Announcing New Bridge Micro-Credential Courses: Your Next Achievement Is Just a Click Away

October 15, 2021
Bridge Micro-credentials

We’re proud to announce the launch of three new Bridge Micro-credentials, the latest courses in our continually growing portfolio.

What are Bridge Micro-credential courses?

Micro-credentials offer short, targeted training on practical TEFL/TESOL topics, putting professional development within reach for all English teachers, worldwide. These 10- or 20-hour courses are designed for TEFL/TESOL-certified or experienced teachers looking to expand their knowledge of current teaching methods or gain new skills.

Micro-credential courses focus on practical topics that teachers can immediately apply to the classroom, such as using videos or podcasts to teach English, or methods for effective error correction. Best of all, these courses are accessible to all teachers, since they’re completely online and can be started for free.

New Bridge Micro-credentials

Our three new courses are aimed at teachers in non-traditional settings as well as service-minded teachers.

Teaching English as a Volunteer

This course prepares teachers for the unique role of teaching English in a cross-cultural, volunteer setting. You’ll develop practical skills and get the global perspective needed to effect positive change in the community you serve.

Teaching English with Low Resources

This course provides creative, affordable techniques for teachers working in low-resource settings. Learn to create a rich learning experience for your students, even if your school has a limited budget, you’re teaching in a remote location, or you’re teaching from home. 

Teaching English as a Christian Service

This course was developed in partnership with Crown College and can be taken as part of a pathway to further study at this private Christian institution. For teachers planning to do missionary work, the course provides the skills to adapt to a new environment as a teacher and impact the host community in culturally appropriate ways.

Other Bridge Micro-credentials

In addition to these new courses, Bridge offers a large portfolio of Micro-credentials on a variety of relevant topics, including a suite of courses related to teaching English online. Some other Micro-credential topics include:

Browse all Micro-credentials.

Why should I take a Micro-credential course?

  • Learn a practical new skill you can immediately apply to the classroom – start for free!
  • Complete each short, targeted Micro-credential course quickly, in under a month.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Join the Bridge community of global English language teachers.
  • Upgrade to stack micro-credentials as you complete them to add hours to your TEFL/TESOL certificate and enhance your resume.

Explore the ways professional development for ESL teachers can boost your resume.

Can I really start these courses for free?

Yes! To support ongoing professional development for English language educators, we’ve made the content of these Micro-credential courses available to all teachers, completely free of charge.

Start for free

You can enroll in as many Micro-credential courses as you like and you’ll be given a month’s access to each course from the day you sign up. Access the dynamic, free course content at your own pace.

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Option to upgrade

You’ll also have the option of purchasing the upgraded version of any Micro-credential course for additional benefits. You can either purchase the upgrade at the time of enrollment or from within the free version of any Micro-credential.

The benefits of upgrading are:

  • Extended course access –- 3 months from the day you upgrade (rather than 1 month in the free version).
  • Personal tutor support during the course, so you can ask questions and get feedback
  • An assessed final assignment and quiz to test your knowledge of the course material
  • An accredited and internationally recognized TEFL/TESOL certificate and verifiable digital badge issued upon successful completion of the final assignment and quiz.

Learn how you can use digital badges to get TEFL/TESOL jobs. 

How does the Micro-credential course platform work?  

Regardless of which version of any Micro-credential course you take, the training is hosted on the same dynamic platform (Moodle) as other Bridge online TEFL/TESOL courses. The course can be accessed from any device, including a tablet or phone, and has the following features to keep you actively engaged in your learning:

Dynamic content

Clickable practice quizzes and fun exercises in every module take your training beyond simply reading about a topic.

Downloadable resources

Downloadable resources in the BridgeTEFL teaching English Online course

Colorful infographics and other useful resources are available to download, save, and refer back to when you’re teaching.

Interactive discussion boards

The course includes a collaborative peer discussion board to share ideas and experiences with other trainees. You’ll benefit from the perspectives of our global community of teachers who span all experience levels and who are located in countries worldwide.

What are the requirements to take Bridge Micro-credential courses?

There are no prerequisites to take a Bridge Micro-credential course. However, because they’re professional development courses (rather than initial TEFL/TESOL certification courses that provide a foundation in teaching English), these courses are best suited for teachers who are already certified and/or have teaching experience.

If you decide to upgrade and earn a certificate and digital badge for your Micro-credential course:

  • You must be 18 years old
  • You must have at least a high school diploma
  • If English is not your first language, we recommend an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (B1 level, according to the Common European Framework Reference for Language).

Bridge Micro-credentials are stepping stones on your path to professional development. We invite you to enroll in one or more Micro-credential courses to upskill as an educator, distinguish yourself professionally, and demonstrate competence in specific areas of TEFL/TESOL.

Learn more or enroll in your first Micro-credential today. It won’t be your last!