TEFL FAQs

TEFL FAQs 2018-11-09T14:05:17+00:00

Find answers to the most common questions about
TEFL courses and Teaching English Abroad.

You can always email us at [email protected] and we’ll answer you right away!

There are many advantages for choosing the TEFL Worldwide course. Besides offering a professional and top quality accredited TEFL / TESOL training course in a friendly environment we are committed to helping our graduates find exciting teaching positions worldwide.

TEFL Worldwide was established in 2003 and to date has graduated over 3,000 graduates who have taught in over 60 countries. We are proud of the reputation we’ve established and strive to give the best experience to our students. Our trainers are professionals in the EFL industry and are continuously working on professional development in order to bring the best into their classrooms. The support staff is always available to help every step of the way. We know what it’s like to move to another country so are here to help with the day to day things so that you can concentrate on your studies.

During and after the TEFL course we will provide you with job assistance. You will have hundreds of TEFL jobs to choose from all over the world.

Visit the Why TEFL Worldwide page to find out about all the benefits of our TEFL course in Prague.

Hear what our graduates have to say in these Video Testimonials.

Yes, TEFL Worldwide is Internationally Recognized and Officially Accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, and IATQuO (The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations), which involved a difficult application process as well as external moderation of the course, trainers, content and material, facilities, and the support staff.

TEFL courses, in general, are recognized by most language schools as long as they meet the industry standard of being at least 100 hours, have a minimum of 6 hours of teaching practice observed by an experienced trainer, and have qualified teacher trainers. Our course is 125 hours and offers 8 to 10 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! We have 3,000 graduates who have taught in 60+ countries throughout Western Europe, Central/Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Language school employers are contacting us on a regular basis wanting to hire more TEFL Worldwide graduates.

For verification you can do a search on Google for “TEFL Worldwide Prague” to see all of our 3rd party reviews online. In addition view our Graduate Profiles and Graduate Reviews.

Our TEFL graduates have taught in Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Austria, Russia, Turkey, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, USA, England, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Bahrain, Qatar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Zambia and more!

To apply, you’ll follow this link https://teflworldwideprague.com/apply-now/ and fill in the appropriate information. The application process does not take long if you are a native English speaker.

Non-native English speakers must submit a 250 word essay and have a phone interview so that we can assess your level of English.

Your application will be processed within 1 -2 business days. If you are accepted onto the program, you can reserve your place on the course, and in the housing should you need, by paying the 350 Euros deposit.

Payment can be made via credit card, debit card, PayPal or Bank Transfer. PayPal offers the option of paying in USD, GBP or in Euros. If you are a local in the Czech Republic you may pay in CZK.

It’s normal to feel this before moving abroad. Just remember that all of us at TEFL Worldwide have already done this ourselves so we can empathize with this. Everyone in your class will have all these same feelings too so you are all on the same boat and before you know it, you’ll form bonds and friendships for a lifetime. You’ll have a great network of support while here. Our staff, your classmates and our alumni are all tight knit and ready to show you around and help you get settled. s normal. You’ll meet many like minded people just like yourself who are ambitious, adventurous, and interesting and wanting to start an exciting new career teaching abroad. My advice to you is to reach out to past graduates, and come here with an open mind and great sense of adventure. On all the past courses, the groups always make lifelong friends, so after the course is over and they’re teaching all over the world (or here in Prague), they always have a place to visit!

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 speaking individuals. Generally, the certificates are all equally recognized and the approaches used are all very similar. Within the UK most employers prefer the CELTA or Trinity TESOL becasue these are UK known brand names but for teaching anywhere outside of the UK, TEFL courses are what English language employers are looking for. When you look at English teaching job ads, you’ll see thousands of offers for people holding a TEFL certificate. We have 3,000 graduates who have taught in 60+ countries!

CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults. TESOL stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages. TEFL is teaching English as a foreign language. You can be a TEFL teacher in a non-English speaking countries teaching students who want to learn English as a foreign language. TESL stands for teaching English as a second language. You can be a TESL teacher in an English speaking country teaching immigrants or foreign students English as a second language.

All of these qualifications will give you the opportunity to teach English abroad.

