Frequently Asked Questions
TEFL Program General Questions
Student Teachers spend most mornings and early afternoons teaching in Austrian schools as part of the academy’s charitable outreach initiative. Schools in Austria generally begin around 7:45am and end around 1:30pm. The school day is typically 6 lessons of 50 minutes each, usually with 5 minute breaks between each lesson and longer breaks between the 2nd and 3rd, and 4th and 5th periods. On days where you have long commutes to school (up to 90 mins), you may leave the dorms before 6am and return as late as 3:30pm. This is an extreme example and there are also many commutes that are just 30 minutes to and from the teaching practice locations – occasionally they might even literally be next door!
Some days you will be allotted professional development days on campus. These days Student Teachers are expected to be on campus and might be scheduled to man the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
TEACHING PRACTICE DAY:
6:30am-7:30am Travel from Campus to School
7:30am-1:30pm Teaching Practice in Schools
1:30pm-2:30pm Travel from School to Campus
2:30pm-3:30pm Lunch/One-on-one Mentoring /Supervised Lesson Planning/Group Feedback
3:30pm-5:00pm Input Session
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY:
8:00am Arrive on Campus
8:00am-10:00am Teaching Practice with the Morning VLE
10:00am-1:30pm Reading / Prep Time
1:30pm-3:30pm Teaching Practice with the Afternoon VLE
3:30pm-5:00pm Input Session
The Course: TEFL (Trinity CertTESOL)
Price includes: Trinity CertTESOL + moderation fees, TEFL-YL Certificate, over 300 hours of teaching practice, 150 hours of face-to-face training, 15 hours of observed and assessed teaching practice, all travel to and from school and the training centre, provision of teaching materials, full use of training centre facilities (printer, photocopier, library etc.), welcome lunch, graduation dinner, daily tea/coffee.
– Shared Accommodation: Included
– Printing Fee: 25 euro (payable in cash at Orientation Day)
– Deposit: 75 euro (payable in cash at Orientation Day and refundable in full on completion of the course)*
*75 euro security deposit is to cover loss/damages to supplied teaching materials and accommodation/training facilities. Security deposits are refundable in full at the end of the course provided the student teacher has not lost/damaged any materials/facilities provided to them and signed for on their student teacher usage agreement.
Note: There are no extra costs for accommodation or travel while participating in the program. *All travel to and from school is provided for the duration of the course.
As a rule, EU nationals do not require any special visa to take part in a short-term academic program in another EU country. The academy would provide successful non-EU applicants with the documents required to acquire a student visa (D-Visum) from an Austrian embassy or consulate in their home country read more.