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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 TEFLOnline.com 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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Tuesday February 7, 2017

Why Get TEFL Certified When You Have a Master’s in Linguistics? Lisa, TEFLOnline Graduate, Explains

TEFLOnline.com graduate, Lisa, has had an interesting path on the way to teaching English abroad. After graduating college, she wanted to obtain a Master’s in Linguistics so she moved to the UK from Boston for graduate school. Her next goal was to become a TEFL teacher, so she earned her certification from Bridge. Lisa explains her educational background, her decision to get TEFL certified, and her experience getting a job and teaching English in Taiwan and Italy!

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Wednesday January 25, 2017

Teacher Spotlight: Johanna in China

Learn about our TEFL graduate, Johanna, who traveled from her home in Germany to teach English abroad in China! Learn about her job, her internship, and her travels around the country!

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Thursday December 1, 2016

Your 3-Step Plan to Deal with Culture Shock While Abroad

If you are afflicted by wanderlust, you know how exciting it is to think about living and teaching in a new country. However, there’s another side to all the excitement of discovering new cultures, especially on your own, and that is the reality of culture shock. Don’t get caught off guard! You can deal with culture shock in positive ways if you anticipate this normal phase of adjustment and follow these three steps.

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Tuesday November 22, 2016

5 More Countries Where You Can Teach English with an Online TEFL Certificate

Online courses are an affordable, convenient option for TEFL certification, and more people are certified this way than by more intensive, classroom-based TEFL courses. But does online training lead to fewer jobs? Where exactly can you teach with an online TEFL certificate? The good news is, you have lots of options. We previously shared 5 places you can teach with an online TEFL certificate, and this article follows up with 5 more!

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