During the TEFL Worldwide Prague TEFL course you will receive 8 to 10 hours of teaching practice which is an extremely important component because this hands on practice will prepare you for teaching English in a real classroom. From the beginning, you will be observing experienced teachers teaching to help you step into the actual situation. You will be observed by your peers and trainers and will have a feedback session when you are finished in order to gain an important insight into your strengths, weaknesses and areas that need improvement. This is really the core of the course. We have Czech students coming to our school so that you get plenty of experience teaching all levels of English.

That depends on which country that you will be teaching in. In general English teachers make enough to live a comfortable lifestyle and will pay for all of their living expenses with some extra money for entertainment and traveling in almost any country that they go to. In some Asian countries, like Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea and parts of the Middle East, teachers can end up saving a significant amount of their income. Don’t look at the salary until you compare it directly to the cost of living in that particular country.

I’ll give you some examples of salaries below: Visit www.xe.com/ucc for the current exchange rates:

Czech Republic: (Visit www.xe.com to convert Czech Korunas to your currency if need be.) A full-time teaching schedule in Prague consists of 20 – 25 hours/week of teaching. That’s contact hours so you have to figure in lesson planning and commuting. Lesson planning will take you less and less time as you get more experience. If you are working full-time you can expect to make between 19,000kc/month to 21,000kc/month, after taxes. That’s plenty to live on because the cost of living here is low. After paying for rent, food, and transportation you’ll still have spending money for entertainment and light travel. Since you’ll only be working 20 to 25 hours/week, you can certainly pick up some students to teach on the side or teach online to boost your earnings. Typically you can charge 300kc to 450kc/hour for private students. I’ve known some teachers to do this and boost their earnings to 30,000kc+.

The average hourly rate for an English lesson in Germany is €17 – €22. This can as much as double if you have an emphasis and background in business English. German schools also compensate you for traveling time, usually €2 – €5 a day. However, when you begin teaching in Germany you will probably not be making this much. The average wage is based on private students as well as how much language schools pay. So, at the beginning you will be paid less because you will only be working for a language school. After that you can begin accumulating your own private students and your wages will go immensely. Once you settle in and combine your language school hours with your private students, you can expect to earn €1,200 – €1,800 gross per month.

Here’s an example for Spain. The usual EFL teacher pay country-wide is between 700 and 900 euros a month or about 8 euros an hour. However, academies in the larger cities of Madrid and Barcelona usually pay new teachers around 10 to 12 euros an hour, so pay monthly there can reach 1,000 euros or more. In smaller cities and towns the pay may be less, but the cost of living may be, too. Many teachers supplement their earnings by teaching private students.

Teachers usually share flats to save money. Sometimes grads end up getting apartments with other graduates while others move in with Spaniards. When renting a room in someone’s apartment, a one-month deposit may be required. Long-term room rentals in Spain can be between 300 and 500 euros a month depending on the city, the location in the city, the amenities, etc. Sometimes bills are included.

Many teachers head over to Asia to pay off student loans or credit cards. A degree and a TEFL certificate is required if you want to teach in the following countries: Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea.  Those are the countries where you’ll live earn a good salary. I knew a couple that taught in Japan for 2 years and saved $30,000. Typical salaries in Japan are about $2300/month but the cost of living is higher than the others mentioned. You’ll still save a lot. In Taiwan you can earn about $1700/month and in South Korea about $2200/month. Here the cost of living is very low so you will end up pocketing most of your salary.

During the course plan to bring about 5,000 to 10,000 CZK for food and entertainment. It all depends on your lifestyle. In addition, you will need to pay for the student housing which starts at 9,500 CZK.

Prague is relatively cheap compared to Western European cities. There’s a shopping mall conveniently located across the street from the TEFL school so you are able to buy all of your groceries there. In addition there’s a food court, several cafes and many restaurants in the mall and the surrounding area. Sightseeing in Prague and traveling around the Czech Republic is very affordable.

During the course plan to bring about 5,000 to 10,000 CZK for food and entertainment. It all depends on your lifestyle.

