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Thursday April 18, 2013

Teach Abroad Terms to Learn

Interested in teaching English abroad? It’s an exciting idea, and I bet you’ve already spent some time online, researching the topic and trying to find out how you can make it happen. A quick search of “teaching English abroad,” however, can sometimes make things even more confusing! There’s a mind-boggling amount of information out there, […]

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Monday April 15, 2013

Spelling in English: It’s a Puzzle

When we read, we need to be able to recognize the words. When we write, we need to be able to produce the words so that others can recognize them. This brings us quickly to the challenge of spelling accurately in English. How can we improve the spelling of English language learners? First, we should […]

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Friday April 12, 2013

How do Online TEFL Certification Courses work?

There are many different models of online TEFL courses, and it can be hard to know what to expect when signing up for one. BridgeTEFL offers both of the most common kinds of online TEFL courses; self-study and structured. The self-study TEFL courses (all of them with the exception of the IDELT Online) are much […]

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Wednesday April 10, 2013

How Teaching Abroad Taught Me To Skip Work

This post was written by Matthew Clark Personally, I have always had a work/life balance but, like many Americans, the emphasis was on work with “life” coming secondarily, occasionally fitting in but more often getting the short end of the stick.  Taking time off, regardless of the reason, had always been a challenge for me, […]

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Thursday April 4, 2013

How Hard is the Cambridge CELTA, Really?

This post was written by Susan Weymouth Some strange stories come out of CELTA courses at times. Facebook can give you a very mixed message: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Without either overdramatizing or minimizing the potential strain, here are some ideas to help you decide if CELTA […]

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Wednesday March 27, 2013

My First Teaching Job in Costa Rica!

For those just getting started on their journey toward teaching abroad, it can be helpful to hear from those who have “been there.” My very first TEFL job was in Costa Rica, a country that has remained popular with teachers over the years, and in telling you how I made it happen, I hope I […]

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Monday March 25, 2013

Teaching English in China: Erin Coyle

Erin Coyle completed the 100-hour Professional Diploma through earlier this year and got a job teaching English in China. I recently had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her experiences teaching abroad. What was your background before you went abroad to teach in China? I worked in a couple of industries […]

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Thursday March 21, 2013

The TEFL Trap – Breaking Out of the English Bubble

So, you’ve completed your TEFL certification course, you’ve moved abroad, and you’ve landed a job teaching English. However, you find yourself speaking English all day, hanging out with English–speaking expats, and reading English language newspapers. Sound familiar? Many EFL teachers find themselves in this situation and have difficulty breaking out of this English bubble. Here […]

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Thursday March 14, 2013

TEFL in the USA: Insider Tips

Are you interested in teaching English as a second language in the your home country, such as the U.S. or Canada, rather than abroad? Or maybe you do want to go abroad, but would like to get some experience at home, first. If so, Kristi Sather-Smith will inspire you! She took the Cambridge CELTA course […]

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Monday March 11, 2013

Tips for your EFL Class: Getting People Talking

 This post was written by Susan Weymouth “So what did you do last weekend? “Do you have any vacation plans?” “How’s your family” Are these the kind of questions you use to get your English students talking? Small talk may be sufficient for a few minutes warm up before class begins, but these kinds of […]

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