In summer 2015, I moved to the Czech Republic to take a course for teaching English. Almost a year since my move, I can now reflect on what has so far been an eventful experience. I lived in Prague for the duration of the four week TEFL course and I had a great time while I was there, but since then, I have been living and working in a small town in South Bohemia called

One thing that puzzled me when I first moved to Prague was that I noticed people would speak to me whenever they entered or left the lift. I come here from quite a large city and had been conditioned not to ‘talk to strangers’ without good reason. I therefore found it a bit unnerving that people repeatedly seemed to address me in the lift and then without waiting for a response, would immediately turn around

Our Lead Trainer Christine Thompson speaks about how English teaching has changed within the last 10 years. Christine has personal experience with teaching and teacher training in Japan and Europe. She is the Career Placement Specialist on our TEFL programme and helps our trainees to get ready for job interviews.

1. How has the TEFL/ESL industry changed over the past decade? The specific changes really depend upon which region and market you are talking

When I finished my TEFL course, I already had jobs lined up. It was a smooth, easy transition to start working. It was also great that my TEFL program operated under a language school. Because of that, I found open teaching positions before I finished the course. I'm grateful I was hired right away! The TEFL course is almost like a long interview. If you do well, the staff will find a position for

Having a TEFL certificate opened many doors to my success in my teaching career.  I had my own ideas how to teach English and looking back many of them were unrealistic. A few days after I obtained my TEFL certificate I was accepted by all language schools I had an interview with. The experience both during and after the course were great and unexpected. I currently teach about 22 hours a week (only 6 weeks

I am from Lviv, Ukraine. I’ve returned to Ukraine after the TEFL course . My life was changed in very positive way after that because I realized I really love what I do. Definitely my life became interesting andeventfull. It wasn’t difficult to find a lessons and a clients and this fact makes me sure that I’m on right way). I have a few private students and teach them individually and on Skype as well ( generally

Life after the TEFL course has definitely been busy. Immediately after the course I interviewed with Threshold and accepted the job. I was told of another language school. I called and asked about applying and they begged me to come in for an interview immediately. I told them during the phone call that I didn't have anything prepared and they were fine with it as they didn't have many other available times later

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