The New TBI Kelapa Kading: Study in a Storeroom!

One of the more bizarre recent tweets from TBI Kelapa Gading was one in which they proudly displayed their classroom facilities with the following quote: Hi TBuddies! Ini lho suasana kelas dan pembelajaran di TBI Kelapa Gading, khususnya program Children. This translates loosely as, “Hi TBuddies! This is the classroom environment at the TBI Kelapa…

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 Bekasi’s New Owners

A few months ago we were contacted at this blog by the ‘new’ owners of TBI Bekasi (Ruko Sun City) who asked us to contact them about our allegations of fraud, corruption and teacher abuse. They provided us with an email account. We tried to contact them but the email address was no longer in…

ILC and Doomed Polyglot Dreams

For almost three years now we have been reporting on a disturbing phenomenon that has been sweeping Jakarta: the world of the so-called ‘polyglot’ or ‘multi-bahasa/language’ schools. Since 2012 at least, these schools have been attracting students (or more to the point, victims) with the promise that they can study at Rumah Bahasa, Global Language…