TBI Kelapa Gading: That “My Teacher Can’t Speak English” Feeling

We recently made the mistake of looking at the TBI Kelapa Gading twitter account. Oh boy, there are so many grammar and spelling mistakes on that thing. They truly are an embarrassment to the name of English language education. They don’t know the difference between “quiet” and “quite”, for example. These people have such low-quality…

TBI Now Widely Loathed by Its Own Staff

The leaks from TBI Jakarta continue to be almost unbelievably negative. The school closures, staff layoffs and pay cuts have taken their toll on morale. Even people who used to be tight-lipped and careful are now heard complaining openly about how badly managed and unjust TBI is. Indonesia is a hierarchical society. People are often…

TBI: Where Teachers “Almost” Have Qualifications!

One of ┬áthe many problems with TBI is that it is a bubble of similarly deluded individuals. It always was. It is a place where people tell themselves that their extraordinarily low standards are actually the benchmark for the whole industry! Their delusions of grandeur are nowhere more in evidence than when it comes to…

TBI’s “Teen Students”: For Sale on Shutterstock.Com

We recently visited the TBI website to look at the latest version. We did not expect to be impressed but the rubbish they are now offering was gob-smackingly bad even by their own rock bottom standards. Look at it yourself and you will see pathetic testimonials from teachers with entry-level qualifications (you can lead academic…

Meet the New TBI Director: Windiaprana Ramelan

Over the past few months, we have argued that with the ousting of TBI’s wretched old Director, the hapless and useless Ibu Mariam Kartikatrensi, the victory of her main rival, Ibu Nng Anhar, was complete. For many years, the shady yayasan (charity) USG had been the domain of Ibu Ning, while Mariam had thrown her…

TBI: The Sick Man of Indonesian TEFL (Part 2 of 3)

This blog has always been based on a simple proposition: TBI (The British Institute) is a fraudulent, delusional and rapidly declining company which is the sick man of the Indonesian TEFL industry. Over the past several years we have attempted to document in its decline by compiling and cross-checking all the information we have accrued…