Classroom Games/Activities

Incorporate interactive ESL/EFL games and activates into your lesson plans to keep your classes engaged and learning. Hear from Bridge staff and alumni teaching worldwide about their most reliable methods for injecting fun and excitement into the classroom. These TESOL games and activities range from icebreakers that give EFL students conversation practice, to knowledge-based games that test students’ understanding of concepts.

A Teacher’s 10 Favorite ESL Podcasts

Podcasts inspire learners with current topics while developing their listening skills. We asked Rashmi, a teacher in Portugal, to share her favorite ESL podcasts for teachers and students.

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10 Fun Ways to Use Realia in Your ESL Classroom

If you’re a teacher, chances are that you’ve used “realia” at some point in your classroom (especially if you teach young learners) and you may not have even realized it! We’ll show you 10 creative ways to use these real-world objects in the physical and virtual classroom to grab your students’ attention and make lessons more memorable.

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8 Ways to Build Rapport When Teaching English Online

For many teachers, especially those who are new to teaching online, it can be challenging to establish relationships within the virtual classroom. An experienced teacher shares tips to build rapport and foster a supportive environment for online learners.

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10 No-Prep ESL Activities for the Last 10 Minutes of Class with Kids

Uh oh! It’s 11:30 and you’ve finished teaching your ESL lesson, but your class isn’t scheduled to end until 11:40! Don’t panic! We’ve got 10 quick, rigorous, no-prep, ESL activities you can keep in your back pocket that work especially well with young learners.

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ESL Songs for Kids and Teens

Young learners and teens (and even adults!) enjoy learning English through music. A teacher in China shares his favorite ESL songs and activities to engage his students and even “trick” them into practicing new language points!

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TEFL Activity: Use Emojis to Teach English

Using emojis to teach English is a great way to bring technology and a bit of fun into your EFL classroom! Students will enjoy using the familiar pictures as a way to practice their knowledge!

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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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TEFL & Uncle Sam: 5 Independence Day TEFL Classroom Activities

Here in the United States Independence Day is upon us. Summer is in full swing, school is out, and households across the country are hanging their flags in the garden and stocking up for the big 4th of July cookout. Why not transfer some of this patriotic cheer to your TEFL classroom? The 4th of July is […]

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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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Tips for Teaching English to Children: Language Learning is Play

This post was written by Susan Weymouth Most of the articles in this newsletter feature tips for working with adults rather than how to teach kids English. So, let’s talk about the challenging but satisfying world of teaching English to young children. Many times teachers who have trained in CELTA or other programs with an […]

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