Frequently asked questions
Why TEFL Worldwide Prague?
Choosing TEFL Worldwide Prague is the right choice for countless reasons. We have been awarded internationally many times for the high quality of our course.
We not only offer a professional and top quality accredited TEFL course in a friendly environment, we are also committed to providing trainee and graduate support throughout the entire experience. This includes accommodation, job search, visa and trade license support.
Established in 2003, TEFL Worldwide Prague has graduated over 3,500 graduates to date, who have taught in over 60 countries. We’ve established a reputation that we are proud of, as we strive to provide a life-changing experience. Our trainers are dedicated professionals in the ESL industry, who continuously work on their professional development in order to bring the best into their sessions. The support team is available at all times during the course and post-graduation. Moving to another country can be difficult and at times complicated, our support team is there so you can focus on your studies and enjoy the experience!
We have a vast alumni community, which helps us provide the best possible job assistance. Within weeks, possibly days, post-graduation you will be teaching worldwide!
Is TEFL Worldwide internationally recognised?
Yes, TEFL Worldwide is internationally recognized and officially accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, and IATQuO (The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations), The IATQuO application process was extremely thorough with external moderation of the course, trainers, content and material, facilities, and the support staff. We continue to get regular modeeration visits
TEFL courses are recognised by most language schools, usually they must meet the industry standard of being at least 120 hours, have a minimum of 6 hours of teaching practice observed by an experienced trainer, and have qualified teacher trainers. Our course is 130 hours and offers 6 to 8 hours of teaching practice observed by our trainers. In addition our trainers have extensive EFL experience and teacher training experience. They are qualified to train and are true professional in the EFL industry.
Most important, our graduates are in demand and working all over the world! With over 3,500 graduates, who have taught in 60+ countries throughout Western Europe, Central/Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, TEFL Worldwide is truly the leader in this industry.
Language school employers contact us on a regular basis looking to hire more TEFL Worldwide Prague graduates.
What is the application process?
To apply, fill in the application form here. We will then contact you to arrange a video call within 2 business days. If you don’t hear from us in this time frame, then please check your spam/junk folder and then get in touch. After the call you will be sent an acceptance email with further instructions.
Your acceptance email will give you details regarding paying the 300 USD deposit. The 300 USD deposit will secure your place on the course of your choice. The rest of the course fee is then due 4 weeks before your course start date. By making a payment you agree to our Terms and Conditions.
- Credit card
- Bank Transfer
- Cash (if you will be in Prague 4 weeks before the course start date)
What’s the difference between TEFL/TESL/TESOL/CELTA?
There really isn’t a difference between CELTA / TESOL / TEFL and TESL certificate courses. These are just different acronyms used for courses on how to teach English to non-native English speakers. Generally, the certificates are all equally recognised and the approaches used are all very similar.
When you look at English teaching job ads, you’ll see thousands of offers for people holding a TEFL certificate. We have over 3,500 graduates who have taught in 60+ countries.
How many teaching practice hours are included in the course?
Part of our course is 6-8 hours of teaching practice. Teaching practice is an extremely important component of a TEFL course. Throughout the course, you will observe experienced ESL teachers and learn their techniques of managing a classroom. In your teaching practice, you will be able to implement these new skills. You will also observe your peers’ teaching practice, which will help you to learn from each other and see first-hand what works and what doesn’t. After your lessons, there will be feedback sessions with the observing trainer, where you will receive a detailed breakdown of your strengths, weaknesses and areas that need improvement. Local students come to our school for these lessons, so you get plenty of experience with real Czech students, so you will know what to expect post-graduation.
Should I still do this course if I have a lot of teaching practice? Will it be worth it?
Yes. We’ve had graduates from a variety of backgrounds. Some were experienced teachers, while others had previously earned online TEFL or TESOL Certifications and wanted to do the real thing. Many of our graduates had Bachelors, Masters, and even PhDs in subjects such as English and Education yet still found the TEFL course training and the experience to be extremely rewarding.
I have no teaching experience. Will this be a problem?
Not at all. Previous teaching experience is not required for the TEFL course or for teaching English abroad. This is an introductory course, so the whole purpose of it is to give you the skills, knowledge and tools you need to become a good teacher. Everything that you need to know, you’ll learn while on this course. As long as you have a solid motivation, work ethic, and desire to learn, you’ll develop the skills to become a good TEFL teacher.
In addition, language schools don’t expect you to have previous teaching experience. They know that the TEFL Worldwide course is top quality with plenty of teaching practice so you will have plenty of jobs to choose from upon completion of the TEFL course
I'm too old/young, should I still take the course?
We’ve had people between the ages of 18 and 70+ take the TEFL course and go on to teach abroad. Nobody is too young or old for the TEFL Worldwide course or for teaching English abroad.
How soon should I apply?
