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Top Five Icebreakers for the EFL 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

10 Reasons You Should Teach in Chile This Year

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.

By in Friday Mar 10, 2017 No comments

Vetting TEFL Employers Abroad: Tips to Avoid Scams and Land the Teaching Job You Want

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.

By in Thursday Mar 2, 2017 5 Comments

How to Teach English Abroad: A Step-by-Step Guide for Everyone

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.

By in Wednesday Sep 7, 2016 No comments

8 Questions to Ask Before You Take a TEFL Job

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.

By in Thursday Jul 7, 2016 No comments

How to Succeed in the IDELT Online (TEFL course) While Working Full-Time

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!

By in Thursday Jun 9, 2016 No 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

5 Teach Abroad Myths Debunked

I remember when I first got the idea to teach English abroad in Costa Rica. I knew next to nothing about the process back then, but it seemed like plenty of people were eager to give me their advice on the subject—and it was mostly negative. People told me that there were no teaching jobs in […]

By in Friday May 6, 2016 2 Comments

Can I Take My Pet Abroad When I Teach English?

When I was excitedly making plans to teach English in Costa Rica, there was one issue on my mind that I was afraid would keep me from going abroad: what to do with my cat. I loved Elliott and didn’t want to leave him behind (who would keep him for a year, anyway?), but could […]

By in Monday Feb 22, 2016 No comments