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Important Q&A from the trainers of the program
Why should I choose The Language House?
While there are plenty of good TEFL courses in the city and abroad, there are a few factors that make The Language House unique. To start with, we share our premises with two language schools in the city which creates a real school environment. We are a teacher led organization. That means everyone who works on the course is a teacher. The course is owned, managed and operated by English teachers. We are also a member of variety of ESL organizations and are externally monitored and accredited by IATQuO.
Secondly, we have smaller classes than most other centers in the city and abroad which offers more attention and ensures more student growth during the course. Thirdly, we offer almost twice the amount of observed teaching practice than most TEFL courses do. Most importantly, we strive to create a sense of community during and after the course. It’s common for us to stay in contact and remain friends with all of our graduates years after the course is finished.
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Is TLH TEFL accredited?
Yes, we are. We are accredited by IATQuO, which involves a rigorous application and two three-day inspection processes of the course, trainers, and material. This means we are continually externally monitored by them and undergo inspection with them multiple times a year. We can proudly say that we are one of the few courses in the city that is accredited and externally monitored by an outside body. Here is a link to IATQuO: http://www.iatquo.org.
What are the differences between a TEFL, TESOL, TESL, and TEAL?
TEFL, TESOL, TESL, are virtually the same, just variations on wordings.
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Second or Other Languages) and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) are standard terms for English language teaching in non-English speaking countries.
TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and TEAL (Teaching English as an Additional Language) are normally related to English teaching among immigrant and refugee communities in English-speaking countries.
TEFL and TESL are more frequently used in Europe as acronyms while TESOL and TEAL are more commonly used in North America.
What are some important universal things to look for when choosing a TEFL program?
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How much will the total cost be for everything – including housing?
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What is the application procedure?
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The whole idea of moving abroad kind of scares me. What advice can you give me?
This is completely normal. Most of our graduates have experienced some anxiety with the idea of moving abroad and beginning a new career. Understand that there have been hundreds of students that have gone through the same procedure that you are doing right now. For most of them, teaching was a recent idea and not something they had planned their whole life. Our advice is to contact as many past graduates from our course as possible and listen to what they have to say. You can find a list of graduates here.
Why do I need to have university schooling or work experience?
Simply because the course is demanding. Applicants with a good work ethic and/or experience with studying long hours shouldn’t have a problem. People without work or college experience may find the program too stressful or difficult and are more unlikely to successfully finish it. Also, without a degree, it will be a lot harder to find consistent work. This is the same in any field and it simply has to be a risk you are willing to take. If you feel you can handle the course, contact us for an evaluation.
I’m too old, too young, afraid of public speaking. I don’t know grammar very well. I have never done anything like this before. I’ve never been abroad. Should I still take the course?
Yes. We are here to help you. We don’t expect you to be perfect. The course is designed to help you overcome whatever difficulties you may have and the trainers are there to help you adjust and move forward. If you have special circumstances that would inhibit your ability in the classroom, please contact us first.
What should I bring with me?
Clothes for warm and cold weather is a must. During the course, students are expected to look and conduct themselves in a professional manner, and it is actually a part of their grade so bring a set of clothes for work. Other important information on what to bring can be emailed if requested. All students who apply for the course receive arrival information about 4 weeks before their course begins. This will detail more about what to bring and how to prepare for the course.
How early should I apply?
Depending on the month, courses can become occupied up to a half a year in advance. It is wise to apply early. If you need to change your date later on, that is not a problem at all.
I don’t have any teaching experience. Is this a problem?
Not at all. As long as you have the interest and motivation to become a good teacher, you will not have a problem during the course or in your teaching career. We will send you a list of recommended readings and other useful information upon receiving your application.
I have a lot of teaching experience. Will the course be worth it?
Yes, it will. Having experience is not the same as being properly trained. Many of our students have been teaching for years and they have all found the course to be worth it. Being trained will make teaching much more enjoyable for you and your future students. Also, having a TEFL will open up many doors in terms of jobs and further teaching education.
How will I get around the city? Will I need a car?
Absolutely not. Due to the city’s excellent public transportation, which consists of buses, subways, and street trams, it is extremely easy to get around the city. The cost of a month pass to use all forms of transportation is around $42, less once you get an OpenCard (should you choose to stay in Prague).
How much money do I need?
It is highly recommended to have the equivalent of at least $3500 in savings to cover extra expenses for a period of six months to a year. You may never need this money, but it’s nice to be able to travel, eat out, go to concerts and really enjoy the city. The biggest complaint that many people have is that they wished they had brought more money with them so they could see and do more things. Also remember that it will cost money to get your own flat after the course as well living expenses during the course.
Additionally, there are costs associated with getting a business license that my require more money if you should choose to go that route.
Do I have to stay in The Language House housing?
Not if you do not want to. If you compare our housing price with most real estate companies and other TEFL courses in the city, it is probably the best deal around. Still, having a permanent place set up before you arrive is always nice. If this is something that you are interested in, check out www.expats.cz , www.happyhouserentals.com , www.sreality.cz, www.bezrealitky.cz for more information.
