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About livetefl

Live TEFL Prague is a modern, new course and qualification for everyone wishing to become a successful Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Live TEFL is run by SPĚVÁČEK Group. We at SPĚVÁČEK pride ourselves in providing high quality language services—be it in teaching, training, coaching, interpreting, translating or proofreading. A significant part of our operation is focused on teaching English to corporate clients and the general public in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

New Town Hall Secrets

Have you ever gone by a place without paying it much attention, only to discover that there was something really special there all along? Prague is filled to the brim with these ‘look-twice’ secrets.
The New Town Hall (Novoměstská radnice) displays the Prague Standard Cubit and the Town Hall Palindrome, plus a stunning view from the Hall Tower.

“From Namesti Miru (where the Live TEFL Prague classrooms are located), the New Town Hall is a 15-minute walk or 8-minute tram ride on numbers 7, 10, 16, and 22 to the Karlovo náměstí stop.
First, the Prague Standard Cubit. Located directly outside of the main entrance to” …
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Enjoy spring in Prague

Something you will love is happening this spring in Prague.

“As spring arrives, so too does the news that Palác Lucerna has been named a Czech National Cultural Monument. This building, built early in the 20th century, is one of my favourites in Prague. This elegant example of Art Nouveau architecture houses a glorious old movie theatre and a rather interesting, and provocative, David Černý sculpture. It also houses the popular Lucerna Music Bar where you can enjoy live music and, on occasion, video parties featuring music from the 80s and 90s” Read more.

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

The days are shorter and the temperature colder. Winter is coming.

“One delightful Czech tradition takes place on the eve of St Nicholas Day. From late afternoon on 5 December, you are likely to spot groups of three figures (you will definitely be able to see them in Old Town Square). St Nicholas walks the streets with an angel and the Devil. St Nicholas will ask children whether they have been good during the year. If they have, they will be rewarded with fruit and, maybe, sweets. If the children have been naughty, they will find themselves holding coal, or hard potatoes. So make sure when St Nicholas asks you, you can say that you’ve been good.” Read more.

It’s Nearly Autumn

Enjoy autumn in Prague – things to do and see while doing Live TEFL Prague program.

“The reek of summer sweat in trams is replaced by the earthy scent of fallen leaves and the sweet aroma of mulled wine. This is a wonderful time of year to visit farmers’ markets, to stock up on seasonal produce and enjoy the crispness of new season apples.” Read more.

Prague Castle and Old City day panorama view with blue sky, travel vivid autumn european background

Teaching English in Prague: Your travel ticket to Central and Eastern Europe

Want a great way to travel? Come to Prague and teach English – it’s the cool, central hub of PragueCentral and Eastern Europe.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” “That’s what my student quoted at me a few weeks ago before she smugly skipped off for a three-week trip to the Philippines. Not all of us are lucky enough to hotfoot it to Asia on a whim. If you live in Prague, however, you can travel round Central and Eastern Europe, both freely and very cheaply. And that is just one of the reasons why I think it’s the best place to teach English.” Read more.

Out and about in summer, in Prague

prague_ice_cream_festLook at our current blog post highlighting upcoming events in summer Prague!

“Picture yourself sitting in a beautiful park, enjoying the sunshine and sipping a cold beer. Or perhaps you’d rather be hiking through forests, swimming in clear lakes, splashing around in a swimming pool, or riding your bike along woodland tracks. These are just some of the activities you can enjoy in and around Prague in summer. But if drinking beer, or enjoying the great outdoors, aren’t your thing, Prague has plenty more to offer this summer.” Read more

7 Deadly Sins of Teaching English (in the Czech Republic)

WRATHWant an easy life teaching English to Czech students? Keen to avoid embarrassment and potential disaster? Stay clear of these deadly pitfalls, says Mark Pickering

“There will be occasions when you’ll get angry as a teacher. Perhaps not with the giant CEO of a huge corporation who brings you free doughnuts each lesson. But with one or two students – probably teenagers – you’ll get rather irked. Maybe it’ll be with weird Tomas who spends the entire lesson on his mobile looking at pictures of animal poo. Or perhaps with dopey Lenka, who, after three dozen explanations still can’t tell you what the word ‘dog’ means. But you have to be calm. Do not shout, and even though you may be tempted, definitely do not perform a 100-hand slap to the student’s face.” Read more