Teaching at EF Indonesia (single page)

English First (EF) East Java, Bali and Lombok group was founded in 1996 and currently has 14 schools and over 13000 students. We offer extracurricular general English courses to young learners (4-14 years old) and adults (15+ years old), as well as international exam preparation courses and other specialised English courses. In addition to our general English stream, all cities have a Corporate Language Training department working with local businesses, government, organisations and formal schools.


EF East Java, Bali and Lombok School Locations


Getting started at EF Indonesia

Before departure

After being accepted for a position at EF Indonesia, you will need to prepare all the required documentation for completing the visa paperwork and also the required criminal background checks. A medical check up is also required by the Indonesian government. It is very important that your passport has at least six completely blank pages and is valid for six months after the end date of your contract. Visa are sometimes arranged in the Indonesian Embassy in London (postal applications available) or you may fly via Singapore and arrange the visa with our agent in Singapore. All visa costs incurred are paid for by EF Indonesia. In situations where you have to pay for any visa costs before arriving in Indonesia, EF will reimburse your costs upon arrival.


Weeks 1 – 2 Orientation training 

Your orientation week will include a review of the EF Indonesia contract, applicable policies and useful information regarding working at EF Indonesia. This is usually done on the first day of orientation. For the remaining days, in the morning session you will get an overview of the course, including the curriculum, assessments, resources and guidelines. In the afternoon you will observe some classes and towards the end of the week, you will teach one or two classes.


Weeks 3 – 12 Probationary period and continuous training

During your first three months at EF Indonesia, you will be given a lot of help, support and training. This will be both formal training and also informal training with your fellow teachers. If you are ever unsure of what to do, ask your desk neighbours! We have all been through this an understand that there is a lot of information to take in and learn. Towards the end of the three month probationary period, you will be observed by the Director of Studies or Head teacher. Should the observation be satisfactory and you have displayed a solid understanding of the school and course procedures, then you will pass probation. We do not expect you to know everything there is to know about teaching in 3 months, especially if this is your first teaching job. Upon successfully completing the probationary period, you will receive the inbound flight reimbursement and you will be able to take personal holidays.


Working Hours

Teachers work on five consecutive days each week, which will be either Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday. A teacher will teach from

EF Indonesia Working hours

Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday according to the requirements of the school schedule, which may vary during the contract period. The total working week is 40 hours including preparation time and contact time in the classroom, as well as other occasional duties such as attending teachers’ meetings and workshops. The maximum contact time in the classroom is 24 hours per week, equivalent to a maximum load of eighteen lessons of eighty minutes each. Overtime is paid for any lessons taught in excess of this amount, and any overtime classes are voluntary.

The vast majority of our classes from Mondays to Fridays are scheduled in the afternoons and evenings, though teachers must make themselves available for morning classes on those days if required. Saturday classes are scheduled in the morning and afternoon, finishing by 5pm at the latest. During the week classes usually start at 15:00, although some young leaner classes start earlier at 13:45. The class finishes at 21:00 and the school closes shortly afterwards.

Teachers with fewer than 24 contact hours per week may be assigned substitution duty, and may also be scheduled to do interviews for the placement of new students. In addition to the above hours, during the one-year contract period, teachers will be asked to work on a maximum of eight days in total on their day off. Generally this will involve doing non-teaching duties such as placement interviews for new students, school events, judging competitions or school promotional events.




Teaching at EF Indonesia


The courses we teach

Small Stars (4-6 years old) – Additional training will be provided before teaching this age group, unless you are an experienced nursery school teacher. Classes are one hour long, twice a week and usually have 4 to 10 students. A classroom assistant is also available.

High Flyers (7 – 9 years old)

Trailblazers (10-13 years old)

Frontrunner (14+ years old)

International Exam Preparation (14+ years old)

Conversation Class (14+ years old)

Business English (21+ years old)

*All courses except for Small Stars are usually 80 minutes long, twice or three times a week or 120-160 minutes long once a week (Saturday). The average class size is 9 students, the maximum 16 students.

Corporate Language Training – These courses range from teaching in formal schools to teaching government officials. The classes are generally held in the morning or evening.


