The TEFL/TESOL career opportunities
in Prague are numerous
and local salaries are very good
if you compare them with average monthly salaries
for Prague citizens. Combining this with the low-cost
of living means that teachers in Prague can have
a pretty high standard of living.
Some of our ITTP graduates who have stayed on teaching in
Prague get to travel twice a year (Christmas and Summer
vacations/holidays), eat regularly in restaurants, go away
at weekends on trips and still manage to save a bit. In
other words, Prague is still the TEFL/TESOL
goldmine that it was. You just have to look at your
teaching salary from a local level and not an international
An average teaching hourly rate
(45 minutes), ranges from 200-300,-kc.
It’s sometimes possible to find language schools paying
lower/higher than this average but 200-350,-kc is what you
can expect to earn.
ITTP not only guarantees
you a teaching position upon
successful completion of our internationally recognized
TEFL/TESOL Certification Course, we also guarantee you won’t
be in a teaching position which pays less than this average.
After the Velvet revolution
in 1989 people desperately wanted to learn English because
many people saw English as a way of improving their lifestyle
and as a far more pleasant alternative
to Russian, which they had had to learn in school.
English offered them a slice of the Western
pie of opportunity. For the majority of people in
the few years after the Velvet revolution it didn’t
really matter if their teacher was qualified or not.
The image of English here hasn’t changed really. People
still tend to see it for the door opener that it is and
as more and more Czechs begin to travel
worldwide English skills are becoming more and more
relevant for a wider portion of the population.
However, the English language industry
in Prague has become much more sophisticated
and it is much harder now to find a teaching position based
only on the fact that you happened to have been born in
an English-speaking country. Language schools are requiring
their potential teachers to be TEFL/TESOL certified. It
is still possible to find teaching work if you are unqualified
but these jobs are definitely on the decline and tend to
be almost always illegal and badly paid. A ITTP
Certification Course gives you the advantage of permitting
you the best TEFL/TESOL positions
in Prague with the added security of you being able to re-locate
anywhere in the world to another prestigious
Concerning Czech students,
they are a pretty serious bunch.
Don’t expect any heated arguments but do expect some
opinions of your students to sometimes surprise or shock
you. Particular sensitive themes include the position of
men and women in society and the fight for equal rights
for Romany Gypsies. On a more positive note though, Czech
students understand and appreciate
the rigors of learning and take language classes
seriously. When you get to know your new students better
you may be asked to someone's cottage for a weekend trip
or, sometimes asked to join the group after your lesson
A typical teaching week consists of teaching anywhere between
14-30 hours (45 minutes). Types of classes can be divided
into two clear areas: public classes
(in-school), and, company classes
(out-of-school). Public classes are usually teaching groups
of 6 or more students and company classes are typically
one-to-one or very small groups.
An important note is that the vast majority of public class
students pay for the course themselves and the vast majority
of company class students have their lessons paid for by
the company they work for.
Most of our ITTP graduates choose to teach either for a
large school, which offers them more teaching
resources or, for a smaller, cozier school, which
usually has a friendlier and more
personal feel. The third option is to go it alone
and teach freelance/private. Teaching privately has the
advantage of sometimes paying slightly higher and allowing
you to be more independent but the clear disadvantage is
that private students tend to cancel more often. If you
are teaching for a school and your student cancels his or
her lesson the same day you will normally still get paid
for the cancelled lesson but as a private teacher you are
usually not covered. It is however quite common to work
full-time for a language school and to pick up a couple
of private lessons.
Incidentally, a great idea to find a way to meet the local
people is to offer language swaps.
Many Czechs are willing to meet somewhere and to exchange
English tuition for Czech tuition. You probably won’t
get to learn much Czech this way but you will get a better
feel for the local culture.
You don’t have to worry about having to find a job
after graduating from your ITTP Certification Course. We
will do the work for you while
you are getting qualified. With 10 years active knowledge
of the Prague teaching scene we know where to look and who
to approach for the best teaching
positions for our newly graduated ITTP trainees.
If you have any questions regarding teaching English in
Prague please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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