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Troubleshooting When Teaching Online English Classes

Like many English teachers around the globe during the coronavirus crisis, Coleen, in China, had to make make a quick transition to the virtual classroom. She shares some of the common problems she’s experienced during this shift and her advice on how to troubleshoot them.

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William, English teacher in China, with students

Do You CCQ? Using Concept Checking Questions in the ESL Classroom

Asking students, “Do you understand? ” can be ineffective when checking understanding of a new concept in the ESL classroom. A better option? Try concept checking questions (CCQs) to really gauge your students’ comprehension.

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Kindergarten Students of English Teacher in Wanli, China, Erin Coyle

ESL Games & Activities for Kids

Learning English as a second language probably won’t make young learners’ and teens’ list of top three favorite activities, but incorporating games into your lessons is a great way to help young students review what they’ve learned in an interactive, fun, and memorable way.

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Parents as ESL Stakeholders

ESL Stakeholders – Who Are They and Why Do They Matter?

ESL stakeholders are invested in students’ success. Knowing who they are and how to build good relationships with them will result in positive interactions with colleagues as well as happy students, satisfied parents, and more career opportunities for you down the road.

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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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EFL Teaching Tip: Break Free from Frozen Teaching Techniques

Even experienced teachers can fall into bad habits, using outdated techniques that limit students’ learning experience rather than broadening it. Curriculum expert, Susan Weymouth, shares an EFL teaching tip to help you avoid a time-frozen teaching technique and adopt a more vibrant strategy that your students will love. 

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Listening to Your Students – What a Concept! Observing and Monitoring Errors in the EFL Classroom

This post was written by Susan Weymouth, Bridge Curriculum Specialist and CELTA trainer. Teachers, how often do you step back and listen to your EFL students? We often think of error correction as a direct, immediate action: the teacher hears a mistake and then points it out. Yet, that is only one possibility. Consider all […]

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Teaching English in a Multilingual Classroom

Teaching English in a Multilingual Classroom

Have you ever wondered what kind of students you’ll be working with once you’re TEFL certified and teaching English, either at home or abroad? While you may teach adults or children, and you’ll probably work with a range of levels, another consideration is whether you’ll teach English in a monolingual or a multilingual classroom. Get more tips […]

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5 Challenging TEFL Students and How to Effectively Handle Them

Regardless of where your TEFL career lands you, having good classroom management skills will benefit you as a teacher. One aspect of this is recognizing, understanding, and dealing with challenging students that you’ll be faced with in class. This guide introduces you to some of them and gives you strategies to keep your classroom running smoothly.

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building rapport in the esl classroom

5 Ways to Build Rapport in the ESL Classroom

As an ESL teacher, it is essential to connect with your students. Here are some simple, fail-proof ways to build rapport in the ESL classroom.

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