How Online Teaching Helped Me Become a Better English Teacher

You don’t need to cross an ocean to have a great TEFL experience! Here, English teacher, Krzl Light Nunes, writes about her experiences teaching English online, and the surprising ways it has improved her classroom teaching skills.

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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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Bridge Graduate, Coleen, Gives Us a Lesson on Teaching Parts of Speech

Bridge Graduate Coleen Monroe previously taught English in South Korea and Chile. She has since gone on to earn her Master’s in Linguistics from University College London, and is currently teaching English in Vietnam. As a seasoned teacher, we asked Coleen to again share her expertise– this time on how to teach part of speech. This post also appeared on her personal blog, Reverse Retrograde, about travel, TEFL, and more.  

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Teaching English Grammar with the Guided Discovery Approach

A BridgeEnglish teacher gives advice for teaching English grammar. She explains how to implement the “guided discovery approach.”

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Top ESL Icebreakers for the TEFL classroom

Top 5 Icebreakers for the TEFL Classroom

The first few minutes of English class are crucial for setting the tone for the whole period, so it’s important to start with a bang. EFL students might be coming to class tired after a long day or groggy and sleepy-eyed, so we want to get them engaged and energetic, and it might take a little creativity to get the class energized. Get them moving with these ESL classroom icebreakers:

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How to Create a TEFL Lesson Plan

As a TEFLOnline.com tutor, I have observed that lesson planning is the one part of the ESL teacher’s toolbox that many trainees struggle to master. This is likely because they misunderstand its purpose and see it as an administrative chore rather than what it is — their best friend in the classroom. A carefully written TEFL lesson plan actually frees teachers to do what they do best: to give attention to their students in the classroom without worrying about what comes next.

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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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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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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Using Objectives in ESL Lesson Plans

Most experienced English teachers know the benefits of planning and do their best to walk into each class prepared. ESL lesson plans can range from a few notes on the back of an envelope to full-blown works of art. They can be quick 1-2-3 outlines or so fully developed that a substitute teacher can walk in and complete the lesson without skipping a beat. A good place to begin any plan is with an objective. 

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Discovering free TEFL lesson plans.

Top 5 Websites for Free TEFL Lesson Plans

New to teaching English as a foreign language? Discover 5 websites that provide appropriate, engaging and (most importantly!) free TEFL lesson plans.

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