The TEFL Insider
Trustworthy tips, tales, and advice from Bridge's experienced staff
Teaching English online is a growing segment of the TEFL industry, and for good reason. Newly certified teachers can teach online to gain valuable experience, and more seasoned teachers may teach online to supplement their income or provide the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. Read an interview with Caitlin, who is currently teaching English online, to learn about the pros and cons and how to get started.
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.
Linda Z. is a TEFLOnline.com graduate from Boston, Massachusetts, who is currently teaching English online. She also works as a Career Counselor for a small non-profit organization based at Boston Medical Center, where she provides career services to refugees and asylum seekers from countries such as Uganda, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan and the Syrian Arab Republic.
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?
Before she started the International Diploma in English Language Teaching, a 140-hour, online TEFL course, Michelle McCrossin had concerns. Would the course be too challenging or the workload too intense while working full time? Now that she’s successfully graduated, Michelle has some time management tips to help other busy TEFL students succeed!
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.
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 […]
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.
So you have decided that you want to find a TEFL job in South America, but you are not quite sure which certification course to take to make this happen. Here is an interview with Thomas Stertz, explaining how the Bridge IDELT course helped him reach his goal of teaching English as a foreign language […]