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!
Bridge is excited to share the news– we’ve launched the new Bridge Job Board! We created this Job Board so that TEFL – TESOL graduates can connect with the right teaching positions to match their qualifications and preferences. Best of all, schools featured on the Job Board are reviewed and approved by Bridge prior to posting before, giving teachers access to only the most reputable employers.
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.
Once you are TEFL certified and start browsing TEFL job sites, you realize pretty quickly that there’s no lack of teaching jobs worldwide. It’s exciting! But the truth is, it can also be overwhelming. When faced with hundreds of job openings in countries around the globe, how you can be sure a job is legitimate? To help you vet potential employers abroad before you sign on the dotted line, I offer the five basic tips.
I remember when I first started doing research into the certification required to teach English abroad. I imagined there would be some kind of official website that led me to the one kind of certificate required to become an English teacher, but it didn’t turn out to be so cut and dry. Instead I found myself lost in a sea of unfamiliar terms that all seemed to have roughly the same mix of letters, but were slightly different. Sound familiar?
From my first visit to Italy, to the city of Florence in 2012, I had an unique connection. After exploring different options, I decided that getting certification as a English teacher was a way of obtaining my dream of living in Italy. After receiving a copy of my certification I got to work and found a list of English Schools in Italy… and decided that the Inlingua School of Parma was the right fit for me.
For those of us whose first language is English, the rules of grammar are not something we think about; we use them instinctively! However, when teaching English as a foreign language, you’ll be called upon to have knowledge of, answer questions about, and be able to clearly explain the rules of grammar on a daily basis! Grammar Advisor is a course that can help.
You want to teach English abroad, but with all the various websites, blogs and random advice out there, you’re not sure how to get started. Don’t let information overload stall your plans! Follow this easy step-by-step instruction guide to get your plans to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in gear.
Jonathan is a Bridge graduate whose path to teaching started with the Cambridge CELTA course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in 2010. After the CELTA, Jonathan taught in Colombia for almost a year, then returned home to teach and earn his master’s degree in education. Now he’s teaching abroad once again– this time in beautiful Cozumel, Mexico, where we recently caught up with him.
During college, our newest staff member, Anna Williams, spent 5 months studying throughout Ecuador. During that time, she became something of an expert in homestays, having stayed with 4 different families in various parts of the country. These, she says, were the experiences she cherishes most from her time in Ecuador. If you’re considering a homestay, read about Anna’s experience before you decide!