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

Monday August 22, 2011

Moving Your Life in Two Checked Bags: What to Pack for Teaching Abroad

This post was written by Rachel Spillane. What to Pack for Teaching Abroad Whether you are going to teach English abroad for a few months, a few years, or time unknown, the thought of packing can be incredibly daunting. Before leaving for Costa Rica, I spent many a sleepless night fretting over what to take […]

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Bored student
Monday August 8, 2011

“I Boring in this Class!” Or, How to Teach Participial Adjectives

This post was written by Denise Kray Picture yourself teaching a typical English language class when a student says, “teacher, I boring in this class!” You realize this could end several ways; however, you choose the option of selective hearing and decide to forge on hoping the student doesn’t say it again more loudly. Despite […]

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Teacher with their class
Wednesday July 27, 2011

Jumpstart Your Career with TEFL!

If you are reading this, you are probably interested in teaching English as a foreign language, commonly known as TEFL. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about this for a while or maybe it’s just recently appeared on your radar. Either way, you undoubtedly have some questions. While this article won’t go in-depth on the details of TEFL, it will answer the single-most important question you should be asking yourself right now:

Who ARE these people that do TEFL, and are they glad they did it?!

We recently conducted a survey of Bridge graduates that completed their TEFL training (online or onsite) between 2009 and so far into 2011. Over 300 people responded (thanks, guys!), and below is a brief analysis of our results. But before you examine the data, please note our favorite question from the survey:

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Tuesday July 26, 2011

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Teach English in the Czech Republic!

Our 4-week TEFL program in Prague is an excellent excuse to explore the old-world charms of the Czech capital. A favorite travel destination, Prague is loved by travelers from all walks of life for it’s beauty and bohemian charm. If you need some convincing before you check it out for yourself, these are our top 3 reasons to visit the City of a Hundred Spires:

1. Amazing Architecture: Prague is host to a stunning array of architectural styles. The Castle District and the Old Town are flush with fairytale- like castles and medieval buildings. Elsewhere in the city, you may encounter everything from Gothic, Renaissance, and baroque to more modern takes on cubist and art nouveau styles. Remnants of the city’s rich history can be found in nearly every building and winding street.

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Monday July 25, 2011

Sifting Through the Noise: How to avoid a TEFL scam during the job search

Recently, during a job advising session with one of our IDELT students, we were discussing teaching jobs in China. This teacher-in-training had done some research, and had run smack into the hurdle that every TEFL teacher will face at some time or another. “There are so many schools and recruiters in China that I’m overwhelmed. How can I be sure that a school or a job opportunity is legitimate?”

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Monday July 25, 2011

Notes from the Field: Interview with English Opens Door teacher, Katy Proietti

I recently had the chance to interview Katy Proietti, another of the teachers participating in the English Opens Doors program in the Patagonia region of Chile. Her experiences are different from my last interviewee, Elliot Wertheim, so I feel they could be quite beneficial to anyone considering EOD or teaching abroad in general. Scott: So […]

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Tuesday July 19, 2011

Interview with Jesse Myers, BCELT Class of 2011

This post was written by Matthew Clark Over recent years, distance learning has exploded in higher education, with degrees available in almost every discipline spanning from undergraduate to doctorate programs.  There are several benefits to distance learning, the most obvious being the flexibility and convenience of taking the course anywhere you have an internet connection. […]

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Instructing your students
Monday July 18, 2011

Put Your Students To Task in the EFL Classroom

The term task is thrown around a lot in the ESL/EFL classroom. Teachers like to say they use task based learning (TBL), however very few can agree what TBL actually is. Allow me to clarify.

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Teaching English to young learners
Monday July 11, 2011

Oh $#@%! I’m Teaching English to Young Learners

This post was written by Susan Weymouth Oh no! I have to teach English to young learners! The cognitive, social, and emotional developments of a child have an effect on his/her language acquisition. Young Learners are curious, ask lots of questions, and are generally cooperative. Feed these characteristics when you teach English to Young Learners […]

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Drill your students
Tuesday July 5, 2011

Yes, Drill Sergeant! How To Use EFL Practice Drills

What is a drill? How are drills implemented? Here are a few quick suggestions.

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