TEFL Worldwide Prague

Freyova 12/1 Prague, , 190 00 Czech Republic

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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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  • Dan Baines - Academic Director

    Dan Baines - Academic Director

    Dan Baines has been at TEFL Worldwide Prague since spring 2010, and Academic Director since September 2014. In addition to initial teacher training, he has worked in academic management for a large Slovak language school and given teacher development seminars in several countries. Dan has an MA in TESOL and his current research interests include the role of reflection in initial teacher training. When not working, he tries to divide his time between supporting Liverpool FC and spending time with his family.

    Why should someone choose TEFL Worldwide Prague for their onsite certification course?

    TEFL Worldwide meets the standard criteria required of TEFL courses around the world (120 hours, six hours of teaching practice) and is externally accredited by IATQuO, but this is true of many other TEFL courses too. I think a couple of things make us stand out. Firstly we have a very eclectic, well-qualified, and experienced team of trainers to offer support to trainees throughout the course. Secondly, we have a very strong support staff and alumni network, over 2,000 throughout the world, which is made available to all trainees and graduates to help make the transition to Prague and then to life afterward as smooth as possible. Before I came to work here, I was very impressed with the personal communication I had with the admin staff and director. Our graduates leave the course tired, but rewarded and with an unforgettable experience behind them.

    TEFL Worldwide Prague graduation day

    Graduation day at TEFL Worldwide Prague

    Your TEFL certification course is extremely rewarding, but also very demanding. For example, 100 percent attendance is required unless a teacher trainee is ill. Why does the course follow this intense structure?

    We have a very strong reputation around Prague and our reputation is built on the quality of our graduates. Contrary to popular belief, there is a lot more to English teaching than just being able to speak the language, you need a high level of language awareness and good classroom techniques. This is a lot to learn in a month, so the course needs to be intense in its structure. It also helps to prepare trainees for the reality of teaching once the course is over.

    Before working as the Academic Director for TEFL Worldwide Prague, you worked as the Director of Studies for a large school. What made you want to work specifically with a TEFL certification school?

    When I took my training course, the tutors really inspired me and I thought that’s what I wanted to do. The job looked so much fun and they were so knowledgeable that I made my ambition to do exactly what they did. To get there, I followed a fairly typical career path through teaching, which lead to taking a diploma, followed by a move into academic management, and then finally into teacher training. I can honestly say that supervising trainee teachers is much easier than supervising experienced teachers and that I’ve never looked back or regretted it for a second.

    What is the most rewarding part of your job with TEFL Worldwide Prague?

    It’s the small things really. It’s always nice to meet graduates and hear how successful they’ve been and how the course has helped them to achieve this success. We also see people come on the course and just go through the most extreme character growth; we’ve seen a lot of people use the techniques we taught them to overcome crippling anxiety and other issues. It’s really rewarding to see the finished product in those situations and it really feels like we’ve made a difference.

    Online TEFL certifications seem to be growing in validity and number, and many people choose them based on cost. Why should potential teachers still choose an onsite TEFL course?

    You can’t over emphasize the importance of teaching practice on a TEFL course. Teaching is a hands-on profession and it’s the job of a TEFL course to prepare teachers for the classroom as effectively as possible. I often compare learning to teach to learning to drive and I don’t think many people would take an online driving course just to save money.

    Furthermore, employers need to know that a teacher can step straight into the classroom and do the job, so online TEFL certificates are often still viewed by employers as inferior.

    The TEFL Worldwide Prague site mentions that there is no one characteristic or way to be a successful teacher, but what are three traits of a successful TEFL trainee?

    It’s very hard to say, but the most successful graduates tend to show the following:

    • Adaptability – No two students or two classes are the same and the most successful trainees are able to adapt what they are doing to meet the needs of those individuals. It’s one thing to have a lesson plan, but top teachers need to know how to react when things aren’t going according to plan.
    • Approachability – Students need to trust the teacher and feel comfortable, so a nice supportive attitude is really important – rapport goes a long way.
    • Student centredness – Perhaps the most important trait of all successful trainees is the ability to make the students the focus of the lesson. It’s very easy to teach material that you want to teach, but much harder to instead look at the students and teach what they need.

    I think anyone can learn how to teach grammar or to structure a lesson, but these are the traits that separate the great trainees from the good.

    Do most of your teacher trainees choose to remain and teach in Prague for a year or two before moving on?

    Many come here to take the course with the intention of staying, whereas others get enchanted by the city, change their plans and stay. Whatever the reason, it’s fairly unusual to not have half the course decide to stay by the time graduation rolls around. The ready made network of friends makes it quite easy to stay.

    I’d say most stay for around a year, some shorter and some considerably longer. Only the other day I ran into a trainee from my first course as a trainer, four and a half years ago, and she is doing very well and still loving Prague. I came to Prague myself for six months, and 10 years later and I’m still here!

    You have a rich background in teaching methodology and course development. How do you make sure your course stays up-to-date and includes new methods or is there a tried and true method you stick to?

    For the last couple of decades or so, TEFL courses have tended to be based on communicative language teaching and this is what employers look for when hiring, so this is always the underpinning philosophy behind the course. However, we still try to stay up-to-date with changes going on within the industry through conferences and journals and we try to integrate this into the course. The key is to remember that no matter how good the course is, it can always be better.

    When you aren’t helping students or developing TEFL courses, you like to spend time in the kitchen. What is one Czech dish everyone should try?

    The Czech Republic isn’t renowned as a great culinary nation, but personally I love Czech food. The most famous dish would have to be goulash (although technically not Czech in origin) and even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. There are few things I enjoy more than a plate of goulash and a cold beer in a nice small Czech pub.

    For the vegetarians there isn’t really much to choose from, at least not if you want healthy food, but fried cheese is a Czech classic. Breaded deep fried blocks of cheese served with french fries and tartar sauce is common. If you can handle the immediate guilt of perhaps Europe’s most unhealthy dish, it’s well worth trying.

    If you were to sign a teaching contract tomorrow, where would you like to go?

    Reading Marquez always drew me to South America, and I think when I started teaching I would have said Argentina for the magic, the wine, and the steak. Recently though, I’ve been hankering for the Greek islands where I used to go as a child with my dad. I think I’d enjoy the pace of life there and I’m fairly sure my daughter would love the sea and the beaches.  Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a huge need for English teachers there.