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Teaching English to the World

by Larissa Petryca, on 10 July 2023 12:29:46 CEST

With English as the predominant world language, there are limitless opportunities for teachers who specialise in teaching English. English language teachers with pedagogical qualifications from universities are highly sought after in state and private schools, corporate businesses and language schools around the world.

In addition, graduates can be self-employed building a client base of individual students or businesses, teaching in-person or online. It’s one of the most flexible professions that can be practiced from anywhere in the world.

teaching English at PCU

Bachelor’s in Education: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Prague City University has offered a three year Bachelor’s in Education: Teaching English as a Foreign Language programme with theoretical modules taught in Czech for a number of years. From September the programme will also be offered fully in English.

On completion, graduates receive a Czech-accredited Bachelor’s degree and have the opportunity to take the CELTA exam and receive the Cambridge CELTA certificate which, in combination with the Bachelor's degree, qualifies holders to teach English internationally.

Students gain CELTA certification through PCU’s partner Akcent International House Prague (AIHP), an affiliate of The International House World Organization (IHWO), and a platinum exam centre of the Cambridge Exam Centres licensed to administer Cambridge ESOL exams. AIHP are also certified to administer CELTA exams as well as run preparation courses for CELTA.

Agata is learning how to teach English
Agáta Tvrdíková is completing her first year at PCU as a full-time student

Why become a Teacher?

Job security, flexibility, potential for advancement and the ability to travel abroad are some of the reasons students are attracted to the programme, along with a passion for teaching. Students encompass a wide range of ages and backgrounds, including secondary school graduates, individuals transitioning back into the workforce after taking a career break, and those seeking to move into teaching with more flexible scheduling and work locations.

I’ve always been sorry that I didn’t go to university, instead I moved to the UK and later the USA. When I returned to Prague I taught English on the side and it eventually became a job at an elementary school. In 2015, unqualified teachers were removed from the school system and I moved into banking administration. My colleague told me that if you want something you really have to go do something about it. I found PCU which fulfilled everything I was looking for with accreditation being key.
Gabriela Doudová

In addition, graduates can be self-employed building a client base of individual students or businesses, teaching in-person or online. It’s one of the most flexible professions that can be practiced from anywhere in the world.

Gabriela is learning how to teach English
Gabriela Doudova will start her Bachelor’s blended studies in September

What’s Involved?

The programme is offered full-time, 20 hours per week in class or blended (distance and on-campus studies combined), plus additional workshops and guest lectures. Further independent learning and group work are expected outside of the classroom.

The programme combines the study of English as a foreign language alongside the educational, psychological and linguistic components of teacher training. English language skills are developed to a deep level for both native and non-native speakers, with particular attention paid to the cultural and linguistic differences between English-speaking countries.

Regular Teaching Practice

From the beginning students continuously present in class and are reviewed and assessed by lecturers which helps them develop new skills and confidence.

During the second and third years, students gain practical experience by teaching real-life students of various ages. They are responsible for preparing lessons and engaging in regular teaching practice. Practical teaching mostly takes place at partner school AIHP.

small class sizes help students develop their teaching skills
Small class sizes ensure individual attention and support when developing your teaching skills
As an English teacher in the Czech Republic, you can make good money and it’s truly respected as a profession. My degree opens the door to the whole world, I can literally teach anywhere I want.
Agáta Tvrdíková, Full-time Student

A bonus for those who wish to teach English is PCU’s international environment. With students and staff from over 70 countries, student teachers are exposed to many different accents and cultural differences. There is also the chance to gain international teaching experience through PCU’s Erasmus+ exchange programme, available in various European countries.

Graduate Pathways

PCU has a special partnership with Akcent International House in Prague. Teaching practice regularly takes place at AIH Prague and as a result, PCU graduates are highly sought after by Akcent IH’s global network of language schools.

My boyfriend will graduate from neurology and in the future we plan to settle in Athens or Cyprus. I’ve already researched and can find work directly through Akcent International House who recruit PCU graduates for short or long-term contracts globally, so it’s incredibly flexible.
Agáta Tvrdíková, Full-time Student

For many, such as Gabriela, the opportunity to grow her private student and business client base and work freelance is exciting and she sees many possibilities.

English is an international language that everybody needs to speak. The market in Prague is so big; there are lots of opportunities that are open and I can use my training to start teaching immediately.
Gabriela Doudová, Future Blended Student
The School of Education hosts conferences for English Teachers in the Czech Republic that students also take part in.

Want to learn more?

You can find out more about PCU’s Bachelor’s in Education: Teaching English as a Foreign Language by clicking here, or get directly in touch with our Admissions Team who can answer any questions that you may have about the programme.

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