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

Donald Guadagni3
Monday February 1, 2016

Donald’s Journey From U.S. Public School Teacher to TEFL in Asia!

Donald is a BridgeTEFL graduate with an interesting story. Already an educator in the Arizona public school system, he earned both the Diploma the Cambridge CELTA certificate with Bridge in 2007/2008.  He went on to teach in English at Bridge English School in southern Taiwan and then at Ningbo City College of Vocational Technology […]

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Places to teach with an online TEFL certificate
Thursday January 28, 2016

5 Places to Teach With An Online TEFL Certification

Even the most preliminary Internet search for TEFL certification course options quickly makes it clear that online courses are an affordable option as compared to classroom-based courses. What’s more, they don’t require travel to a course location or any major schedule adjustments; most can be done at your own pace, at your convenience.

So what’s the catch? If you’re like most people, you’re suspicious of anything that sounds too good to be true, and you’re left wondering what the limitations of an online certificate might be. Are they as valuable as certifications earned in the classroom? In other words, where can you teach with an online certificate?

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Jet Lagged Jess1
Monday January 25, 2016

Bridge Grad “Jet Lagged Jess” Tells Us Why She Got TEFL Certified in Chile

Jess might be a typical “20-something New Zealander who is leaving the nest,” but the path she took from home was anything but typical! Jess headed from NZ to Santiago, Chile in search of adventure in South America. In her new home base of Santiago, she got TEFL certified at Bridge in order to get a job as a teacher of English as a foreign language.

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Tuesday January 19, 2016

Why It Matters: Selecting an Accredited TEFL Course

You’ve finally finished you TEFL certification course. You take a couple of months to gather yourself, save some money, and buy a plane ticket to Thailand. A school in Thailand contacts your TEFL course provider to check on your certificate, and… SURPRISE! Your TEFL provider no longer exists! Okay, this may be an extreme case, but you certainly don’t want something similar to happen to you. Read on as our Curriculum Director Susan Weymouth gives us some great tips on selecting a reputable TEFL course.

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Thursday January 14, 2016

Listening to Your Students – What a Concept! Observing and Monitoring Errors in the EFL Classroom

How often do you step back and listen to your EFL students? We often think of error correction as a direct, immediate action: the teacher hears a mistake and then points it out. Yet, that is only one possibility. Consider all the information that an English student gives by making an error and all the options we have in addressing it. Take a moment to view this selection from in which a teacher, Rachel, notes student errors in a journal to help with future planning.

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Monday January 4, 2016

A Medieval English Town in Argentina? Welcome to the Borough!

Argentina is a beautiful country that offers much to see for the adventurous EFL teacher. However, you might be surprised to learn that in addition to the Andes Mountains, tango, futbal and other Argentinian signatures, you can also find a medieval, English-speaking borough tucked into the province of Buenos Aires. Read on to learn why! […]

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Wednesday December 30, 2015

Spotlight on South America

Winter weather makes the holidays cozy, but by around January/February the thrill you felt at that first snow is usually long gone. So if you’re wading through snow this winter, consider flipping the season switch and heading south this winter— to South America, that is! It’s summer right now in most of South America, so it’s the perfect time to escape the cold and spend a month somewhere like Brazil, Argentina or Chile, taking a TEFL course that will lead to a new and fun career.

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TEFL teacher in Colombia
Thursday December 10, 2015

Meet Julie: CELTA Grad Teaching in Colombia!

Julie is a BridgeTEFL graduate who took the Cambridge CELTA course in Medellin, Colombia in March 2015. After graduation, she started her job search and landed a teaching position in Manizales, Colombia, where her adventure living abroad in South America continues! I asked Julie to share with us about her experience, such as why she chose to get certified abroad and what Colombia has been like for her so far.

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Monday November 30, 2015

5 Fun EFL Games for Kids

If you currently teach, or plan to teach kids,incorporating games into your TEFL lesson plans will keep these young students interested and engaged. Here are 5 fun EFL games to get the kids in your classes excited about learning English!

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Kimmy in Hungary
Tuesday November 24, 2015

Teaching Adults vs. Teaching Kids: What, Where and Why

When you think of teaching English as a Foreign Language, do you picture yourself in front of a class of children, adults, or a mix of both? Did you know that the age group you prefer to teach can factor into your choice of teaching location? This overview of teaching adults vs. young learners answers the who, what, where and how of teaching these age groups!

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