So many languages to choose from…why bother with English?
What is the point of learning English anyway?
When the internet is no longer the exclusive domain of the English speaker, every language and script is catered for. English is less relevant as a medium of communication than it was say 10 years ago. No one really needs to learn the language. Even the most inept speakers of English can request emails and documents sent to them and pass them through Google translate or a similar translation medium. Language schools in the UK are pretty much a rarity these days. The school I worked for for over 18 years sadly closed its doors in large part due to the COVID pandemic, but there has been a steady and inexorable decline in overseas students taking up residential English language courses. More and more individuals and companies are looking to access online learning. It is generally much cheaper, allows the employee or individual to stay in their country, to study at a time convenient to them and to reduce the impact of time away from the company or family. Win win. For many people perhaps, learning English is now a secondary concern.
But is that really true? No, absolutely not. While there has been an evident and increasing shift from face to face class based / residential language courses to classes conducted over Zoom and Teams, the demand for learning English is still very much there. The sectors of society who are looking for improvements in their English ability are drawn from different backgrounds, namely:
Students looking to go abroad to study in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or even countries that use English as the medium of communication in tertiary education such as Malaysia and Singapore.
Professionals in industries such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary science. There has been a steady uptake of individuals looking to work in overseas medical placements and requiring an official qualification in English, for example IELTS or OET.
Company employees. It is true that many new employees are recruited not only for the experience, qualifications, suitability and potential in a particular job, but also for their proficiency in a second language, most typically English. But there is a large section of employees who lack the English skills they need to (i) perform their job to a required standard (perhaps new clients who speak English, a change in company communication policy demanding all communication needs to be in English.) or (ii) require a higher level of English and better confidence in order to secure a promotion or to move jobs
Young learners – children and teenagers. Many parents recognize the advantage a good level of English can give their children as they progress through life and look to secure rewarding and fulfilling careers. Additional English language tuition at an early age is highly recommended for rapid progress and language development.
Older learners – Nowadays more and more people are able to travel in their retirement, or indeed due to being more economically mobile and having a substantial disposable income that allows for travel to different parts of the world. Retirees, business managers and their families – they are increasingly turning to language courses for ‘essential / survival’ English when they are abroad. As much as taking their passport and sunglasses with them, they feel better equipped with English at the ready. And this is true of travel not just to native English speaking countries. English remains the language of tourism and travel. You don’t hear announcements in Chinese, Japanese or Mongolian on a London train station concourse.
So, why bother with English?
English has not gone away. It has not disappeared in the global pandemic. It is still present and persistent in so many facets of international life. One thing is for sure. The demand for English is still high, even though the way lessons are being accessed has changed from the physical to the virtual. Once this pandemic has subsided and people are more able to travel for business and pleasure, for study and employment, English will be as essential as it always has been.
Isn’t it time you did something to improve your own English language ability?
If you or someone you know would like to improve their English, please get in touch. With 24 years of English teaching experience, I can help you reach your goal in English.
Here we are. A year into a global pandemic. The world has changed considerably. And one thing that has become very obvious is how a lot of business and studying is being done online. Far more than before the Covid19 crisis began.
What does this mean for English language learning? For students learning English, it has meant a number of difficulties. The chance to travel to countries such as the UK, Australia, America and Canada has become in some cases, impossible and in other cases, extremely difficult. Quarantining in hotels on arrival for example. In the UK businesses remain closed and many English language schools, including the school I taught at, have had to close their doors.
But there is still a demand to learn English. And in particular to learn English with native English speakers and teachers with experience of teaching overseas, teaching different groups, levels and abilities and ages. From conversational English to examination preparation, business English and personal one to one coaching and mentoring, learning and improving English is still an essential part of the international student and business professional’s life.
Even though international travel for studying or business has been severely affected, there is no reason why you can not improve and practice English online with an experienced, professional, well travelled and well qualified teacher.
I am looking to expand my online English teaching to the country I call a second home – Indonesia. I am offering tailor made English language courses for Indonesian students learning English and to the wider Indonesian business community.
Why choose Tony Frobisher as YOUR English Language teacher?
I began teaching English in Indonesia in 1997. After an 8 month teaching position in Gajah Mada, north Jakarta, I returned to the UK, retrained and obtained my formal TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate – the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Adults) from International House, London.
