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EF Assistance to Nova Teachers

EF English First is holding live, online information sessions twice daily, at 11am and again at 6pm.

In order to attend, you need to be issued with a login ID.  Please email Bronwyn.Broekmann@ef.com or Jennifer.Wong@ef.com to let us know which session you would like to attend.  Once you have your ID, you will need to follow the instructions copied below.  Please login at least 15 minutes before the session to download the program.   The session will be limited to 25 people.

The presentation will be followed by a Skype conversation (Skype name: EFChina) at 12pm and 7pm. 

It is recommended that you run a technical check from this page. Please note that Centra is not currently compatible with IE 7 or Windows Vista.


System requirements:

Requirements Note
Computer type IBM compatible PC We do not support the Macintosh operating system at this time.
Internet connection 256 mbps ADSL preferably DSL internet connection, FTTV or Fiber For the best sound quality for using voice chat, we recommend a high speed internet connection.
Processor speed (MHz), memory (RAM) 800 mhz or better Pentium Pentium III or IV and Celeron processor with 512+ MB memory

Sound card Sound Blaster 16 compatible sound card or better (full-duplex) 16 Bit sound card For our listening and pronunciation exercises, and to participate in voice-based classrooms
Audio components Headset with microphone, or separate microphone and speakers For our listening and pronunciation exercises, and to participate in voice-based classrooms
Screen 800 x 600 screen resolution
Recommended: 1024 x 768 screen resolution
Operating system Windows XP using IE 6.0 We do not support the Macintosh operating system at this time. We do not support Windows Vista or Windows 2007
Web browser Internet Explorer 5.5 (SP2) or higher
Recommended: Internet Explorer 6.0 with Service Pack 1
 We do not support IE7
Plugins Flash plug-in (version 6.0.49 or higher - you can download this for free here .) To use Englishtown's interactive exercises; to participate in voice-based classrooms
Additional software


Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) For reading the case exercises in our Business English courses.
Download Adobe Acrobat Reader
Englishtown Virtual Classroom software (available as a free download from the Englishtown site) This is necessary for participating in the conversation classes.

Logging in:

  1. Login to this direct link to our presentation rooms: http://teachertools.englishtown.com/master/school/centra7/testcentra7.asp?auth=true
  2. Please use the login and password we have provided for you.
  3. Please click to enter the "Smartzone" room as a "participant" (bottom right room).
  4. If you do not have Centra installed on your computer it will automatically install as you enter, this will only take a few minutes.

Using the classroom:

  1. Once you enter the class you will see your login name displayed under "participants".
  2. Please test your audio (headset/microphone and speakers) by clicking on "audio".
  3. To ask a question or comment during the presentation please raise your hand by clicking on the "hand" icon in the top toolbar.
  4. To speak please hold down your "ctrl" key until you have finished speaking.
  5. Please feel free to show your enthusiasm by clicking on the "laugh" and "clap" icons also located in the top toolbar.

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