The TEFL Insider
Trustworthy tips, tales, and advice from Bridge's experienced staff
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?
Even experienced teachers can fall into bad habits, using outdated techniques that limit students’ learning experience rather than broadening it.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 […]
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.
Has your TEFL job search landed you an interview with a school abroad? That’s great! Now is your chance not only to show the school why they should hire you as a teacher, but also to conduct your own mini-interview about the school. Consider asking some of these 8 questions in your next TEFL job interview to find out how well established, organized, and professional the school or English language center where you are applying is.
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.
If you’ve searched online for information about TEFL certification (teaching English as a foreign language) or TEFL jobs, you’ve probably come across opportunities for “teaching internships” or “teach abroad programs.” Though you may have dismissed these programs, thinking they’re expensive, difficult to get, or geared only toward certain people, you just might be overlooking their advantages. Yes, you do have […]
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 TEFLVideos.com in which a teacher, Rachel, notes student errors in a journal to help with future planning.
Have you ever wondered what kind of students you’ll be working with once you’re TEFL certified and teaching English, either at home or abroad? While you may teach adults or children, and you’ll probably work with a range of levels, another consideration is whether you’ll teach in a monolingual or a multilingual classroom
Journaling is not just for backpackers and sweet sixteens! In fact, the humble journal can be your best teaching tool in the TEFL classroom. Here at Bridge, we recommend taking the time to jot a few notes at the end of each class in your own TEFL journal, and here’s why: 1. You’ll get ideas […]
When teaching English, a big part of any successful lesson is keeping your students engaged. Using popular songs in the classroom is a fun way to add some energy to a lackluster grammar topic while giving students a lesson in American pop culture at the same time! I usually find it’s best to use a […]