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Quiet Place to teach English in Krakow ?


EnglishTeacher 1 | 3
12 May 2010 #1
Hi everybody. Just moved to Krakow recently and it looks likely that my principal source of income will be teaching english. Does anyone know a quite bar etc that I could use for classes ? Thanks in advance
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
12 May 2010 #2
There are a few little places you could have your lessons in. My advice would be to take a look around Kaz, lots of little bars/cafe's. Or you could just ask the student what places they like.
rich55 3 | 49
12 May 2010 #3
I don't want to appear too negative but in what way are you qualified to teach the language? 'english' should have a capital E; did you mean quiet? helping friends and family to learn a bit of a language is fine, but when you start taking money for it you need to have a pretty good understanding of it to justify it.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
12 May 2010 #4
but when you start taking money for it you need to have a pretty good understanding of it to justify it.

And more to the point - Krakow is saturated with such "teachers" who think that being a native is enough to qualify them to teach - which frankly isn't true.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
12 May 2010 #5
But the schools will keep on paying them cos they are cheap :/

Anyway, the OP of this post neither stated his qualifications or much else. Maybe he is just looking to do some conversation lessons on the side. I say good luck to him, just means when I go back to Krakow I can charge a little more;)
OP EnglishTeacher 1 | 3
12 May 2010 #6
TEFL many, many years ago and more recently CELTA, although my previous occupation was as a Psychotherapist so it's a wee bit of a jump into the unknown for me. As for ‘quite’ and ‘english’, I appreciate you pointing that out to me and admire your observational skills :) I have just endured a twelve hour flight, I am both exhausted and disorientated not to mention very hungry :) I am not on this forum to teach you, I am merely here seeking advice from fellow expatriates; however I do appreciate you taking the time to reply....thank you.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
12 May 2010 #7
Well as I said, good luck to you :)

Why you coming to Krakow?

A good place to have your lessons would be Pod Baranami, just on the market square down a wee alley. Upstairs there is a cinema which but if you continue through to the back over the courtyard you will find a nice wee cafe/bar, where you can have the privacy to do your lessons and also still be in a public place easy for you or your student to get to.

Check out Nic Nowego during the early afternoons as another place for lessons. I'm afraid during the summer months a few stags go there. The bar maids are nice and once they get to know you, they will let you print your material for free. Tom is the owner (Irish guy) and Mariusz is the bar manager.
OP EnglishTeacher 1 | 3
12 May 2010 #8
Well as I said, good luck to you :)

Why you coming to Krakow?

Good question Dt. Perhaps a quest for something new, adventure, experiencing a new culture, escaping an existance akin to a hamster in a rat race. I've also heard the female of the species in this part of the world are particularly beautiful :).....I have indeed heard of Kazimerez....a labyrinth of bars and Jewish architecture ?

And more to the point - Krakow is saturated with such "teachers" who think that being a native is enough to qualify them to teach - which frankly isn't true.

Hmmm I do hope there is room for one more 'teacher' ;)

By the way guys, what is the going rate these days for an hour of English with a native english speaker?
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
12 May 2010 #9
I have indeed heard of Kazimerez....a labyrinth of bars and Jewish architecture ?

Yep, it's a laid back area with some great little haunts to explore. You will have fun I am sure :)

what is the going rate these days for an hour of English with a native english speaker?

Depends really on your reputation and what the students needs are. The longer you have been teaching there (and hopefully not rearranging your lessons due to heavy hangovers...or even worse by being outright drunk) the more you can charge. For starting off, a nice bet is 40z's an hour. Once you have been there for a few months you can start asking for more. Also depends on your client. Because of the amount of teachers there, its a good idea to have them tied down after a couple of lessons, if you think they can afford it, ask for a month in advance. Krakow's students tend to be a little unreliable, so don't sell yourself cheap.

Will you be looking for work at a school?
richasis 1 | 420
12 May 2010 #10
Yep, it's a laid back area with some great little haunts to explore. You will have fun I am sure :)

I totally enjoyed my visit there. Wasn't 'Schindler's List' (in part) filmed there?
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
12 May 2010 #11
Wasn't 'Schindler's List' (in part) filmed there?

