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Up and Running: How the Pandemic Is Reshaping Business English Instruction

Business English instruction has become less centralized and more global, with more learners seeking spots in online classes and an increase in the use of digital materials. Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the shock of shelter-in-place mandates had worn off. That is when educational institutions saw interest from individuals and corporations rise. The trend […]

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Going Viral – Can English Language Educators Monetize Their Teaching Through YouTube?

Last month, BridgeUniverse explored the ways English language teachers and learners are using Instagram and TikTok. In this article, we’ll continue looking at English teaching outside the classroom by profiling several YouTube teachers who discuss their challenges and successes teaching on this social media giant. English Language Education on YouTube Given YouTube’s size, it’s no […]

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Quakes in the Landscape of China’s English Language Education System

For many years, just having a “white” appearance and a European or North American accent was enough to get an entry-level English teaching position at learning centers around the world. Just a decade ago, job boards were saturated with advertisements and incentives encouraging foreigners to teach abroad in China. In recent years, however, several countries […]

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The Titans of ELT (Part Two): Defining Diversity and Inclusion Within IATEFL and TESOL

In part one of our series comparing the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the TESOL International Association, we explored the structures, challenges and goals of these two English language teaching (ELT) associations. Now, in part two, we look at how the titans of ELT are responding to the […]

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Learning Anywhere, Anytime: Will Apps Make English the Lingua Franca of the 21st Century?

The concept of English learning is all around us. Opportunities to learn languages at our workplaces or in our communities serve as ways to bring people together and to provide valuable new skills. Friends and co-workers compete on language learning platforms as if the platforms were video games; students are motivated to learn by using […]

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IATEFL and TESOL: The Two Titans of ELT (Part One)

For over 50 years, TESOL International Association (commonly referred to simply as TESOL) and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) have been the two most reputable and widespread associations in the English Language Teaching (ELT) field. Members of these associations, as well as past presidents and board members, led […]

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Teaching English With TikTok? How Social Media Is Making Microlearning Big Business

Microlearning — instruction delivered in short, bite-sized chunks — has become increasingly popular in the corporate world for in-service training. Although the term was coined back in 1963 by Hector Correa in his book “The Economics of Human Resources,” microlearning didn’t really catch on in education until the 1990s, when the internet brought education online. […]

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ELT Entrepreneurs Come to Bridge as YLAI Fellows, Leave as Leaders

Although cliché, there’s a Roman proverb that still rings true with many thriving entrepreneurs: “Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Raquel Castro knows that feeling entirely. At 10-years-old, she acquired a strong desire to speak English. Her mother was a food preparer at the local language school and Castro was, by default, introduced to the […]

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Bridge Partners With Latin American Governments to Support English Teacher Development

Education systems in Latin America are prioritizing English language proficiency as a necessary skill for graduates to be equipped for success in an increasingly globalized world, according to a report from the Inter-American Dialogue think-tank, which covers several policy areas in every geographical region from Canada to the southern tip of Chile. In the last ten […]

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U.S. Intensive English Programs: Short-Term Volatility or Long-Term Decline?

Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in the United States provide English language instruction to international students and visitors. Traditionally, this has been primarily through Academic English programs, offering preparation for study at U.S. universities, but also through short-term General English or Business English programs (for executives) and, in recent years, English summer camps for teens. Intensive English […]

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