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What our Live TEFL graduates say about their first teaching English job

A majority of Live TEFL Prague graduates start their first teaching English job immediately after finishing the TEFL course. Some of them get regular jobs here at our SPEVACEK language school as well as other schools in Prague, while others leave for other cities in The Czech Republic, Europe, Asia, or elsewhere around the globe. We are always curious to see how they are doing and therefore ask them a few questions about their progress.

Here is what our graduates say:

  • Lauren  (graduated in August 2015)
  • Jessica  (graduated in November 2014)
  • Trinidy (graduated in November 2014)
  • Brianna (graduated in February 2014)

Lauren

Tell us about the most remarkable SPEVACEK student that you are teaching at the moment.

It would be impossible to say which student of mine is the most remarkable because my students come from significantly different walks of life. I teach young children one day and retirement age students later that week—their rhymes and reasons for studying English cannot be further apart but the general enthusiasm to learn is something that I’ve found nearly universal in my Czech learners. I imagine that it could be difficult for some of my professional students to put their minds forward after a full work day but every week they come to class ready to learn and eager to share their stories with each other. As of this week I’ve even noticed a few of my teenage students making puns in English—some of these word plays are even better than those of native speakers!

How useful was the TEFL training for your current teaching career? Was the course content practical/useful?

The TEFL training proved to be quite useful for my teaching career in two major ways. The first is mainly logistical: The TEFL training provided me with the academic tools I need to confidently identify the type of learner I’m working with, apply different learning methods, and help them achieve their specific end-goal.   

The second useful component of the TEFL training is something that is unique to this program. By the third day of the course the TEFL candidates are up and teaching (some for the first time). The practical nature of the TEFL program allows you to stand up and teach a room full of new faces. I made some mistakes, I got some laughs, and received extensive feedback from experienced teachers on how to correct the former and fuel the latter. This experience is something that online courses or self-study can’t truly provide.

Would you recommend living in Prague? What are some of the highlights for you personally?

Living in Prague has been an experience that can only be described as surreal and deeply informative. The winters provide temperate, beautifully gray weather and the summers are home to walks on the riverbank and community gatherings in the park. Wandering the city feels like walking around an art exhibit and— with the right soundtrack in your ear—it can even feel like a different time. The city is so full of life and gives more than you can ever take—the opportunities are expansive and ever changing. There are new corners of the city that I discover every day and I never tire of trying to find them. I often find myself asking what brings the variety of people I’ve met to Prague but I never have a hard time understanding why they choose to stay.


Jessica

Jessica

Tell us about the most remarkable SPEVACEK student that you are teaching at the moment.

How can I choose only one? My most remarkable students are the students who push themselves, who are always curious, who always want to know more about the language and use it in their own personal and creative ways. They inspire me to create thought-provoking, original, yet functional material/lessons which suit their needs and interests.

How useful was the TEFL training for your current teaching career? Was the course content practical/useful?

My TEFL course/certification with LIVE TEFL Prague completely changed the way I understood my native language, and prepared me for a career in teaching English effectively, thoroughly, and confidently. LIVE TEFL turned my dream of living and teaching abroad into a reality. While the TEFL certification was intense, I am very happy with the LIVE TEFL program's thorough, comprehensive, and well-rounded approach. The feedback from teaching practice is honest, direct, and very helpful. It's obvious the TEFL instructor s’ goal was my success as a effective instructor.

Would you recommend living in Prague? What are some of the highlights for you personally?

I absolutely love living in Prague. I had never been to Europe before deciding to move to the Czech Republic, so understandably, I was quite nervous...but excited! And I can honestly say that I am 100% happy with my choice. Prague's history, architecture, culture, and even the day-to-day aspects make for a rich and wonderful combination of work and life.


Trinidy

Trinidy

Tell us about the most remarkable SPEVACEK student that you are teaching at the moment.

I'm currently teaching a few classes at Spevacek, but I really enjoy my CAE course. My students are very motivated to improve their English for the Cambridge Advanced Exam. They don't mind all of the essential aspects of an exam course, and they really enjoy discussing diverse topics together. I've learned a lot of Czech history from those conversations!

How useful was the TEFL training for your current teaching career? Was the course content practical/useful?

The TEFL course was useful for my current teaching career because it enabled me to have a general understanding of the type of work that would be expected of me as an English teacher. The program was rigorous and having an immersive experience really allowed me to figure out that I love teaching.

Would you recommend living in Prague? What are some of the highlights for you personally?

I would definitely recommend living in Prague. I love all of the architecture; you can see so many periods of European history throughout Prague. Even on the same street you're likely to see combinations of architecture (Gothic, Art Nouveau, modern etc.) in such a wonderful visual juxtaposition. I also really enjoy how vibrant theatre is here in Prague with the historical influence of puppet theatre and also black light theatre. Czech theatre is very specific in its artistic voice; it's not likely that you'll see the same stories or experience the same atmosphere if you were to see these shows outside of Prague.


Brianna

Brianna

Tell us about the most remarkable SPEVACEK student that you are teaching at the moment.

Oh, this one is so difficult! But there is one student I've been teaching for a while who started our lessons very unsure of herself - she always apologized for her speech. After spending our time focusing on improving her speaking (which she never gave up on), she really started to open up and have fun while speaking in English. Now we're able to speak about all subjects, including our interests, the news, etc. She even told me that some of her friends and colleagues have told her she's improved a lot.

How useful was the TEFL training for your current teaching career? Was the course content practical/useful?

If it weren't for getting a TEFL degree, I would have never gotten jobs teaching English. The TEFL course is really useful, especially for planning lessons for adult learners and boosting my confidence while teaching. When I started the TEFL course, I hated public speaking, but now I just walk into the classroom and rarely get nervous! Without the TEFL course, it would have taken a lot longer to get over that fear.

Would you recommend living in Prague? What are some of the highlights for you personally?

I would definitely recommend living in Prague. It's a city that has a lot of events and all of the beauty of other more well-known European cities, but it's much cheaper to live here, which is one of the reasons I chose to start here. Prague also has a big expat community and lots of teaching jobs available, so even if you want to move on to another country eventually, Prague is a great place to start gaining experience and earning money.

 

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