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TEFL in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Date posted:2006-03-23 | Writer: EF English First | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EF English First is opening its first center in Malaysia in the suburb town of Petaling Jaya, just 30 minutes outside Kuala Lumpur (KL) the capital city.
EF English First - General Information
EF English First is part of EF Education; the largest privately owned English language teaching organisation in the world. EF was founded in Sweden in 1965 and originally offered English language courses for young Swedish students to study during the school holidays in England. EF English First was founded in 1993 and is a division of EF Education that provides an English language school system for students who do not have the opportunity to travel to England or America. EF English First, a company with over 200 English language schools around the world, operates a franchise system in the following countriesChina, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Poland, Lithuania, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Ecuador and Chile.
As a new EF region, Malaysia is supported by the EF English First head office based in Jakarta. The office supports the EF English First franchise partner schools and ensures that the highest standards of education and management are maintained. The Academic Operations Manager based in the head-office communicates with the Director of Studies at each school regarding issues such as texts, testing, teacher development and resource materials. The office also acts as liaison between the schools and our teacher recruitment offices in the UK.
Each franchise school is owned by an investor who appoints a Centre Manager to manage the sales, marketing and general administration of the school. The Centre Manager works with a Director of Studies who manages the academic side of the operation. As is the case with all EF English First schools, teachers in Malaysia are not employed by EF but by the franchisee.
There are exceptionally good prospects for promotion/transfers to other countries around the world for staff that prove themselves in their posts.
Teacher's Basic Package
Contracts for EF English First in Malaysia are standardized.The teacher package is as follows:
Flights both to and from country of origin are reimbursed by the EF English First Center for twelve-month contracts.
Teachers are entitled to a minimum of 10 working days holiday per twelve-month contract in addition to a minimum of 14 days for Malaysian National Holidays.
EF English First center pays for visa and work permits.
Health insurance is provided. Consult your school's representatives regarding details.
Paid initial accommodations, up to 14 days, upon arrival in Malaysia.
Salary 4, 000 MYR a month
Contracts are for 12-month periods.
- Contracts are for 40 hours per week with a maximum of 24 real (contact) hours of teaching.The 40 hour week includes class preparation, attendance at workshops and meetings, conducting placement interviews and routine record keeping. In addition to this, teachers are occasionally expected to attend and participate in school sponsored social activities.
- Teachers may be asked to teach any/all levels in our general English program from beginning through advanced and all age groups from six year olds to adults. In addition, they are expected to be available for TOEFL, Business English and Conversation classes as needed. Obviously teachers new to the field are guided in these somewhat specialized areas but expected to accept the challenge. Like any reputable academic institution offering English instruction, English First prides itself on being able to meet the needs of the student whether it is helping an executive prepare a presentation for an international conference or encouraging a shy seven year old to learn the names of colours in English.
As noted above, EF English First schools offer classes to all age groups. They are often from the more affluent sector of society.Some schools also have a good number of university students and young professionals. English is part of the curriculum in Indonesian schools so a strong but passive knowledge of grammar is not uncommon. Students like the fact that we offer relatively small classes, which have a strong communicative element and it is practice in speaking and listening that they value most from EF English First classes.
There are currently over a thousand full-time teachers working for EF English First around the globe.They range in experience from those who have just completed a TEFL/TESOL certificate course to those who have been teaching English as a career for a number of years. There is also a good mix of nationalities; we have teachers from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the UK the only countries from which we are permitted to hire teachers by the Ministry of Labour. The various accents, vocabulary and spelling differences are equally respected and are of benefit to our students who may need to work in one or more of these environments.
EF English First has its own textbook series for children?s classes as well as general English for adults, but encourages teachers to make full use of other EFL resource books found in all of our schools in order to make lessons as student centred and proactive as possible. Teachers have full access to a wide range of other support material such as photocopying facilities, multimedia lab with CD ROMS and Computer Aided Language Learning programmes and, to the extent possible given local service providers and telephone lines, internet access for students and staff.