If you plan to stay and teach in Prague then we recommend that you bring 50,000 CZK to 80,000 CZK (depending on your spending habits and choice of apartment) to get started for the first 2 months in addition to the money you bring for the month of the course. This includes spending money for two months after the course, rent for about two months, a security deposit, realtors fee, food and entertainment.

You will need a Trade License and Visa to work in the Czech Republic. This allows you to work for several schools as a freelancer the costs is about 12,000 CZK to do this.

Here are some sample prices to give you an idea of what you will spend. (Exchange rates: Visit http://www.xe.com/ucc for the current exchange rates.)

Should you decide to stay here after the course, you can find a private room in a furnished and shared apartment for around 7,500 CZK to 11,500 CZK/month plus utilities. The majority of teachers in Prague choose to share an apartment while teaching in order to cut back on their living expenses. Should you choose to rent a private studio or one-bedroom flat you can find something for around 10500 CZK to 15,000 CZK +/month depending on your preferences, location, size, furnishings, etc.

A meal at a Czech restaurant (meat, potatoes, vegetable and beer) – between 100 CZK to 150 CZK. Meal at an Italian restaurant (pizza or pasta and wine or beer) –between 150 CZK to 250 CZK. If you are in the mood for a nice juicy steak with potatoes, broccoli and wine – about 300 CZK to 400 CZK.  If you decide to eat at home you can easily get by on 750 CZK to 1250 CZK per week.

Travelling in the Czech Republic: Cheap. Trains and buses go all over the country for 100 CZK to 400 CZK round-trip. You can get a room for 2 in many hostels or a bed and breakfast in many towns from 350 CZK to 500 CZK per night per person with breakfast included.

The clubs usually charge a cover charge of 100 CZK to 200 CZK. Typical tourist attractions are usually 60 CZK to 150 CZK. Prague Castle is an exception. It is about 200 CZK but well worth it.

1banana 5 CZK

1 orange 4 CZK

1 apple 3.5 CZK

10 eggs 50 CZK

Loaf of bread 23 CZK

Whole chicken 45 CZK/kilo

100g of sandwich ham 33 CZK

.5kg Ground beef 85 CZK

Spaghetti pasta 500g 40 CZK

1 yogurt 8-15 CZK

Bottle of wine: from 60 CZK

Bottle of beer: 13 CZK

1 L of Milk: 15 CZK

Basic living costs:

Apartment with roommates: 7,500 CZK to 11,500 CZK per bedroom

Monthly transportation pass: 670 CZK

Groceries for a month: 3,000 – 5,000 CZK

So, you can assume that you’ll need a minimum of 11,170 CZK to 17,170 CZK to live on depending on your housing and food preferences.

Other living costs: 

Beer at a bar or restaurant: 30 CZK to 50 CZK

Wine at a bar or restaurant: 40 CZK to 100 CZK

Eating out: 100 CZK to 300 CZK for a meal and a drink

Clothes shopping: Comparable to everywhere else but not as many sales or as big of a selection

  • 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. Try the following websites for details: www.imglobal.com. Many major insurance providers provide traveller’s insurance so check with them too. (European Citizens only need their European Health Card.)
  • 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. Your housing 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 teaching – a tie for men is only necessary for interviews.
  • CV/resume (We will help you prepare this once in Prague, if you do not already have it).
  • A voltage converter if you plan to bring any electrical appliances from North America and everybody should bring plug adaptors for continental Europe – the circular two-pronged variety.
  • Czech phrase book.
  • Bath Towels, toiletries, tissues, 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 a national level criminal background check with an Apostille, 2-3 unsealed university transcripts, and an Apostille on your degree and TEFL certificate. In some instances, super-legalization by the Embassy of the country where you plan to teach, may be required on some documents.
  • If you would like to teach in the Czech Republic you will need a letter from your bank stating that you have over 110,000 CZK  (about $5,600 US) in your home bank account. Many of our students have simply borrowed money from a family member or friend, then get the bank letter, and pay them back. The letter has to be very specific. You will receive more information on that from us, via email when you reserve. (Subject: Important Information to work in Czech Republic / how to prepare from home).
  • 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 your laptop if you have one because you can connect to our printer and wifi. The laptops come in handy for lesson planning. 
  • About 670kc for a one month metro pass.
  • 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.
  • A good sense of humor, positive attitude and adventure!
On average our graduates are working within 1-2 weeks after graduation, many times sooner. It’s no uncommon to receive job offers during the course!
Yes. We’ve had graduates from a variety of backgrounds. Some were experienced teachers. Others had previously earned TEFL or TESOL Certifications and many had bachelors, masters, and even PhDs in subjects such as English and education. They all found the training and the experience to be extremely rewarding.

