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“You’re fascinating to me”: Language Learning through Human Connection

This post was written by Susan Weymouth Language is social. My colleague Joshua Yardley (look for all his great blog posts) recently recommended a brief lecture to me on Ted Talks, called “The Linguistic Genius of Babies” by Patricia Kuhl. Her research quantifies how infants develop their language abilities through hearing and selecting the sounds of the […]

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TEFL in Thailand: Ellen Maling Fires up her Motorbike

I woke up at 6 a.m. and started my day by plugging in the hot water kettle for coffee. In Thailand, I drink a sachet of “3-in-1” instant coffee/creamer/sugar mix. It’s a far cry from the organic fresh ground coffee in the French press of home, but I’ve come to appreciate the ginseng extract in the powdered […]

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Notes from the Field: Teaching English in Hungary

Last month we published a feature on South Korea, one of the hottest TEFL markets in the world.  This month, we chose a destination slightly off the beaten path—Budapest, Hungary.  While not as many people teach English in Hungary each year compared to South Korea, it is an emerging destination that has a lot to offer.  We […]

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Testing in TESOL Part 1: A Taxonomy of Tests

Testing in TESOL Part 1: This post is the first part of a five part series on testing in the field of TESOL. There is too much information about TESOL testing for one blog post, and I have never been one to cram. In the first two parts, I want to focus on the types […]

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Why to Activate your ESL Students’ Background Schema

In listening and reading lessons with your ESL students, it’s crucial to activate your students’ background schema or existing experience on the topic.

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Interview with Jesse Myers, BCELT Class of 2011

This post was written by Matthew Clark Over recent years, distance learning has exploded in higher education, with degrees available in almost every discipline spanning from undergraduate to doctorate programs.  There are several benefits to distance learning, the most obvious being the flexibility and convenience of taking the course anywhere you have an internet connection. […]

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Notes from the Field: “Chile was a great choice!”

  Greetings, faithful readers.  If you haven’t already heard, Bridge is seeking candidates for our Teach in Chile program. Our institute in Chile has become one of Santiago’s top schools for learning English, and it is certainly a hotspot for those seeking to secure their EFL certification through the IDELT program we offer there. Many of […]

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Should I Allow My ESL Students to Use Their Native Language?

Whether to allow ESL students to use their first language in the foreign language classroom often sparks quite fiery debate. While some argue that allowing the first language prevents learners from developing fluency in the target language, others see many reasons for the inclusion of the first language in classroom tasks.

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Make Students Remember What They Learn! Inductive vs. Deductive Grammar Teaching in the ESL Classroom

This post was written by Susan Weymouth A key ESL teaching concept is deductive versus inductive learning. Should you begin with a rule (such as a grammar rule concerning the past tense) and ask students to make it specific with their examples? Should you begin with something specific (such as important events in students’ life […]

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Get an International Driver’s Permit!

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel So, you are heading abroad to teach English.  Have any of your interviews included the question, “Do you have an international driver’s license?”  They might.  There are a lot of schools that will have you commuting to other areas (don’t worry, they provide a company car).  An international […]

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