school do I choose?
You should take into account all of the following points
when making your final decision about which school to study
Onsite International TEFL/TESOL certification courses MUST be at least 100 hours in length and have at least 6 hours teaching practicum. The course MUST also be linked to a larger teaching organization. These can include Trinity, Cambridge, or the British Council.
ITTP enjoys Education Partner status with Cambridge University Press AND is Member of the British Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic. We are also additional Education Partners with the Elementary School Nam Curie Praha, faculty school of Prague's Charles University. Our Trainees are observed by leading English teachers in the field, such as Ms Mgr Vuckova who was awarded the title 'English teacher of the year 2006' (awarded by the European Commission EU, NA Socrates.
The ITTP Onsite International TEFL/TESOL Certification Course covers more than 130 hours and provides over 14 hours of teaching practicum components.
The ITTP Online International TEFL/TESOL Certification Course covers 100 teaching hours and fully complies with International Online TEFL/TESOL training requirements.
ITTP is Education Partner with the Elementary School Nam Curie Praha, faculty school of Charles University http://www.zscurie.cz . Our Trainees are observed by leading English teachers in the field, such as Ms Mgr Vuckova who was awarded the title 'English teacher of the year 2006' (awarded by the European Commission EU, NA Socrates).
A selection task shows that the school maintains high standards
of entrance criteria and provides you with the confidence
that upon acceptance that you will be at the level needed
to successfully complete the Course.
We have several application steps which begin from filling
in our application form, to then completing an application
essay. With clients who have a university education background
or who have a background in foreign language study, we feel
that this is a sufficient screening process. After all,
the Course is designed for people who have never taught
before (clients who have had some teaching experience are
also welcome to apply). We do sometimes reserve the right
to conduct a telephone interview and in rare occasions we
ask for a grammar test to be completed.
When we ask students what they look for in a teacher, the
most common answer is for a teacher who simply loves teaching.
We therefore encourage applications from anyone who has
a passion for teaching whether they have university education/
taught before or not.
Some TEFL/TESOL schools in Prague tend to accept as many
Trainees as they can.
We accept a maximum of just 11 Trainees per Course date.
We think this is a sensible number and our small class numbers
reflects our commitment to education.
Who will you be teaching and will your teaching practicum
be limited to just 1 type of classroom training?
On our Course you will teach ALL learner levels/ types and
teach REAL students. This is important as some schools get
Trainees to teach each other.
The benefit of teaching real students is clear and we don’t
stop there. We also send our Trainees off to local companies
and schools where they gain additional onsite teacher training
and this makes the transition from classroom training to
paid teaching a very smooth and natural process.
As well as experiencing an excellent Course, you will also
want to experience as much of Prague as you can too. Cutting
down on traveling to class time reduces Trainee fatigue
and being surrounded by beautiful architecture inspires
Trainees and encourages increased learning potential. Some
schools may claim to have beautiful central Prague locations
but in reality may be a 1 hour journey out of the centre.
We are located right in the centre of Prague’s Old
Town and our Training Centre is a 5 minute walk to Staromestska
Namesti (Old Town Square). Our building was designed by
Mr Tomas Bata (the founder of the ‘Bata’ shoe
company). You just can’t help but be inspired when
walking through the front door of our building.
It’s no good being linked to a larger teaching organization
but lack having job assistance for clients. A job guarantee
and job assistance program is essential and it is important
to question the school if they can guarantee you a job after.
If not, then they may not be internationally recognized.
ITTP provides a guaranteed teaching position after graduating
and to date we have a 100% record of finding our grads teaching
positions within 4 weeks of finishing the Course. It is
common that our grads begin teaching from the Monday after
their studies finish. This guarantee is good for Prague
and for pretty much anywhere else in the world: we send
our grads all over the world.
Is it also a language school?
It is important that your TEFL/TESOL school also be a language
school as this means that your school will have a lot more
experience in dealing with teachers and so will be more
sympathetic and knowledgeable of your needs as a teacher
in training. It will mean that you will also gain additional
exposure and assistance from real teachers who are currently
teaching and who can provide you with valuable inside teaching
At ITTP we have had over 10 years of language teaching experience
together with our education partner Global Teachers and
we run English language classes through Global Teachers.
The additional bonus of this cooperation is that teachers
have an additional teaching option at the end of their studies.
Past Graduate Contact?
Some schools are missing testimonials and general past grad information from their websites. The more transparent a school the more trust you can have in their education record.
You can read independent and verified reviews of our program here: http://tefl-prague.com/ITTP-Prague-TEFL-Reviews.htm