Want to Teach English in Czech Republic?
LanguageCorps in the Czech Republic
A charmingly historic yet modern city, Prague offers visitors an appealing blend of old and new. Participants get the chance to indulge in the unique and diverse cultural experiences from art galleries and museums, to breweries and beer gardens.
Our TEFL certification program is held at one of the most successful and respected language schools in Prague. The training facility can be easily reached by a scenic tram ride from the city center and is located near a variety of amenities, such as supermarkets and restaurants.
TEFL Certification Program
The four-week training course includes 130 hours of classroom time and a minimum of 6 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The course is taught by highly experienced and qualified trainers with an average of 10 years of experience in combined ESL teaching and teacher training.
Participants are prepared to teach English effectively in any classroom in the world. Designed for those with or without previous teaching experience, the intensive training program curriculum includes effective teaching methodologies, classroom observation of professional teachers and peers, and classroom management experience with English learners. Participants learn how to lead classes using the communicative approach, teaching students to use real-world English for real-world situations. Upon graduation, trainees will be able to teach ESL/EFL classes of different levels to both children and adults. Trainees will feel comfortable choosing the right material to teach a given class, and will be able to complement their lessons using modern technologies.
The TEFL Certification Program Fee in Prague, Czech Republic is US$1,390
Teacher Certification Dates
TEFL Course Dates 2018
- 15 January – 9 February
- 30 April – 25 May
- 4 June – 29 June
- 2 July – 27 July
- 6 August – 31 August
- 10 September – 5 October
- 19 November – 14 December
TEFL Course Dates 2019:
- 14 January – 8 February
- 29 April – 24 May
- 3 June – 28 June
- 8 July – 2 August
- 12 August – 6 September
- 16 September – 11 October
- 25 November – 20 December
To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.
Teaching in the Czech Republic
Students in the Czech Republic are usually adults learning or improving their English for professional reasons, or children and teenagers studying the language as a required part of their education. You may find yourself teaching general English to a group of adults in a private language school or in company setting, or you might land a job teaching young learners in an after-school program. In any case, you’ll likely find your Czech students receptive and friendly to learning English.
Most teaching jobs are found in the capital city-Prague. However, our teachers have also secured paid teaching positions in smaller cities like Ostrava, Ceske Budejovice, Pilsen, and the student town of Brno.
Private language institutes hire year round. If you’re interested in working in a K-12 school setting, it’s best to be around for the peak-hiring months of August/September, and January. The summer months are not ideal for finding a teaching position. However, there are opportunities to work at Summer Camps. Furthermore, many teacher take advantage of the summer months to travel and explore the rest of The Czech Republic and other European countries.
At K-12 schools, teachers work between 30-35 hours per week, typically on 10-12 month contracts. Private language institutes usually require 20-30 working hours with typical contracts between 6-12 months. It is not very common for schools to hire new teachers on a full time basis, so many teachers accept jobs at more than one school to fill up their work schedule until they gain enough teaching experience to go full-time.
Most job interviews in The Czech Republic happen face-to-face. On very few occasions, a phone or Skype interview before traveling to The Czech Republic is possible.
A TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate is needed for teaching ESL in The Czech Republic and makes you very marketable as a teacher. A 4-year degree is strongly preferred, but not always a requirement. With the strong demand for teachers, especially in Prague, it is certainly possible to obtain a paid teaching position without a degree.
The average Nett salary for an English teacher in Prague is 17,000-30,500 Koruna (CZK), or around US$800-1,400 per month, depending on the school and number of hours worked. Health insurance is required as part of the visa process but is reasonably priced and can be easily arranged.
Because the cost of living is relatively low in the Czech Republic, with rent for a shared apartment around US$400 and a restaurant meal around US$10, a typical teacher’s salary should be enough to make a living and at least break-even. However, for those wanting to supplement their income, taking on extra hours or teaching private students is a viable (and often lucrative) option.
Benefits: housing and airfare are typically not provided by the employer
In addition to the program and housing fees, you will want to plan for airfare, any visa costs, and personal expenses (meals, local transportation, security deposit and first month’s rent on an apartment once you know where you’re working).
Travel For The Program
European citizens can travel freely and are allowed to work legally in the Czech Republic. Otherwise, most people, including those from the U.S., Canada, and Australia automatically receive a 90-day tourist visa for the Schengen area when entering the Czech Republic.
In the past, it was quite common for non-EU citizens to overstay their 90 day tourist visa and accept “cash-in-hand” positions. However, since it’s relatively easy nowadays to obtain a business license to work legally in the Czech Republic (the Zivnostensky Visa), employers usually prefer to hire teachers legally.
The Czech Republic is the exception in Europe where it is possible to obtain a work permit from within the country. This trade license is technically known as the Zivnostensky Visa (Zivno). This visa is a long term visa with business purpose that allows teachers to work under a business license. You will need to work for 2+ schools, as freelancers are not allowed to work for one single company or school. Our training center works closely with a visa agency that can offer help obtaining the Zivno.
Another option is to apply for a student visa. A student visa requires that you are enrolled with a recognized university or language institute and that you have at least 20 hours of study work per week. A student visa allows you to work a maximum of 20 hours per week legally, and has to be arranged in advance.
Some countries, like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom, have established agreements with several European governments to encourage their citizens to travel and work abroad. In order to increase cultural exchange, their citizens can apply for a Working Holiday Visa. This visa is usually meant for younger travelers and often has several other restrictions, but can be very interesting as it allows you to work abroad legally for a year.
