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Accredited
Thursday June 30, 2011

The Lowdown on TEFL Course Accreditation: Interview with BridgeTEFL Director Lisa Rooney

These days finding a TEFL course is as easy as running a google search on “TEFL certification” and browsing the top ten results to find the provider with the most professional-looking website. Right? Not exactly.

Sure, you need something that fits your budget, schedule, and location… but how do you know if the program you select is actually, well, legit? BridgeTEFL director Lisa Rooney recently took the time to answer some of my questions to demystify that all-important industry buzz word “accreditation”. Turns out accreditation isn’t just a bunch of official looking logos… it is actually a nifty service designed to help you choose a quality TEFL course.

What are the different types of  accreditation?
There are two main types of accreditation: institutional and specialized.  Institutional accreditation is granted by a regional accrediting agency within a scope of authority approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Teach in Chile
Wednesday June 29, 2011

Notes from the Field: “Chile was a great choice!”

If you haven’t already heard, Bridge is seeking candidates for our Teach in Chile Internship program. Our institute in Chile has become one of Santiago’s top schools for learning English, and it is certainly a hotspot for those seeking to secure their EFL certification through the IDELT program we offer there. Many of our IDELT graduates in Santiago spend a year or more living and working in Chile, as jobs are readily available and Chile offers a comfortable living standard.

But why take my word for it?

Meet Emma Swadley, a recent graduate of the IDELT program with BridgeChile, who was immediately hired upon graduation by our English center in Santiago. She has kindly shared with us her thoughts on the IDELT program, her new job, and life in Chile:

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Thursday June 23, 2011

“Hey! Look at me when I’m talking to you!” Communication Patterns and Cultural Misperceptions

This post was written by Susan Weymouth When you teach EFL, you expect linguistic challenges, but have you thought about how the patterns of communication influence us? Differences in behavior are objective, but their interpretation is subjective. Take the time to consider if the conclusions you are drawing in the classroom are accurate. For example, […]

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Bridge English Classroom
Wednesday June 22, 2011

Differentiated Instruction Redux in Your ESL Class

Homogenous classes are what we all want. Heterogeneous classes are what we generally get.

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phone-interview
Monday June 20, 2011

Hold the Phone! Tips for Passing Your Next Phone or Skype Interview

So you’ve obtained your TEFL certification and you’re starting to arrange phone or Skype interviews with potential schools.  Unless you are traveling to Latin or South America where face to face interviews are usually required, chances are you will need to participate in at least a few phone interviews.  Here are some great tips for […]

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Opening up with your classmates
Thursday June 16, 2011

Let’s Get Personal in the EFL Classroom

Let’s be honest, who does not like to talk about themself?

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Tutor
Monday June 13, 2011

Spotlight: TEFL Online… The Tutor!

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel Welcome back, faithful readers!  As you may recall, we had a spotlight on a recent graduate of our 120-Hour TEFL Online diploma course to give you all some real-time insight regarding what you can achieve from the certification and how it prepares you for the unknowns of international […]

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Students
Wednesday June 8, 2011

Should I Allow My ESL Students to Use Their Native Language?

Use of a student’s first language (L1) in the foreign language classroom often sparks quite fiery debate. While some argue that allowing the L1 prevents learners from developing fluency in the target language, other see many reasons for the inclusion of L1 in classroom tasks.

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TEFL-trainees
Monday June 6, 2011

Tips from your Trainers! Part Three: Getting the Most from Your IDELT™ Course

This post was written by Denise Kray It’s your time and money! The nature of the course demands 100% of your time and energy. It is fast-paced with high-input and immediate output. Take advantage of your time on the course – that’s what you paid for! Be sure to read the grading rubrics and the […]

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Wednesday June 1, 2011

Building an EFL Course Website

As online courses and content become more common, you should also consider how you can integrate online content. One suggestion is to create a website for your course.

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