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Aussie Girl



Joined: 04 Nov 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:18 am    Post subject: James Cook Language School Reply with quote

Hello there!

Just wondering if anyone has worked for or is currently working at James Cook Language School and could tell me a little about it? Also I have been reading the forums and people have said its not advisable to organize work from abroad but I will be going to Prague in late January 2010 on my own (which is a pretty scary thing in itself!) and wasn't too keen on rocking up with nothing organized!
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Aussie Girl



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:40 pm    Post subject: ?? Reply with quote

Still awaiting a reply on my post....
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cks



Joined: 12 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for it! I know plenty of people who work there and are satisfied. You will have to commit to a one year contract, but they will get you a work permit and have good benefits and pay.
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mr tree



Joined: 09 Oct 2007
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Location: Prague, CzR

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep, has a strong reputation
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ITTP



Joined: 23 Sep 2006
Posts: 343
Location: Prague/Worldwide

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, we consider James Cook a recommend school to teach for now.

Have a great day!

Neville Smile

ITTP TEFL Prague
Narodni 21, Prague 1 - bang in the center of the city!
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dhinselwood



Joined: 10 Jan 2010
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Location: sCOTLAND

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey aussie girl its used by tefl scotland so should be good, usually get 1 yr contracts and if not in prague the first interview can be done by skype..i've just done it Wink
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Aussie Girl



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey hey. Yes it seems to have a good reputation by the sounds of things. I've had an initial iterview over skype too and will be arriving in Prague at the end of this month to conduct the face to face interview. When are you coming over?
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spookyduke



Joined: 08 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:32 pm    Post subject: Skype Interview Reply with quote

They must be hiring a few people at the moment (unless it gets trickier at the face-to-face). I have a skype interview on Tuesday with JCL. All the info on the web seems to be positive and judging from their customer list they are looking to attract proffesionals and be proffesional!
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mr tree



Joined: 09 Oct 2007
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Location: Prague, CzR

PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

but hopefully (for you), not people who can spell "professional" correctly Twisted Evil

(only joking - good luck with your interviews, everyone!)
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roywebcafe



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:32 pm    Post subject: Interviews with JCL Reply with quote

I have an interview with JCL school in february - they insist on two weeks notice. I have to do a mock lesson with a one-one teacher posing as as student.

Anyone done this before? Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

I have had a lot more challenging things in ESL before but since I have not worked in ESL since July and i have to make the long trip from UK to Prague for one day I am feeling a little anxious. Also not had many one to ones.
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mr tree



Joined: 09 Oct 2007
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Location: Prague, CzR

PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ooof - that certainly seems a lot of effort to make for an interview. hopefully that'd stand you in good stead Smile
i hope for your sake that the "teacher posing as a student" is professional and doesn't take the chance to act up, or even "act like a Czech student", which could be interesting.... (not that they're bad but they can be quiet!)
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spookyduke



Joined: 08 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject: Skype Interview Reply with quote

Hi,

I have the same thing lined up Roy but this time over Skype. Will let you know what it was like.

They have been pretty precise with the scenario and requested several points to be covered.

This will be my first TEFL interview and first time teaching one-to-one so count your blessings Smile
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roywebcafe



Joined: 13 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Skype Interview Reply with quote

Thanks Spooky

I wondered if i could do my second interview/mock lesson on Skype? prague does seem along way to go.

Also The accomodation and first months living expenses i am told could cost around 850 before you see any salary? Worrying for me as I only have around 700 to my name right now!!

spookyduke wrote:
Hi,

I have the same thing lined up Roy but this time over Skype. Will let you know what it was like.

They have been pretty precise with the scenario and requested several points to be covered.

This will be my first TEFL interview and first time teaching one-to-one so count your blessings Smile
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Trumpcard



Joined: 29 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 5 years' teaching experience in Japan and Korea along with a CELTA. I come from Australia and always wanted to teach in Europe. James Cook would provide me with a work permit? What is their pay like?
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spiral78



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
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Location: On a Short Leash

PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pay in Europe is subsistence level in general. The job market is just very different to what you will be used to in Asia. You can expect to make enough money to live on somewhat frugally and enjoy the area where you are. Saving anything is difficult.

James Cook will be in the 'enough to live on' range.

Any reputable language school that wants to hire you in the Czech Rep will help you with the visa process. It is still legal for non-EU citizens to work in the country as language teachers.
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