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The TEFL Insider

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

Wednesday June 3, 2015

How Hard is the CELTA, Really?

CELTA is one of the most highly regarded TEFL certification courses out there. So how hard is it really?

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Thursday May 14, 2015

Going Abroad: Finding Normalcy in a Brand New World

“In Jordan, even the air smelled different. For the first week there, I was reminded every time I took a breath, just how foreign this place was to me. It smelled like heavy spices, flavored tobacco, and jasmine blossoms. The city sounded different – the call to prayer echoed across the city from hundreds of mosques five times a day and everyone conversed in a language I could only barely understand.” Read on to learn how Erin, an American from Texas, learned to adjust to living in Jordan, a country very different than America.

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Sarah a with Host family
Tuesday May 12, 2015

Reflections on Life Abroad: How to Live with No Regrets

Sarah has returned to the U.S. after year abroad and she does not have one regret. “if your heart yearns for travel, don’t ignore it. If your stomach feels a little queasy at the thought of it, good! Go there!”

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my favorite class!
Friday May 8, 2015

5 Reasons You Definitely Can’t Teach English Abroad

Teaching English abroad is a very attainable goal. I’ve done it myself, and while I was teaching in countries around the world, I met teachers from all walks of life who had also made it happen. Some had money and some didn’t; some had a degree or teaching experience and some didn’t; some were old and some were young. So what’s your excuse?

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Katie Murray S Korea
Wednesday May 6, 2015

Teacher Spotlight: Katie Murray in South Korea

With high salaries and great benefits, plus a rich culture and proximity to some of the hottest travel destinations in the world, South Korea is a major TEFL hot spot. If you’re curious what it’s like to teach there, then read our recent interview with Katie Murry, a 2013 graduate from Wyoming, who has been living and teaching in South Korea since she finished her course!

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Thursday April 30, 2015

How to Manage Abroad When You Don’t Speak the Local Language

Think you need to know the language of the country you are going to before you arrive? You actually do not! Read these useful tips for communicating once your arrive to your destination country!

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David Kelly
Thursday April 30, 2015

Notes from the Field: An Interview with David Kelly, Head Teacher, BridgeEnglish, Chile

Interested in teaching English in South America? I spoke to David Kelly, Head English Teacher at BridgeEnglish Chile in Santiago, where the focus is on teaching business English to professionals. Read on to learn what those who sign up for our IDELT certification course in Santiago, or take part in our Teach in Chile Internship, can expect.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself first, David? What led you to teach in Chile?

When I left university – many years ago – my first real employment was teaching physics and math at the high school level. My career then diverged into the new and exciting field of computer sciences and I was employed in that field, in various countries, for about 25 years. During the latter part of that period I moved to Chile on a permanent basis (in 1988) and so have an in-depth appreciation of the social and business culture here. I returned to teaching about 15 years ago, and then subsequently began to teach English to adult business students.

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How TEFL can help you get a job at home
Friday April 17, 2015

Your TEFL Timeline: Mapping out Plans to teach English Abroad FAQ

Making the leap to teach English abroad can take some planning. You’ve got to pick your teaching location, research the requirements to get hired there, choose and complete your TEFL course and then get your first job. This can all get a bit overwhelming if you’re new to Teaching English as a Foreign Language, as you may be unsure how long each step of the process takes. We can help you make some sense of the process with these FAQs about your TEFL Timeline.

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Teaching Abroad
Thursday April 9, 2015

Teaching Abroad? How to Calm Safety Concerns from Friends and Family

You’re making plans to teach abroad and getting excited about going! Maybe you’ve chosen somewhere a bit off the beaten path, such as a developing country in Central America, or somewhere with a culture or religion very different from your own, like Asia or the Middle East. When you happily share this news with friends and family, however, they don’t always react with the same excitement you have. Read these stories from people who went to the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, for tips on calming the fears of those around you.

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Wednesday February 18, 2015

Teaching In Thailand: What to Explore After Class

Offering a bustling nightlife, green lush mountains and the picturesque beaches; there is definitely something for everyone. Thailand has much to offer outside of the classroom!

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