R.I.P. TBI Bekasi (2006-2019)

More TBI schools have bitten the dust. After the defection of TBI Medan, other TBI franchise schools have closed their doors. After 13 dreadful years of graft and crime-ridden business, the scandalously bad TBI Bekasi has now gone out of business. It joins the long list of closed TBI schools which includes TBI Semarang, TBI…

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…

Emerging Markets Weekly Blog Post:7/3/2016

With the world’s mainstream media increasingly focused on the American election, especially the Battle of the Right-Wing Con Artists, ┬áTrump, Cruz and Rubio, you could be excused for not noticing that the world is still in ┬áthe midst of an emerging markets crisis, with at least 29 nations affected. Yet for those willing to search…

International Language Centre MOI Is ‘Mampus’

Today we have received notice that International Language Centre MOI (Mall of Indonesia) is now closed. Mampus. Bankrupt. Belly up. All day we have been receiving Google searches about the closure / bankruptcy / fraud of ILC MOI. We also received a comment informing us that the school is now closed without giving notice to…