The TEFL Insider
Trustworthy tips, tales, and advice from Bridge's experienced staff
When I was a little girl, my dream was to live in China. I was obsessed with anything Chinese and even had a little doll named “Min.” Honestly, I never thought I’d actually make it to there—it was just a dream. But as a young adult, I found myself applying to teach kids in China, and the next thing you know I found myself in southern China! I had never experienced humidity before, so imagine my surprise as my glasses fogged up as I stepped from the air-conditioned airport to the parking lot outside–– I had arrived!
Have you thought of teaching English in Chile? With mind-blowing natural beauty, exciting city life in Santiago and a high demand for English teachers throughout the country, Chile is calling your name. Requirements to teach here are flexible, so you can either get TEFL certified online before you go, or at BridgeChile right in Santiago. When you graduate, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to teach adult professionals looking to improve their English skills for the global marketplace.
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.
Taylor, a TEFLOnline.com 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.
As a Program Advisor at BridgeTEFL, I’m often asked if I’ve taught overseas myself and where. When I reveal that I taught English in Costa Rica and Morocco, I usually get a thoughtful pause, followed by the natural next question – how did those two places compare? While most people can imagine life in Costa Rica with its toucans, salsa dancing and laid-back, pura vida culture, Morocco is more of a mystery. I chose to go there because I wanted something totally different, and of course I got it!
Alan Tomko is a TEFLOnline.com graduate who went on to teach in China, where he is currently living. He shared some of his interesting experiences there, including making friends with the help of translation software and the feeling of being treated like local celebrity in everyday life! When did you arrive in China and how […]
When I was excitedly making plans to teach English in Costa Rica, there was one issue on my mind that I was afraid would keep me from going abroad: what to do with my cat. I loved Elliott and didn’t want to leave him behind (who would keep him for a year, anyway?), but could […]
Donald is a BridgeTEFL graduate with an interesting story. Already an educator in the Arizona public school system, he earned both the TEFLOnline.com 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 […]
L. has been teaching English in Thailand since May of this year, as a participant in the Bridge Teach in Thailand Program. This Teach Abroad program combines TEFL certification (completed before going abroad) with job placement in Thailand, as well as other supports, like housing.