We recommend applying as soon as you have an interest in teaching English abroad. There’s no obligation to pay just because you applied. By applying, we’ll be able to keep you up to date on TEFL course special offers and on how fast the courses are filling. Please note that the TEFL courses are filled on a first come first served basis. Typically our summer/autumn classes fill the fastest, so if you’re interested in taking the classes then, you should apply in advance.
Who will I teach during the teaching practice?
During your teaching practice, you’ll be teaching English to local students (mostly Czech). You will usually teach 2 or more levels of English.
Is it possible to fail the course?
Yes, it is possible not to pass the course. Some trainees come to the course thinking that this will just be an excuse to travel and live abroad, when in reality it involves hard work, discipline, and time management. Most people who haven’t passed haven’t done so because they didn’t put in the proper time and effort and/or didn’t ask for help when they were unsure of things. Our teacher trainers are extremely approachable and willing to help you pass the course, as long as you’re willing to put in the work and aren’t afraid to ask for help. Again, if you’re proactive, motivated, inquisitive, and show improvement, you should have no problem passing the course.
A minimum of 90% attendance is required to pass the course. If you miss more due to illness, provided you have a doctors note, you can make up missed time on a future course.
What if there is an emergency and I can't attend the course after all?
We know that unfortunately this can happen. In this case, if you’ve already paid your deposit, we’re willing to transfer this deposit to another course, depending on availability. Please read the Terms and Conditions for complete details on cancellations, refunds and transferring.
What is a typical day like during the course?
Days typically start at 9:00 and finish at 6:30. The days consist of a combinations of input sessions and teaching practice sessions as well as supported planning time.
More details about the course here.
Should I do anything to prepare for the course?
We will provide you with some pre-course tasks to do 2 weeks before the course starts.
No other preparation is required for the course, because we will cover all necessary information needed, during the course.
If you want a head start, we can recommend some books that may be of interest to you and can be helpful.
These are good for information on actual teaching techniques:
- “How English Works” – Michael Swan and Catherine Walter (Oxford University Press 1997)
- “Learning Teaching” – Jim Scrivener (Heinemann 1994)
- “How to Teach English” – Jeremy Harmer (Longman 1998)
These are some good ones for grammar.
- “English Grammar in Use” – Raymond Murphy (Cambridge University Press 2004) Grammar Book
- “Practical English Usage” – Michael Swan (Oxford University Press 1995) Grammar Book
Moving to the Czech Republic
Moving abroad is a little scary. Any advice for taking the leap?
I’d be surprised if you weren’t a little scared, but don’t linger on that feeling. Remember, most of us here at TEFL Worldwide Prague have gone through this experience, which helps us understand your fears and empathise. Given that your accommodation will be sorted and the first month of your stay in the country is pre-planned with an intensive TEFL course, all you have to do is get here. You will definitely not go through this experience alone, our staff and your classmates will be there to help you settle in and before you know it, you’ll call Prague your home. The vast majority of our graduates have made life-long friendship with their fellow trainees and our alumni. Friendships are made when you meet like-minded people and this course is a place just for that. You’ll meet people like yourself, ambitious and interesting, people who are looking for an adventure and to start a new career teaching English abroad. My advice to you is to come here with a sense of adventure and an open mind. You could also reach out to past graduates, whom you can find on any of our social media profiles, to ask for their advice and to make your first friends. After all, stepping out of your comfort zone is what makes interesting things happen.
How much money should I bring when moving to Prague for the course?
During the course plan to bring about 10,000 to 15,000 CZK for food, a one month transportation pass, and entertainment. It all depends on your lifestyle.
Prague is relatively cheap compared to western European cities. There are many shops near our school, where you can buy your groceries. In addition there are many cafes, bars and restaurants in the area. Sightseeing in Prague and travelling around the Czech Republic is very affordable.
What else should I bring with me to Prague?
- Traveller’s insurance (mandatory by EU law). You’ll need to be insured up to 30,000 Euros in case of an accident or illness while abroad. Buy the insurance for a month or two. Then depending on whether or not your employer offers insurance benefits, you can always extend the insurance.
- Debit/Credit Cards. Be sure to check with your bank to let them know you’ll be in Europe so they can lift any international blocks. Also be sure to find out and adjust your daily or weekly withdraw limit. If you opt for TEFL Housing, the fee needs to be paid in cash upon arrival, so you must be able to withdraw that or have the amount with when you arrive.
- Some smart clothes for interviewing. The dress code for teaching ranges from casual to business casual.
- A voltage converter, if you plan to bring any electrical appliances from North America, you will need a converter.
- Bath Towels, toiletries etc..
- Snacks, a drink, etc.., especially if you are arriving at night when the stores are closed. Tap water is drinkable.
- Depending on your nationality and the country you want to teach in (specifically Asian countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan and Vietnam) you may need:
- National level criminal background check (notarised, apostiled, and authenticated)
- University diploma (notarised, apostiled, and authenticated)
- TEFL certificate (notarised, apostiled, and authenticated)
The process for authentication varies from country to country. Employers or agencies usually supply the details.
