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The TEFL Insider

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

Luke Skywalker
Wednesday November 7, 2012

5 Reasons Luke Skywalker Would Make a Great TEFL Teacher

Showing the Star Wars movies in your TEFL classroom could be a great way to help your students learn English, but did you realize that the main character in all 3 of the early films is also a great role model for English teachers everywhere? Why? 1. He’s excited about travel. As a young man […]

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Teacher and Student in classroom
Friday November 2, 2012

Teaching English in Indonesia: They Call Me Guru, Part 2: Culture Shock

When most people think of culture shock, food and hygiene typically come to mind. While I certainly miss green chili and deep dish pizza at the moment, I have greater struggles. I have been a teacher for 7 years, and half of my tenure has been in the United States. Working in America is something […]

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Making a Decision
Tuesday October 30, 2012

Five Questions of a TEFL Newbie

BridgeTEFL has been certifying teachers since the 80s but we still come across questions that none of us have ever heard before. Here are some of the top questions from people who have just discovered TEFL or recently begun their research; we hope the answers will help you in your plans to teach abroad! 1. […]

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South Korea
Friday October 26, 2012

South Korea: The Quick Guide

Country Overview Ask around and you’ll probably find somone who knows someone who is teaching abroad in South Korea—and loving it! South Korea has a lot to offer TEFL teachers, whether they are freshly TEFLed newbies or seasoned pros. Economically prosperous, technologically advanced and brimming with cultural sites and natural beauty, South Korea has something […]

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Teaching English
Wednesday October 24, 2012

How to Get a TEFL Job in South Korea

This post was written by Matthew Clark For this month’s edition of our newsletter, the BridgeTEFL Insider, we reached out to a Korean recruiter to get some insight into what employers are looking for in South Korea and how potential TEFL teachers can best go about finding work there. 1. The type of teaching position […]

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Sarah and Students
Tuesday October 23, 2012

Get Hired in Costa Rica, Peru or Guatemala

I have found that the most frequently asked questions from prospective TEFL teachers have to do with finding a job after becoming certified to teach. I decided to go straight to the horse’s mouth and speak with our partner schools in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru to see what they are looking for in the […]

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Palm Leaf
Tuesday October 23, 2012

What is it Like to Teach English in Costa Rica?

Have you ever considered teaching English in Costa Rica? With its misty rainforests, dazzling Caribbean and Pacific beaches, and relaxed pura vida lifestyle, it’s no surprise  the country continues to be a TEFL hot spot year after year. Demand for teachers remains high, too, and with requirements flexible enough to include a  range of backgrounds– from teachers with online certificates, […]

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Get hired to teach English!
Friday October 19, 2012

Lingo to Help You Land and Keep that TEFL Job

This post was written by Susan Weymouth Are you looking for a new buzzword to impress the directors at your next job interview? We have talked before about how many acronyms there are in teaching English as a foreign language. Here is another one that you may have been reading or hearing about – ESP. […]

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Lisa Rooney – Chile
Thursday October 18, 2012

Lisa Rooney – Chile

Where did you teach English? I taught English at a private language institute in Santiago de Chile. My students were business people and most of my classes were held on-site at the company where they worked. It was a very professional environment. How was your teaching experience life-changing? Teaching English in Chile really did change […]

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Joshua Yardley – Germany/Indonesia
Thursday October 18, 2012

Joshua Yardley – Germany/Indonesia

Where did you teach English? I began as a freelance teacher in Germany, based mainly in Mannheim but I worked all over the southwestern region of the country. After three and a half years, I moved back to Chicago and taught at a private language school for nearly a year, also serving as the Instructional […]

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