I married my wife Rini, who comes from Semarang in Central Java in November 1998 and we then moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I taught English for 6 months at International House, Malaysia. In 1999 I took up a teaching position for English First (EF) in Pondok Indah, south Jakarta. During the 2.5 years I taught in Pondok Indah, I was promoted to Senior Teacher and taught all ages from 7 to adult and developed a passion for teaching Business English. My wife and I returned to the UK in 2002 and settled in Worcester, in the West Midlands of England (near Birmingham). I started teaching for Kingsway English Centre and remained there for 18 years, again being promoted to Senior Teacher. In 2004, I completed my DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults). I was the lead business English teacher at the school. I taught multinational groups with students from as far apart as Brazil, Algeria, Iraq, Russia and Japan. I was also involved in 1:1 teaching and exam preparation, including TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC and OET.
What I bring to English lessons online
24 years of English language teaching experience
Classroom and online experience
Business English specialist
Experienced in 1:1 and group sessions
Experienced teacher to all levels (beginner to advanced)
Experienced teacher to all ages (from 7 to 75+ age is no barrier!)
Fluent speaker of Bahasa Indonesia / able to communicate effectively in Bahasa Malay
Can use Indonesian to explain difficult English concepts such as grammar and prepositions
Understanding of the culture of Indonesia, passionate about Indonesia and wanting to help build its future in the world
Flexible and adaptable – from 1:1 online classes to group conversational classes, exam preparation, business coaching and project development, business skills training
6 years in middle and senior management positions in the UK transport industry
World experience. I have travelled widely independently and have visited around 50 countries.
Passionate about language, about helping people to reach their potential
Fun, friendly and approachable
Feedback and advice always available, free homework correction and comment
Preparation time is done external to class time. If you have a 1 hour lesson, it will be a full 1 hour
Online lessons available via Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams
So if YOU want to speak and communicate better in English, let me help YOU.
Send me a message! You can contact me via
email – email@example.com and twitter – @vegpedaller
Memanggil semua pelajar Bahasa Indonesia Bahasa Inggris!
Inilah kami. Setahun menjadi pandemi global. Dunia telah banyak berubah. Dan satu hal yang menjadi sangat jelas adalah betapa banyak bisnis dan pembelajaran dilakukan secara online. Jauh lebih banyak dari sebelum krisis Covid19 dimulai.
Apa artinya ini untuk pembelajaran bahasa Inggris? Bagi siswa yang belajar bahasa Inggris, itu berarti sejumlah kesulitan. Kesempatan untuk bepergian ke negara-negara seperti Inggris, Australia, Amerika dan Kanada dalam beberapa kasus menjadi tidak mungkin dan dalam kasus lain menjadi sangat sulit. Misalnya, mengarantina hotel pada saat kedatangan. Di Inggris, bisnis tetap tutup dan banyak sekolah bahasa Inggris, termasuk sekolah tempat saya mengajar, harus menutup pintunya.
Tetapi masih ada permintaan untuk belajar bahasa Inggris. Dan khususnya untuk belajar bahasa Inggris dengan penutur asli bahasa Inggris dan guru dengan pengalaman mengajar di luar negeri, mengajar berbagai kelompok, tingkat dan kemampuan serta usia. Dari percakapan bahasa Inggris hingga persiapan ujian, bahasa Inggris bisnis dan personal one to one coaching dan mentoring, belajar dan meningkatkan pengajaran bahasa Inggris masih menjadi bagian penting dari kehidupan pelajar internasional dan profesional bisnis.
Meskipun perjalanan internasional untuk belajar atau bisnis telah sangat terpengaruh, tidak ada alasan mengapa Anda tidak dapat meningkatkan dan mempraktikkan bahasa Inggris online dengan guru yang berpengalaman, profesional, bepergian dengan baik, dan berkualitas baik.
Saya ingin memperluas pengajaran bahasa Inggris online saya ke negara yang saya sebut sebagai rumah kedua – Indonesia. Saya menawarkan kursus bahasa Inggris yang dibuat khusus untuk siswa Indonesia yang belajar bahasa Inggris dan komunitas bisnis Indonesia yang lebih luas.
Mengapa memilih Tony Frobisher sebagai guru bahasa Inggris ANDA?
Saya mulai mengajar bahasa Inggris di Indonesia pada tahun 1997. Setelah 8 bulan posisi mengajar di Gajah Mada, Jakarta Utara, saya kembali ke Inggris, melatih kembali dan memperoleh sertifikat TEFL (Pengajaran Bahasa Inggris sebagai Bahasa Asing) formal saya – CELTA (Sertifikat Pengajaran Inggris ke Dewasa) dari International House, London.
