History, Architecture and Museums
Of all the qualities attributed to Prague magical is probably the one most suited to both its appearance and history, clearly marked by Emperor Rudolph II, 45th ruler in the history of Czech land. Very educated and intelligent himself Emperor Rudolph II ruled at a time when Prague was rendezvous to alchemists, astronomers, astrologists and painters. In Golden Lane, behind St. George’s Basilica, used to live the Emperor’s alchemists. There the legend goes an artificial man, named Golem, was invented and is still hidden at the Old-New Synagogue.
Along with the exhibitions held at the Jewish Museum and the art gallery at Strahov monastery less renown museums such as The Puppets Museum or Bertramka, where Mozart finished Don Giovanni, can make very interesting visits. Other interesting museums are The National Museum, Prague’s Capital Gallery and The National Gallery.
If there is one name people immediately think of when talking of Prague, it is Franz Kafka. Snubbed by his own countrymen for nearly a century due to his writing in German, these days numerous spots in Prague have become a tribute to his literary talent. His work was heavily influenced by the atmosphere surrounding the alleys of Josefov, Belvedere Gardens and Chotek Park amongst many others. When you visit these places you inevitably feel being transported to the pages in his novels. Kafka is buried in the New Jewish Cemetery.
Josefov or The Jewish Town
In Jewish history for as long as one can remember Prague has been referred to as the Mother City of Israel. Six synagogues, the old Jewish cemetery and other buildings are testimony to historical links with the people of Israel. The Jewish Museum is filled with small historical treasures which speak of the tragedy lived by thousands of Czech Jews during World War II. Some of the synagogues hold exhibitions of Jewish customs and traditions. Pinkas Synagogue has a hall with commemorative writings about the 80000 Jews murdered by the Nazis. Next to each name there is the last place in which they resided and dates of birth and death. This monument is accompanied by the drawings of Jewish children in the Czech prison camp of Terez’n, a moving tribute to the horrors of war and human courage.
Prague nightlife is great fun and easy to find, whether a quiet drink in a traditional European cafe; mingling with people from all over the world in the wide variety of bars; exploring the range of clubs and music bars – from the intimate and idiosyncratic places dotted around the city to massive clubs – or visiting the straightforward traditional Czech pubs for superb beer (Pilsner beer was invented in the Czech Republic and the natives, as well as many visitors, regard Czech beer as the best in the world). There is a vibrant, varied live music scene with an exceptional number of small and large venues presenting all types of music.
There is more to the Czech Republic than its famous capital. There are about a dozen world-heritage sites within the Czech Republic, including the breath-taking Karlstejn castle, the unique gothic-renaissance town of Cesky Krumlov with its narrow medieval lanes and charming castle over the river and the lovely Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary (which hosts an international film festival). Many of these can be visited on a day trip from Prague and all are within a day’s travel. The countryside is beautiful and diverse. Areas like the Sumava mountains and Krkonose National Park provide great hiking and biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Visit the following websites for more information on what the Czech Republic has to offer:
Teaching English in Prague Czech Republic
Welcome to TEFL International Prague!
Here is a comprehensive list of information you can reference before moving to Prague.
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SCHOOL LOCATION AND FACILITIES
Our TEFL course takes place at the Threshold Training Associates language school in Barrandov, Prague 5, and a short tram ride from the city centre. The journey from the accommodation to the school takes about 30 minutes by public transport.
The address is: Wassermannova 1039
Praha 5 – Barrandov
Threshold is one of the larger language schools in Prague with an excellent reputation and a particular focus on teacher development. The premises are very well equipped with nice classrooms and an excellent resource library. In the immediate surroundings are reasonably priced places to eat and other facilities.
Holding the TEFL course in a working language school offers a number of benefits including the chance to interact with working teachers, to observe experienced teachers in their classes and to practise your skills with a great group of language learners.
- Your fellow students come from many countries on many continents
- Your teacher trainers are some of the most experienced and well-trained in the industry. They have personally helped hundreds of people to gain certification in TEFL and to find work abroad
- Your support staff is extremely helpful, courteous and will assist you with whatever you need.
- The locals are peaceful, friendly people who generally like spending time with foreigners.
July 2011 Course Students and Teachers
Course shows the trainees: back row, left to right – Michael Abatemarco, David Skinner, Anna Kronusiva, Luong Thi Nhat Trang (Teresa); front, left to right – Hilary Smith, Aurora Yolanda Moquete.
Teachers and students shows trainees Anna and Teresa with some of the students from their teaching practice group (demo learners)
Teachers and students shows trainees Yolanda, Teresa and Michael with some of their students.
- 20 November – 15 December
- 15 January – 9 February
- 30 April – 25 May
- 4 June – 29 June
- 6 August – 31 August
- 10 September – 5 October
- 19 November – 14 December
Final balances are due one month before the course starts (unless special arrangements have been agreed beforehand). The fee may be paid via electronic payment card, via pay-pal or by bank transfer. If you would like to pay by one of these methods, please let us know and we will supply you with the appropriate details.
The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.
The deposit may be paid via a) credit card b) Paypal c) wire transfer d) Western Union.
The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center on the first day of the course.
Discount for two people signing up together: 150 euros off each!
Balance of course fees: 740 euros
The accommodation fees are not part of the course price and you are free to choose whichever accommodation option you prefer. You are not obliged to use the accommodation options we provide so you are welcome to make your own accommodation arrangements if you wish. If you choose to use one of our accommodation options, it should be paid for directly to the provider upon arrival.
We offer a variety of accommodation in Prague. All prices are subject to change depending on exchange rates, so please contact us for the most accurate price. If you have special requirements regarding accommodation, please let us know and we will make every effort to assist you.
The first available option is a shared flat. There are two single rooms in a 3 + 1 flat, with a fully equipped kitchen, shower and separate toilet. There is a living room connected to the kitchen, and 2 separate rooms. The flat is suitable for those who would prefer more privacy and the possibility of self-catering and would not mind sharing with another trainee. The flat is located on the sixth floor of a typical apartment building, in a housing estate. The flat is warm and comfortable. Price for 28 days is 330 Euro.
We can also arrange accommodation in a pension situated in a family-owned villa in a quiet residential part of Prague Vyehrad close to the historical fortress. There is very good access to the city centre (ten minutes by regular tram – trams run all night), nice restaurants and pubs, a sports centre with a big open air pool, the river, botanical gardens etc. The apartments are a thirty-minute journey to the school, by public transport. Each apartment is equipped with bed linen, kitchen necessities and washing machine. All apartments have Wi-Fi internet access. You will have your own private room and share a bathroom and kitchen with one or two others.
This accommodation is available from the Saturday before the course begins until the Saturday after the course finishes (28 nights). It is usually possible to book a few extra days in the accommodation at the same daily rate.
Prices for 28 days:
9000,-CZK (one person in the twin room)
7000,-CZK (two people in the twin room — same-sex roommate required)
8000,-CZK (one person in the smaller single room)
A home stay is one of the most affordable options for students. We arrange home stays with families near our training centres (usually recruited by the students of our language school) and also coordinate flat shares with teachers. These home stay options are usually the cheapest, around 5000,-CZK / month.
Please note that apartments will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please check: www.PragueTEFL.com/about-the-tefl-course/ accommodation/