Information about working at English First
- Getting started at EF Indonesia
- Working hours
- Admin and non-teaching work
- The courses we teach at EF Indonesia
- Observations and evaluating your work
- Teacher Development
- Career paths at EF
Getting started at EF Indonesia
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.
Week 1 – Orientation training and start of EF Indonesia TEFL course
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 2 – 12 EF Indonesia TEFL course training period
During your first three months at EF Indonesia, you will be given a personalised TEFL training course. This will include both formal training and also informal training with your fellow teachers, covering a wide range of topics as well as young learners. Towards the end of the three month TEFL course training 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 the EF Indonesia TEFL course. 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. What is expected of you is a solid lesson plan with clear goals, clear presentation skills, effective classroom management including instructions and setting up of activities, as well as an appropriate level of monitoring and feedback. Upon successfully completing the EF Indonesia TEFL course training period, you will receive the inbound flight reimbursement and you will be able to take personal holidays. You certificate will be given to you at the end of your contract.
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Teachers work on five consecutive days each week, which will be either Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday. A teacher will teach from 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 on 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 around 17:00. During the week classes usually start at 15:00, although some young leaner classes start earlier at 13:45. The last 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.
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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. Towards 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.
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The courses we teach at EF Indonesia
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.
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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. 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.
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.
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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 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.
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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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