A Guide To Earning TEFL Certification in Czech Republic
Due to the demand for English teachers, since before the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague has recruited ESL teachers well as TEFL program participants for many years. The majority of TEFL courses in Prague provide students with the opportunity to take part in an 120-hour accredited program, while building lifelong friendships and exploring all that Prague has to offer.
TEFL courses in the Czech Republic are also available in Brno and other smaller cities, where the demand for TEFL certified English teachers is just as high. Taking TEFL courses in Brno can be an especially dynamic experience for teachers, as the city is the historic center of the country, so daily life will incorporate sites that date back to the 11th century as well as the opportunity to visit the Gothic cathedral of St. Peter and Paul.
Further north and closer to the Polish border, teachers may also consider calling Liberec home, the fifth largest city in the Czech Republic, which is affectionately known as the "Manchester of Bohemia" due its history within the textile industry. TEFL students can take a break from course training here by visiting the The North Bohemian Museum, which is one of the oldest and most well-known museums for natural sciences, arts, and crafts in the Czech Republic.
Courses tend to either be the four week, full-time curriculum, or the ten to twelve week part-time courses. Most TEFL programs abroad are an intensive four weeks in duration, with a total of 120 classroom hours. TEFL and TESOL certificates require a minimum of 120 hours in almost every program worldwide. The course work is more rigorous than the equivalent Latin American and Asian English teaching training courses. Teachers will find that there is an emphasis on developing lesson plans and actual teaching practice. Many TEFL programs in the Czech Republic will combine morningsof classroom instruction with afternoons of practical teaching experiences.
While not all TEFL programs require students to have a bachelor’s degree, the minimum age to enroll is almost always 18 and students must be either native English speakers or have a high level of English language proficiency to participate. Another factor to keep in mind, TEFL certified teachers without degrees will be limited in their employment choices, particularly in Asia and the Middle East, so it is advisable to either have or be working toward this academic benchmark prior to or during TEFL courses in the Czech Republic.
Earning a TEFL certification in the Czech Republic will often include the opportunity to avail job placement services upon certification, which will help new teachers find jobs teaching in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Many schools include lifetime job assistance as well as “much needed for survival” Czech language classes.
TEFL and TESOL courses in in the Czech Republic range from around 1,000 Euros to 3,000 Euros, depending on inclusions and contract hours. Most TEFL programs will include housing in course fees. Keep in mind that a shared room in a flat is the most affordable option, with private rooms and private apartments generally being more costly. Homestays are offered by some schools but are limited to season and availability. Monthly housing expenses can easily be under $450.
When you are feeling hungry after a long day of teaching English in the Czech Republic you can enjoy hearty Czech dishes, like roast pork with dumplings and cabbage, or fried cheese with chips or potatoes, which will help to keep your appetite inspired and your brain focused!
In general, European TEFL certificates are more rigorous academically, as such some schools may have a greater respect for them when you begin searching for an ESL teaching job abroad.
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