Do I need a visa for Prague?
EU citizens do not need visas while Americans and Canadians do not for the first 90 days, which covers the length of the course easily. Some countries do, however. If you are not sure, please check with your Embassy or Consulate of your country. The Language House recommends:
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How many hours a day is class?
School is from Monday to Friday and is approximately eight to ten hours a day.
How many students will be in the class?
We limit the number of students per course to 15.
What materials should I bring?
All teaching materials are provided for you except for things like pens and notebooks. These are easy to buy here but you can bring your own if you like. It’s also a good idea to bring English materials e.g. newspapers, magazines, music … etc. The use of authentic resources, as you will learn, is often more effective than using a textbook.
Where and with whom will I be living?
All flats are centrally located in the city with two to three trainees sharing a flat. They are of good quality with each person getting their own room. You will live with other students from the course for the first month. For more information on housing and pictures, please click here.
What if I have some problems or there is an emergency and I cannot attend the course?
Our school is very understanding to the problems that can occur while living abroad. If there is a serious problem, efforts will be made to resolve it as fairly as possible. What is nice about The Language House is that you can always forward your deposit one time to a later or earlier month without any kind of fee. If you are sick on the course, you will have to make the work up but do not need to redo the entire course, as might be the case with some other schools.
What if the course is too hard and I don’t pass?
Yes, the course is difficult, but our staff is more than willing to help students individually with whatever areas of the course they are having troubles. Motivation and the willingness to improve are crucial and are looked upon highly. If there is a problem with your ability, you will be asked to spend another week reviewing material or practice teaching. This extra work will be very reasonable and only ever cost the amount we pay your the trainer for their hours and sometimes may even be free.
Has anyone ever failed the course?
Yes. We are in no way a TEFL mill and an automatic pass is one thing that we do not offer. While we will do everything possible to give you the best training and attention, there have been students who have not passed. Most of the time, this is due to a lack of professionalism on the part of the student.
We demand a lot from you and it is unethical for us to pass a student who does not care about teaching or conducts themselves in a negative way. Not attending class, showing up late, being disrespectful, and showing disregard for the course is a sure way to fail. If you are not interested in working hard during this month, it would be better to take another course with a different provider.
I am more interested in working in another country. Do I have to work in Prague?
Of course not. Many graduates are interested in other countries and only take the course in Prague as a starting point.
Will I get a job after I graduate?
Yes, if you put in the work. We go out of our way as a course to make sure that all of our graduates find work in top schools in Prague and worldwide. However, this means that you have to work as well. If a graduate does well on the course and has a university degree we can practically guarantee them jobs in Prague and especially abroad.Overall, our graduates have around a 95 percent success rate.
What is the Teacher Mentor Program?
The teacher mentor program was especially designed to help new teachers adjust to teaching a full schedule. It’s completely optional and is not a part of the TEFL course. Click here for more details.
Will I earn enough money?
If you work a standard 20-25 hours a week (in Prague) you will have enough money to live on, but you probably won’t be able to save anything. However, this statement depends on a lot of things. If you find private students outside of a school you can make more money. You can also work more. It’s better to save up before you come than it is to try to save here. This allows you to have more fun, and fully enjoy your experience abroad.
Other countries pay scales and hours range considerably and it is possible to make money living abroad, for more information please contact our Job Assistants.
What if I don’t speak the language or know anyone in the Czech Republic?
Most people are in the same boat. Luckily, we provide free Czech lessons to give you a little communicative ability. Many people speak some English anyway, so it shouldn’t be something to worry about. As for friends, typically the people you meet on the TEFL course with will remain friends after the course ends. As you stay in Prague longer you will find more friends through our extensive community or your students and other teachers where you work.
What about a work permit?
Your employer may help you to get a permit when you start working or you may decide to get your business license. It can be a bit of a task, but it’s extremely rare for someone to be denied a permit or business license. Once accepted on course, you will be sent a brochure that gives you a list of items needed to obtain a long-term visa. Getting a visa if you wish to stay in Prague is important now. You will will have to work a fair amount and stay on top of things if you wish to work in Prague after the course.
Is there a dress code?
It’s better to look professional. That’s common sense. Some clients will be business-related and it’s always a plus. This doesn’t mean you need to wear a suit, but a collared shirt, slacks, and equally nice presentation for women. In Asian countries, dressing formally is often a must. During the course, you can dress casually, but we recommend bringing presentable clothes as well for class.
Where will I stay after the course?
After the course, you will have to find your own place. During the second week of the course we give you tips on how to this is done. To be honest, finding a flat in Prague is quite easy, and as long as you do not wait until the last minute, you will not have a problem at all.
How long will it take to find employment?
Our graduates have great success finding jobs. Most graduates of the course find work within 1-3 weeks after graduating and many are able to find work during the course if they are actively looking.