Teaching the Way I Learned: Strategies of Non-Native English Speaking Teachers

Non-Native English Speaking teachers (NNESTs) bring unique perspectives to the classroom, which allows them to implement inventive strategies into their lessons. Hear from Bridge teachers from Latin America, Asia, and Europe on their experience in the classroom.

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Interview with Feruz Akobirov, PhD – Bridge Graduate and University Instructor

Feruz Akobirov is a Bridge Online TEFL course graduate from Uzbekistan, who has been teaching since 2003. Interestingly, Feruz was already a qualified professor teaching at Bukhara State University when he took his TEFL certification course with us this year. In fact, Feruz has two bachelor’s degrees, as well as a Master’s in English Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Education!

I was curious to know more about the very-qualified Feruz and his motivation for getting TEFL certified, so I recently interviewed him.

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Meet BridgeEnglish Teacher, Tereza Lewis

Originally from Prague, Tereza has been teaching at the BridgeEnglish language school (a division of Bridge Education Group) in downtown Denver for several years. Learn more about her background and experiences in the classroom below.

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Advantages for Non-Native English Speakers in the TEFL Classroom

“Are you from the U.S?” It’s a question I usually encounter and one that, as a non-native English speaking teacher (NNEST) I was even scared to answer during my first few years of teaching in Chile. While this could be a common frustration for non-natives, ironically the ratio of non-native to native English teachers has increased to 4 to 1 in recent years, suggesting that we are starting to see a change in this hiring preference. This change brings up the question: What advantages might non-native English speaking teachers have over their native speaking counterparts? The following are some points to consider!

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Getting TEFL Certified as a Non-Native English Speaker: What to Know

Are you a non-native English speaker who is considering getting TEFL certified? If so, you are not alone! Roughly 20% of the students who enroll in BridgeTEFL online courses, speak a first language other than English. We understand that non-native English speakers may have unique concerns before enrolling in a TEFL course, so we’re offering some TEFL information tailored specifically to you! Here’s what you should know before enrolling in a TEFL course:

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TEFL for Non-Native English Speaking Teachers

Are There TEFL Opportunities for Non-Native English Speakers?

Are you interested in a career in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) but you speak a first language other than English? You may be wondering if there are TEFL opportunities for non-native English speakers like you.

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