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

A woman selling produce at the market in India
Friday May 6, 2011

Feeling Tipsy? Tips for Tipping while Traveling Abroad

This post was written by Rachel Spillane When traveling abroad, it is important to know how much to tip in restaurants, bars, hotels and taxis. We may be able to breathe a sigh of relief at not having to tip 15% for so-so service like we do at Chili’s in the States, but it is also important […]

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Mexican Culture
Tuesday May 3, 2011

Rethinking How We Teach Culture in the ESL Classroom

Teaching the target culture is a large part of teaching the target language. However, we should be careful that in teaching culture that we are breaking stereotypes instead of strengthening them.

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Monday May 2, 2011

EFL Classroom Etiquette in the Middle East

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel As is the case with any foreign culture, there are rules of manner and acts of faux pas that will be inherent anywhere you go – and you most likely will not know about them. Always do your research ahead of time (as you may notice from my […]

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Teaching grammar skills to Brazil's English program students
Wednesday April 27, 2011

Behind the Scenes: Meet the Real-Life Grammar Advisor!

Grammar. For most ESL teachers, it is our worst enemy! Yet those of us who can learn to embrace grammar and even (gasp!) enjoy teaching it know it is the key to being an effective ESL teacher. I’d like to introduce you to our own Grammar Guru, Susan Weymouth. She is our curriculum developer and the original expert behind Bridge’s Grammar Advisor. For those of you curious about Grammar Advisor or some aspects of teaching Grammar, read on for some helpful insight…

Tell us about your background. What did you do before you became the Grammar Advisor?

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Using visual images
Wednesday April 27, 2011

Can’t draw? You can still teach with visuals in the ESL classroom!

When it comes to teaching meaning for vocabulary and grammar concepts, a good motto is “hear it, say it, see it”! The idea of “see it” can mean a few things in the classroom. Most teachers realize that giving a definition, or explanation, of a language concept is not always the best “fool proof” method in the classroom.

Click on the image below to watch a video in which one teacher uses visual aids in a grammar practice activity. For more great ideas, click “Read More” to read the rest of this post.

Drilling Grammar with Tic Tac Toe

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Teaching Tenses
Wednesday April 27, 2011

ESL: Teaching Tenses with Keywords

Are verbs more difficult to learn or to teach? One way to make this process easier on the students (and yourself) is to highlight keywords that signal the use of a particular tense or aspect.

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Teacher advocate
Thursday April 21, 2011

How To Be a Teacher and an Advocate

If you have not already, you should sit down and strongly consider what your role as a teacher is. When doing so, be sure to include the role of community leader.

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Wednesday April 20, 2011

Kending or Bust – Cycling the East Coast of Taiwan

This Guest Post by Trey Archer, Co-Founder of was published by Kaye McDaniel Trey Archer has been hopping across the world for years teaching English in a number of countries.  Currently teaching in Taipei, Taiwan, he has gladly shared one of his most recent adventures with us: I was looking at a map of […]

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One on One class time
Wednesday April 13, 2011

Training a Star: Lesson Planning For One-on-One English Classes

This post was written by Matthew Clark English teaching jobs come in numerous shapes and forms, from public schools to private language institutes, from online tutoring to teaching your host family a few catchphrases each week.  Regardless of your class size, every teacher will eventually encounter the challenge of planning for individualized, one-on-one English instruction. In […]

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Being quiet
Friday April 8, 2011

Shut Up! How to Reduce Your Teacher Talk Time in the EFL Classroom

This post was written by Matthew Clark Teacher Talk Time – or TTT – in the EFL classroom is often perceived negatively.  In recent years, benefits of TTT have entered the conversation (please follow this link for a brief overview of the pros and cons:  In my opinion, the most important aspect of TTT is your ability […]

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