In part yes. Also his factory is in Podgórze just across the river. It has opened a new museum dedicated to him. A little further down the road besides Kopiec Krakus is where they had the film set for the concentration camp in the film. Podgórze's concentration camp (that not many tourists know about) is also in the area within Krakow's borders. I liked living in Podgórze a lot. It will be the new place to be within Krakow. Lots of trendy new bars and cafes are planned for the area.
Bzibzioh
12 May 2010 #12
Wasn't 'Schindler's List' (in part) filmed there?

One scene yes, but mostly in Podgórze.

Podgórze concentration camp

That was a ghetto, not a concentration camp. Labour camp was in Płaszów, not far from Podgórze.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
12 May 2010 #13
Płaszów

Yep thats the one :D Lived across the road from it. Hehe Cant believe I forgot its name :P
Bzibzioh
12 May 2010 #14
I liked living in Podgórze a lot.

Seriously? After Nowa Huta it's my least liked part of Kraków. It was always dirty and poor neighborhood. But it'd be good if become fashionable.
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
12 May 2010 #15
Seriously

Yep. I stayed just outside on Ul.Wielicka, there were some new apartment blocks built there. Plus a lot of investment is going into Podgorze at the moment. When I first came to Krk it was a bit down and out, with lots of K*rwa boys about. But they didn't bother you. Nowa Huta was the first place I lived in krakow with my ex to be parents in laws and gf, it was a two room flat with the parents bedroom also being the living room :D. I didn't mind it at all. They always told me not to go out after dark, but I enjoyed walking around and meeting the folk around there who actually to me were the most friendliest I met in Krk. Even the skin heads outside the 24hr alkohole kiosks...Well only after they found out I was Scottish and pretended to support Celtic :D Coming from war-torn Glasgow, Huta was a paradise:D
Bzibzioh
12 May 2010 #16
I stayed just outside on Ul.Wielicka,

Hey, we were practically neighbors ;) I drove a lot along Wielicka street as I was going to my country home outside Wieliczka. Podgórze was always depressing, I tried to avoid it like a plaque.

I lived in krakow with my ex to be parents in laws and gf, it was a two room flat with the parents bedroom also being the living room :D.

A lot of ppl used to live like that. Not my favorite living arrangement. I was lucky to have my own apartment back then. Now I'm going to Poland for a 3 week visit and I'm going to stay with my mother-in-law like that. Ugh.

Coming from war-torn Glasgow, Huta was a paradise:D

You are funny :)
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
12 May 2010 #17
A lot of ppl used to live like that. Not my favorite living arrangement.

I didn't exactly enjoy it. Especially it was during the time towards the end of our relationship. So I found a flat on Krowoderska within a month or two. I DID however enjoy having my dinner made for me every day:)
Bzibzioh
12 May 2010 #18
I DID however enjoy having my dinner made for me every day:)

Oh, advantages of home cooking :) You can gain weight very quickly though. I'm preparing myself mentally for this onslaught as i will have to visit my family a lot; it won't be pretty.
SunnyLambchop
24 Aug 2010 #19
Hey, if you're still looking for nice places to teach, I often see lessons going on in the back room of Cafe Szafe (ul. Felicjanek 10)

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BLS 65 | 188
7 Sep 2010 #20
Merged: Word language school in Krakow. The pluses and minuses of working there.

Does anyone have any knowledge about or experience with Word language school in Krakow? It's never been on my radar, but I have an opportunity to work there - I'd like to know what the pluses and minuses are. Thanks!
factor
15 Sep 2010 #21
Plus - great city and high teaching level. Minus - too crowded at times ;).
jeremyborn1 1 | 6
6 Jan 2013 #22
Merged: Best place in Poland to teach English,where and why?

What is the best place to teach English in Poland? Is it true that all of the big cities are over saturated with teachers;or is this just Krakow?
peter_olsztyn 6 | 1,098
6 Jan 2013 #23
Is it true that all of the big cities are over saturated with teachers

Probably yes. Additionally the only job for these who decide to return to homeland will be English language teacher.
So hurry up ;)
sa11y 5 | 331
6 Jan 2013 #24
Not necessarily. Many other jobs require knowledge of English.


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