In 2007 We, CV Cipta Karya Lingua, founded One Stop English in the area of Depok. Later at the beginning of 2014 we changed the name of the Course to Jo&Friends. We have been based in South Jakarta since then.
Since the establishment, our institution has been receiving positive responses from the public, especially state and private schools, and scores of government institutions (data attached). We did not receive the positive appreciation for free, but it was the result of our hard work focusing on our commitment in giving the best service for the success of the participants of the English courses in our institution in developing self-confidence in mastering the English language.
We offer various English programs and teaching learning systems that makes the customers can flexibly choose the course programs they really need and schedules to attend the courses based on their availability. The teaching –learning process can be conducted either in Jo&Friends center or in the clients’ homes or offices.
Students’ success in mastering English actually depends on how serious they are and how committed they are to learning English and applying what they have learned from the course programs they take. However the methods and learning systems are of the important key components for their success. For that reason, we use various learning methods suitable with the course programs taken by the students/clients.
For example, for conversation class, we use a method called “natural method”, a system which allows students to speak as native speakers speak through a variety of learning activities with the trainers’ instructions, by watching videos, listening to English conversation from CDs, pairing, grouping, and presentation or role plays.
Principally, the method is adopted from how a child speaks in his mother tongue (listen ans see, understand, and speak). We certainly use Different methods for different programs, and we believe the methods we design can be very helpful for the learners to be capable of mastering English actively and communicatively.
In providing the English language training, we proudly and consistently assign local English teachers as instructors for each program we offer. They are English teachers with outstanding qualities graduating from reputable universities, both in Indonesia and abroad, with experience teaching various kinds of English classess of all levels and for different ages.
The local English teachers have proven that they master English very well although they did not start learning English from their early ages, unlike native speakers of English, they have spoken the language since the first time they could speak.
The fact has proven that local English teachers are the real role models for the students, so that they will be able to master English language for communication relatively more easily and faster.
Few reasons why Jo&Friends uses local English teachers
- Both teachers and students share the same culture, so that teachers can more easily explain when students encounter problems.
- teachers and students create a closer rapport; teachers can predict students difficulties in learning the rules of language as they might have similar experience.
- The local teachers serve as the role models for successful language learners of English.
- We participate and support government’s program in creating jobs in Indonesia, especially Jakarta and the surroundings, for professional local English teachers.
It takes competent and professional teachers to expect good quality outcomes of a teaching –learning process. For the reason, the process of teacher recruitments turns out to be one of our main concerns. Besides they must have teaching experience, the teachers of Jo&Friends are required to attend a teacher training managed by the Academic Department of Jo&Friends
The followings are the criteria of Jo&Friends’s teachers.
- Having undergraduate (S1) certificate (English major or non English majors),
- Having at least three year teaching experience,
- Having TOEFL score of at least 550, and
- Attending a teacher training administered by the Academic Department of Jo&friends.