EF Indonesia TEFL course

What TEFL course should I take?

There are hundreds of TEFL course providers, options and locations to study, which means choosing a TEFL course can be quite confusing for a first time ESL teacher. Studying for a TEFL qualification is quite intensive, especially if you study full time at a language school and not online. If you choose to study full time at a language school, it is strongly suggested that you do not work or have other study commitments during the TEFL course. For online courses you can work through the content at your own pace.

 

Things to look out for when choosing a TEFL course.

  • The course should involve around 100 hours of tuition.
  • The course must include at least 6 hours of observed teaching.
  • At least level 5 on the National Qualification Framework.
  • The course should cover teaching methodologies, skills (reading, writing, listening & speaking), lesson planning, learner needs analysis and classroom management as a bare minimum.
  • If the course is taught online, make sure you can ask questions or that you have a set amount of time for tutorials with the instructors.
  • Ideally look for a course that offers observed classroom teaching and feedback on your teaching. This is sometimes offered as an add on to online courses.
  • Make sure the course offers a certificate (often required by immigration departments when applying for visas) and that the instructor will be happy to provide a report or answer reference requests.

 

 

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My EF story: Christine Troyano

I chose to live in Indonesia because I loved the idea of living in a tropical climate.  I have spent many years living with cold winters and snow.  I was ready for some year-round sunshine and warm weather. I have lived in Sidoarjo since July, 2014 when I began working for English First as an ESL teacher.  I have enjoyed working with a professional organization that supports it’s staff as well as treats us with respect.  I enjoy working along side so many local teachers as well as a handful of fellow Native speaking ESL teachers as myself.  Most of my students are also very respectful and well ef-teacher-christine01behaved as well as being able to speak English quite well at such a young age.  I also enjoy the positive working environment at the Sidoarjo EF.
The city of Sidoarjo is a conservative, predominately Muslim city.  The school is located in the heart of the city, so there are a couple options for shopping malls and chain grocery stores within walking distance of the school.  The local residents are always friendly and eager to say hi to the foreigners.  As I am vegetarian, one of my favorite foods is Gado-Gado and Pecel.  On the weekends I enjoy traveling around Indonesia where I can learn more about local culture and history of where I currently call home.  One of my favorite places I have been so far is Papuma Beach.  The seascape is beautiful and peaceful.  But one of the places I am looking forward to going to most right now is Bali.  I have some friends that live there and I am quite excited to be able to go there over the upcoming holiday.  Everyday is a new day to create new memories.
As far as the recruitment process, it was a quite say and painless journey.  It helps that the EF has its own recruitment department so there was no need to rely on an outside recruiting agency.  Everyone that assisted me in arriving here from the US was very helpful and professional.

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My EF story: Alex

I had never heard of Surabaya until I saw ESL jobs with EF advertised here and  I was intrigued by what life could be like in Java.  Five and a half

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years later I am still finding out what life in Java is all about.

As a DoS my job is hectic and rewarding. Most days are pretty full on, never boring and always noisy when the students start arriving for their lessons.

Surabaya has changed a lot in the time I’ve lived here – more shops, restaurants & entertainment, which I love.  I have been to Jakarta a few times for work and holidays.  As much as I enjoy myself there I am always happy to come back ‘home’ to Surabaya after a couple of days.

I think I’ve tried most of the food on offer and Padang is an absolute favorite of mine – I could eat it 3 times a day, every day.

At the weekends I’m mostly to be found wall climbing at Class 5 and I enjoy exploring east Java – I especially like the south coast.  And of course I never turn down an opportunity for a weekend of shopping, eating and relaxing in the sun in Bali.

I haven’t been to nearly as many places outside of Java as I should have in the time I’ve been here.  I think I’ve been to 16 islands – so I’ve got aef-indonesia-review-testimonials-ptc few thousand left to visit.  More than anything I really want to eat padang food in Padang, Sumatera.

Other than all the wonderful places I’ve visited, making great friends and working with a great team is what’s kept me here for this long.

For me, the recruitment process was very straight forward and hassle free.

 

 

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My EF story: Emma

I’m Emma,one of the British teachers from EF where I’ve been based for almost five years now. After having taught in Korea and Thailand, I chose to return to Indonesia where I’d traveled previously and held fond memories.

The EF schools here in East Java are modern, with each classroom having access to an interactive whiteboard which the students love and really helps them to become more involved in their lessons. EF produce their own coursebooks with age appropriate materials from Kindergarten to adult classes and user friendly lesson plans accompany them. EF is focused on ‘learning through doing’. This approach allows students to acquire new language in a manner that makes them forget they are in class and have fun while studying.

