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An Ideal World(trademark pending)

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

In an ideal world all English teachers would be CELTA/TEFL/TESOL certified and hold four year teaching degrees. They would all speak perfect American or British English, and be from the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Barsoom, East Anglia or whatever we designate as a nation of Native-English speakers.
Wouldn’t those conditions be wonderful?
Who would the conditions be ideal for?
For government officials anxious to score points and make quotas, perhaps. Unlikely they help students anymore than the current system in South Korea has benefited anyone … not teachers, not school owners, not recruiters, and not the students in need of teachers.
Students need teachers who are knowledgeable, informed, willing to learn, active and involved. They do not need a particular accent, nor do they necessarily need a degree-trained teacher. Their teacher needs the structure that an intensive teacher-training program offers, especially one that is grounded in current practices and theory and makes use of real classroom situations.

Please inform me of one English major who acquired actual teaching skills in university. Having knowledge of Mark Twain, Chaucer and Cervantes is all well and good, but it doesn’t help you teach a class of 14 year-old 2nd language speakers whose world view is shaped by four hours of Warcraft every night.
It’s time for governments, South Korea, Indonesia and China to wake up and smell the white board.
Students and schools don’t need teachers with good papers, they need teachers who can elicit intelligent feedback, encourage interaction, and motivate good communicators. Train the teachers who are here, and hire those who wish and show an aptitude to teach. Hire teachers based on what they teach like, not what they look like. Hire local and foreign teachers. Cultivate a culture of awareness, improvement and involvement.
If a new paradigm is to be embraced let it be one based on need, common sense and sustainability.

Hope for the year ahead

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Whatever your believe,faith or hope …
may the season bring you and yours health,happiness,security and prosperity

Tefl certification courses for October,November and December

Thursday, September 1st, 2011
TEFL Indonesia in Surabaya will hold TEFL certification courses in October, November and December. Join us. Apply here Course Videos Remaining Course dates for 2011 28 November - 23 December

Why join our TESOL Course in Surabaya, Indonesia?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
With a wide variety of social and cultural activities, water sports and other activities, vibrant nightlife, delectable Indonesian cuisine, friendly people and close proximity to an abundance of teaching opportunities, Surabaya(and surrounding ... [Continue reading this entry]

Details of Surabaya’s Tefl course

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
TEFL means Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and it's a certification that is required by learning institutions to teach abroad. The current demand for teachers is huge. Upon completion you will have the credentials required to work or Teach English ... [Continue reading this entry]

Raison d’être to travel overseas

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Top Ten reasons to TEFL

There are various reasons to leave home

We’ll try and focus on a few of the more positive motivations.

Money,adventure,love,experience,health and finally having some photos on Facebook that don’t have weird family members ... [Continue reading this entry]

Why join our TESOL Course in Indonesia?

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Joining our TESOL Course in Indonesia

A weird and wonderful mix of ambition,hope,uncertainty and raw determination. TEFL Trainees Why join our TESOL Course Indonesia? With a wide variety of social and cultural activities, water sports and other activities, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Get certified FAQ

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Surabaya, Indonesia General Questions

1. What does the tuition for the program include?

Total fees: $1500

Comprised of:

$500 Non-refundable deposit

$1,000 TEFL course ... [Continue reading this entry]

Getting familiar with the future

Friday, May 23rd, 2008
Looking at the future. We say that as if we can actually see the darn thing. Tomorrow, if I may be so bold as to call the future by this familiar name, is getting closer. Looking at jobs. Looking at getting the ... [Continue reading this entry]

From Chiang Mai to Surabaya

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
I returned from Thailand(via Singapore) on Friday night. Flew back from Singapore on ValuAir. Good service and landed safe, if a little late. I was traveling alone, and it's always difficult being away from family. I was in Thailand with TEFL International. We ... [Continue reading this entry]