Interview with Feruz Akobirov, PhD – Bridge Graduate and University Instructor

Feruz Akobirov is a Bridge Online TEFL course graduate from Uzbekistan, who has been teaching since 2003. Interestingly, Feruz was already a qualified professor teaching at Bukhara State University when he took his TEFL certification course with us this year. In fact, Feruz has two bachelor’s degrees, as well as a Master’s in English Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Education!

I was curious to know more about the very-qualified Feruz and his motivation for getting TEFL certified, so I recently interviewed him.

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Bridge Graduate, Coleen, Gives Us a Lesson on Teaching Parts of Speech

Bridge Graduate Coleen Monroe previously taught English in South Korea and Chile. She has since gone on to earn her Master’s in Linguistics from University College London, and is currently teaching English in Vietnam. As a seasoned teacher, we asked Coleen to again share her expertise– this time on how to teach part of speech. This post also appeared on her personal blog, Reverse Retrograde, about travel, TEFL, and more.  

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Advantages for Non-Native English Speakers in the TEFL Classroom

“Are you from the U.S?” It’s a question I usually encounter and one that, as a non-native English speaking teacher (NNEST) I was even scared to answer during my first few years of teaching in Chile. While this could be a common frustration for non-natives, ironically the ratio of non-native to native English teachers has increased to 4 to 1 in recent years, suggesting that we are starting to see a change in this hiring preference. This change brings up the question: What advantages might non-native English speaking teachers have over their native speaking counterparts? The following are some points to consider!

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Is the Bridge IDELT – Online Right for Me? A Cross-Section of Current Students

If you are you considering an academically rigorous online TEFL certificate course, read on! This blog series, “Is the Bridge IDELT – Online Course Right for Me?”, written by IDELT Online instructor, Ann Leonard, gives you the opportunity to deeply examine the Bridge IDELT Online course (International Diploma in English Language Teaching).  In this post, you’ll get to know a cross-section of graduates who recently completed 12-week IDELT Online training.

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Why Get TEFL Certified When You Have a Master’s in Linguistics? Lisa, TEFLOnline Graduate, Explains

Lisa Goddard, 24, is a TEFLOnline.com graduate from Boston, Massachusetts. During her graduate school studies, she spent a year teaching English in Taiwan with the Fulbright teaching assistantship. Her next step was to become TEFL certified in order to build on her experience and become even more qualified to teach. Since graduating from the University of […]

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

Before starting the International Diploma in English Language Teaching, a graduate-level online TEFL course, I was nervous about the workload, especially since I was working over 40 hours a week. Looking back now that I’ve graduated, there were certain techniques that worked to keep me motivated and spread out my workload. Here are my “dos and don’ts” for taking a course like the Bridge IDELT Online while working full time:

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