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 the 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.

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.

Just know that the trainers and administrative staff are here to help you. They know that you’re not coming here as experts on TEFL methodology and are here to train you properly and answer your questions.  With the curriculum and focus on practical teaching that is offered on this course, you’ll overcome any shortcomings that you may be worried about.  If you have any special circumstances that you think may inhibit you, please contact us.

As for age, 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 TEFL course.

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.

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. If you plan to stay 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.

This is done by getting a Trade License and Visa. While on the course there is a presentation by the Visa agency where they can give you some basic information on how to complete this process. We can recommend several visa agencies to you and also provide you with the basics before you come. It’s advisable that you use a Visa agency as all of the paperwork needed for the Visa and Trade License are in Czech.

Prague has a very efficient, safe, clean and affordable metro, tram and bus system. One of the best in the world, in fact! Our school and housing facilities are located very close to the Yellow metro line “B”. Most people in Prague don’t even use cars since the public transportation is so affordable and efficient (about $25 per month). Our staff has all lived in Prague for years, so we’re more than happy to help you with directions and help you get acclimated, and maybe even show you around a bit!

If you live in the student housing that we provide, you’ll be living amongst your classmates. You can either live in a private apartment, a private bedroom in a shared apartment, or a shared bedroom in a shared apartment. The student housing is conveniently located within a 15 minute walk from the school, with a shopping mall and grocery store also in walking distance making it easy for you to get anything you need. If you want to arrange your own housing prior to the course, that’s totally fine. AirBnB is a great option.

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 serve basis. Typically our summer classes fill the fastest, so if you’re interested in taking the classes then, you should apply at least 3 months in advance.

During your teaching practice, you’ll be teaching English to actual level-based classrooms of local students (mostly Czech).

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. 100% attendance is required.
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. Again, if you’re proactive, motivated, inquisitive, and show improvement, you should have no problem passing the course.

If you are going to fail speak to the trainers and director about the options you’ll have.

We know that unfortunately this happens. 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.

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!

To date TEFL Worldwide has over 3,000 graduates who have taught in over 60 countries!

During the course we will actively be searching for current TEFL job openings worldwide and uploading them to our online job board for you. In addition, for each geographic section of the world we consistently update the contacts for language schools. There are hundreds of job offers to choose from. We also offer:
• CV/Cover letter assistance
• Job Workshop (featuring 5-10 schools in the Czech Republic)
• Access to a large graduate network all over the world who are willing and able to answer country specific information for you
• Interviewing and job searching tips

For more information read about Job Guidance

Absolutely! There’s an orientation on the Sunday before the course start date where you’ll meet your classmates and go out for a nice walk around the city. After the walk is over, a group of graduates usually meet up with everyone to go out for a drink and bite to eat somewhere. During the course there are plenty of opportunities to get together with alumni and your classmates. Then when you graduate, there’s a champagne ceremony followed by a night out with alumni and your classmates!

No. As TEFL teachers, our goal is to immerse the students with English and teach them strictly in the English Language. You will get a few “survival” Czech lessons during the course to familiarize yourself with the basics as well as put you in the shoes of learners of a new language, but don’t stress too much about the Czech. Most employers prefer that you never use the students’ native language when teaching them English. This is part of the methodology that we use called the Communicative Approach.
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 mind 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.
Read our frequently asked questions to learn more about why you should choose TEFL Worldwide Prague

The TEFL Worldwide family, as I have come to see it, is a closely knit network, a support system that you will need throughout your international endeavors. Known all over the world as a breeding ground for good TEFL teachers, you will be part of an elite group who has gained a reputation of excellence.

David Alexander, Taught in Slovakia

TEFL Graduate on an elephant

TEFL graduate dancing with locals

TEFL graduates learning new cultures

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