- Will I get a job after the course?
The large majority of our graduates secure employment within a short time after graduation. It is not uncommon for our trainees to receive firm job offers during the four-week course. We provide all the assistance that we can to help you find your first job and then will help you whenever you are looking for a new position after that. You will receive assistance from us locally and the worldwide TEFL International organisation, including: - Contact information and details of schools in the region of your choice - Contact information and details of selected schools worldwide - Details of selected vacancies available worldwide - Details of the most popular web sites of TEFL vacancies and information - Internet access for job searches and on-line applications - Assistance with CV preparation, advice about applications and interviews and all available information about teaching conditions in the trainees preferred destinations.
- Why should I take the TEFL International Certificate Course in Prague?
Language and Training is a small company which is run by the training staff, so every trainee matters to us and we can make sure you receive maximum benefit from your course. We provide the benefits of a small company, run by highly experienced training staff, with the recognition of one of the most widely respected certificates in the world, all taking place in a wonderful and very safe city with a relatively low cost of living.
- Is the certificate really ‘internationally recognised’?
Yes, although every TEFL course will claim this and you may want to ask yourself what it means. Generally, the international standard for initial certificate courses is that they have at least 120 hours classroom time and a minimum of 6 hours of observed teaching practice with real language learners. We meet or exceed all normal specifications. There is also the question of how well-known and respected the certificate is – anyone, no matter how lacking in relevant experience can market their own TEFL course. Even if such courses are good, future employers may just not know this. The certificate we award is one of the best-known and most respected in the field with externally moderated centres in about 20 countries. This means that you can be sure that wherever you go, your TEFL International certificate will be well regarded.
- Is the course externally moderated and accredited?
Yes. Every course we run is externally moderated to ensure that we maintain our high standards.
- Do I need a visa to enter the Czech Republic?
All visitors to the Czech Republic are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after arrival date. Visitors to the Czech Republic from North America, Australia and New Zealand can stay in the Czech Republic for a maximum of 90 days on a tourist visa, which is automatically issued on arrival at the airport. Visitors from EU countries do not require a visa. Citizens from all other countries should contact their local consulate to obtain current travel regulations. As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise everyone to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip.
- Can you arrange accommodation for the duration of the course?
Yes. We work with selected local landlords so that we can provide you with decent quality accommodation at a reasonable price. Please see our page on accommodation for more details. We can meet you at the airport on your arrival and take you directly to your flat.
- How do I get to Prague?
Ruzyne International Airport – Prague has direct flights from Europe and North America. The airport is situated right outside of the city. We can meet you at the airport and take you straight to your accommodation. Prague is also well connected to all other major European cities by bus and rail links and has an excellent public transportation system.
- What about transportation within the city?
The easiest ways to make your way around Prague are on foot or by public transport. The metro and public bus system is very efficient and inexpensive. Taxis have a reputation for over-charging foreigners. You should therefore be especially careful when taking a taxi from the street in a prime tourist area like Mala Strana or the Old Town. Most taxi drivers speak some English and you should agree a price before you get in the car.
- What about health and medical insurance?
The Czech healthcare system is based on the European system, financed predominately by public means. Czech doctors provide the same standard of care as their counterparts in Western European countries. Visitors from other EU states should obtain a European Health Insurance Card before coming to the Czech Republic. UK residents can apply for the card at www.dh.gov.uk/travellers – the card is issued free of charge. Citizens of countries outside of the EU should take out health insurance before leaving home. If you fail to do so, you will be liable to pay for the full cost of treatment at the point of delivery. Insurance coverage is relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain.
- Is Prague a safe place?
Prague is a very safe place. Violent crime here is rare compared to most Western cities. According to the Global Peace Index, the Czech Republic is considered the 5th safest country in the world (compared to the USA at number 82, the UK at number 26 and Switzerland at number 16). The main problems are petty theft and pickpocketing, especially on public transport and in crowded tourist areas. Keep your wallet and other valuables in an inside pocket or fastened bag, and do not leave belongings unattended or hung on the back of your chair in bars or cafes. A money-belt might be a wise investment.
- What should I bring with me?
If you are planning on seeking work following the course, it would be a good idea to bring copies of your educational diplomas and birth certificate as these may be useful for work or residence visas. You should bring smart clothes for teaching practice and job interviews. If you are coming from outside Europe, you should bring an adapter for the electricity supply. All types of shopping facilities exist in Prague – from international supermarkets and department stores to small shops selling local handicrafts and markets selling fresh produce.
- What’s the weather like?
Quite changeable! Generally, warm in summer and cold in winter. From December through February, temperatures push below freezing even in the lowlands, and are bitter in the mountains. The long, sunny hot spells of summer tend to be broken by sudden, heavy thunderstorms.