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Will English Language Teachers Be Traveling Again in 2022?

Though the coronavirus pandemic has been a global event, its impact has been uneven, varying across borders and within communities. Industries everywhere, particularly those that rely on travel, have suffered, but even those consequences have been dissimilar. While borders closed and the international tourism industry came to a halt, travelers headed for mountain towns and […]

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English Language Teaching Start-ups: Will the Next ‘Unicorn’ Speak English?

“Alternative language learning companies are attracting investors and reaching ‘unicorn’ status, a term used in the venture capital industry to describe a privately held startup company with a valuation of over $1 billion.” English language learning has blossomed into a $60 billion global market, according to TechCrunch. Using data by Ulrich Ammon at the University […]

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From English Language Learners to Teachers: Busting the Native-Speakerism Bias

These are game-changing times for hiring professionals in the field of English language teaching (ELT). English is one of the key languages shaping the modern world and the language itself is shaped by different speakers, teachers and learners, estimated to reach 2 billion in the next 10-15 years. Businesspeople, teachers and students realize that now, […]

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Are Machine Translation Tools a Threat to English Teaching?

If you have long passages, DeepL does come up with language that is more natural overall. But DeepL often mistranslates words and shorter phrases.  When Google Translate first launched in 2006, the implications for foreign language classrooms seemed small. It was useful for translating single words, the way a bilingual dictionary is, and short sentences […]

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The Philippines: Emerging From a Sea of Language Learning Destinations

The rising demand for English teachers worldwide has provided Filipinos with much-needed employment opportunities and significantly affected other ESL (English as a Second Language) industry stakeholders. Large corporations profit from the Philippines’ competitive labor rates and the high global demand for English language instructors. BridgeUniverse spoke with two Filipino English language teachers (ELTs) and the […]

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America’s English Language Teaching Initiatives: What Impact Are US Tax Dollars Making Globally?

In 2020, $730.7 million was distributed to educational and cultural exchange programs, which includes English language initiatives, according to the U.S. Department of State Fiscal Year 2020 Agency Financial Report. The State Department oversees diplomatic relations with foreign nations. Underneath the general branch of the State Department is the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs […]

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Is Online ESL Education Here to Stay? English Language Teachers Discover Creativity, Opportunity Within Pandemic’s Restrictions

At the start of the pandemic, the world came to a halt. Formerly bustling cities were suddenly marked by empty streets, closed businesses, shut down schools and at-capacity hospitals. The “new normal” of life during COVID-19 became not only a learning process, but a creative one as well. For more than 168 million children worldwide, […]

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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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