TEFL in St. Petersburg / TESOL in St. Petersburg (Russia)
As the center is accommodated in a language school; our TEFL trainees can experience a realistic work climate of teachers.
Our trainers are native speakers of English with a mandatory period of teaching English in Russia and highly qualified Russian natives with English teaching degrees and international work background in the field of English.
Our trainers are experienced in teaching across different proficiency and age levels.
Friendly office staff helps you to organize visa applications and housing-support requests.
Classes take place in beautifully decorated spaces with large windows overlooking the Neva River.
(100% on-site training)
Course Dates in 2018
- 29 January – 22 February
28 May – 21 June
27 August – 20 September
1 October – 25 October
- • Total course fee: $1,600
- • Deposit: US $500 (due at the time of registration)
- • Balance payment: US $1,100 (due 30 days before the first course day)
Get certified in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). These two certifications are similar, with the former being used at U.K. language schools, whereas the latter is widely used by Americans. It is still possible in Russia to get a teaching position by simply being a native speaker of English because the country is not yet saturated with English teachers. Many institutions, however, will not accept you. They require a TEFL/TESOL certificate. Russian culture values educational credentials. And those without it get compensated at lower rates.
English is the new kid on the block in Russia. Despite most people having studied it at school for 5 years, and many going on to learn it at college or university, the level of teaching at these stages is poor, as is the students’ motivation. Once in the workforce, they begin to wish they had paid more attention to their English studies, and that’s where the adult education process begins. People are also recognizing how important it is for their children to learn, and there is an equally large demand for teaching children of all ages. Here are the different English language teaching positions available.
The most popular, and probably the easiest to access, is the language school. Most offer only English; some also teach other languages. They teach all kinds of students, from children to adults, to anyone who will pay. The contract packages vary depending on experience and qualifications, but are, on balance, much the same. Some schools offer a monthly salary plus share accommodation. An included apartment, even if not centrally located, can be a real advantage, especially as a newcomer to Russia. Rental accommodation is at a premium, and prices are skyrocketing. Other schools offer a salary plus accommodation allowance. If you manage to find somewhere cheap to live, you can pocket the difference. Either way, the basic salary is enough to survive on, but you definitely have to budget well.
Teaching Business English
With Russia opening its markets to the international community, the importance of speaking English is ever rising. Teaching credentials, a professional approach, the demonstrated ability to relate to the clients’ business and flexibility with the time are pre-requisites for a successful business English teacher in Russia. As business English classes usually take place on the clients’ premises, lots of travel is involved. A full-time contract amounts to 24 hours weekly. Salary packages run approximately US $1,500.
Teaching English at a School
While in language schools you primarily face adults or teenagers, at schools you work exclusively with children. To land a job at a regular school requires teaching qualification. Private schools often like to offer English with native speakers but would like to see some experience in working with children. Their student body consists of Russians or children of expats.
Damien, a 26-year-old American, recently changed his job to teaching in a regular school. He now earns around $3000 plus accommodation. Although he lives outside of Moscow, he keeps an apartment in the city for weekends. Besides the qualifications and references required, this kind of teaching is not for everyone. You have to work with large classes and have excellent classroom management skills.
Private English Teaching
Most English teachers here try to supplement their incomes by teaching English privately. Word of mouth is the best way to get students. Rates vary according to your qualifications and how wealthy your student is. The average is around $30/hour. Some teachers manage to go on vacation with their clients; others dine in fine restaurants or spend the weekend with them—speaking English all the time. A more reliable way to gain access to students outside a contract is by freelancing for schools. The hourly rate is somewhere closer to $15, and you will probably teach at a business rather than a home. This rate can go up substantially, after you have developed a relationship with the school you work for. Your reliability and feedback from students can see you move towards $20-$25 per hour.
While the compensation rate seems to be very attractive, teaching privately has its risks. For starters, you have to organize and pay for your own visa and find your own accommodation, etc. You also risk not being paid for cancellations, unless you have a system of prepaying classes in place. And you earn nothing for holidays; so you have to budget and save for snowy days.
The first few months can be a little tricky in terms of money. After you have paid for your airfare and for your visa, you will now match estimated cost of living with the real amount you need. In the majority of cases, the real rewards come at the end of a contract, when the last month’s salary, flight reimbursement and the cost to obtain a visa are paid. Some schools even offer a bonus amount for successful completion of a contract. Most schools or private employers (for nannies) will arrange and pay for your invitation and visa, although some will merely reimburse you for it. Most schools will also help you secure accommodation if they don’t include it in your package. They are used to dealing with foreign teachers and their settling-in issue.
With its beautiful palaces and interesting museums, broad avenues and winding canals, St. Petersburg offers the tourist a wealth of architectural and artistic sights. The Hermitage features treasures of art which are unmatched throughout the world.St. Isaac’s Cathedral belongs to all those beautiful religious places the city of 300 years can count its own. A visit to Mariinsky Theatre, home of the famous Kirov Ballet and Opera Company, is one of the must-sees of St. Petersburg. The city has scores of lesser known but equally fascinating sights that reveal both the glamour and extravagance of St. Petersburg’s political and Imperial past, and also the mysterious, tragic genius that has touched so many of the city’s great artists and writers. St. Petersburg is Russia’s cultural capital. It reflects the country’s extraordinary fate like no other city, and its uniquely rich atmosphere exerts a powerful attraction on even the most worn-out traveler.
Another reason to come to St. Petersburg is that you will most likely find employment here if you would like to teach English in Russia. The city is home to many schools.
ST. PETERSBURG WEATHER
St. Petersburg’s climate doesn’t get a lot of praises. The good news is that Russians claim that it doesn’t get really cold over there with temperatures rarely dropping much below -10º C (14º F). Summer temperatures higher than 30º C (86º F) are almost unheard of. It is the year-round high humidity that most visitors and residents find hard to bear at times and, winter or summer, waterproof clothing is essential. If you want to understand St. Petersburg properly, you should visit in winter. Yes, it’s cold and dark, but you will also experience a wonderfully calm atmosphere, and the city never looks more beautiful than when the sun finally rises on streets covered in fresh snow. St. Petersburg’s weather is cold, so a down coat, hat, gloves and possibly long johns are a must. Waterproof boots are standard outfit; the streets are muddy, even if it’s not snowing.
After the cold winter, people celebrate the arrival of spring with a series of festivals and holidays. If you dislike the summer crowds, come now. According to the weather statistics, it can still be very chilly at times until the middle of May. You will need the equivalent of a woolen overcoat, and it’s worth bringing scarves and gloves just in case – especially if you’re planning on spending lots of time outdoors.
St Petersburg’s White Nights, which last from the end of May to mid-July, are famous. In a state of almost endless twilight, the city looks gorgeous. The weather is normally warm and humid, but not excessively. Even in summer, evenings can be cool, so it’s worth bringing at least one warm sweater.