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EF - Case Study

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:10 pm    Post subject: EF - Case Study Reply with quote

Hi all,

As part of my study, I'm conducting a case study on teaching English in international contexts. I have chosen to research English First (EF) and would much appreciate any information from people who either are or have worked there before.

The information I'm seeking is as follows:

1. Typical Class sizes

2. The average time you spend teaching English each week (number and length of lessons)

3. The different programs offered at your branch.

4. Types of resources (textbooks, projectors, computers, educational software etc.) available at your branch.

5. How relevant and appropriate do you find the textbooks?

6. What type of student assessments are given?

Thanks a lot for any insight you might be able to provide.


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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 5:47 pm    Post subject: EF Case Study Reply with quote


The typical class sizes you'll encounter at EF vary greatly. You can teach a class with as few as 3 students but as many as 20 students depending on how many people they have persuaded to sign onto a course or what time of year it is. Generally though you'll teach around 10 students, roughly half boys and half girls.

You're contracted to teach 23 hours per week but depending on how busy the school is you may teach up to and over 30 hours per week and also as few as 18 hours per week. This is generally based on 6 days a week as you will find yourself teaching Saturdays at some points during your contract but when there is a Public Holiday you may find yourself teaching 23 hours or more in 4 days or 5 rather than 6 with no overtime for it.

The length of lessons are 1 hour for Small Stars which is little kids, 1 hour 20 minutes for High Flyers which is Elementary students, 1 hour 20 minutes or 2 hours for Trailblazers which are Junior High school students and 1 hour 20 minutes or 2 hours for Real English which is generally High school students.

Business classes are usually held for 4 hours on a Saturday morning and so are Conversation classes. PBT, IELTS and IBT are held for 2 hours 40 minutes Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings I believe.

EF offers Small Stars for little kids, High Flyers for older children, Trailblazers for Junior High students, Real English for High School and adults, Business English, PBT, IELTS, IBT and Conversation classes.

They also offer E+ for any students who want help with English homework from school and EF Extra which is for students who are struggling for whatever reason or have missed lessons.

There are plenty of resource books in the staff rooms to help teachers and also internet access, although in Indonesia the internet access can be extremely unreliable.

There are computers in every class room with internet access and the courses use the computers for listening exercises and presentations but once again the computers aren't always reliable and you can find yourself needing to improvise a lesson at the last minute due to technical errors.

Most of the textbooks are acceptable but they do need the teacher to be creative. The Small Stars and Trailblazers courses don't need too much planning because the lessons plans are written for you but other books such as the Real English books are really tedious if you're younger than 25 and require modification when teaching High school students.

Students are regularly assessed with speaking and listening tests and book tests to measure their progress but because of the business element of the education system at EF, students generally pass from level to level regardless of their performance. While the system has improved over time it still isn't perfect and you do find yourself teaching higher levels and they aren't much better than some lower levels you teach.

If you want to know anything else, just ask.
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