TEFL Worldwide Prague

Freyova 12/1 Prague, 190 00 Czech Republic

About TEFL Worldwide Prague

TEFL Worldwide offers a 120-hour intense yet rewarding four-week international recognized TEFL certificate course in the Czech Republic. The course certifies participants to teach English abroad so they can be teaching shortly after the course. We offer job guidance and support before, during, and long after the course. We have hundreds of contact for language schools worldwide and are continuously finding current job openings so participants have plenty of jobs to apply to.

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TEFL Worldwide Offers Accredited TEFL Courses in Prague!

Czech Republic : Prague

A certificate to teach English from TEFL Worldwide becomes an endless source of opportunity to experience the world and live in new places. In only four weeks, students can...

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  • Kenneth Arnold - Teacher Trainer

    Kenneth Arnold - Teacher Trainer

    Kenneth Arnold has degrees in education and English and has worked in TEFL teaching and training since 1997. Originally from St. Louis, he completed his higher education with the Shenker TEFL certificate in Italy and the Cambridge DELTA. Kenneth has taught English in various countries including Malaysia, South Bohemia, Italy, Spain, and the U.S. in many academic settings. When not teaching or training, Kenneth enjoys sports, reading, and spending time with his young daughters.

    As a Teacher Trainer for TEFL Worldwide Prague, you get to help prepare future teachers for a life abroad. What is the most important lesson you hope each trainee learns?

    I think the best thing we can impart to the new teachers is a sense of dedication to the profession. I really think that if you try to do a good job teaching, put in the hard work necessary to do the job well, you will be happy with your life. If you take the job seriously, you’ll find life abroad much more pleasant and rewarding.

    







TEFL Worldwide Prague Staff and Trainees in between TEFL classes

    TEFL staff and trainees having fun in between classes.

    TEFL Worldwide Prague graduates have gone on to teach in almost every country in the world. What advice would you give to a recent graduate deciding where they should teach?

    Hard to say. It really comes down to personality and what their motivation is. I usually give trainees advice based on their needs. Are they in this job for the long term, or do they want to teach for a year or two? Are they more interested in lifestyle or making money? Do they want to live in a place where they will meet a lot of like-minded people in similar situations, or are they interested in being more isolated and going off the beaten path? There are so many things to consider. The only real mistake is not giving it a try.

    The Midwest is slightly notorious for being home to people that tend to stay in the Midwest most of their lives, but as a St. Louis native, gone global citizen, you have shattered that stereotype. How did you first decide to pursue a life teaching abroad?

    That takes me back. I think where I come from, people don’t tend to leave. I’m a real black sheep in my family. But then of course, I have met many other Midwesterners who are living abroad as well.

    I always had a sense that I wanted to try some other places as I was growing up, but I never met anyone with similar interests. In fact, I didn’t even know that ESL existed. I’d never met anyone who had lived abroad and taught English. The entire concept was unknown to me. Finally, in my last year of university, I started interacting with some of the foreign exchange students, who told me that I could teach English abroad. So I bought a one-way ticket and landed in Europe, having never even heard of TEFL. When I look back, it’s amazing that I’m still here.

    TEFL Worldwide Prague is open about the fact that their course is challenging, but also very fun. What is an exercise teacher trainees do that merge the two?

    I think that new teachers often approach grammar with fear and trepidation. I like them to concentrate on ways to use the grammar correctly in normal conversation. One activity we try is the “Lying game.” In this activity, the students ask each other a list of questions beginning with “Have you ever … ?” Their partner must answer, “Yes, I have.” Then you ask follow up questions to determine if the person is telling the truth. Afterwards, we look at the grammar you utilized, switching from present perfect to past simple. It helps put the grammar into a natural setting for the trainees, and therefore, is less intimidating. Then we can discuss how to use the activity to help students practice the target grammar effectively.

    Why did TEFL Worldwide choose to be located solely in Prague, Czech Republic?

