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Teaching English Grammar with the Guided Discovery Approach

Move beyond worksheets in your English language classroom by taking a communicative approach to grammar. Learn how to use a student-centered, Guided Discovery approach that puts new concepts into a relevant context for a more engaging learning experience for your students.

By in Wednesday Oct 25, 2017 No comments

Top Five Icebreakers for the TEFL Classroom

The first few minutes of English class are crucial for setting the tone for the whole period, so it’s important to start with a bang. EFL students might be coming to class tired after a long day or groggy and sleepy-eyed, so we want to get them engaged and energetic, and it might take a […]

By in Thursday Jul 20, 2017 1 Comment

How to Create a TEFL Lesson Plan

If you teach English as a foreign language (TEFL), you are sure to become familiar with the art and science of lesson planning. That’s because although some schools may provide you with pre-made plans you can use in class, most will expect you to create your own. Check out this overview from a TEFL instructor on what goes into making an effective TEFL lesson plan, including the all-important lesson objective.

By in Thursday Mar 23, 2017 No comments

EFL Teaching Tip: Break Free from Frozen Teaching Techniques

Even experienced teachers can fall into bad habits, using outdated techniques that limit students’ learning experience rather than broadening it. Curriculum expert, Susan Weymouth, shares a time-frozen teaching technique you should avoid and suggests a more vibrant strategy to replace it that your students will love.  Time-Frozen Strategy: Grammar-Translation This method was designed for Latin […]

By in Thursday Sep 22, 2016 No comments

Program Spotlight: Specialized Certificate in Teaching English Grammar

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.

By in Thursday Sep 15, 2016 No comments

Last-Minute Lifesavers: Quick Games and Activities for the EFL Classroom

We’ve all been there – you’ve just finished a great lesson with your EFL students, but you look up a the clock and you’ve still got 15 minutes before your class ends, and you don’t have anything else planned! Don’t panic– here are some last-minute, no-preparation-needed TEFL activities to keep up your sleeve so you can fill […]

By in Wednesday Jul 27, 2016 1 Comment

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Using Objectives in ESL Lesson Planning

Most experienced English teachers know the benefits of planning and do their best to walk into each class prepared. ESL lesson plans can range from a few notes on the back of an envelope to full-blown works of art. They can be quick 1-2-3 outlines or so fully developed that a substitute teacher can walk in and complete the lesson without skipping a beat. However simple or complex your lesson plan is, a good place to begin any plan is with an objective.

By in Friday Jun 17, 2016 6 Comments

Top 5 Websites for Free TEFL Lesson Plans

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.

By in Wednesday Jun 8, 2016 No comments

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 […]

By in Monday Feb 1, 2016 No comments

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.

By in Thursday Jan 14, 2016 34 Comments