Facebook Live Interview with Leah Donelson, Bridge Academic Manager, on the International TESOL Conference

Last month, Bridge employees attended the 2018 International TESOL conference in Chicago. Here, Alissa Berdahl from BridgeTEFL speaks with BridgeEnglish’s Academic Manager, Leah Donelson, during a Facebook Live event, about the main takeaways from the conference. Leah discusses changing attitudes in the TESOL community, incorporating technology into lessons, and how to assure that classes are relevant and up-to-date in the 21st century.

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Top ESL Icebreakers for the TEFL classroom

Top 5 Icebreakers for the TEFL 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 little creativity to get the class energized. Get them moving with these ESL classroom icebreakers:

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Last-Minute Lifesavers: Quick Games and Activities for the EFL Classroom

We’ve all been there – you’ve just finished a great lesson with your EFL students, but you look up at the clock and you’ve still got 15 minutes before your class ends, and you don’t have anything else planned! Don’t panic– here are some last-minute, no-preparation-needed TEFL activities to keep up your sleeve so you can fill those final moments of class in a fun and educational way!

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Discovering free TEFL lesson plans.

Top 5 Websites for Free TEFL Lesson Plans

New to teaching English as a foreign language? Discover 5 websites that provide appropriate, engaging and (most importantly!) free TEFL lesson plans.

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5 Fun EFL Games for Kids

Let’s face it, learning English as a foreign language is not likely to make the list of a young learner’s list of favorite activities. If you teach kids, however, or plan to, incorporating games into your TEFL lesson plans will keep these young students interested and engaged. Here are 5 fun EFL games to get the […]

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Teacher and students in an EFL classroom

TEFL Tip: 3 Last Minute EFL Lesson Plans for Any Class

Attention EFL teachers: Have you ever finished teaching a carefully planned out lesson only to glance at the clock and see 15 (terrifying) minutes remaining, with nothing for your students to do? Or have you ever been asked to sub a class at the last minute without being provided with a lesson plan? Stay calm! […]

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The Best TEFL Games For Adults

So you landed your first TEFL gig for adults. You might be thinking: “What the @#$% am I going to teach now without my arsenal of fun TEFL games?” Fear not, dear TEFLer! While adults may appear serious and boring, they enjoy a good game just as much as your average elementary-schooler. Perhaps even more so: get an […]

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Best EFL Icebreakers for the First Day of Class

The first day teaching a new EFL class is the most important. You’ll be setting the tone for the rest of the course, establishing ground rules and most importantly, getting to know the English level of your students. The first day is always about getting them to feel comfortable and come out of their shell […]

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Use Songs in The EFL Classroom!

When teaching English, a big part of any successful lesson is keeping your students engaged. Using popular songs in the EFL classroom is a fun way to add some energy to a lackluster grammar topic while giving students a lesson in American pop culture at the same time! I usually find it’s best to use […]

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Understanding Fluency: Setting Up a Task

Using tasks in the EFL classroom is great because once they get rolling the teacher can just sit back and watch. However, there’s a lot that must go into the preparation for the puzzle pieces to fall into place. Let’s first of all consider the problems we are asking the students to solve. My suggestion is to […]

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