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Meet Karin Krummenacher – our new course co-ordinator in Prague!

In this blog post we touch base with our new Trinity Cert. TESOL course co-ordinator in Prague, Karen Krummenacher, and find out what it’s like to be her.

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1.You’re the Course Coordinator at Oxford Tefl Prague. What exactly is your job?

It’s an extremely versatile job with lots of interesting facets. I work hand in hand with our Course Director, David, organising all our teacher training courses in Prague. I work as a regular course tutor on CertTESOL courses and I’m the career’s advisor. I’m also the unknown foreign language (UFL) teacher.

2. What’s the best / worst thing about your job?

The best thing about it is, that I meet lots of people from all over the world who are interested in talking about – and trying out – teaching and teaching methodologies. I really like teaching the UFL classes as well! There really is no worst thing… maybe that we have to let them go after 4 weeks, just when we got attached to our trainees! The easiest thing is probably the career’s service. There is just such an overwhelming demand for teachers in Prague, especially with a recognized qualification such as the Trinity Cert. TESOL, that language schools basically queue up to interview our grads!

3. You’re originally from Switzerland. Why did you move to Prague?

Although people ask me all the time, I haven’t really found a good answer in all this time. It just happened. I originally planned to stay for 4 weeks and just never left! Prague is a great city to live in and also a very easy city to live in. And it’s super central. You can get everywhere in Europe very quickly, which I, as a weekend-get-away-enthusiast, quite fancy.

4. One doesn’t meet a Swiss every day. Are the highways there really made of gold?

I haven’t lived in Switzerland for quite a long time, but on my last visit they were still the same as in any other country. The myths about the rich Swiss aren’t quite true, although we have a high standard of living there and it’s definitely a worthy place to see before you die.

5. When you are not at work at Oxford TEFL Prague, where can you be found?

Most likely in one of Prague’s nicest beer gardens, watching Premier League football.

6. What’s your favourite English word?

7. You are just about to finish your diploma. Any tips for people who are thinking of taking the course?

It’s a demanding course. Make sure you chose a school with experienced tutors who support you and know what they’re doing. And forget everything you thought you knew about teaching. It’s one of the things you look back at and think: It’s actually quite doable. But in the middle of it you’re most grateful for a knowledgeable, qualified tutor to support you.

8. What are your plans for the future?

I actively support equality in the TEFL industry. I’m currently working on articles and workshops to raise awareness of the problems we have there. Next year I want to speak on a couple of conferences about the topic, for example the annual Innovate ELT conference which is held at Oxford TEFL Barcelona. It will also be my first time in Barcelona, so I’m really looking forward to that!

9. Tell us three adjectives which represent you and why.

No-nonsense – My teaching style.

Pragmatic – Got that sort of way to see the world from my mother, I think.

Passionate – I’m a 100% or nothing person.

10. Which 3 tips would you give to anyone thinking about taking a TEFL course abroad?

Tip 1: Go for a course that is accredited by a widely recognised body: Go for Trinity or Cambridge. “Some” accreditation isn’t enough. There are plenty of accredited courses. Some of them are good, others are not so good. Which is why employers trust the big names. You don’t want to spend money on a certificate that’s only locally recognised. You never know where you’ll end up and an accredited course will open you doors wherever you go and allow you to chose from the best schools to teach for.

Tip 2: Think about the future. It might look like a big investment now, but a qualification doesn’t expire.

Tip 3: Be brave! Just do it. A very good friend of mine once said: You’ll never regret the things you did, but you will regret the things you didn’t do.

Would you like to take an accredited TEFL course abroad? Why not take it in Prague? Get in touch to find out how you can make it happen.

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