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TEFL Indonesia

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USD 1,790 (excluding accommodation)

1271823772_teflintl_color Program Fees Include

– USD 1,79500 (excluding accommodation)
-Text and workbook provided
-Airport pickup provided
– Accommodation cost ranges from 150 USD to 250 USD per month depending on your preference
– Materials and inputs
– Cost does not cover visa, food or travel to and from candidates point of origin

1271823772_teflintl_color This Program is open to participants


1271823772_teflintl_color Participants Travel


1271823772_teflintl_color Typically Participants Work

in Groups of 5 to 15

1271823772_teflintl_color Application Process Involves

  • In-Person Interview when Feasible
  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Resume
  • Written Application

1271823772_teflintl_colorPost Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Job and Internship Network

A one month course designed to prepare a teacher for the realities of an ESL/EFL classroom.

120 hours of intensive methodology, language and grammar practice further supported by teaching practice in real school settings.

These practices are observed, giving the trainee the chance to reflect on challenges, learn methods, and build skills needed to be effective teachers.

All TEFL International courses meet current international standards (over 6 hours of practical teaching practice and over 100 hours of classroom time). Our courses make the most of the cultural experiences of our students and provide cultural interaction and learning opportunities for our trainees.

Our Aim:

We work hard to provide a teaching experience that is both memorable and useful. We provide the skills you need to manage a class, and educate your students.

In four weeks students will proceed from methodology and theory to best practices and on the hands-on training.

A large focus of the training is working with students from various ethnic and social backgrounds. Some students come from economically-privileged families while others have not had the advantage of a regular education.

Teaching Techniques

Teaching technique inputs normally cover: language acquisition

Classroom management

Warmers – with peer teaching

Textbook review and evaluation

Controlled practice – with peer teaching

Modeling context and language concepts

Interactive materials

Lesson planning

Listening activities

Songs and chants

Appropriate language

Reading activities

Language in context

Writing activities

Maximizing student-talking time

Minimizing teacher-talking time

Vocabulary development – with peer teaching

Intermediate and content based lessons

Communicative activities

TESOL / TEFL Courses

Teaching young learners

Theater techniques

Feedback and testing

Teaching Practice and Observation

All teachers are expected to perform:

4 hours observing experienced teachers

4 hours observing video of experienced teachers

16 hours of classroom observation

8 hours of individual teaching practice

Materials Project

All trainees must create four sets of materials used during the teaching practice.

The materials including drawings, audio tapes, scripts and others must be produced by the individual trainee, and not be copied from other sources. Two of these sets will be written up in The Portfolio as the Materials Compilation Project including:

Framework of the lesson materials

Usage how and why the materials were used

Critical review of how the materials, and how they could be used in teaching other contexts.

As well each trainee must show that they can use the board to model context and meaning during teaching practice.

Surabaya,East Java,Indonesia

Final Payment

The balance of your course fees (1,790 USD)can be paid by (credit card) Visa, cash or traveler’s checks in USD. All accounts must be settled by the first day of the course. Check the exchange rate offered at www.xe.com/ucc.

Visa and Passport Information

All visitors to Indonesia are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after arrival date.

Visitors to Indonesia from the United Kingdom, North America, Australia and New Zealand can stay in Indonesia for a maximum of 30 days on a tourist visa.

Visa Regulations / Options (500 words) –

This is the basic 30 day visa required for entry into Indonesia.

Pay-for-visa-on-arrival (VOA) is open for citizens from these nations: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, People’s  Republic of China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America.

You can renew the visa without leaving the country, but will need to leave after 60 days.