The city of Malang is a small botanical city surrounded by spectacular mountain views.From here there are many activities to participate in at the weekends and are accessible via public transport. Active types can try hang gliding, mountain biking and sunrise views of Mount Bromo, a volcano just an hour away. Animal lovers can snuggle up to the orangutans at Taman safari park or head to one of the many beautiful beaches for some snorkeling.There is a great variety of food to try here in ‘warungs’, from food carts, or in more upmarket restaurants.Nasi Padang is a particular favourite for me. This is a tapas style array of meats and vegetables for those who love a bit of spice!

The recruitment process here is efficient and hassle free and you could find yourself in the classroom within a month of applying!

 

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EF Indonesia testimonials

EF Indonesia testimonials

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EF Sidoarjo

Sidoarjo city guide

 Sidoarjo, Greater Surabaya Area, Indonesia 7.4530° S, 112.7173° E

Sidoarjo is a satellite town of around 200000 people situated to the south of Surabaya city within the metropolitan area of Greater Surabaya. It is linked to Surabaya by commuter train, buses and taxi. It is a compact town and the EF school, housing and shopping centres are all within walking distance. There is one EF Indonesia school in Sidoarjo with 1300 students and around 20 teachers.

 

Sidoarjo

 

City facilities and services

You will find all of life’s essentials and more within walking distance of EF Sidoarjo school. Next to the school is Hero supermarket, several restaurants including Mc Donalds and a short walk away is Suncity Mall complete with waterpark. In the mall you will find all the Indonesian national chain stores, including a department store, restaurants and cafes, a hotel and a cinema.

 

Transport links

Sidoarjo has excellent transport connections to East Java and beyond. The city is connected to Surabaya by a motorway and the journey should take around 30 minutes. The motorway also connects Sidoarjo to East Java and the mountain area around Tretes is a 3o minute drive away. There is a mainline train station with trains going to Surabaya (commuter line), Bali, Jogjakarta and other cities in East Java. There is a regular bus shuttle service to Surabaya, as well as coach services to other parts of Java. Surabaya international airport, is actually located in Sidoarjo and has excellent connections to all parts of the Indonesia, as well as South East Asia.

 

As the city is compact and walkable, transport is not really needed. Mini bus services operate in the city (bemo) or you jump on a becak (rickshaw) and experience life in the slow lane.

 

Places to go around Sidoarjo

Sidoarjo is on the doorstep of the Arjuna mountain park area. It is a short 30 minute drive to Tretes or you can take public buses. There are many trails and paths to explore around Tretes and the twin peaks of Mount Arjuna and Welirang can be climbed comfortably in a weekend. Tretes itself is a relaxing weekend break away and you will find hotels available to suit all budgets.

 

There are many parks within a 30-45 minute drive from Sidoarjo. The large Taman Dayu park complex, which has a waterpark, amusement park, tree houses and paragliding, is located just off the main Sidoarjo – Malang road. Purowadadi Botanical Gardens, further along the main road is an ideal place for an afternoon picnic and walks. Another pleasant day trip is a visit to Taman Safari park in Prigen. It is both a safari park with animals from all around the world including Komodo Dragons, and also an amusement park.

 

 

 

 Google Maps Streetview of EF Sidoarjo school area

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I can’t speak Indonesian. Is that a problem?

At EF Indonesia, we teach using a full English immersive approach. This means that you do not have to be able to speak Indonesian to teach our EF students, as solely English is used in the classroom. Being able to speak or knowing a bit about Indonesian will definitely help with identifying some of the common problems Indonesian students have when learning English, so it is highly recommended that you join the free Indonesian lesson we offer to all our EF Indonesia ESL teachers.

 

 

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EF Indonesia Teacher Career Paths

I did not study English or Education at university. Can I be a teacher?

Yes you can! Our EF Indonesia teachers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and having a degree in English or education is not necessary to become an ESL teacher at EF Indonesia.

For candidates whose degree was not in education, then you will need to take a TEFL course. This is a one month English teacher training course that prepares you on the basics of teaching English as a second language. There are many courses out there, of which CELTA from the University of Cambridge is the most popular.

When choosing a TEFL course, make sure there is a classroom teaching component included. You can study the theories, techniques and methodology online, however, it is very important that your course includes real teaching this is observed by the TEFL trainer.

