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Trustworthy tips, tales, and advice from Bridge's experienced staff

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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Thursday March 23, 2017

How to Create a TEFL Lesson Plan

If you teach English as a foreign language (TEFL), you are sure to become familiar with the art and science of lesson planning. That’s because although some schools may provide you with pre-made plans you can use in class, most will expect you to create your own. Check out this overview from a TEFL instructor on what goes into making an effective TEFL lesson plan, including the all-important lesson objective.

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Tuesday March 21, 2017

Bridge Launches New TEFL Job Board!

Bridge is excited to share the news– we’ve launched the new Bridge Job Board! We created this Job Board so that TEFL – TESOL graduates can connect with the right teaching positions to match their qualifications and preferences. Best of all, schools featured on the Job Board are reviewed and approved by Bridge prior to posting before, giving teachers access to only the most reputable employers.

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Friday March 10, 2017

10 Reasons You Should Teach in Chile This Year

Have you thought of teaching English in Chile? With mind-blowing natural beauty, exciting city life in Santiago and a high demand for English teachers throughout the country, Chile is calling your name. Requirements to teach here are flexible, so you can either get TEFL certified online before you go, or at BridgeChile right in Santiago. When you graduate, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to teach adult professionals looking to improve their English skills for the global marketplace.

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Thursday March 2, 2017

Vetting TEFL Employers Abroad: Tips to Avoid Scams and Land the Teaching Job You Want

Once you are TEFL certified and start browsing TEFL job sites, you realize pretty quickly that there’s no lack of teaching jobs worldwide. It’s exciting! But the truth is, it can also be overwhelming. When faced with hundreds of job openings in countries around the globe, how you can be sure a job is legitimate? To help you vet potential employers abroad before you sign on the dotted line, I offer the five basic tips.

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