Czechlister’s Overall Impression: “Eh…”
16 November 2015 – 11 December 2015
1200 Euros ($1362USD)
Deposit: 300 Euros ($340USD, part of overall price, put down in advance)
Note to self: Possibly Investigate “Contact us for Early Bird Discount!”
|Shared apartment||Single room||350 Euros|
|Shared apartment with Kitchenette||Single room||370 Euros|
|Private apartment||Single occupancy||530 Euros|
|Private apartment||Double occupancy||300 Euros|
Price For Me (Tuition+Housing):
30 nights, Wifi, 15-20 min walk from school, Lightly furnished room and kitchen, self-service laundry. 3 Euros a day ($100USD for the whole month) will get you breakfast every day. Score?
“There is no official international accreditation body for TEFL certificates. The main guarantee of quality is the standards and reputation of the organization that provides the certificate.”
Note: Kind of true, as far as I know – but there are still a lot of accreditation agencies out there. I don’t care for this!
“Job Guarantee” – “We offer a six-month, full time contract with salary guarantee to all LiveTEFL trainees who finish their course with Pass 1 (95%+ score). Teaching in Prague for us at SPĚVÁČEK Languages, one of the biggest Czech language schools, will make an excellent start to your TEFL career. All trainees receiving Pass 2: I “good pass“ (score between 80-94%) are invited for a job interview with SPĚVÁČEK Languages.”
Note to Self: Research SPĚVÁČEK Languages. While a job guarantee sounds nice, I might prefer to work someplace else.(Later discovered: SPĚVÁČEK runs this program)
“When you graduate you will be equipped with a video resume and a ready-made demo lesson showing the best of your teaching that you can use at any interview anywhere in the world. All successful graduates receive:
- ESL job placement tips for Prague and the Czech Republic
- ESL job placement tips for the international ESL market
- Further personal development tips”
Note: Doesn’t seem very well-developed. Tips is kind of a vague word. And how useful is a “video resume”?
“If you are from the USA, Canada or Australia, you can stay, travel and study for three months in the Schengen Zone without a visa. If you want to stay in Prague, the EU or the Schengen Zone for a longer period, let us know BEFORE the course and we will organize the paperwork for you. We will send you a list of the documents we need to get you through the process.”
4-weeks (120 sixty-minute sessions) of four basic theory modules and teaching practice:
- Module 1: Language Awareness
- Module 2: Teaching Skills
- Module 3: Teaching Methodology
- Module 4: Lesson Planning
- Teaching practice: 8 to 10 lessons
Some testimonials, no contact info there. Further research warranted.
Price is reasonable, housing seems okay – not so sure about the job assistance situation at SPĚVÁČEK. Further research warranted there. Visa support is very promising, but I imagine easier if they know exactly where you’ll be working. No mention of accreditation is worrying. If I consider this program I’ll definitely be digging deeper. But for now…
Overall, I give it a maybe if I can’t find something better.