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Monday May 30, 2011

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Teach English in Thailand!

Few countries in the world have as much to offer as Thailand, perpetually earning it a place on every TEFL teacher’s “bucket list” of teaching destinations.  With its captivating and proud history, distinct culture, friendly people, amazing food, and spectacular scenery Thailand will give you the experience of a lifetime.

The Teach in Thailand Internship is different from other teach abroad programs.  It is not simply a job; a huge mission of the internship is to provide meaningful cross-cultural opportunities for you as a teacher and your eager students. Comprehensive, quality support for the duration of the program enables you to focus on what really matters—teaching and enjoying the experience.

Are you ready to join us in Thailand? Visit our website for complete details or apply online today.

HURRY! Application deadline is July 11, 2011

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Monday May 30, 2011

How to Teach ESL Better Using Video (Hint: Don’t Be Shy!)

Smile! You’re on candid camera!

It’s a safe bet that if you’re interested in taking up a position as a TEFL teacher, you’re not camera shy. You’re comfortable in front of a crowd, an audience… an ESL classroom! But.. what if you are being watched? Good heavens, why would you be? It’s done for a variety of reasons that both you and your trainer will find helpful in the long run – and it will help your students as well! Here in Denver, our trainers record all IDELT and CELTA teaching practicums – and it’s for the benefits of our newbie teachers. Joshua Yardley, our super-trainer, explains why:

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foreign student in lobby with laptop
Thursday May 26, 2011

Tips from a Trainer – Part Two: Preparing for the IDELT™ Course

This post was written by Denise Kray I signed up for the IDELT™, how do I prepare? Are you ready?! To assess your readiness for successfully completing the IDELT TEFL teacher-training course, please ask yourself the following questions carefully and thoughtfully: Are you prepared for the intensive nature of the IDELT? Do you have any […]

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Tuesday May 24, 2011

Volcano Insurance? – Handling Catastrophes Abroad

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel We’ve seen unfortunate situations arise in various parts of the world in recent years – and many of them are home to a good number of TEFLitos like you.  Massive earthquakes in Chile and Japan, revolutions in Thailand, Africa and the Middle East… tsunamis, volcanoes, viral outbreaks… and […]

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Student Learner
Monday May 23, 2011

Make Students Remember What They Learn! Inductive vs. Deductive Grammar Teaching in the ESL Classroom

A key teaching concept is deductive versus inductive learning. Do we begin with a rule (such as a grammar rule concerning the past tense) and ask students to make it specific with their examples? Do we begin with something specific (such as important events in students’ life stories) and ask students to generalize some rules of usage?

Watch this teaching video in which Richard moves from stories in movies to key events in his past to student-to-student communication about their own lives. You will notice that grammar work occurs within a clear context. First, students have a communicative need for the language. Then they express their ideas while the teacher provides just enough focus on form to reinforce the grammar point.

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IDELT Course
Wednesday May 18, 2011

Tips from a Trainer– Part One: Choosing the IDELT™ Course

This post was written by Denise Kray Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Seoul. You have probably already considered where you want to teach English, but have you also considered how you will get there? The answer is simple: take the IDELT™ (International Diploma in English Language Teaching). What is the IDELT™? The IDELT™ […]

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Driving Signs
Wednesday May 18, 2011

Get an International Driver’s Permit!

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel So, you are heading abroad to teach English.  Have any of your interviews included the question, “Do you have an international driver’s license?”  They might.  There are a lot of schools that will have you commuting to other areas (don’t worry, they provide a company car).  An international […]

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Women who love to read
Friday May 13, 2011

4 Great TEFL Blogs that We Love to Read (For Women Only)

My job is great. Mostly because one of my duties is to find blogs written by English teachers living abroad and share them with our followers on BridgeTEFL twitter. These blogs are insightful, reveal suprising cultural details that you would never learn unless going to that country, and often share teaching tips. Best of all, […]

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students in Brazil
Friday May 13, 2011

Trouble with Teaching Tenses: The Future

What would you English speakers say if I told you that you have no future? It is true that English has no future tense, but there are quite a few structures that indicate possible future events.

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Tuesday May 10, 2011

Order Word – Needs Who It?

This post was written by Rachel Spillane Is word order important in the ESL classroom? Do we need to teach our English students the grammar rules related to sentence structure – word order? Teachers, grammarians, linguists, high-school students and more importantly, the grammar-police (in various professions) have been arguing this for centuries. Do we teach […]

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