 

 

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EF Indonesia cost of living

Cost of living in Indonesia

The cost of living in Indonesian is substantially cheaper than developed countries and a lot of countries around Asia. Eating out, food, transport and hotels are exceedingly good value and well within the budget of our teaching staff.

 

Prices below are a guideline average in UK Pound Sterling GBP.

 

Eating out

Rice or noodle dish at street stall  £0.40

Meal at simple restaurant  £1.50

Meal at western restaurant with a bottle of beer  £5-10

Buffet meal at a 5 star hotel  £13-15

Fast food restaurant combo meal £1.80

Pizza delivery £2

Coffee in cafe £1.50

A large bottle of beer (660ml) in a cafe or restaurant £2-4

 

Common supermarket items

A loaf of bread £0.60

Packet of cheese £2.50

Packet of pasta £0.75

Jar of pasta sauce £1-2

Chicken breast £0.75

Instant noodles £0.05-0.10

Rice (1kg) £0.50

Eggs (12) £0.80

Apples (1kg) £1

Oranges (1kg) £1

Tomatoes (1kg) £0.65

Potatoes (1kg) £0.60

 

 

Other items

Internet connection (shared amount of bill) £7-10

Gym and pool membership (1 month) £15

Swimming pool (1 day) £2-3

Cinema £2.50

Short taxi trip (20 minutes) £1.50

Long taxi trip (45 minutes) £4

Motorbike rental (1 month) £25

Petrol (1 litre) £0.44

Massage (1 hour) £3-5

Budget hotel (AC/Hot water) £5-10

Hotel (3-4 stars) £15-25

Hotel (5 stars) £40-70+

 

For a teacher staying in subsidised EF housing this is an example of basic expenditure. Remember if you stay in EF housing, all bills except cable TV, Internet and local phone bill are included in the rental fee. The maid, clothes washing and all cleaning products are also supplied and paid for by EF. Read our EF accomodation page for more details.

(This is an example, actually expenditure will vary based on an individual’s spending.)

Breakfast (Coffee, eggs/cereal/fruit) £4 per week

Lunch (Eating out/take away local food) £6 per week

Dinner (Eating out/take away local food) £6 per week

Snacks and sweet things £5 per week

Transport (taxi to work) £16 per week

Toiletries £7 per month

Internet and cable TV (shared house portion) £13 per month

Mobile and telephone bill £4 per month

Basic food and essentials approximately 30% of monthly salary.

If you rent and drive a motorbike the estimated amount would be £145.93 per month. Approximately 25% of monthly salary.

 

Prices fluctuate as does the Rupiah to British Pound exchange rate. There are many website that offer cost of living analysis. Please search for cost of living guides on the Internet for the most up-to-date values.

 

 

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EF Indonesia Teacher Career Paths

Career paths at EF

At EF we like EF people, so most of our promotions are internal and there are a great number of opportunities both with in the EF East Java, Bali and Lombok group as well as worldwide for EF. Career promotion paths include: Instructor, Young Learner Coordinator, Exam Coordinator, Senior Teacher, Head Teacher, Director of Studies and Centre Director.

 

EF Job Role Outlines

Instructor – Helps with training, workshops and assisting new EF teachers.

Young Learner Coordinator – Young learner specialist in charge of developing young learner programs, training EF teachers as well as liaising with parents and schools.

Exam Coordinator – Responsible for developing TOEFL®, IELTS™ and University of Cambridge ESOL exams programs. This role will focus on promoting the exams and courses to new students, institutions and universities as well as training EF teachers on how to teach these preparation courses.

Lifeclub Coordinator – In charge of EF’s exclusive Lifeclub program. Responsible for developing activities, materials and promoting Lifeclubs. A Lifeclub is an activity or event usually held outside of the classroom where students can build their confidence and practise speaking English in a more natural environment. Activities have included: cake decoration, movie nights, visits to local restaurants, making chocolate, safari trip and many more.

Senior Teacher – Assists the Director of Studies with the day-to-day academic running of the school. Will also be involved with school projects and resource development.

Head Teacher – In charge of a smaller school and reports directly to the Director of Studies in charge of the school. Responsible for academic operations, scheduling and academic quality.

Director of Studies (DOS) – Overall in charge of the academic side of the school. This position includes managing teaching staff, student performance, handling complaints and ensuring academic quality.

Centre Director  – In charge of school operations and business. The Centre Director will manage operational staff, sales and marketing, financial reporting and customer care.

 

 

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