    I like the fact that we don’t have too many distractions. We can focus on just making our school the best it can be. In the past, I’ve worked for training centers with multiple locations and it always seemed that the successful locations were keeping the unsuccessful ones afloat, which can be distracting for a business.

    Teacher trainees of TEFL Worldwide Prague spend eight to ten hours in the classroom with local Czech students. Why is this portion of TEFL certification so important?

    I think most trainees realize the importance of keeping the course practical. They will always tell you that the theory is important, but they need to be able to put it into practice in a realistic situation.

    Our demo students are very understanding with the new teachers. They are clear on the idea that our trainees are just learning, so sometimes things won’t go as smoothly as they could. 

    Local ESL schools are happy to hire our graduates, because they know that the trainees have practice teaching authentic Czech learners of English. Sometimes that extra bit of local knowledge can tip the balance in favour of a prospective job candidate.

    TEFL Worldwide Prague values one-on-one teacher to trainee time. What is the typical class size, and how does this individualized attention really help a future teacher?

    Our class size can vary, depending on the season and the level of demand. I think the trainees enjoy the course a bit more when they have more peers to interact with. 

    That said, I really enjoy the individual time I get to spend with the trainees, giving lesson advice and feedback. I think they appreciate hearing suggestions on how to improve their lessons. Because once they get out in the real teaching world, they will have to sink or swim based on what they were able to take away from the course.

    After earning your TEFL Certification, you went on to earn your DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English Language to Adults) as well. What are the benefits of pursuing this additional certification?

    Like any profession, an ESL teacher needs to stay current and meet new academic challenges, and the best way to do this is by furthering their education. I really don’t trust any teacher trainer who hasn’t pursued a DELTA or Master’s because this shouldn’t be a profession where you can just rest on your laurels. Any teacher should strive to get better.

    I do warn trainees thinking about getting a DELTA about what a major commitment it can be. In my DELTA class, of the nine of us who started the year, there were only four left by the end of the course.

    You have experience teaching English all over the world, and in all sort of environments, from University classrooms to teaching military English for NATO. Which of your many teaching placements do you remember most fondly? Which was most challenging?

    I think it’s really important to keep yourself fresh in this job. One way to do that is to teach in a number of different settings. This way I feel very comfortable giving advice to trainees. From young learners, to business English, to University students, to English for special purposes, I feel like I’ve covered most areas a new teacher might want to try.

    I’m not trying to be diplomatic, but I’ve found positives in every ESL position I’ve ever had. And each had challenges in its own way. Teaching for NATO, I had students for whom English could often mean the difference between life and death. Teaching university students, you had the pressure of students counting on your help ensure their academic futures.

    You have been working in the TEFL industry for close to 20 years. What are some of the biggest changes you have witnessed in the last two decades?

    The biggest change I’ve seen is that the new teachers graduating from training are so much better prepared to jump into the profession than I was as a young teacher. Twenty years ago, the standards expected of us as teachers were so much lower. Students didn’t expect much and often studied as a hobby. Nowadays, students are often counting on English getting them higher positions, promotions, etc. And they expect their teachers to help them.

    It took me about a year before I felt comfortable as an ESL teacher. The people I train nowadays are so much better after one month of training than I was originally.

    Would you rather teach abroad in today’s world, or that of 20 years ago?

    Gosh, who knows? In a lot of ways, I feel like I’ve finished my big adventures teaching round the world and am happy to settle down. The world of Prague 20 years ago was amazingly different from what it’s like today. But, then I meet the new teachers who are preparing to go off into who knows where and have exciting experiences abroad in places I’ve never been and I feel that twinge of envy, reminding me that I haven’t managed to teach in all the places I’d like to.

    What country would you like to see more TEFL Worldwide Prague graduates teach in, in the future?

    Of course certain places tend to be more popular than others. It might be nice to have more teachers in South America. That’s a part of the world I don’t have any experience with. It would be helpful to get more info from trainees about that part of the world.

