Frequently asked questions
To become a TEFL graduate, are there standardized tests to pass?
To pass the course trainees must successfully complete the following:
- Written assignments
- Class attendance and participation
- Lesson planning
- Teaching practice
- Written tests
Final grades are made up of the combined results from each component of the assessment.
I do not have a degree, is it a problem?
No. The suitability of the course for applicants without a university degree will be assessed through an interview. So if you do not have a degree, you may still be eligible. We will find out at the interview
Where can I apply?
Please apply at Apply Now
I was wondering which organisation accredits the course.
Live TEFL Prague is externally validated and moderated by International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations (IATQuO). Annual inspections evaluate the course against quality standards in five key areas – course content and balance, observed teaching practice, qualification and experience of tutorial staff, premises and resources, and course length. The certificates for all trainees successfully completing the Live TEFL Prague programme are issued by IATQuO, which means that your certificate is recognised worldwide. As most reputable EFL schools now insist that new teachers are qualified with an accredited (externally validated) TEFL/TESOL certificate, you will be sure to find that our internationally accredited certificate comes in handy.
We are also members of The College of Teachers and we abide to The College’s Code of Professional Practice. We also hold other memberships. We are proud members of AmCham Czech Republic, AHK Tschechien, Association of Certified Language Schools and Association of Czech Translation Agencies (ACTA).
Will I get a guaranteed job?
The guarantee applies to Pass 1 graduates (more info can be found at Community and Support), however, people who obtain a Pass 2 grade are very likely to be offered a job with us. Those who don’t get offered a job at our school usually find a job within a week or two.
Where and how long will I teach if I get a guaranteed job?
The contracts are for teaching within Prague. We do have several schools, but they are all operated from one place in the centre of Prague. The contract is for a minimum of 6 months. However, it is our strategy to re-employ teachers, so the following contract is open-ended. The average length of employment of English native speakers at our schools is two and a half years.
Do you offer a full certificate?
Yes. Industry standard is a minimum of 120 hours of theoretical input and 6 hours of teaching practice. We offer 130+7 hours. So yes, we offer a full certificate. Most employers, and definitely all well-paying ones, require a standard TEFL certificate stating you have successfully finished a minimum of a 120 hour course and taught at least 6 hours on your own.
Do you offer an on-line TEFL course?
We do not offer an on-line course. We believe in a strong practical teaching element which an on-line course cannot provide.
How much in advance should I apply for a course?
It differs. In general, if you apply three months in advance and pay the deposit two months in advance, you should be OK. However, last minute bookings are usually possible as well, as there might be a spot available when someone cancels. So the best way is to ask specifically about a course you want, and we will let you know how many available spots there are.
What percentage of your students earns a Pass 1 score?
It’s usually 1 or 2 graduates from each course.
What sort of support can I expect? Do you have a dedicated person to help me?
Our course coordinator will get in touch with you as soon as you are accepted to the programme. The course co-coordinator can help you with accommodation, visa and anything else you need to make your arrival here as smooth as possible and to help you settle in. More info can be found at Community and Support
We provide visa support to all students accepted to Live TEFL Prague. Students from EU countries (see the list here) do not need a visa to travel, study and work in the Czech Republic. Citizens of USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and some other countries listed here can travel and study in the Schengen area including the Czech Republic for 180 days without a visa. The course takes 30 days, so there is no problem fitting it into the official period. If you want to work in the Czech Republic after the course, you will need to obtain a long term work visa. This requires two trips to a neighbouring country (Slovakia or Austria – 330 or 250 km from Prague) to apply for and collect the visa. Citizens of other countries have to apply for a visa from their country of origin. We are happy to help with the application and the letter of invitation upon acceptance to the programme and payment of the deposit.
Payment and Discounts
Is the course fee collected in a single payment? Or are there alternate payment options?
The tuition is collected in two steps. First a deposit of EUR 300 to book your place, the rest then needs to be paid 2 weeks before your chosen course starts at the latest.
Accommodation for the time of the course.
We can provide accommodation for the month of the course. See Community & Support for more info.
We are also happy to help secure long term housing after course. That includes finding the right place according to your needs and budget, negotiating with the landlord and checking the lease contract. See Community & Support for more info.
How much can a TEFL teacher earn in Prague?
Almost all schools in Prague calculate your pay based on the number of hours you taught that particular month. So monthly salary will depend on how may hour you teach and the hourly rate. See Teach in Prague for more info.
Once the 6 month contract is up, are there jobs available that extend longer than 6 months? If not, would Live TEFL Prague help me find a long-term, full-time position elsewhere?
We want to have long term cooperation with our teachers. The average length of stay for English native speakers at our schools is 2.5 years. If both parties are happy, we re-sign the contract to an open-ended one. If not, we will help our graduates to find a job elsewhere.
I completed a 50 hour online TEFL course. Is it sufficient?
Most quality private language schools in the Czech Republic are members of the Association of Language Schools. Candidates without a full time on-site TEFL certificate are typically not invited for a job interview. Online TEFL courses which don’t include teaching practice are not as well-regarded as face-to-face TEFL/TESOL courses.
I already have a full time on-site TEFL certificate and I would like to apply for a teaching position in Prague.
If you are interested in teaching in Prague you can apply via our website here
I will be 60. How likely am I to find a teaching job in Prague?
Live TEFL is open for candidates over 18 and does not have any maximum age limit. We have had a students on our course who are over 60. Most private language schools teach in companies, and their employees require teachers with real life experience.