Please follow the link for detailed information: http://www.expat.or.id/info/docs.html

To extend your Visa on Arrival requires a visa to the immigration office (2-4 visits are required). The extension application requires:

  • 2 forms (“Formulir untuk perpanjangan pertama visa Sosbud” and “Formulir Perubahan Data Orang Asing”) and a folder. Forms and folder should be free.
  • a Rp 6,000 meterai tax stamp (you can purchase from the post office), or you can use two Rp 3,000 stamps
  • a sponsor’s letter “Surat Permintaan dan Jaminan” saying that they’ll cover your expenses while you are in Indonesia (typed – but no translation is required)
  • copy of the sponsor’s KTP (identity) card
  • Photocopies of your outbound air ticket
  • your departure card (that you received on arrival)
  • original and photocopy of passport front/signature page, and original  visa page, and the pages of any subsequent extensions
  • black pen
  • Rp 250,000 to cover the official cost of the extension. This is paid for each extension. During the extension where you pay for the digital fingerprints and photo, the cost is Rp 265,000 (that time only).

Working in Indonesia

If you are planning on seeking work in Indonesia, please bring along your original diploma and transcripts from College, Technical School or High School, as well as a copy of your birth certificate.

There is great demand for qualified TEFL teachers throughout the world.

TEFL International provides the following services in this area:

• Contact information and details of schools in the region of your choice

• Contact information and details of selected schools worldwide

• Details of selected vacancies available worldwide

• Details of the most popular web sites of TEFL vacancies and information

• Internet access for job searches and on-line applications

• Sessions covering CV preparation, advice about applications and interviews and all available information about teaching conditions in the trainees preferred destinations.

TEFL International has been very successful in assisting our course graduates locate teaching job opportunities and vacancies.

Getting to Surabaya

There is an international airport in Surabaya welcoming direct flights from Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, although more available and inexpensive flights go to Jakarta. From Jakarta, many airlines run inexpensive flights directly to Surabaya, offering breathtaking views of Indonesia’s landscape.These flights cost less than 50 USD one way.

Buses and trains do run from Jakarta to Surabaya, and the twelve-hour ride will cost approximately 10 USD. The train station is just outside of the center of Surabaya. A taxi can take you to the school.

Transportation upon arrival

Your accommodation is available starting on the Thursday before the course begins through the Monday following the final week. We hope you will plan to arrive in Surabaya by Saturday at the latest, as this will give you a chance to relax and get accustomed to your surroundings before the course begins.

On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday prior to the course start date, between 8am and 8pm, we provide transportation from Surabaya airport to your local accommodation. If you are traveling to Surabaya by bus or train during these days, call us prior to boarding and we will pick you up at your scheduled arrival time at the bus station.

For those arriving at any other time please contact us for further details.

Here is the contact information:

Adryan Sutanto

Wayne Duplessis



Important Note  Regardless of your arrival day and time, we ask that you assist us in preparing for all arrivals by providing us with your travel arrangements via email. Please provide accurate phone numbers and email addresses.

Please do so as soon as your travel plans are confirmed and at least one week prior to your scheduled arrival time.  Help us help you by providing this information!

Early Arrivals

If you wish to arrive in Surabaya before the Thursday when your accommodation is available, TEFL International can provide assistance in finding reasonably priced and well located rooms.

Accommodation details

Accommodation in Surabaya will consist of a private room (unless otherwise requested) located either near the school or in an apartment within a five-minute walk to the school. All rooms have a private bath and are clean, comfortable and adequately furnished. All rooms are also located within easy reach of various restaurants, bars, and entertainment sites. You are more than welcome to invite friends or family members to stay in your room during the course – just please let us know as soon as possible. There is a minimal extra charge per additional person per room. Please be assured that any special requests or requirements regarding accommodation will be taken into account, and TEFL Indonesia will make every effort to oblige.

School Location and Facilities

The school building is located in the heart of Surabaya, offering easy access to exploring all the best beaches, entertainment and tourist sites the city has to offer. The building is spacious and comfortable, with large classrooms, whiteboards and complete resource materials. The school phone, and internet facilities are available for trainee use with prior approval from the School Manager. Outgoing mail can be left at the front desk and will be posted the following morning. We simply charge you the same price that the post office charges us.

