Little Czech List: Live TEFL Prague

Teaching English in Prague

Czechlister’s Overall Impression: “Eh…”

Course Dates:

16 November 2015 – 11 December 2015

Prices:

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!”

Accommodation Prices:

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):

$1782 USD

Accommodation Details:

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?

Accreditation:

“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 Assistance:

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)

Job Guidance“:

“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
  • Reference
  • 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”?

Visa Support:

“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.”

Course Hours/Details:

4-weeks (120 sixty-minute sessions) of four basic theory modules and teaching practice:

Graduate Resources:

Some testimonials, no contact info there. Further research warranted.

Little things:

Ride from the airport, a map of Prague. After course assistance with finding housing in Prague. A study resources page – might want to look into this to see if it’s actually handy or not.

CZHECHLISTED!

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.

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