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English teachers in Prague

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My roommate and I are planning to move overseas soon. We found an organization in Prague that trains people to teach functional English. The organization is TEFL I believe. I'm wondering if anyone has any info on this idea. A friend of mine told me it was a scam, and it does sound a little too good to be true. They say there are plenty of jobs available in the EU, which makes me wonder why more people don't do this. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Have a great weekend.

  • Ir al perfil de HEVEL havel

    publicado por  en Foro de Praga 

    Hi,
    does anyone have the same kind of experience with language teaching in Prague? or is it only true with the english??
    Thx!

  • Ir al perfil de jonathan Mcgregor

    publicado por  en Foro de Praga 

    I forgot to mention that most TEFL certificates are not worth the paper they are printed on and they are NOT internationally recognized. Don't be fooled into thinking you will be accepted in all E.U. countries with a dodgy TEFL cert. The only certificates that will guarantee you a job throughout Europe are the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity College. The rest are a waste of time and money.

  • Ir al perfil de jonathan Mcgregor

    publicado por  en Foro de Praga 

    CT, be aware that there are hundreds of TEFL 'schools' in Prague and all of them promise you a job. Unfortunately the times have changed in Czech Republic and work is now very scarce for English teachers. First of all, the market is over-saturated with English 'teachers' (many of whom are not even trained, but simply native speakers). It is very competitive but the most important factor to consider is that you will NOT survive on teaching. The cost of living is very high and rent is astronomical(In Prague anyway) This is not a career choice you should make lightly. Many years ago it was very fashionable to come and teach English in Prague but those days are OVER and teachers struggle to make ends meet. You are better off going to Hungary, Poland, Romania or Ukraine. Good luck

  • Martin Fau

    publicado por  en Foro de Praga 

    Hi CT

    I do not think that there are plenty of jobs in the EU nowadays, however, if you are going to find one with help of a well-known international organization it should be alright. The qualification is very important of course, because it multiply your chances to get good job and influence your salary a lot.

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