Teaching young learners means teaching the future

Probably the fastest growing area in EFL today is the young learners’ teaching and publishing market, with ever increasing numbers of children learning English globally in primary, as well as, secondary schools world-wide. The large global demand for qualified teachers stems from the early language learning policies in place in forward-thinking educational regimes, like those in the Czech Republic and other EU countries. English language lessons, once an interesting extra-cirricular activity or an elective way to round out the primary school cirriculum, have become part ...

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Guide to Teaching English Legally in the Czech Republic for Non-EU Passport Holders

Though quite bureaucratic, it is by no means impossible to get permission to work and stay legally in the Czech Republic. Depending on your country of origin, the process will differ slightly, but in order to teach here you will most likely need: Firstly - a business license and Secondly - permission to stay in the country in the form of a long-term stay visa The process of acquiring these two things can be a bit complicated as you can’t really have one without the other. Listed here is a general outline of what you will need in order to apply for a long-term ...

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Tips for a demo lesson that will blow ‘em away

(or at the very least, help get you that teaching gig) The tragedy of being a Director of Studies is that I have on more than several occasions, sat through a 40 minute interview, growing to like the candidate and beginning to think I would like to offer that teacher some work, only to find during the demo that sadly, this person couldn’t teach their way out of the proverbial paper bag. They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Fair enough, but that first impression is still the result of a combination of small events contributing to the ...

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How’s about teaching abroad, eh Canadians?

You’ve decided to try your hand at teaching English abroad. Good on yah! Assuming you are already TEFL qualified, etc, you‘re pretty much set to go. If not, that‘s the next step. For those who are TEFLized though, visa and immigration restrictions are getting tighter, permission to work legally abroad isn’t as hassle-free as it once was. Getting yourself sorted with the least amount of heartache, really depends on researching well where you want to go. TEFL Teaching Hot-spots There’s South East Asia - where English teaching jobs are plentiful. Schools often ...

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So you want to teach abroad, huh?

Great idea! Only, there are some questions you should probably ask yourself (and the experts) before taking a big step like this; questions ranging from the plainly practical to the mildly philosophical. Like: Where do I want to go? How much is it going to cost? What kind of paperwork and qualifications do I need? How will they feel about people from my country in this new place? Will I like it? Will I be safe there? Who’s going to feed the cat while I’m gone? Will my mom be worried about me? What if I get homesick, arrested, pregnant? Or all three? Hmm. Oh where ...

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Teaching English at a Capuchin Monastery

Before I decided to move to Prague I was working as an accountant at a real estate investment management company in Chicago. It’s safe to say my decision was quite spontaneous and caught my friends and family a bit off guard. It had only been a few years since graduation but I was already tired of the office lifestyle and spending forty hours a week in front of a computer screen. I had been to Prague once before and loved the city, so I figured it was good a place as any to start this next chapter.   Overall, teaching English has been a great experience, and ...

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Baby Jesus

When I first decided to move to Prague I was an English major in a small college town in Northern California. I had been reading quite a bit of Czech literature and had a friend who had a great experience teaching in Prague. I initially decided to move to Prague for one month, take my TEFL course, and then travel Europe and return to the United States. Two years later and I am still in Prague teaching and working with the people I had met when I first moved here. I had never spent a serious amount of time in another country before moving to Prague, so I assumed things ...

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Prague, a Way of Life

As my plane was about to touch down at the Vaclav Havel Airport, my mind became flooded with an array of second thoughts.  After all, it’s not easy leaving close friends, family, and everything else one holds dear in life on a whim, particularly to go to a faraway city whose country of residence is unknown to virtually the entire world.  Oh well, I told myself, it’s probably only going to be for about a year anyway, and who knows?  Maybe I’ll have some fun. What has ensued since has proven to be the most enriching experience, personally, spiritually ...

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What I like most about living in Prague

What I like most about living in Prague is actually leaving Prague early on a Saturday or Sunday morning and hitting the Czech Republic's excellent network of hiking trails. Sometimes I go with friends, sometimes alone but I always finish at a microbrewery! There are now more than 300 in the country, and many of them are well-situated for the trails and train stations. Public transport is cheap and fairly reliable, so it's easy to get around. I took this photo last August in the the 'Radouš' microbrewery in Šťáhlavy (near Pilsen). The friendly owner told us that the ...

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