Training Schedule

The first class will take place Monday morning at 9:30 a.m., at which time we will provide a complete course schedule. Sessions generally run between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with regular breaks. There will be a welcome meal provided by the school on the first day of the course. Trainees are expected to attend all input and other sessions included on the schedule unless they are sick and require medical treatment. This is particularly important for Teaching Practice (TP) as it is very difficult to arrange alternate TP times.

Course Dress and Requirements

For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there are no specific dress requirements, yet we ask that you be mindful of your peers and respectful of the fact that you are a visitor in another country. During Teaching Practice, however, there are specific dress requirements that adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism.

All trainees are expected to dress “casually smart” according to the following guidelines:

Women: Shoulders should be covered; sleeveless shirts are acceptable, but very thin straps or tank tops are not. No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Bare midriffs must not be visible, even when lifting arms up. Open-toed shoes are acceptable except when visiting local schools.

Men: Long pants; no raggedy jeans. Short- or long-sleeved shirt with a collar; a tie is not required. Sandals are acceptable, yet closed shoes are preferred and required when visiting local schools. Long hair should be neatly tied back into a pony-tail. *Note – in the event that we visit local schools for Teaching Practice, please be prepared to dress professionally. Women are to be neatly dressed with covered shoulders and knees, men in long pants and button-down shirts). Only closed-toed shoes will be acceptable for both women and men. No tennis shoes or jeans, please.


Please bring a pen and a notebook for taking notes during class. All relevant course books and materials will be provided, and the school has a large resource library for reference. Photocopying, fax, telephone and Internet facilities are available for use by trainees.

Trainee Post-Course Evaluations

Each trainee will be asked to complete a written evaluation form at the end of the course, which will remain anonymous and confidential. These evaluations are aimed to give trainees the opportunity to provide feedback regarding anything to do with the course, trainers, accommodation, and so forth. In addition, we welcome your open and honest feedback at any stage during the course, so that we can continue to improve the training course and the facilities provided at the training location.

Your thoughts are truly invaluable, so please share them!


In-Town Transportation

The easiest ways to make your way around the city are via OJEK (motorbike taxi), Becak (pedicabs) or BEMO (a small truck-like taxi). The most comfortable way to travel is by air-conditioned taxi. When hiring any of these transport modes, always negotiate and agree to a price before accepting the ride. Cars and motorcycles are available for hire locally. Add Go-Jek App to your phone once you arrive

Drinking Water

Tap water is deemed unsafe to drink in Indonesia, therefore you should only drink bottled water during your stay. Bottled water is very inexpensive and readily available in the school and throughout the city. Ice in hotels and restaurants is always purified and therefore safe. Shopping All types of shopping facilities exist in the city – from international supermarkets and department stores to small shops selling local handicrafts and markets selling fresh produce. No doubt you will find plenty to buy in Surabaya!

Local Weather Conditions

The average climate conditions in Surabaya are tropical throughout the year – hot and humid during the day with cool, temperate breezes at night. The local rainy season lasts from October through April. During this time, heavy tropical rains fall mainly in the late afternoon, yet the remainder of the day offers clear skies and stunning sunsets. Daily highs average 30-34ºC in the hottest months, with a nighttime low of 21ºC. As this description is an average, we highly recommend that you check current weather conditions prior to departure to assist you in your travel preparations.

Get Acquainted!

Beautiful beaches, dramatic scenery, fascinating sights, mountain-hiking, active volcanoes, elephant and rain forest trekking, internationally renowned cuisine, a wide variety of water sports, an intense and pulsating nightlife … Surabaya has something to please everyone! And all can be enjoyed on a reasonable budget, so you should never be bored during your free time.

Before your arrival, we highly recommend you purchase a descriptive guidebook or do some online research to familiarize yourself and get acquainted with Surabaya and all it has to offer.

The Rough Guide to IndonesiaIndonesia travel guide

Living in Indonesia

Living in Indonesia: Important links

Travelers journey

Lonely Planet Indonesia

A list of schools in Surabaya

Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.



TEFL Course Surabaya








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