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.
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?
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.
After a year and a half abroad in Costa Rica, teaching for two language institutes and online, and taking advantage of everything living in a new country had brought me, I decided to return back to my hometown in the United States. All my friends wanted to know, Why? You get to go to the beach or rainforest or even travel to another country on the weekends…why come back? And mainly, What will you do now?
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.