About the teacher training centre
IH Prague is large and vibrant school with about 50 English teachers, a large teacher training department, and teachers of German, French, Italian and other languages. It's a very cosmopolitan environment! Training or working within this long established and supportive team will provide a great boost to your career.
A group of 15 Czech English language teachers opened the school in 1988, and we are proud to still be a cooperative, owned by most of the permanent staff.
IH Prague is conveniently located close to the metro, only 10-minutes’ ride to Wenceslas Square or 20-minutes to Charles Bridge. It is surrounded by a large garden with trees, benches and red squirrels. We also have a library and cafe in an adjoining building. With Prague being such a popular tourist destination, our course participants appreciate being able to live and study in a quiet residential area away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Prague.
What is the CELTA?
The CELTA is a TEFL qualification which prepares you to teach English as a foreign language. You don’t need any existing English language teaching experience or training. It’s usually a 4 or 5 week full time course (but you can also take it part time).
Standing up in front of a class for the first time is a daunting prospect, so you need to make sure you have the skills you need to teach effectively. The CELTA prepares you for the classroom in these ways:
- Taught sessions on methodology, lesson planning, language analysis and language skills. (In total, you’ll have 120 hours of input.)
- The opportunity to observe experienced teachers in a real-life language classroom situations – so you can see the different skills and techniques they use.
- Teaching yourself – with helpful and detailed feedback from your tutors. This practical experience is invaluable when you start your first job.
You’ll have to complete some written assignments as well, but when it’s all successfully completed you’ll be ready for your first job and first students!
CELTA Online with IH Prague
100% online CELTA means that you can continue with your career development in a safe environment – your own home! In this Full Time Online CELTA, you'll learn with tutors in a real (virtual) classroom (this is not based on self study of course materials). You’ll also learn extra valuable skills of teaching live in an online classroom.
Prague's timezone is CET — Central European Time so bear this in mind when booking your CELTA.
What's special about this is
- Full Time - you'll complete in 4 weeks
- Life online classes with tutors ( not based on self study)
This is a flexible way to take CELTA. It leads to the same CELTA qualification and is assessed and moderated according to the same criteria.
Like the face-to-face CELTA course, CELTA Online has a significant practical component. You will complete 6 hours of assessed teaching practice in groups in an online classroom, from the comfort of your home!
Face to Face CELTA at IH Prague
Early bird discounts of €60 are available on our full time CELTA courses. Please ask for details when booking.You will need to book and pay at least six weeks before the course starts.
We have been training people on CELTA and Delta courses for the past 20 years, but we don’t think we know it all. As a centre we believe we are innovative, open-minded and friendly. We normally run two Delta courses per year and 14 CELTA courses, with approximately 200 graduates.
Being in the very centre of Europe, our course participants come from a wide variety of countries, cultures and backgrounds. We don’t normally run courses with more than 12 candidates.
A few statistics from the past two years:
- people with some teaching experience 38%, people with no teaching experience 62%
- people under the age of thirty 42%, people over the age of thirty 58%
- native English speakers 46%, non-native English speakers 54%
- people already living based in Prague 33%, people coming to take the course from another country 67%
A vast majority of our CELTA graduates find teaching positions easily after the completion of the course and some even stay at our school as full-time or part-time teachers. About 70% of our graduates leave the Czech Republic to live and work in their dream locations. Judging from the number of references we are asked to write and on the email correspondence we have with them, they have little difficulty finding jobs.
A few examples of when we hear from our graduates:
- “I'm now an Academic Manager at British Council South Korea.” Debbie-Anne Stewart
- “In Shanghai teaching English.” La Reine Pamolarco
- “I am currently teaching privately. I have also taught in a school here in Brazil. I will forever cherish my time at Akcent.” John Arndt
- “San Pablo Catholic University and Lord Byron School.” Lirium
- “I'm in Soest, Germany, teaching business English at the local technical university.” Cathy Neistroj
- “Teaching English in Russia. Loving it.” Tatiana Dutova
- “I am in Valencia, Spain and am working as a teacher trainer for a high school English textbook publisher.” Jon Ivesoon
AKCENT International House Prague is one of only a handful of centres in Europe with over 20 years of experience in delivering Cambridge CELTA and Delta courses. As such, we boast an established in-house team of highly experienced teacher trainers and educators.
The school has about 20 classrooms, three of which are dedicated CELTA/Delta classrooms. A modern library with well-stocked CELTA/Delta sections, PCs, printers and photocopiers is available Monday to Friday. For a quick snack, there are vending machines with coffee, cold drinks and sandwiches.
Tutors at this training centre
To get the most out of the CELTA course, I believe it’s largely about your attitude. If you embrace it with an open mind and focus on what new things you can learn each day, you are more likely to succeed.
My advice for establishing a fulfilling career in EFL, I advise finding a teaching environment or context that suits you and that enables you to develop. Read a lot and talk about teaching with those who care. Be inquisitive about language and language learning, keep asking questions and look for answers.
To get the most out of the course, I’d advise you to keep organised: organise your handouts, plan when to do different pieces of coursework, don’t leave things to the last minute and set yourself a target for when to get your plans finished by. Also, try to take at least half an hour each day to do something non-CELTA.
I like those 'aha!' moments in the classroom, when my learners realised they wanted to say something and relied on my help to discover the language they needed. Now, I teach my trainees to help learners discover the language rather than explain it to them word by word.
I like surprising students, at least keeping them on their toes, keeping challenge levels high and the focus on dealing with the challenges on the students. This requires flexibility and constant experimentation in lesson planning – each lesson is a kind of problem that requires its own solution. That, for me, is what is most rewarding about teaching
CELTA Student Testimonials
The tutors were great: friendly and approachable, passionate, competent and with a lot of experience in running CELTA courses. The Czech admin staff spoke good English and were also very competent. The course was very intensive as well as interesting because of the teaching approach. Definitely it was worth doing it for me not having any previous teaching experience. I now feel much more confident about starting a career in teaching English. Thank you Akcent IH Prague! G. Torre
I came to the course with quite a few years of previous teaching experience and had been warned by various people on the internet that this experience will not be valued and that, if I want to pass, I will have to pretend I know nothing. The opposite was true! My tutors respected my opinions and ideas about teaching and moved my classroom abilities to levels I didn’t know existed. One of the comments I heard repeatedly was: “Ok, you have to plan. And it’s useful to plan in detail. When in class though, don’t teach the plan, teach the students.” A.Zavadilová
My experience on the CELTA with IH Prague was well worth the time and the money. I actually feel I have grown as a person, because apart from learning loads about the obvious - teaching - the course has also helped me improve my time management skills. The tutors helped to make this intensive learning situation quite bearable with their patience, kindness and constant humour. Thanks! S. Persson