Where do I start...its been a really long week. The TEFL course is really good but very demanding at the same time (writing lesson plans during our lunch hours and leggin round to make sure your class is set up). They work you hard but equally you have some time to relax with a pint (pivo) or twenty...haha.
They really do chuck you right in...which is always the best. I've taught two classes (17 people in a crammed, sweaty room) after only being here for two days. The school is located in a really nice court yard, (Prague is full of amazing buildings) and has a couple of classrooms for us to learn and teach in. The tutors have been a great help as well, giving good feedback and generally being a good laugh when they are teaching us.
We had to teach everyone else on the TEFL as well...so I picked juggling and had most people doin the basics after only 9 minutes..I was well impressed with my teaching instruction haha.
The students are funny as well, you get a right mix to work with...one famous one, George has been coming to the school for over a year and comes out w,th stuff to test your knoweldge or to get a reaction out of ya (I'll post a pic of him in my album soon). We have a pub night with the students every thursday as well, so they can practise their english with us...the first was last night.
As part of course we have had to learn a foreign language as well to put ourselves in our students shoes...so they chose Russian for us, which has been really cool to pick up. We learnt it in Cyrillic words (ISO 9) so we could understand the Russian alphabet easier, so, Kak Vas zovut? (what is your name) Mena zovut Pete...or something like that haha. I'd need a russian keypad to get the russian fully correct, but we learnt how to pronounce it which was the aim after fours of classes...
The BEER is still pretty cheap here...we officially found the cheapest bar on our first night here...a very local bar where they stare at ya ("stick to the path lads" hahaha)...but at only 20 krowns a pint (75p) you don't wanna leave. So we watched SPAIN win EURO 2008 (Viva Espana...ole, ole, ole...) and then swiftly left haha.
The tutors took us all out for drinks on the second night as well..and we coulc drink as much as we wanted, so everyone managed to get through quite a bit haha. I ended up making OLD EL PASO Fajitas(mmmmmmmm) for seven of us in our flat.
There is plenty organised by us and the school to keep us occupied while we are here, tonight was Cinema night, but I didn't go cos they chose some hollywood flick to go and watch. Tomorrow we are goin to the biggest club (space size I think) in Europe and then our Russian teacher is gonna take us on a walking tour of Prague. Again much like Barrca I know the sights, but hope to be shown places you would never find by yourself.