The Language House TEFL Participant Reviews
TEFL: amazing program!
Submitted by Clara - Los Angeles, CA United States | August 22, 2016
At first, I was reluctant to sign up for an english teaching course abroad. My biggest fear was that I would pay a lot of money in terms of travel, accommodations and the course itself, only to be disappointed and stuck in a miserable program abroad for a month or, worse, get totally ripped off.
Based on the reviews I read online, and my research overall, The Language House seemed like the best option given my travel interests. And, it did not disappoint!!
For simplicity, here's a list of why I'd encourage anyone looking to teach abroad to sign up for The Language House:
1.) Logistics: If you are traveling from far away, The Language House makes it way less stressful to get settled. They provide airport pick up and great housing with other students. They also offer an orientation before the program starts so you can familiarize yourself with Prague. Additionally, they even help with the silly/unexpected stressful stuff-- For instance, my luggage got lost, and I was instructed to call the airport. I was a bit worried the language barrier and getting my address right. So, instead, my housing host called the airport for me AND schlepped my luggage up to my room while I was in class. It was little things like this that made me sure I had chosen a great program. So much thoughtfulness and attention to detail.
2.) Location: Prague is an incredible city. It's beautiful and has a lot of history as well as sites to see. Night life is humming with activity and a myriad of choices: you can have a cold beer by the river, go beer garden hopping, hit up an absinthe bar or even a 5 story club with *themed* levels. The Language house site is also within walking distance and easily accessed by tram from student housing.
3.) Community: Not only will you have a whole community of peers during the program, but you will also have access to the whole TLH staff and alums. The alums even showed us around the city our first week of school, and continue to be an active component of the program. This sense of community is also very helpful when you're later looking for jobs and need advice or other info.
4.) Teaching and Learning: The course itself is definitely not a walk in the park. If you came to party in Prague first and foremost, then this program is probably not for you. Be prepared to dedicate a lot of time to studying and lesson planning. Keep in mind your daily schedule is something like this: 9:30-1pm (class), 1pm-5pm (lesson planning/free time), 5pm-8pm (teaching). I wouldn't recommend this program to someone who is not serious learning how to teach english. But, on the flip side, if you are really trying to learn how to teach, you're going to get more than a strong foundation at TLH.
Overall, I really enjoyed this program and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in teaching English!
Submitted by Nick | July 09, 2016
The Language House Prague was an amazing program to go through to get certified to teach English. The Language House offered more than I could have ever imagined. Chris Westergaard runs a very well managed company and makes sure everyone is taken care of. Signing up with the Language House course was honestly the best decision I've ever made. Thank you Chris!
Best TEFL Course in the world
Submitted by Mike Wolfe - Prague | October 13, 2015
The Language House is a top notch certification program. They not only provided me with the skills needed to teach abroad, but also provided great job and housing assistance. You will also be surrounded by a great community of life long friends that are teaching all over the world. We are even having an awesome party at a castle here this weekend...one of the many perks of being a TLH alum.
Submitted by Moneal - Prague | October 13, 2015
Not only did TLH provide an excellent education, it continues to provide me endless resources as an alumnus in Prague. Before I arrived to Prague. The Language House set me up with housing for the duration of the course, including transportation from the airport to my apartment. During the course, the helpful teachers ensured that I was more than prepared to enter the world of teaching English, helping me to prepare my own lesson plans and requiring hours of student teaching in a classroom to engage in real life experience. Beyond the education, TLH created a community of TEFL graduates in Prague and made my transition moving abroad incredibly smooth. All the thumbs up.
Probably the Best Choice I've Made
Submitted by William - Prague | October 12, 2015
Three years ago, I took The Language House (TLH)'s one-month accreditation course to be an English teacher here in Prague. A lot of the awesomeness of the last three years is due to that decision.
While I no longer teach (I work in marketing here), TLH's intensive course gave me the framework to be a decent teacher from the start. Also, the chance to do real hands-on lessons with actual students, with a trained observer giving guidance and feedback, is invaluable.
The owner of the program truly cares the alumni, and it shows. The greatest thing TLH (and what makes it, in my opinion, leagues ahead of any other Prague alternatives) is that it has a strong network of graduates who stick together, help one another, and are in my own personal opinion, among the smartest, most interesting, and most thoughtful people I've met in my life. Some of the alum from my month's course are now my lifelong friends.
So, when you're looking for an accreditation course, I think you can maybe find similar quality in one or two courses, in terms of the teaching preparation. But you absolutely won't find the network and community that comes with TLH. It is both invaluable and irreplacable.
If you're looking to move abroad and teach English (and in Prague, which is an amazing city), you're best bet is definitely The Language House.
Most Helpful Experience
Submitted by Jane Margaret - Prague | October 12, 2015
I can't imagine my life in Prague had I not signed up with The Language House. The training is not just extensive, but also fun and interesting. The entire staff is super nice and really knows their stuff (both grammar and teaching). Also, the other students ( 20) in my class were such wonderful people. I've been in Prague for 2 years now, and some of my best friends are people from my TLH course. Getting your TEFL certificate with TLH is a perfect way to have a successful start in a new country. Everyone from my class had a job within a month of completion. I teach at two preschools now and I couldn't be happier :)
Submitted by Nicole J. Adelman - Prague | October 12, 2015
One of the best decisions and experiences of my life. I received an A+ stellar TEFL education under Chris Westergaard’s and his amazing staff’s tutelage. I started working right away with their assistance, I became grounded in a foreign culture and country without any big hiccups, and I continue to feel supported and integrated into the TEFL community that The Language House provides. I honestly can’t suggest this course and this school more highly. Run, don’t walk, to The Language House in Prague!
Just Do It
Submitted by Peter Hadjokas - Prague | October 12, 2015
The Language House opened up a new world to me at a time in my life when I needed a new world opened up. I'm living in Prague and working at a translation company now. I'm making it happen! A lot of luck plays into making it happen abroad, but also a lot of help along the way. The Language House was and continues to be my help along the way. It's how I made the friends I have over here, how I found a place to live in, how I figured almost everything out navigating the proverbial waters of living and being overseas (i.e., getting a visa, getting a work permit, etc.).
Consider doing this course. It doesn't matter how old you are, what your background is. It takes a little cheese, but if you take it seriously and put in the work, it pays off in ways you can't possible know unless you Just Do It!
The Language House is home, the world is our backyard!
Submitted by Vica Spaulding - Prague | October 12, 2015
I started off in another course, but quickly found it to be incompetent. I called up The Language House and they immediately made me feel confident and at home. I never felt behind or lonely.
The course is intensive, but it is presented in the way you are meant to teach, so you get to see the method, as well as practice it yourself with your own Czech students! Before I started the course, I only ever worked with children, and was terrified of teaching adults. While I still like working with kids better, I can go into a classroom of adults confident and sure of my ability to teach.
The network of alumni is abundant and welcoming. It is a way to connect and make friends, and build your professional network. I would highly recommend this course to anyone.
Everyday I am TEFLing
Submitted by Nichole - Prague | October 12, 2015
The Language House has been such an awesome experience! They have provided so much help and encouragement throughout the journey. Also, the community that create makes the adjustment to living abroad so much easier and exciting. Westergaard will do anything for anyone of his students! It was a great experience! The course is challenging and demanding but you will come out prepared and ready to teach!