    We’ve really got trainees in so many places. I’ve trained well over 600 teachers over the years and try to maintain contact with as many of them as I can. I try to maintain a Facebook page to help all of my trainees be in contact with each other, kind of a networking opportunity. Are you interested in teaching in, say, Southeast Asia? Here are some teachers who are living there right now. I’ve found that the TEFL Worldwide community is quite communal in its desire to help out new teachers. I really am happy to be a part of that.

  • Hannah Leidich - Admissions & Job Guidance Coordinator

    Hannah is from Pennsylvania, USA and holds a BS in Psychology and a minor in German. She has always loved languages and knew she had to seize the opportunity to live and work abroad when it was placed in front of her. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, practicing German, baking, and playing the piano.


    You offer your teacher trainees support throughout the entire TEFL course process. Teachers can turn to you after years of teaching if they need help. Does this ever happen?

    We frequently receive emails from graduates who want some support in their job search. Some grads are moving from one location abroad to another while others have been home for a while but couldn’t shake the itch to teach abroad again!

    







A beautiful view of Prague and the Vltava at dusk

    A beautiful view of Prague and the Vltava at dusk.

    What challenges do teachers who have been in the TEFL industry for years run into to?

    The biggest challenge that our graduates old and new face is the constantly changing visa requirements that vary by country. Every time someone relocates to a new country, the visa process can be a whole new challenge!

    You just earned your TEFL certification recently, yet moved right into the advising and administrative side of the industry. Why did you move so quickly from standing in front of the classroom to helping other teachers?

    







 A view from Křivoklát Castle in the Czech Republic

    On a whim Hannah decided to join some friends and take a day trip to Křivoklát Castle. This is the view from one of the towers they climbed!

    I’m really happy where I am right now because in addition to TEFL Worldwide Prague, I also work with a few individual students every week through a local language school so it keeps me on my toes with teaching. However, I find the administrative side of it extremely rewarding because I get to assist people in their transition abroad. I’ve had the fortune of traveling abroad a few times before including an exchange program in Germany and I know the value of an international experience. It was always my dream to facilitate an exchange program or a system that helped people be part of a new place and culture. I received an excellent education at TEFL Worldwide Prague and it makes me proud to represent such a wonderful school as a means for others to live their dream abroad.

    One of your specialties is job guidance. Since your advisees could literally work almost anywhere, where would you recommend someone teach if their mission was to earn as much money as possible? What about someone that wanted to truly just get away from it all?

    In both situations, they should have their sights set on Asia! Especially if they’re careful with their money, teachers in South Korea can save an impressive amount of money. Southeast Asia, like Taiwan and Thailand, are good to get away from it all (since many of our graduates are from the US and the UK, I’d say the other side of the world is as far away as you can get!) Visa regulations in Asia, especially South Korea, can be very strict so be sure look into the timeline of requirements.

    On the other hand, if Asia isn’t exactly what someone has in mind, there are small towns in the Czech Republic which can offer a refreshing change of pace and certainly allow you to “get away from it all.” Plus, there are beautiful European cities right in your backyard when you’re feeling a little more adventurous!

    You are originally from Pennsylvania, but now call Prague home. What do enjoy most about life in Prague?

    The three things I enjoy most about Prague are:

    1. The phenomenal network of TEFL Worldwide Prague graduates that are here. We’re all different but have a common thread that all lead us to the same place at the same time and I’m so grateful for the friends I’m surrounded with here! We just celebrated a Thanksgiving dinner with over 30 people. The sense of community is very strong.
    2. The location in the heart of Europe. I’m in the process of planning a few upcoming trips and I feel like every European city is at my fingertips!
    3. It’s safe here. I’m from a small town in Pennsylvania and I would never call myself a city girl, but here I am comfortably living in a city and loving it! 

