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The TEFL Insider

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

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Wednesday June 12, 2013

Use Songs in Your EFL Classroom!

When teaching English, a big part of any successful lesson is keeping your students engaged. Using popular songs in the classroom is a fun way to add some energy to a lackluster grammar topic while giving students a lesson in American pop culture at the same time! I usually find it’s best to use a […]

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Tuesday June 4, 2013

Get the Lowdown on Teaching in China

Thinking of teaching in China? The most populous country in the world is also one of the thirstiest for English, making it an excellent market for TEFL! A massive country that has culture and history around every corner, China continues to hold an almost mystic allure to EFL teachers who want to experience something totally different. Whether it’s the mind-blowing big city life of Beijing you’re after, or a quiet rural location where you can escape it all, teaching in China has something for everyone.

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South Korea
Tuesday June 4, 2013

No Money to Travel? Teach English in South Korea!

Over the years we’ve featured South Korea as a hot English teaching destination in The TEFL Insider several times. While some TEFL markets have experienced ups and downs over that time, South Korea remains a land of opportunity for English teachers, particularly those with a limited travel budget. Here’s what makes South Korea so attractive from a financial perspective.

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TEFL teacher Brooke in Japan
Friday May 31, 2013

Culture Shock in Asia: Brooke’s Experience

Brooke is a graduate of the University of Iowa. She had the opportunity to work with young students in Japan for just under three months. I asked her to speak about her culture shock in regards to living in Asia and what she took away from her experience. Here is what she had to say: […]

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Wednesday May 22, 2013

Common Questions: Is CELTA Better Than TEFL?

At BridgeTEFL, I get this question a lot. “Is the CELTA better than the TEFL?” The question itself is founded in a little bit of confusion about what those acronyms mean, so here’s my usual response. First of all, TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Though we often see it associated with […]

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Friday May 17, 2013

Linkedin links you and TEFL together!

Looking for jobs in the TEFL realm but don’t even know where to begin? Linkedin can be a great resource for those who are looking for work, need to ask questions about applying to jobs in certain countries, and anyone needing more information before they commit to teaching abroad. Here are a few groups on […]

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Tuesday May 7, 2013

Top 3 Travel Tips!

When I left for my first trip abroad, I did not do much research. I bought a map, booked my flight/train tickets and was set to go. I did not even reserve my first night of lodging! Though I would not always recommend traveling that way, (it was in the off-season for tourists), it did […]

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Monday April 29, 2013

Find the Answers to your TEFL Questions on these 2 Secret Sites!

Teaching English abroad is an intimidating thing. Picking up your life and moving to a new country to start a new job without a support network of friends or family in-country; that’s not easy for anyone. You’ll want to do your research, to learn as much as possible about what to expect. But how do […]

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Friday April 26, 2013

Four Fun Things To Do When Teaching English in Tunisia

I am always surprised that we don’t get more inquiries about teaching English as a foreign language in Tunisia. With its mild climate and Mediterranean beaches, it easily rivals many other locations with its beauty and offers so many wonderful places explore. After living there for four years, here are a few of my favorite […]

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Tuesday April 23, 2013

Returning Home from Abroad: How I Coped with Re-Entry Anxiety

Going abroad on a holiday or to study/teach abroad is like having an affair with your day-to-day routine. Traveling brings you excitement and fear, is an invitation to do new things, and breaks habits and rituals. For some, it is a constant adrenaline rush and brings freedom from schedules and daily mundane tasks. However, what […]

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