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While ESL teachers are in demand throughout the year, ESL teachers in the Czech Republic typically start teaching in September. Teaching positions are available through public and private schools, language schools, universities and colleges, and through private tutoring. As well, opportunities exist in business settings.
Public and Private School System
Literacy in the Czech Republic is about 99%, due to a great extent to the fact that formal education is free (in the public school system) and compulsory for students from 6 to 15 years of age. The school system is divided into four main categories: Preschool, Elementary, High School, and University; and within the Elementary category, there are two sub-categories, Primary (Grades 1-5) and Secondary (Grades 6-9).
Private schools generally receive government subsidies.
The two-semester school year begins in September and lasts through June, with a two-month summer vacation at the end of the school year.
Opportunities to teach within the public or private school system would require that teachers have a Bachelor’s degree and TESOL certification. Formal teaching experience makes candidates preferred. Teaching positions are available through various agencies easily found on the Internet.
Private Language Schools
Private language schools provide supplementary education for students who require additional tutoring. Classes are offered during after-school hours and at other times typically convenient to students. As private language schools do not follow the semester system of conventional schools, teachers are generally hired year round.
As private language schools each operate on their own independent set of policies, teaching requirements vary; however, most schools, particularly in the city centers, require a Bachelor’s degree and TESOL certification.
Universities and Colleges
The academic year for most universities in the Czech Republic begins mid-September and runs through mid-February for the first semester, and begins in late-February and runs through the end of June for the second semester. Most universities in the Czech Republic are heavily subsidized by the government.
Teaching opportunities in universities are not as abundant as those in primary and secondary schools, and typically require higher credentials and previous teaching experience.
Many ESL teachers conduct private tutoring in addition to formal teaching. Technically, private tutoring is illegal without proper documentation and licensing, and could result in deportation if discovered. In addition, some contracts clearly disallow tutoring on the side as it is considered to be competition, or at the very least, a distraction from school duties. Those who choose to do private tutoring can charge between 200 - 400 CZK per hour.
There are many resources available to ESL teachers searching for teaching positions abroad, including:
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Jobs Teaching English in the Summer in the Czech Republic
Summer teaching positions in the Czech Republic do exist and when available can be found on popular job boards like: ESL Jobs, Dave’s ESL Café, or TEFL.com. Watts English, a private language company, regularly offers summer programs. Private tutoring can also be a good source of income during the summer months, provided one can do so legally.
There is an abundance of ESL resources for teachers to help teach English as a Second Language on the Internet. Examples are listed below:
There are opportunities for teaching Business or Conversational English in a business setting, as many employers hire in-house English teachers to train their employees. These opportunities would most often be during employee lunch hours, or before or after work hours.
Should one be looking for a teaching position while visiting the Czech Republic, it is advisable to have a prepared lesson (30-90 minutes) in case a school asks for a teaching demonstration.
The requirements and guidelines below are listed for ESL teacher applicants to the Czech Republic who are citizens of: United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
Minimum Requirements to Apply for Teaching Positions in the Czech Republic:
*Some schools in smaller towns may not require a completed degree as long as the applicant is a native English speaker and has a TESOL certificate.
Types of Applicable Visas:
Standard Process for Obtaining Legal Documentation to Work Legally in the Czech Republic:
Standard Required Documents for Visas:
(Important to check with embassy/consulate as variations in requirements sometimes occur)
*Details can be found on the Czech Republic embassy/consulate websites
American Embassy Offices in the Czech Republic
Embassy of the United States, Prague
118 01 Praha 1 - Malá Strana, Prague
Phone: (+420) 257 022 000
Fax: (+420) 257 022 809
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 1:00 - 3:00 PM / Friday 8:00 AM - 12:00
Canadian Embassy Offices in the Czech Republic
Embassy of Canada, Prague
Ve Struhach 95/2
160 00 Prague 6
Phone: (+420) 27210 1800
Fax: (+420) 27210 1890
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 08:00 - 12:30, 13:00 - 16:30 / Friday: 08:00 - 12:30, 13:00 - 14:00
British Embassy Offices in the Czech Republic
Embassy of the United Kingdom, Prague
118 00 Prague 1
Phone: (+420) 257 402 111
Fax: (+420) 257 402 296
Hours of Operation: By appointment only
Irish Embassy Offices in the Czech Republic
Embassy of Ireland, Prague
118 00 Prague 1, 2nd floor
Phone: (+420) 257 011 280
Embassy Offices Outside the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic Embassy Offices in the United States
Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, DC
3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW
Phone: +1 (202) 274-9100
Fax: +1 (202) 966-8540
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 08:30 - 11:30
The Czech Republic Embassy Offices in Canada
Embassy of the Czech Republic, Ottawa
251 Cooper Street
Canada K2P 0G2
Phone: +1 (613) 562 3875
Fax: +1 (613) 562 3878
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 12:00