I read this online just now and it almost broke my heart:
Chris Westergaard of The Language House TEFL Prague (TLH Prague) has a history of fabricating reasons to have negative criticism deleted from the net, so just to be on the safe side here is Casey’s story taken ad verbatim from her blog homepage:
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
It turned out that 2 of the other girls were cool, 1 of the guys was cool, and the other 2 guys in the MIXED dorm were nightmares; drinking at all times of the night and making the rest of us tired for classes and needing to head out to Starbucks – spending unnecessary extra costs and time on expensive coffee (in the CZ it is) and homework assignments.
Even if there had been 6 girls in the dorm, the internet was s–l–o–w. A few times it needed to be rebooted. Skip did this but after the second time said he would add a charge at the end of our course if he had to come out again to reboot the router a 3rd time !!!!!!
The school is not how it is portrayed on the Language House TEFL Prague (TLH Prague) website. Not at all. I was expecting a classroom in a school. What we got was a tiny office space (50sqm) and a disgusting toilet which is shared with all the other other offices in that run-down building.
And here I don’t want to come over as some spoilt girl who doesn’t know any better.
I spent a year in Nepal, and another 6 months traveling southern India, so I know the relativity of hygiene standards.
What really got me though – besides the cramped classroom and disgusting restrooms – was that none of the school equipment seemed to work properly. An example: we had been studying Phonics and I asked if I could make 1 photocopy print of the Phonetic chart for my teaching class later that day. Skip looked at Chris and Chris (quite rudely I might add) said that the school printer wasn’t working, but if I wanted to use the Photocopy machine then not a problem. For a 20 Crown fee !!!!! That’s almost $1 for printing out one black and white sheet of paper !!!!!!
At first I thought he was joking, but he freaking wasn’t.
They charge you for everything extra!
The course itself was ok.
I really liked the course coordinators and we met quite often for after class drinks and sports.
Some of them (the new ones) were satisfied with their lot, but the ones that had been there for a while were obviously tired of the way they are treated, and plainly embarrassed with the extra sucking of money from student’s pockets. One night they told me the course was ok, but don’t expect to go that far with it. This really reassured me.
One positive was that I had lots of teaching practice experience, but unfortunately 80% of my time teaching was teaching fellow TEFL students on the same course as me. It was useful, but I wish I had chosen a course which allowed me to teach real students all of the time; something I learned later on is a standard for reputable TEFL schools.
In the end I passed the course with flying colors, even though my roomie was at the same level of performance as me and he very nearly failed (guess if he was female with blonde hair then he would have passed as well as I did too?)
The shock though came when I began applying to schools.
I loved my time in Prague, despite the bad taste of the Language House TEFL Prague (TLH Prague) and my dream had always been to teach in Germany or Japan.
In all fairness to The Language House TEFL Prague (TLH Prague) about 60% of my fellow TEFLers found work within 3 months of completing the course, although 2 had to leave when their 3 month visa expired and when the promised visa support from The Language House TEFL Prague (TLH Prague) never materialized.
The saddest part of this story is that I eventually had to give up on my dream because it transpired that The Language house TEFL Prague (TLH Prague) certificate is worthless outside of the Czech Republic.
I am now back home. Almost US$5,000 out of pocket and with my dreams of teaching abroad crushed.
Last week a friend directed me to this site which pretty sums up my experience at The Language House TEFL Prague: https://ischriswestergaardguiltyoftaxfraud.wordpress.com
Ironically, on my last day in Prague I met a guy who took his certification online with a company called ITTP TEFL Online. He had a teaching job the Monday after course completion, and with another one lined up in South Korea 6 months later. Maybe they would be a better choice?
Please don’t make the same mistake that I did. Please.
Casey also includes a list of MUST READ links regarding Language House TEFL Prague (TLH Prague) complaints by others, and also a TEFL school recommendation from a friend.