Saya menikah dengan istri saya Rini, yang berasal dari Semarang di Jawa Tengah pada bulan November 1998 dan kami kemudian pindah ke Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia dimana saya mengajar bahasa Inggris selama 6 bulan di International House, Malaysia. Tahun 1999 saya mengambil posisi mengajar untuk English First (EF ) di Pondok Indah, Jakarta Selatan. Selama 2,5 tahun saya mengajar di Pondok Indah, saya dipromosikan menjadi Guru Senior dan mengajar segala usia dari 7 hingga dewasa dan mengembangkan minat untuk mengajar Bahasa Inggris Bisnis. Saya dan istri saya kembali ke Inggris pada tahun 2002 dan menetap di Worcester, di West Midlands of England (dekat Birmingham). Saya mulai mengajar di Kingsway English Centre dan belajar kembali di sana selama 18 tahun, sekali lagi dipromosikan menjadi Guru Senior. Pada tahun 2004, saya menyelesaikan DELTA (Diploma Pengajaran Bahasa Inggris untuk Dewasa). Saya adalah guru bahasa Inggris bisnis utama di sekolah. Saya mengajar kelompok multinasional dengan siswa dari jauh seperti Brasil, Aljazair, Irak, Rusia dan Jepang. Saya juga terlibat dalam pengajaran dan persiapan ujian 1: 1, termasuk TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC dan OET.
Apa yang saya bawa ke pelajaran bahasa Inggris online
24 tahun pengalaman mengajar bahasa Inggris
Ruang kelas dan pengalaman online
Spesialis Bahasa Inggris Bisnis
Berpengalaman dalam 1: 1 dan sesi kelompok
Guru berpengalaman untuk semua tingkatan (pemula hingga mahir)
Guru berpengalaman untuk segala usia (dari 7 hingga 75+ usia bukanlah penghalang!)
Fasih berbahasa Indonesia / mampu berkomunikasi secara efektif dalam Bahasa Melayu
Dapat menggunakan bahasa Indonesia untuk menjelaskan konsep bahasa Inggris yang sulit seperti tata bahasa dan preposisi
Memahami budaya Indonesia, bersemangat tentang Indonesia dan ingin membantu membangun masa depan di dunia
Fleksibel dan mudah beradaptasi – dari kelas online 1: 1 hingga kelas percakapan kelompok, persiapan ujian, pelatihan bisnis dan pengembangan proyek, pelatihan keterampilan bisnis
6 tahun di posisi manajemen menengah dan senior di industri transportasi Inggris
Pengalaman dunia. Saya telah bepergian secara luas secara mandiri dan telah mengunjungi sekitar 50 negara.
Bergairah tentang bahasa, tentang membantu orang mencapai potensi mereka Menyenangkan, ramah, dan mudah didekati
Umpan balik dan saran selalu tersedia, koreksi pekerjaan rumah gratis dan komentar
Waktu persiapan dilakukan di luar waktu kelas. Jika Anda memiliki 1 jam pelajaran, itu akan menjadi 1 jam penuh
Pelajaran online tersedia melalui Zoom, Skype atau Microsoft Teams
Jadi jika ANDA ingin berbicara dan berkomunikasi dengan lebih baik dalam bahasa Inggris, izinkan saya membantu ANDA!
Kirimkan saya pesan! Anda dapat menghubungi saya melalui
This lockdown is a bit of an inconvenience. Businesses closed for the foreseeable future, people unable to meet up, have a coffee and a slice of cake together in a favourite coffee shop. Even go and have a haircut. (I am cutting my own few remaining hair strands at home, as always. Smartest lockdowner in the street.)
But of course, we understand the seriousness of lockdown. The impact on so many families who have lost loved ones or who are ill due to coronavirus. And the health professionals who have worked tirelessly to care for the sick and dying. Life is on hold. But it is a small price to pay to help secure the health of the nation and hopefully the future of our country and economy.
There have been some benefits I suppose. Commuting dried up to a trickle, the roads were clear, pollution reduced, turgid meetings in stuffy rooms became enlivened and productive digital Zooms. You could even do your meeting in your underpants. Unless you stood up of course.
(For the record, I am wearing trousers in this photo.)
My own employment as an English language Teacher stopped. The school was one of numerous businesses that had to close in the face of the pandemic and lockdown. When it will reopen and how the business will recover is uncertain, but I hope it will. It is a place that has seen such a diverse range of students from every corner of the world, Algeria to Brazil, China to Yemen, Syria to Sudan, Mexico to Nepal. A wonderful place to work, highly motivated and professional teachers, dedicated and supportive owners and brilliant students. I hope the school will reopen and thrive as it has before. It deserves to.
Lockdown has seen me confined to barracks, with my wife and daughter. I have continued to work online, providing English language tuition. It is something I enjoy. There is a lot of satisfaction in completing a lesson with a student who has made progress, expressed their thanks for your help and support and is smiling and looking forward to their next lesson.
