Why Get TEFL Certified When You Have a Master’s in Linguistics? Lisa, BridgeTEFL Graduate, Explains

Lisa Goddard, 24, is a BridgeTEFL online graduate from Boston, Massachusetts. During her graduate school studies, she decided to teach English in Taiwan and spent a year there as part of a Fulbright teaching assistantship. Her next step was to become TEFL certified in order to build on her experience and become even more qualified to teach. Since […]

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English teacher in China

Bridge Graduate, Lana, English Teacher in China

Lana is a Third Culture Kid, She was born in Central Mexico to American parents, and lived there until she was about 12 years old, when her family moved to the States. There, she finished up high school and graduated from college. She is now teaching English to children in Lijiang, China.

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Rachel teaching online in Mexico

Digital Nomad, Rachel, Describes Teaching Online with VIPKID

Bridge graduate, Rachel Story, has been teaching, traveling, and living around the world with her husband Sasha since 2010, and is currently in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, teaching English online. Rachel tells us all about her job with the popular online tutoring company, VIPKID, which allows her to teach ESL from her laptop and live as a digital nomad.

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Last-Minute Lifesavers: Quick Games and Activities for the EFL Classroom

We’ve all been there – you’ve just finished a great lesson with your EFL students, but you look up at the clock and you’ve still got 15 minutes before your class ends, and you don’t have anything else planned! Don’t panic– here are some last-minute, no-preparation-needed TEFL activities to keep up your sleeve so you can fill those final moments of class in a fun and educational way!

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5 Fun EFL Games for Kids

Let’s face it, learning English as a foreign language is not likely to make the list of a young learner’s list of favorite activities. If you teach kids, however, or plan to, incorporating games into your TEFL lesson plans will keep these young students interested and engaged. Here are 5 fun EFL games to get the […]

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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. The Monolingual Classroom […]

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5 Challenging TEFL Students and How to Deal with 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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Teacher and students in an EFL classroom

TEFL Tip: 3 Last Minute EFL Lesson Plans for Any Class

Attention EFL teachers: Have you ever finished teaching a carefully planned out lesson only to glance at the clock and see 15 (terrifying) minutes remaining, with nothing for your students to do? Or have you ever been asked to sub a class at the last minute without being provided with a lesson plan? Stay calm! […]

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Rewarding your EFL Students: Don’t Forget to Add the Smiley Face!

Every accomplishment deserves a well done or pat on the back. Don’t forget to praise your EFL students when they achieve, correctly pronounce, and participate. English class can be no fun for students with drills, repetition, and homework. So don’t forget to encourage them and applaud them. Here are some words of praise you can […]

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No Time To Plan: A Quick English Speaking Activity for the Busy TEFL Teacher

Lesson planning was never my forte as an English teacher.  I knew that it was critical to my success as a teacher and that I hated feeling unprepared, but I still fought the process.  I know that many teachers do, especially new teachers that haven’t developed a full bag of tricks for the classroom.  For […]

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