Friday, 24 February 2012

ITTP TEFL Prague: Friday Questions

This Friday's question is...

-Q: How many hours during a week (in Prague) is the maximum I could work?

-A: I think for most teachers the initial worry is that they won't be able to chalk up enough hours a week and newbie teachers do sometimes tend to take whatever they can get hold of. What usually happens is that schools start teachers off on a few hours per week for the first couple of weeks, to see if the teacher is responsible, etc. You would be surprised but there are teachers who either turn up late, don't turn up at all, or who turn up after a late night and still reeking of booze. So when a school finds a good teacher (You) they tend to want to keep them and begin offering them as many hours as possible - the issue with this is that with an already busy teaching schedule you need to learn to say no if you are being offered additional classes. It is possible to teach as many classes as you can fit in your schedule - when I was teaching full-time I was teaching at one stage over 40 classes per week. OK, it's great to earn the additional income but if you are a new teacher then you will need to devote more time spent on lesson planning and I would recommend in your first year of teaching, teaching approx 24 hours per week plus a few private students. Please remember that 1 teaching hour is considered as 45 minutes. What is also important to remember is that teaching schedules in Prague tend to be flexible and schools will ask when you are free to teach and then offer you classes mostly around your schedule so if you don't feel like teaching full-time then you don't have to - so at the other end of the spectrum it is definitely possible to teach just a handful of hours a week if you want.

Hope it helps!

Hezky den!/Lovely day!

Neville :-)

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