been students who have not passed. Most of the time, this is due to a lack of professionalism on the part of the student. Our school demands a lot from you and it is unethical for us to pass a student who does not care about teaching or conducts themselves in a negative way. Not attending class, showing up late, being disrespectful, and showing disregard for the course is a sure way to fail. If you are not interested in working hard during this month, it would be better to take another course with a different provider.


    I am more interested in working in another country. Do I have to work in Prague?

    Of course not. Many graduates are interested in other countries and only take the course in Prague as a starting point.


    Will I get a job after I graduate?

    Yes. A job search for each student is initiated right after his or her application and deposit is received. This insures that upon graduation, students have a list of employing schools as well as some job interviews. Toward the end of the course, there is a seminar on how to be successful during interviews as well as the job search process. Our school also conducts an open house where schools in the area meet you personally. Finally, if there are available positions at the school, our school always hire their our graduates. Please note that the above applies to native speakers. If you are not a native speaker, you will still find work, but it might take more time. Our school has never had a successful graduate not find a teaching job.


    What is the Teacher Mentor Program?

    The teacher mentor program was especially designed to help new teachers adjust to teaching a full schedule. It's completely optional and is not a part of the course.


    Will I earn enough money?

    If you work a standard 20-25 hours a week you will have enough money to live on, but you probably won't be able to save anything. However, this statement depends on a lot of things. If you find private students outside of a school, you can make more money. You can also work more. It's better to save up before you come than it is to try to save here. This allows you to have more fun, and fully enjoy your experience abroad.


    What if I don't speak the language or know anyone in the Czech Republic?

    Most students have the same problem. A lot of the people you remain friends with are, of course, the ones you meet during the course or your students and other teachers where you work. Luckily, Our school provides free Czech lessons to give you a little communicative ability. Many people speak some English anyway, so it shouldn't be something to worry about.


    What about a work permit?

    Your employer will help you to get a work visa when you start working. It can be a bit of a task, but it's extremely rare for someone to be denied a permit. Once accepted to the course, you will be sent a brochure that gives you a list of items needed to obtain a long-term visa.


    Is there a dress code?

    Always look professional. Always! Some clients will be business-related, and it's always a plus. This doesn't mean you need to wear a suit, but a collared shirt, slacks, and a tie for men, and equally nice presentation for women. This dress code applies during the TEFL program as well. In Asian countries, dressing formally is a must.


    Where will I stay after the course?

    After the course, you will have to find your own domicile. During the second week of the course we give you tips on how to this is done. To find an apartment in Prague is quite easy, and, as long as you do not wait until the last minute, you will not have a problem at all.


    How long will it take to find employment?

    Our graduates have great success finding jobs. Most graduates find work within 1-2 weeks after graduating.


    Which age group will I be teaching?

    Our language schools offer courses for both age groups: we have many public courses, preparatory courses for teenagers, and also a few courses for kids. If our graduates desire to teach a particular group they can specify this request during their job interview.


    Do the private and language schools pay a little more than the public ones?

    Yes. Our teachers are paid for every hour they teach. Moreover, working for language allows them better flexibility: they can take courses according their time availability, which is not possible as a teacher in public school.


    Do the year-round schools offer vacation time or just the holiday break?

    If a teacher in our language schools wants to go on a holiday, he reports this request to our course management and they will find a substitute teacher for this period. Normally, many teacher take a break during summer holiday (from July- August). On the contrary, teachers willing to work during summer holidays are always welcomed!


    How much do you think medical insurance costs per month?

    About 1500 CZK


    Are there some medical facilities with any English speakers?

    Medical staff can usually speak English.


    Can your paychecks go into your USA bank account or do you have to open one there?

    We h3ly suggest to open a Czech bank account. Fees for international payments are very high. Moreover, holding a current account at for example FIO bank is free of charge.


    Do you know if there is a lot of crime in Prague?

    Prague is a very safe city. You can freely visit Prague without having any concerns. Of course, you must keep in mind, homeless people are here as in every other bigger city. Also, is not recommend to leave your personal belongings unattended.


    Are there any major safety concerns I should have?

    Definitely not!


    Do you know if there's a way to renew your USA driver's license and passport over there or if you have to fly home?

    You can renew your passport at the US Embassy in Prague.