It is not very common for non-EU citizens to obtain a work visa in the Czech Republic, as it is an expensive and time-consuming process that most schools are not interested in. You can only apply for a work visa if you have an actual contract. If a school decides to sponsor for a work visa, you will have to physically pick it up at the embassy in your home country. An original copy of your diploma is needed and it has to be legally translated into Czech.
Living in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is located in the heart of Europe and shares borders with Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria. The population is about 11 million people whose native language is Czech.
The Czech Republic offers visitors a peek into its historic past, while still boasting modern amenities. The nation has in recent decades become popular with foreign visitors thanks to its stunning architecture, beautiful scenery, and comparatively inexpensive cost of living. The Czech people themselves – independent-minded dog-lovers with a great sense of humor – are one of the best draws.
Prague with its medieval castles, Gothic cathedrals, and quaint, winding cobblestone streets has both impressive and varied architectural beauty . The city, left largely undamaged by World War II, is a virtual open-air museum.
Prague is the capital of Bohemia, a title that has as much significance socially, as geographically. The city of over a million people boasts a youthful nightlife that hums seven days a week, a vibrant artistic community, a healthy economy, and much of the world’s greatest beer.
Striking architectural beauty is not limited to the nation’s capital; Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings grace towns all over the country. Cyclists will enjoy the great Bohemian plateau, caving enthusiasts will love the Moravian Kras area, and hikers will find unspoiled nature just about everywhere. If you simply need a rest, take in the thermal waters at a Karlovy Vary spa or indulge in the rich cuisine at one of the premier restaurants of Prague.
The Czech Republic enjoys four distinctly different seasons. During the summer months (June-early September), it’s quite hot with an average temperature of 25-30 degrees Celsius (77-86 degree Farenheit) during the day. This time of year is great for spending time outdoors at cafes, music festivals, and beer gardens.
In autumn (September, October, and November), temperatures gradually cool to a seasonable autumn crisp. Tree leaves, colored red and gold, seem to be on fire before dropping, as winter approaches.
True winter comes from December to February. Bring your warmest clothes and enjoy the hot wine sold at the many charming Christmas markets around the city. If you’re lucky enough to be here during the winter months, you’ll witness a fairy tale setting as the city is blanketed by snow.
In springtime (March-May), the temperature starts rising again. Easter celebrations abound, along with riverside farmers´ markets, and a whole host of cultural festivals of music, food, and art.
Even though nowadays the Czech Republic is considered one of the least religious countries in the world, many holidays are still based on Christian traditions. Around Christmas time, you can find the world’s largest mechanical nativity scene in the town of Jindřichův Hradec, and Easter time traditionally fills the houses with colorful Easter eggs and ‘pussy willow’ twigs. Apart from these Christian events, there are several typical Czech festivities like ‘Burning the Witches’ on the 30th of April to expel the Winter. The Czech Republic is a country of many myths and legends, and you want to make sure you know at least 5 of them by the time you go home!
Czech cuisine is generally hearty, emphasizing potatoes and pork. You will certainly have a chance to try knedlik, dumplings of wheat or potato flour covered in gravy, and zeli (cabbage). If you like sweet, you should definitely try ‘trdelik’, a type of spit cake wrapped around a stick and baked in an open fire, nowadays often filled with ice cream. Prague, however, is generally quite cosmopolitan with restaurants featuring Mexican, Italian, Indian, and Vietnamese cuisines among the choices.
Vegetarian and vegan restaurants are on the increase as are other food trends like artisan burgers and pho. Beer aficionados will rejoice in the variety and quality of the Czech national beverage.
Dress codes in Prague are generally European business-casual. When teaching, it´s a good idea to adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. Outside of the classroom, feel free to absorb some of that Bohemian vibe and express your creativity.
Prague has excellent public transport connections and it is quite easy to get around. Fortunately, the city escaped much of the damage that World War II inflicted on other major European cities, so historic sites such as Hradcany (Prague Castle) and Vysehrad retain their magnificence.
For orientation purposes, the Vltava river runs north-south through the city center. The famous Charles Bridge (Karluv most) spans the river, whose banks are alive with people year-round. Be sure to stroll across Charles Bridge at night for the story-book view of illuminated Prague Castle. During the day you can climb the towers on both sides of the bridge (the tower on the Old Town side provides superb views of the bridge and the spires of the Old Town).
Walking is still the best way to see the central city; Old and New Town areas. Bring a good pair of walking shoes and explore the compact medieval center with its wandering maze of cobbled lanes, ancient courtyards, and dark passages, overlooked by the Gothic spires of the Týn Church in the middle of Old Town Square. This beautifully restored monument towers over the square, the statue of religious reformer Jan Hus, and the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall whose tower is well worth the climb for its spectacular view.
Not far from the Old Town Square, you will find the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) with a number of interesting sites including the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest in-use synagogue in Central Europe.
If you are keen on cycling, Prague´s bike trails along the riverside and other wooded areas will grant you a freedom and mobility that only a set of wheels can bring. Or rent a boat to row or pedal on the Vltava River and gain an interesting new perspective on the city.
It is not necessary to leave Prague every time you want to go on an excursion or a trip. There are number of possibilities for day trips around Prague, e.g. Karlstejn Castle hiding the Bohemian crown jewels, Cesky Krumlov, Kromeriz Gardens, or the mints in Kutna Hora which are all UNECSO World Heritage Sites.