Where are you from?
I am from Prague. I love to travel but every trip I take makes me more certain that this is the place to be.
What do you like most about living in Prague?
The culture and the nature – think of any music style and you will find it playing somewhere in this magical city. The numerous parks here are lovely, great for walks or people watching, and there is lots of nature right in the center and in any direction you go.
How long had you been teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) before becoming a TEFL trainer?
I started teaching EFL almost 8 years ago and the first 3 were only EFL – in Spain, Italy, and, after relocating home, also here in Prague. During summers, I teach at an international school in Scotland and even though I prefer teaching adults, the multilingual classes are always enjoyable.
What made you want to become a TEFL trainer?
Methodology and what lurks behind had fascinated me right from the start. When I did my teacher training, I started delving into the depths of class management and a learner’s psychology. It was only a question of time before I started working for a methodology department, working on syllabi and observing teachers. This is something I enjoy to this day and I am constantly trying to think of ways to improve myself.
What do you enjoy most about teaching TEFL students?
Oh, the variety in characters, experience, knowledge, and places of origin! It makes this all so much fun, it is great to see the group bonding and going through this experience together. I also enjoy showing them around my beautiful city and giving out tips on what to do.
What do you like most about teaching at TEFL Worldwide Prague?
I have lovely colleagues and we are all on the same wavelength. I also like that the course is clearly divided into modules, and although there is plenty of work, this is spread out well over the four weeks of the course. The staff and management of the school are very helpful and friendly (and have great coffee in their kitchenette!)
Do you still teach EFL?
I do. I have a couple of private students and enjoy lessons with them. I also lead day-long seminars for English teachers of primary and secondary schools here in the Czech Republic on topics usable in their classes.