TOEFL®, IELTS™ and University of Cambridge Exams

At EF East Java, Bali and Lombok group as well as teaching general English, we also teach specialised English, including international exam International Exams at EFpreparation courses. We run paper based TOEFL® and internet based TOEFL® (iBT) courses, IELTS™ preparation course as well as the full main suite of University of Cambridge exams.



We are an authorised TOEFL® and University of Cambridge Exams test centres and we regular conduct tests throughout the year. Many of our teachers have become University of Cambridge ESOL oral examiners and training opportunities are regularly available for teachers that meet the criteria.



Planning lessons

You will need to be at your school at least 90 minutes before your first lesson. This time is used to plan your lessons and complete any administrative tasks. EF Indonesia provides a set course book and curriculum for all general English courses. You use this as the basis for your lesson, however, you are welcome to supplement using other books and resources. All schools have a large range of supplementary books and additional materials, computers with internet access and a network printer.


In the classroomIMG_9525

All classrooms are air conditioned and have a computer, monitor and whiteboard. Some classrooms have an Interactive Whiteboard or a hybrid television/whiteboard. EF Indonesia has invested greatly in developing interactive software and materials to be used in the classroom, so this is a great opportunity for you to learn some new skills. We have a large library of audio and video files which can be played directly from the in class computer via our media server. Each EF Indonesia school has a computer lab and computer classes are built into all of courses.


Admin and non-teaching work

All of our EF Indonesia courses have an assessment element which needs to be marked by the class teacher. In addition to this, online progress reports are filled out usually every 2-3 months for each student in your group. The majority of the admin tasks are  managed by EF Indonesia’s online student management system, ODIN+. You will be given full training on how to use this system during your probation period.

Once you have settled into teaching at EF Indonesia, you will start to do placement tests. When a new student joins EF Indonesia, they complete a written test and then are interviewed by a teacher. This helps determine their EF level. odinTowards the end of your probation period, you will be trained on how to conduct placement test interviews. You will be scheduled to do placement tests during your working hours.

Lifeclubs, school events and competitions are a regular feature of working at EF Indonesia. These are usually take place outside of class hours and often outside of the school. Lifeclubs are fun events where students get to practise speaking English in a more natural environment. Past events include, cake decorating, making chocolate, bowling, safari visit and scrapbook making. There are also regular English competitions held throughout the year including spelling bees, debates, story telling and essay writing compeitions. You maybe asked to help out with any of these events and other school promotional activities. Each teacher will be asked to undertake a maximum of eight additional working duties per contract year. This is for events or activities that  take place outside of your regular working hours.


Observations and evaluating your work

During the course of your contract, you will usually be formally observed by the Director of Studies or Head teacher three times. The first observation is done during your probation period and is a factor in deciding whether you pass the probation period. It is also used to see what training needs you have and how we can help to make you a better teacher. The second and third observations are used to see how you are progressing as a teacher. You will also receive regular feedback regarding your performance at EF not just regarding teaching, but also connected to customer satisfaction, your attitude in the teachers’ room and overall helpfulness.

As a part of your training, some of the assessments you mark will also be marked by a senior member of the academic team to ensure that you are following the EF standard for appraising students’ work. This will also include the observation of spoken assessments.

There are also informal observations, these could be by your peers or trainee teachers. Peer observations are a great way to learn new techniques and ideas and we strongly recommend you do this, especially if you are new to teaching.


Teacher development at EF Indonesia

We want to make sure our EF students are receiving the best possible English education and the most effective way of doing this is by developing

EF Indonesia Teacher Career Paths

you. Through a combination of formal training and workshops, informal teachers’ room assistance and observations, we want to make sure you grow as a teacher during your time at EF Indonesia. As a part of EF, you will also have access to a large range of online training modules via the EF intranet site. These include: EF Certificate in Teaching Grammar, EF Certificate in Teaching Lexis, EF Certificate in Teaching Phonology, EF Certificate in Reflective Practice, EF Training of Trainers, Trinity CertTESOL and Trinity DipTESOL. Most of these courses are delivered online.

EF East Java, Bali and Lombok is an authorised University of Cambridge ESOL examinations test centre. If you have three years of teaching experience, then you can apply to become a Cambridge oral examiner. Opportunities also exist to become an IELTS examiner across the region.

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 Career Paths

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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