EF English First centers have a Director of Studies (DoS) whose experience within the world of EFL is another resource for the new as well as the experienced teacher.
1 bedroom modern apartments (that are generally rented by teachers not HK business executives) are in the 1",000-1,"300 MYR range. Cost will be reduced if they share a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment or house. Therefore teachers are looking at approx 25-30% of their salary per month in rent. If a teacher is looking for a less expensive option there are 1 room studio type accommodations and boarding houses available at a lesser rate. Even with cost of rentals taken into consideration the 4, 000 MYR salary allows for a comfortable life-style in Malaysia.
Depending on the school?s norms and your place of origin and timing, you may enter Malaysia on a Social Pass, which is valid for three months.Upon arrival at the center, you will need to provide your CV, CELTA or equivalent TEFL certificate, passport, 3 photos and a medical certificate.These documents are then submitted to the Ministry of Education for approval for a Teaching Pass?. Once the Teaching Pass has been obtained, the application for a work permit is submitted to immigration.You will receive clear instruction from your future employer regarding visa regulations prior to departure from your home country.
Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia is situated about 60km from the West coast, between Thailand and Singapore. The suburb town of Petaling Jaya (PJ) is about 30 mins drive away. While KL is largely the administrative, commercial and financial centre, most folks reside in PJ and commute to work in KL. Both cities have grown over the years until it has merged into one big sprawling development of about 3 million people. Due to its diverse ethnic cultures of Malays, Chinese, Indians and other races, the city offers delicious and huge choices of local and foreign foods, festivals and other cultural experiences. Explore the crowded streets of Chinatown and Little India and soak up their customs and traditions which have been practiced for hundreds of years.
KL offers all the modern conveniences and comforts of home. Large shopping centres and huge hypermarts provide an ample supply of foreign imports. Generally the cost of living in KL is lower than comparable cities and it is much more livable than most cities in the region. While traffic can be quite hectic, it is nothing compared to neighboring countries' capital cities.The trains, buses and taxis are relatively cheaper than in many other countries. The weather is either hot or wet and often times both in the same day! However, most indoor places are air-conditioned (including the school).
Outside of KL, one can easily travel to the cool mountains of Cameron Highlands, Fraser's Hill or Genting Highlands with its exciting casino in the hills. Or enjoy the sunny and pristine beaches along the east coast and the awesome diving sites off Sabah. There are many islands - Lankawi, Tioman, and Redang among others that provide the perfect weekend retreat with many places offering budget accommodation for those who'd like to stretch their holiday budget. The historical cities of Penang and Melaka offer rich accounts of the Peranakan culture of the Nonyas and Babas, and also glimpses of the old Dutch, Portuguese and British colonial days. Apart from transportation within Malaysia, KL, with its ultra modern international airport, is a natural hub to springboard you to Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila and Hong Kong within 3 hours. Singapore is just 5 hours drive away.
EF English First does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnic origin, or gender. However, Malaysian law only permits the issue of working visas for English teachers who are native born passport holders from the UK, Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
Minimum requirements for Malaysia include:
A recognized ESL certificate (minimum four weeks including observed, practice teaching) or a minimum of one year, full-time experience in a program similar to ours integrated skills courses to groups ranging from children to adults.
26+ years of age
BA degree from an accredited university or college (required by immigration law)
At least one reference from a former employer with e-mail contact information or a tutor's evaluation of your work on the course
A solid work ethic which includes full acceptance of a commitment to teaching and the welfare of the individual student
A flexibility of character which permits adaptation to life and work in a developing, tropical country
If you are interested in joining the EF English First team in Malaysia please fax, mail, or email your resume stating your preferred choice of location in Malaysia to:
EF English First
26 Wilbraham Road
Manchester, M14 6JX
t:+44 (0)161 256 1400
f:+44 (0)161 256 1936