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

Dubai 2010
Tuesday February 1, 2011

Who Wears Short Shorts? Not You – A Guide for Women Heading to the Middle East

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel If you are a femme fatale heading to the Middle East to reap the benefits of an EFL teaching position (they do pay the best, after all), do not take a cue from Sex and the City 2.  Even in Dubai, it is unlikely Samantha Jones would have […]

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Bridge Chile outing
Friday January 28, 2011

FEATURED JOB: Teach English in Santiago, Chile

Teach English to executives at our language center in Santiago, Chile. Our language institute in Santiago will soon be hiring English teachers for the 2011 season. We offer professional and personalized classes to executives in Santiago throughout the year. We are internationally certified and are committed to providing the highest quality of language services to our clients.

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Night and Day
Thursday January 27, 2011

What’s the Opposite? It Depends! Teaching ESL Vocabulary

Before reading, watch this video for more tips on Teaching Vocabulary with Gradable Opposites from

What happens when you ask a student, “What’s the opposite of ‘hot’”? Most likely the student says, “cold.” One way we English teachers deal with meaning is to teach with synonyms and antonyms. Let’s look at antonyms – antonyms are basically ‘opposites.’ This is a common technique in the ESL classroom. Why do we do that? Does it really work? Does it make sense to do this? One explanation is that the meanings of words are understood in relation to other words in the language. This provides context and clarity to the word in question.

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Monday January 24, 2011

Converting Temperatures on the Go! Know the Weather When Living Abroad

This post was written by Matthew Clark I had the pleasure of living abroad in a city centre, and each morning from my window I could see the gigantic time and temperature clock nestled high above the post office.  When you are new to a foreign country, getting a feel for the temperature and weather […]

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Tuesday January 18, 2011

Teaching ESL – Tips for preparing lesson plans

This post was written by Laura Greenwood Well, if you read my blog about teaching large English classes you might have surmised I have strong views on how to be a successful ESL/EFL teacher. My views are based on experience in the field and specifically my job of teaching both the CELTA and BridgeTEFL’s IDELT, […]

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Don't blow your nose just anywhere!
Monday January 17, 2011

The Japanese Classroom – What I Learned Teaching English in Japan

This post was written by Laura Greenwood – Guest post by: Marisa Brooks As I prepared for my very first trip to Japan right after college, I tried to do as much research as I could. I learned about the food, a bit about the language, and some of the customs and culture of my host […]

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Wednesday January 5, 2011

The Untold Underbelly of Finding TEFL Jobs Abroad

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel The United States, as well as most western nations, have a slew of laws in place across the board to prevent employer discrimination.  However, if you are heading off to teach English overseas… fogetaboutit.  Foreign employers and even governments can and will discriminate as they see fit and unfortunately […]

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Monday January 3, 2011

Can I Teach in the USA with a TEFL Certificate?

As a CELTA trainer, I talk with people who are thinking about teaching English all over the world, even in their hometowns of Biloxi or Idaho Falls. Does it make sense to get CELTA or IDELT training if you plan to teach in the U.S.? Can you get a job with it locally?There are some […]

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Happy New Year!
Wednesday December 29, 2010

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Rock the TEFL Classroom

With 2011 just a couple of days away, it is hard to avoid the temptation to make (and break!) resolutions. From the staff at Bridge, here are the top 5 New Year’s resolutions to rock your TEFL world in 2011:

5. Shake it Up! Try New Things in the Classroom.

Sometimes we get stuck in the same old routine of teaching. And while routines can be great to help students know what to expect, you should try to incorporate something new every week into your classes. I had a theater instructor that encouraged me to shake up my daily routine, so sometimes I would crawl around my house on all fours and sometimes I would make dinner in the dark. (No kidding. It really forced me to wake up!) You don’t have to be that crazy, but how about doing a cooking lesson in English?

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Wednesday December 29, 2010

Top 5 Reasons to Teach English Abroad

This post was written by Matthew Clark We have all heard the benefits of teaching English abroad. Among the most commonly quoted—teaching English in a foreign country allows you to understand another culture and language (crucial in an increasingly global world); it will give you a changed, broader perspective in life; it’s a great platform […]

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