In addition, this time at home has helped further my own creativity. I have written my first novel called The Shadows That Sang. It is now with a group of 25 friends who are reading it and providing much needed feedback. It is the story of two young brothers, growing up in a rural village in Java Indonesia, a village that lies at the foot of an active volcano. After a devastating eruption, the brothers escape, but their lives follow very different paths, from homelessness and destitution to extremism, as well as the arts, opera and music. I would love to have the book picked up by an agent, secure a publishing deal and one day see it on the shelves of bookshops. It is a hope, a dream, but without dreams what are we? I will keep plugging away, probably tearing my remaining hair out at the 15th rewrite, but determined to get the book into print.
In addition, I have just self-published my 8th poetry collection. Life Waves – Poetry for the New Decade, is a collection of poetry written during 2019 and the first part of 2020. The poems reflect the state of the world currently, with sections on the Coronavirus / COVID19 crisis, Nature and the Environment, Mental Health, The state of British Society and the impact of Social Media, among others.
The link to Life Waves is
Life Waves and my other poetry collections are available in both Kindle Download and paperback formats.
You can find my other poetry collections
I love writing. It keeps my mind focussed, is an outlet for my emotions and feelings. We all need to do what we love and writing provides so many tangible benefits. For my mental health it has been a lifeline, especially using poetry to communicate my feelings. Poetry played a huge role in helping me come to terms with the loss of my daughter Milla in December 2016. Poetry provided the template for my emotional expression, but writing my novel helped me escape into a different world. A place I know well, but with a narrative provided by me, with a cast of characters who took on personalities and complexity as the writing progressed.
I love teaching too. It is immediate, rewarding and satisfying. It serves both the student and the teacher. What would I choose to do full time though? It is an interesting question. If you said you could be a full-time writer, financially secure, I would choose that life immediately. But the reality is very few people are fortunate, or talented enough to be able to give up the day job and write as a career. Until I do, teaching will continue. I will still write, and I will love doing both, equally.
I specialize in conversational English at any level and all ages, as well as Business English for Professionals.
It’s been a while since my last update. Too long and much going on. Visits to Indonesia and the completion of writing my first novel, called The Shadows That Sang. Based in Java, Indonesia, a story of two brothers whose world is thrown into chaos when a volcanic eruption destroys their village.
Which is how the world feels at the moment. While my wife, daughter and I were in Indonesia for a month in February this year, the coronavirus crisis was becoming more of a concern. China was dealing with an unprecedented health crisis and a few countries around the world were recording sporadic cases. As we flew home, it was evident the fear and concern of people, many wearing masks on the flight and in the airports. However, there was still a sense of the world carrying on as normal. And no indication of the rapid spread of the disease and the impact it has had on so many people throughout the world, most notably in Italy, Iran and more recently throughout central Europe.
In a matter of a couple of weeks since arriving home, Italy and Spain are under lockdown, airlines are on the brink of collapse, the UK is requiring everyone to practice social distancing and to avoid non essential travel and contact with other people. There is a palpable feeling of anxiety and fear. The news media is covering the crisis 24/7 – endlessly relaying the latest advice, interviewing the public and experts. It feels a vastly different world to the one we left when we travelled to Indonesia at the beginning of February.
How do we ‘keep calm and carry on’ when there is so much uncertainty and genuine concern? It is one thing to advise people to work from home and practice social distancing, self isolate for 14 days, avoid travel, stay at home. But occupying your time productively is something we can all do. Maintaining a fit and active mind as well as body is extremely important.
I have reached out to many of my contacts and former students, many of whom live in Spain and Italy. I am in a fortunate position to be able to work from home and offer online English lessons. I believe an hour of face to face (online of course) conversation can be both educational and therapeutic. A chance to talk to someone about anything, to take their mind off the situation or to discuss what is happening. An outlet to discuss what is on their mind – and receive some useful English language practice and tuition at the same time.
I hope people will find a way to manage their time in this difficult situation. If we dwell on the fear, the worry, the uncertainty, it will only compound our feelings and affect our mental health detrimentally. We all need to take a break from the information overload we expose ourselves to on social media and via our TVs, radios and newspapers. While we need to be kind to others, to assist those who are vulnerable and at risk, we also need to be kind to ourselves.
Stay safe, keep washing your hands, listen to and follow the government and medical authority’s advice. But look after yourself as much as you look after your loved ones. We all need to be strong together and together we will get through this crisis.
If anyone would like to have online English language lessons, please contact me. Contact details, lesson information, payment and other details are available on this website.