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

Kaye McDaniel – Japan
Wednesday October 17, 2012

Kaye McDaniel – Japan

Where did you teach English (what city/type of school)? I taught English in Japan! I worked for a chain eikaiwa (private English center) throughout the Chiba prefecture of Japan. Chiba city, where I lived, is just a 35-minute train ride to Tokyo station. Our schools had different English programs depending on the students – children […]

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Clase de cueca
Tuesday October 16, 2012

TEFL Stories: Dance, Dance Evolution!

This post was written by Matthew Clark If you know me, you know I didn’t use to like to dance.  Ask anyone—dancing and I were like oil and water or peanut butter and meatballs; we just didn’t go together.  But all of that changed the night I won a dance contest. Students in Ukraine celebrate […]

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Collage of Latin America
Tuesday October 9, 2012

Top 6 Destinations for BridgeTEFL Students

Sometimes it can be hard to decide where to take your TEFL course and begin your new career as an English teacher. It’s a big decision, but you can take comfort knowing that thousands of people have faced the same challenge. In fact, knowing the popular places where people have been taking their TEFL courses […]

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Wednesday October 3, 2012

Teaching English in Indonesia: They Call Me Guru, Part 1

Apa bahasa Indonesia ‘teacher’? How do you say ‘teacher’ in Indonesian? The answer: guru. Over the last year and a half, I have had the good fortune of working at Bridge Denver as a teacher trainer on both our IDELT and the CELTA course. In that time, I helped over 150 new teachers obtain certification […]

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TEFL - teaching grammar
Thursday September 27, 2012

What is Meaning?

This post was written by Laura Greenwood Parker and Riley (2005) in Linguistics for Non-Linguists say, semantics is ‘linguistic meaning’ expressed through words, phrases, and sentences while pragmatics is how we actually communicate those words, phrases, and sentences. Therefore communication not only requires an understanding of what words mean, but also an understanding of when, […]

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Bangok Thailand
Tuesday September 25, 2012

Top 5 Places to Teach English Abroad as a Newbie

You’ve never taught abroad before and as excited as you are about this adventure, you’re having a hard time deciding where in the world to go. There are so many countries, and you’ve been told there’s demand for English teachers in nearly every one of them. Well, here’s where I think you should consider going. […]

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Student practicing speech
Friday September 21, 2012

Understanding Fluency: setting up a task

  Tasks are great because once they get rolling the teacher can just sit back and watch. However, there’s a lot that must go into the preparation for the puzzle pieces to fall into place. Let’s first of all consider the problems we are asking the students to solve. My suggestion is to conduct a […]

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Make Friends Abroad
Friday September 21, 2012

5 Easy Tips For Learning a Foreign Language While Abroad

Everyone learns languages differently, and at different speeds. After spending two plus years in Eastern Europe with several other TEFLing expats, I observed some that learned Russian well, and some not so well (or at all). Those that actually learned the language and became comfortable speaking it had found at least one way to integrate themselves in their communities. Here are my top 5 tips for learning a foreign language in-country.

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Friday September 21, 2012

English Opens Doors…and Helps You Learn Spanish! Interview with Laura Anderson

For many English Opens Doors participants coming away from the program being fluent in Spanish is one of their main goals. Recently I was able to catch up with Laura Anderson, currently participating in the English Opens Doors program in the Arica Region of Chile, and asked her about learning Spanish during her time in Chile.

-What was your level of Spanish when you began the English Opens Doors program?

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Jen volunteering
Tuesday September 18, 2012

Beyond TEFL: Volunteer while Teaching Abroad!

One of the great things about Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is that you get to immerse yourself in a new culture and language, and hopefully make a difference not only in your own life, but the lives of your students. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? Would you like to take that […]

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