    Honorable mention: Sure, Pennsylvania has Hershey's chocolate, but that doesn’t compare to all of the delicious chocolate here!

    







A view of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

    After a hike up the mountain, Hannah stopped along a bridge for a great view of Neuschwanstein before our tour of the famous castle!

    You had traveled throughout Europe, but a month in Prague is what made you stay. What was it about the city that really grabbed you?

    The three things I love most about it are what grabbed me. I realized how beautiful it was here and not only could I live in a safe and beautiful city, but I also had wonderful people to experience it with! Plus, I have to mention that it has a very reasonable visa process for teachers and the cost of living isn’t as high as western Europe. I saw a million reasons to stay and very few reasons to consider anywhere else!

    Your background in Psychology seems like the perfect fit for advising future teachers. Do you often need to help trainees that are running from something back home or, on the other side of the coin, very homesick?

    I’ve heard it all - everyone has their own reasons for deciding to live and teach abroad, and it runs the gamut from “I couldn’t take another day of my 9 to 5 office job,” to “I just can’t wait to teach a bunch of cute kids!” There’s something inside of all of us that made us take the leap of faith to take the first major step, and once they’re in our office talking to me, they’re looking to the future more than they’re thinking of past. Some people get homesick, but that’s actually a very fortunate circumstance… it means they have something wonderful behind them as well as something exciting ahead of them so they really can’t go wrong! Those that have been proactive enough to come to this point are usually ready to keep moving forward, no matter what brought them here in the first place!

    







Colorful parrots in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Hannah couldn’t help but get a picture with these colorful parrots in San Juan.

    What does job guidance really entail? Can you find someone a job almost anywhere?

    Job Guidance at TEFL Worldwide Prague has two primary parts. First, we’ll talk about what to expect in interviews, typical salaries (especially in Prague), and what it’s like to be a TEFL certified teacher. We also offer CV and cover letter review, and I’m happy to sit down with someone before a big interview to talk things through and shake off some nerves! The second part of our job guidance is our job postings. Whenever we find an appealing job offer online or a school contacts us, we post it where our graduates can access it and respond to the ad. When a graduate contacts us, we do our best to find him or her jobs ads in the requested area and talk about the general TEFL job market there. However, at the end of the day it’s up to the teacher to apply, interview, and get the job.

    You also work as an Admissions Coordinator for TEFL Worldwide Prague. What is something you look for in potential teachers?

    Being personable is very important! It doesn’t mean that they have to be outgoing, but have a personality where they have experience working with other people and reading their needs. The rest of the technical teaching skills can be learned at TEFL Worldwide Prague. I didn’t know anything about teaching before I came, but they really teach you what you’ll need to know. Having a friendly, patient, and hard-working personality are important qualities in potential teachers!

    What is the most common concern of new TEFL teachers and how do you help them work through it?

    Their biggest concern is “will I get a job?,” and my response is simple: apply, apply, apply!! There’s usually a positive correlation between the number of applications sent and the number of job offers received, so the best thing to do is apply as much as possible! I’m here to review their CV and cover letter before they send it off so I’ll support them with that.

    







Tourist at the Pantheon in Rome, Italy

    It was a swelteringly hot day in Rome, but that didn’t stop Hannah’s excitement for being at the Pantheon! 

    TEFL Worldwide Prague offers a Job Workshop on the last day of each course to help graduates find jobs. What does this day include and do many of your graduates find a job that day?

    The representative explains his or her school to our students and it’s a nice role reversal - our students aren’t selling themselves to the schools as much as the language schools are selling themselves to the students! Our students may listen to as many presentations as they’d like and share their CV. Not only do the schools collect CVs from our students (which often results in interview invitations!), but it also gives the students a “feel” for language schools in Prague, and they can compare the differences between schools.

    Are there any new developments at TEFL Worldwide Prague happening this year?

    There’s nothing in particular that I can think of at the moment except that we’re excited to see what 2015 brings and we’re looking forward to another great year!