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by MartinHejhal
19 Nov 2013, 15:34
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: New Job! Help Please!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 5771

Re: New Job! Help Please!!!

Yep, all the info Josef asked for is really necesssary. However, some general recommendations for teaching adults: - do a proper needs analysis first. Why do they want to study? Where are they going to use their English? What is their learning style - they would only know if they have studied a fore...
by MartinHejhal
19 Nov 2013, 15:22
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: More CELTA questions from a newbie
Replies: 3
Views: 4891

Re: More CELTA questions from a newbie

Glad to hear that. Call on me if you come to Prague, we could have an opening waiting for you!
by MartinHejhal
18 Nov 2013, 22:10
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Lesson Planning Cryout
Replies: 5
Views: 11366

Re: Lesson Planning Cryout

Hello, I would try to focus on introductions - name, coutry of origin, place where you live, family, age, job. A short model text that the students use to talk about themselves. Drills of basic phrases - How are you?, What's your name?, etc. Make sure you have a pen and paper to draw if they don't u...
by MartinHejhal
07 Nov 2013, 13:28
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Online Course
Replies: 2
Views: 4776

Re: Online Course

Hello, I believe you need to go for a course that has sufficient teaching practice - face to face, with real students. And I'm not saying this because we run an on-site TEFL course, but because all my experience shouts at me that taking an online TEFL course is like learning to drive a car without t...
by MartinHejhal
07 Nov 2013, 13:16
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: More CELTA questions from a newbie
Replies: 3
Views: 4891

Re: More CELTA questions from a newbie

Hello LC, Yes, wou will be able to learn teaching in a good CELTA/TEFL course. It is very intense and you will have to continue learning also after the course, but it is a sufficient start and you will be able to stand in front of a class and teach them. CELTA or TEFL certificate + BA is a good qual...
by MartinHejhal
15 Oct 2013, 12:53
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: An inevitable end to teaching without a degree?
Replies: 8
Views: 11482

Re: An inevitable end to teaching without a degree?

Hello, Degree helps, but still ok to teach without in the Czech Republic, as Cheryl has mentioned. I also wouldn't hire a teacher with an online TEFL without a degree. Would give it a go if they have solid TEFL certificate. And of course demonstrated good teaching skills and provided references. Goo...
by MartinHejhal
15 Oct 2013, 12:43
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: TEFL online course i-to-i? or CELTA
Replies: 3
Views: 5315

Re: TEFL online course i-to-i? or CELTA

Hello, I would only take an online TEFL course if I had significant teaching experience and were looking for jobs in countries that do not require CELTA or equivalent TEFL certificate (meaning 100+hours of instruction and 6+ practical teaching hours). If you haven't taught before, online TEFL will n...
by MartinHejhal
15 Oct 2013, 12:37
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Is a chain school the best option?
Replies: 6
Views: 8092

Re: Is a chain school the best option?

Hello, not sure about situation in other countries, but most schools in the Czech republic do not provide accommodation for their teachers. However, good school here would provide accommodation support and offer some sort of hostel/guest house where you get better prices because you came through the...
by MartinHejhal
15 Oct 2013, 12:21
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Lesson Planning Cryout
Replies: 5
Views: 11366

Re: Lesson Planning Cryout

Bit too late for that, I guess, but I think you're making your life too difficult. I would use good old Murphy's Essential Grammar in Use, his explanations and exercises, and then worksheets on the topic from Reward Resource Pack Beginner/Elementary/Pre-Int. Then just take anything you happen to hav...
by MartinHejhal
15 Oct 2013, 12:13
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Using a 'Functional' CV, I only have some TEFL experience.
Replies: 3
Views: 6559

Re: Using a 'Functional' CV, I only have some TEFL experienc

Hello,

I guess it depends on the country. When we do the recruiting, I search for 1. degree, 2. teaching qualification (e.g. TEFL certificate), 3. experience, 4. international experience.

Martin, LiveTEFL/SPEVACEK
by MartinHejhal
15 Oct 2013, 12:08
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: I have a Bachelors in English but no TEFL!
Replies: 2
Views: 3919

Re: I have a Bachelors in English but no TEFL!

Hello, You might try to teach in the Czech Republic, where BA in English + experience might be acceptable for some schools. However, I definitely recommend taking a TEFL course soon. There are 3 TEFL/CELTA centres connected to major private language schools in Prague and at least two of them give si...
by MartinHejhal
26 Sep 2013, 14:02
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: Keeping the context in your grammar lessons.
Replies: 1
Views: 7404

Re: Keeping the context in your grammar lessons.

Hello, We've all been in the same situation. The first year ain any job is difficult. My fist advice is to be ready for long planning for the rest of your first year. Preparation takes time, however, it gets easier with every lesson you plan. If you cannot change the book (btw, I cannot believe any ...
by MartinHejhal
26 Sep 2013, 13:41
Forum: TEFL Help
Topic: New teacher, new company, unexpected issues.
Replies: 3
Views: 9744

Re: New teacher, new company, unexpected issues.

Hello, I recommend going with the flow and doing what the director wants, at least for some time (yes, I'm an academic manager myself). I'm not saying her approach is ok, but I feel you need to gain more experience to be able to oppose her. As for your question on finding the balance - some schools ...
by MartinHejhal
26 Sep 2013, 13:33
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: Looking for a Tefl job but no degree
Replies: 2
Views: 9099

Re: Looking for a Tefl job but no degree

Hello, just keep on applying. We also take on some teachers without a degree, even though it is a bit easier to get a job if you have one. For example, Association of Certified Language Schools here in the Czech Republic requires 75% of staff to have a degree+TEFL. However, there's still 25% of posi...
by MartinHejhal
26 Sep 2013, 13:30
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: How do I find new business English clients?
Replies: 5
Views: 11746

Re: How do I find new business English clients?

Hello MarkTeacher, that wouldn't work in Prague. Czech people are more reserved and the receptionists would throw your business offer away once you left the front desk ... I recommend advertising on www.expats.com, make friends with Czech people and your current students, have business cards printed...
by MartinHejhal
26 Sep 2013, 13:23
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: Which European country for an American beginner teacher?
Replies: 2
Views: 8552

Re: Which European country for an American beginner teacher?

Hello dphilbin,
I recommend the Czech Republic. The demand is high, teachers are preferred when applying for a visa, and the work visa costs are not so high.
Good luck,
Martin
by MartinHejhal
26 Sep 2013, 13:11
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: which tefl???
Replies: 1
Views: 3678

Re: which tefl???

Hello Loui,
I recommend coming to Prague, Czech Republic. There are seven decent TEFL courses. The tuition is around1 200 euros (1600 US dollars), accommodation around 350 euros (480 dollars).
Best,
Martin