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The TEFL Insider

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

Tuesday September 1, 2015

5 Challenging TEFL Students and How to Deal with Them

Regardless of whether your TEFL career lands you in front of a class of kindergartners or roomful of corporate CEOs, having good classroom management skills will benefit you as a teacher. One aspect of good classroom management is recognizing, understanding and dealing with the different types of challenging students you’ll be faced with in class. This guide will introduce you to a 5 of them and give you strategies to keep your classroom running smoothly.

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Friday August 14, 2015

Teacher Spotlight: Graduate, Nelly, in France

Nelly Chutaux Bergougnoux completed our 120-hour Master Diploma course this year, and is currently working as an English teacher in France. She recently got in touch with us to share her “amazing adventure” there, where she has combined her previous teaching experience with TEFL training to develop a new learning method and open her own after-school English language center! Read our interview with Nelly to see where TEFL has taken her.

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Tuesday August 4, 2015

TEFL Tip: 3 Last Minute Lesson Plans for Any Class

Attention EFL teachers: Have you ever finished teaching a carefully planned out lesson only to glance at the clock and see 15 (terrifying) minutes remaining, with nothing for your students to do? Or have you ever been asked to sub a class at the last minute without being provided with a lesson plan? Stay calm! We’ve got you covered with these easy, last minute lesson plans/activities that can be adapted to any age and level, for situations like these.

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Thursday July 30, 2015

Bridge Alumni Spotlight: David Guyott: Teach in Argentina Program

David Guyott has just returned from a year spent teaching English in Argentina! He went there as part of the Teach in Argentina Program, which places recent college graduates into part-time teaching positions in cities and smaller towns throughout the country, where they live with host families and teach within the community.

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Wednesday July 29, 2015

7 Tips to Avoid Culture Shock When Teaching Abroad

For those who are already working as teachers at home in the U.K, the idea of teaching abroad promises much to the otherwise stressed and under pressure teacher. However, it seems that all too many teachers can be allured by the romance or monetary rewards of working abroad, without truly appreciating just how big a culture shock there may be in store. So with this in mind, here I outline seven tips to ensure that your dream teaching position abroad turns out to be exactly that.

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Wednesday July 22, 2015

Region Overview: Where Am I Qualified to Teach English Abroad?

Are you newly (or even not-so-newly) TEFL certified and ready to use your certification to venture out into the job world? It’s an exciting time, and opportunities for certified English teachers abound in just about every corner of the globe! We’ve provided the following overview of these points to help you get a sense of where you are qualified to teach abroad.

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Friday July 10, 2015

How to Survive Awkward Moments in the TEFL Classroom

If you thought junior high was embarrassing, just wait until you become a TEFL teacher. The TEFL formula is a magic formula of being in a strange culture, speaking a different language, and standing up in front of a classroom, which leads to… DISASTER! Okay, I’m kidding. The magic TEFL formula actually leads to mind-opening experiences, heart-warming moments, and personal growth. But you’ll probably have a few embarrassing mishaps along the way, and that’s all part of the fun. Read on for our top TEFL disasters and tips on how to deal with them.

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Wednesday July 8, 2015

TEFL Checklist: How to Choose a Legitimate Online Course

Knowing what to look for in a TEFL course is key! To help, here is your legitimate TEFL course checklist:

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Thursday July 2, 2015

A Day in the Life of Meredith S., English Teacher in Japan!

Meredith S. took the Cambridge CELTA course with Bridge in Denver, Colorado, and got a job teaching in Japan through AEON, one of the biggest English conversation schools in the country. Now she lives and teaches in beautiful Inuyama, Japan, a city of about 75,000 people, about 30 minutes from Nagoya. We asked her to finish the following sentences so that we could learn about a typical “day in the life” for a teacher in Inuyama.

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Wednesday June 24, 2015

Program Spotlight: Teach in Thailand

Experience Thailand the way no tourist ever could in the Teach in Thailand Program. In this structured, supportive program, participants receive teacher training at home, then attend orientation in Bangkok or Chiang Mai in preparation for their teaching placement at a Thai school. In this respected teaching position at a K-12 school, you’ll help improve the English skills of your students, while promoting cultural exchange within the local community. Why just visit the country, when you can live the culture!

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