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The TEFL Insider

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

Thursday August 4, 2016

Returning Home After Teaching Abroad: Caitlin’s Experience

After a year and a half abroad in Costa Rica, teaching for two language institutes and online, and taking advantage of everything living in a new country had brought me, I decided to return back to my hometown in the United States. All my friends wanted to know, Why? You get to go to the beach or rainforest or even travel to another country on the weekends…why come back? And mainly, What will you do now?

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Wednesday July 27, 2016

Last-Minute Lifesavers: Quick Games and Activities for the EFL Classroom

We’ve all been there – you’ve just finished a great lesson with your EFL students, but you look up a the clock and you’ve still got 15 minutes before your class ends, and you don’t have anything else planned! Don’t panic– here are some last-minute, no-preparation-needed TEFL activities to keep up your sleeve so you can fill […]

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Wednesday July 20, 2016

Teaching English Abroad: How To Write a Killer TEFL Resume

Just like “you are what you eat,” your résumé is you in print! Here are some key things to keep in mind when you sit down to describe who you are and what you are capable of.

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Monday July 11, 2016

Staff Spotlight: International Admissions Intern, Anna, Talks Homestays in Ecuador

During college, our newest staff member, Anna Williams, spent 5 months studying throughout Ecuador. During that time, she became something of an expert in homestays, having stayed with 4 different families in various parts of the country. These, she says, were the experiences she cherishes most from her time in Ecuador. If you’re considering a homestay, read about Anna’s experience before you decide!

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Thursday July 7, 2016

8 Questions to Ask Before You Take a TEFL Job

Has your TEFL job search landed you an interview with a school abroad? That’s great! Now is your chance not only to show the school why they should hire you as a teacher, but also to conduct your own mini-interview about the school. Consider asking some of these 8 questions in your next TEFL job interview to find out how well established, organized, and professional the school or English language center where you are applying is.

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Friday June 17, 2016

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Using Objectives in ESL Lesson Planning

Most experienced English teachers know the benefits of planning and do their best to walk into each class prepared. ESL lesson plans can range from a few notes on the back of an envelope to full-blown works of art. They can be quick 1-2-3 outlines or so fully developed that a substitute teacher can walk in and complete the lesson without skipping a beat. However simple or complex your lesson plan is, a good place to begin any plan is with an objective.

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Thursday June 9, 2016

How to Succeed in the IDELT Online (TEFL course) While Working Full-Time

Before she started the International Diploma in English Language Teaching, a 140-hour, online TEFL course, Michelle McCrossin had concerns. Would the course be too challenging or the workload too intense while working full time? Now that she’s successfully graduated, Michelle has some time management tips to help other busy TEFL students succeed!

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Wednesday June 8, 2016

Top 5 Websites for Free TEFL Lesson Plans

When I first started teaching English to kindergarteners in Central America, I spent a lot of time online searching for lesson plans I could use with my class. It was hard to find appropriate, engaging (and free!) lesson plans I could download. To help other teachers, here are my 5 favorite websites for free TEFL lesson plans.

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Tuesday June 7, 2016

Interview with Taylor: Teacher in Japan

Taylor, a graduate from Pennsylvania, is currently working as an English teacher in Japan. She teaches classes of adult students for the Japanese American Society, which is on the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Iwakuni, Japan. We recently asked Taylor to tell us about her experience so far living and working in Japan.

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Monday June 6, 2016

Program Spotlight: Teach in Vietnam Internship!

You could be teaching English in Southeast Asia as soon as January 2016! Bridge is excited to partner with English Language Company (ELC), an established provider of internship programs worldwide, to offer our latest opportunity in Vietnam! In this supportive program you will receive teacher training (if you are not already TEFL certified), either 100% online or a combination on online and in-person in Vietnam, as well as a paid job placement at one of the many reputable Vietnamese schools in the ELC network.

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