- If you would like to teach in the Czech Republic you will need a letter from your bank, or a bank statement, stating that you have at least 110,000 CZK in your bank account. You will receive more information on that from us, via email when you reserve.
- Copy of your Passport. (This is good to have in case your passport gets lost or stolen. You may need it for a new passport.)
- We recommend that you bring a laptop if you have one. Although not essential for the course, it will make your life easier.
- A passport with at least 6 months validity left in order to enter the EU.
- If you plan to teach English in the Czech Republic, your passport must be valid for at least 9 months when you go to apply for the Visa (which can be several weeks after the course) and issued within the last 10 years. It must contain at least two blank consecutive pages. This is most likely the case for most countries and Visa applications.
- Feel free to email us for complete details regarding the Czech Visa process and requirements.
Do I need a visa?
You don’t need a Visa to come to Prague for the course if you’re from Europe, Australia, Canada, the US, and some South American countries. If you are not from one of the listed countries, contact us to see if you need a visa to enter the Czech Republic or visit the Czech Consulate page to check.
If you want to live and work abroad, you’ll need a Visa, depending on your citizenship and where you want to work. If you decide to stay in Prague, we can put you in touch with several visa agencies for assistance getting your visa. For those staying in Prague, it is important to get this process started as soon as possible. If you are interested in teaching in other countries, most language school employers will advise on the visa process.
Is accommodation provided?
Accommodation is not included in the course fee. However, we can help you arrange accommodation for the duration of the course.
If you wish to stay in Prague after the course we can help you find more long term accommodation after the course.
You can find more information about accommodation here.
Will I need to speak Czech?
Many people in the Czech Republic speak at least basic English, so it is possible to get by without any Czech especially in the more touristy cities such as Prague. However, if you plan to stay for a while after the course, it can be a good idea to learn some Czech. Also, understanding the differences between Czech and English will help you understand why Czechs struggle with certain features of the English language for example.
I don't know anyone in Prague. Is it a problem?
This is more of an opportunity than a problem! The network of TEFL Worldwide graduates in Prague remain in touch, and while you’re on the course, you’ll meet many like minded people. Whether they’re just out of college and looking for a year-long adventure, or are ready to do something new with their careers, they’re all here for a similar reason. Also, no matter where you choose to go, we can put you in touch with graduates who are happily employed all over the world.
Can I get a one-way ticket?
If you are not a citizen of a Schengen country, then we highly recommend that you have a ticket showing that you are leaving the Schengen Zone within 90 days of arriving, in case you are checked. You could be denied boarding or entry into the country if you do not have a return ticket out. Many students have purchased quite affordable tickets to the UK via Ryan Air or Easy Jet, for example or buy a ticket they can reschedule or cancel. It’s best to be safe in case you are asked.
What should I do for a phone plan?
If you plan to stay in the Czech Republic for a while then it is best to use a local provider. We can advise you on the best option at the time.
Check with your phone provider to make sure your smart phone is internationally unlocked.
Do I need to set up a bank account while abroad?
Yes, we recommend that you set up a local bank account once you arrive in the country that you plan on teaching in. Employers will most likely be making direct debits into you account with your salary. This is usually a pretty straightforward process.
If you plan to travel a lot or transfer money between currencies then TransferWise and Revolut are good options to look into.
How much can I expect to get paid as an TEFL teacher?
Teaching salaries vary depending on factors such as experience, location, type of course and qualifications. Reputable schools require an accredited TEFL certificate.
Salary in Prague
You can expect to earn between 300 and 600 CZK per teaching hour. A typical teaching week is 20 – 22 hours, but you can teach more. So expect 24,000 to 35,000 CZK/month at the start (average salary in Prague is 30,000 CZK).
Elsewhere in the world
Teaching salaries vary from country to country, but typically, teachers can earn enough to live comfortably and save some money for travel. Some higher paying countries are: The U.A.E, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and South Korea.
Online teaching allows you to teach anywhere in the world from anywhere in the world. You can earn between 15 and 30 USD/hour depending on the platform you use.
How soon after the course could I be working?
The demand for English teachers remains high in Prague. Most of our graduates start working within 1-2 weeks post-graduation. However, at times our trainees even receive job offers during the course.
Will I get a job after graduating?
Yes, that’s what we are here for. If you put the effort in and pass the course you’ll have hundreds of jobs to choose from. Our graduates are teaching within 1-2 weeks after graduation, many times sooner. It’s quite common for students to have job offers during the course.
We are part of a language school so many graduates get job offers from us straight after the course.
We provide job guidance during and well after the course so we are here to help you secure a suitable job.
Will I need to know the student's first language to teach them English?
No. As TEFL teachers, our goal is to immerse the students with English and teach them only using English. So knowing the students first language is not necessary.