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

A large classroom
Wednesday December 22, 2010

Teaching Large English Classes

This post was written by Laura Greenwood First day scenario: Walk in and 50 students are staring at me! OMG! As many of you have experienced, the meaning of large varies around the globe and the reality is, English classes of 30-70 students is the norm in many parts of the world. What is a large class […]

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Cell Phone
Monday December 20, 2010

I’d Like To Go Ahead and Use My Lifeline, Regis – Communication Tips While Teaching English Abroad

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel If you live in the United States, you should be fully aware that when you go to teach English abroad, you will be leaving behind a technological infrastructure for internet and cell phones that is a rare find in other parts of the world. In some cases, you might […]

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Roll the Dice
Thursday December 16, 2010

Top 5 Games in the EFL Classroom

This post was written by Rachel Spillane Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? A good game in the EFL classroom can get even the most inattentive, “I’m so over this” students engaged and enthused. And don’t write games off as just for kids! You’ll be shocked when your older students revert back to kinder-aged antics in […]

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Thursday December 16, 2010

Part Two: Second Language Learning – How Long Does It Really Take?

This post was written by Laura Greenwood According to language experts, there are five distinct stages a language learner progresses through. We looked at stage names, the general description of each stage, what teachers should focus on, and how long teachers can expect a language learner to stay at each stage. But our students want […]

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Computer Lab
Thursday December 9, 2010

Teaching ESL Online

This post was written by Laura Greenwood As our world gets busier, many students are choosing the less “traditional” route of online courses to fulfill their dreams. This includes BA’s, MA’s, hobbies, special interests, and now more than ever, foreign languages. A quick google search of “ESL Online” will bring up a lengthy list of […]

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Wednesday December 8, 2010

Diamonds in the Rough – Little Known Places to Teach English Abroad

This post was written by Rachel Spillane When choosing where to teach English abroad, it can be overwhelmingly difficult to decide where to start.  Some obvious choices come to mind because we all know someone who taught English in Japan, South Korea or China.  And while these locations certainly have their own appeal and a […]

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Monday November 29, 2010

Bridge Celebrates 4-year Partnership with Chile’s Ministry of Education

Hi folks! As a Bridge staffer and former EOD volunteer, I’m happy to share the news of Bridge’s four-year commitment to providing volunteers for Chile’s English Opens Doors Program. We are proud to support this important initiative that improves the quality of English instruction in public schools across Chile. Read the official press release here: Bridge and […]

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Use different colors
Thursday November 11, 2010

Whiteboards That Aren’t so White: Organization in the ESL Classroom

*Guest post by Emily Knox from BridgeEnglish Even though teachers can’t scratch their nails on a chalk board anymore to get their students’ attention, there are many other ways to keep your students attentive in the classroom with good board work. I always go into an ESL classroom with at least three colors of marker, but […]

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English opens doors
Wednesday November 10, 2010

Top Five Rewards of Teaching English in Chile with English Opens Doors

Volunteer programs are cropping up all over the place, but it can be hard to find quality programs that really have an impact on the local community. I’m lucky to work in the field of international education, language, and travel, and you can trust that I’m exposed to a LOT of volunteer programs.  One of […]

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TEFL summer camp
Monday September 27, 2010

Who the Heck is Zed?! Teaching (American and British) English Abroad

This post was written by Matthew Clark Two days into my new career teaching English as a foreign language, I realized I didn’t know much about my trade.  I was visiting a class of 5th “formers” (please see chart below), and as a welcome gift they elected to sing me the alphabet song.  Clearly they had […]

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