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Friday September 1, 2017

Advantages for Non-Native English Speakers in the TEFL Classroom

Historically, schools abroad looking for English teachers have listed among their hiring preferences the quality of being a “native English speaker.” This might seem logical on the surface, but it also raises the question: What qualities actually make the best English teachers? Krzl, an English teacher in Chile who is from the Philippines, reflects on advantages diverse teachers bring to the English classroom.

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Friday August 18, 2017

Getting TEFL Certified as a Non-Native English Speaker: What to Know

Are you a non-native English speaker who is considering getting TEFL certified? If so, you are not alone! Roughly 20% of the students who enroll in BridgeTEFL online courses, such as, speak a first language other than English. We understand that non-native English speakers may have unique concerns before enrolling in a TEFL course, […]

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Friday August 11, 2017

Carl Summers, Teacher in South Korea

Read an interview with graduate, Carl, who is 26 and from Montreal, Canada. He was pursuing a music career when he decided to shift gears and teach English in abroad in South Korea. He shared some insights about his experience in this popular teaching country.

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Friday July 28, 2017

Teaching English in China: Kimmy Bird

When I was a little girl, my dream was to live in China. I was obsessed with anything Chinese and even had a little doll named “Min.” Honestly, I never thought I’d actually make it to there—it was just a dream. But as a young adult, I found myself applying to teach kids in China, and the next thing you know I found myself in southern China! I had never experienced humidity before, so imagine my surprise as my glasses fogged up as I stepped from the air-conditioned airport to the parking lot outside–– I had arrived!

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Thursday July 20, 2017

Top Five Icebreakers for the EFL Classroom

The first few minutes of English class are crucial for setting the tone for the whole period, so it’s important to start with a bang. EFL students might be coming to class tired after a long day or groggy and sleepy-eyed, so we want to get them engaged and energetic, and it might take a […]

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Wednesday July 5, 2017

Where to Teach in Vietnam? Popular Cities for TEFL

Vietnam has emerged as teaching destination that is growing in popularity with TEFL certified teachers interested in Asia. If you’ve thought about teaching in Vietnam, you might know the most about the capital, Ho Chi Minh City, but there are many other cities with a strong demand for teachers and plenty to offer the adventurous teacher.

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Wednesday June 28, 2017

Can You Teach Abroad as a Non-Native English Speaker? Hear from Teachers Doing Just That!

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is not just for people who speak English as their first language. Qualified, non-native English speakers are getting TEFL certified and teaching English in their home countries, where their native tongue is spoken, as well as in far-flung countries abroad where it’s not! Hear from some non-native English speaking teachers from Malaysia, Venezuela, and beyond who are successfully teaching in South America!

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Wednesday June 7, 2017

Is the Bridge IDELT Online Right for Me? A Seasoned Instructor Helps You Decide!

As a conscious consumer, you may have questions about online TEFL courses that are not answered by the “facts” you find on the website alone. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a conversation with the course instructor to learn more? This article provides just that, as IDELT Online instructor, Ann Leonard, delves deeper into your common concerns about the TEFL – TESOL course she teaches, and provides the answers you need before you enroll.

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Wednesday May 24, 2017

Is the Bridge IDELT Online Right for Me? A Cross-Section of Current Students

The best way to make an informed choice about your TEFL certification course is to gather as much information as you can. IDELT Online instructor, Ann Leonard, shares profiles of 3 recent students so you can learn a bit about their background, as well see a sample of the work they did in the course. The students and instructor also share their personal reflections, which can help you decide if this graduate-level TEFL – TESOL certification course is right for you.

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Friday May 12, 2017

Olivia, English Teacher in China, Shares her Professional Development Trip to Indonesia

Olivia is a graduate is currently teaching English at a university in China. During a recent holiday from classes, she and some colleagues had the chance to combine travel with a unique cross-cultural professional development opportunity. They visited several universities in Indonesia, presenting ESL workshops on their areas of interest and expertise.

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