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Level Up Your Professional Development With Bridge Expert Series Webinars

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While growing as an English teacher involves keeping skills up to date and staying current on trends, you may wonder how you can fit continuous professional development into your daily tasks, busy class schedules, and other commitments. The good news is webinars can make it easy to participate in quality professional development and engage with other educators, even from the comfort of your own home! Webinars are a flexible, accessible solution for professional development that can help you stay up to date on the latest teaching methods, technologies, and more so you can continually enhance your teaching skills and stay current with industry trends.

The Bridge Expert Series webinars offer a flexible, yet powerful tool for teachers to keep learning and reaching their goals. Providing you with access to leading experts in the field of ELT as well as a global community of educators, Expert Series webinars provide vast opportunities to learn and grow in your profession. Let’s look at the benefits of Expert Series webinars and how you can integrate them into your professional development strategy.

Learn more about the benefits of professional development in ELT.

an Expert Series webinar on embracing the entrepreneurial mindset

What is the Bridge Expert Series?

The power of the Bridge Expert Series lies in its vast compilation of leading ELT experts who share their expertise, experiences, and resources with the global ELT community. With speakers like Heather Ho, Head of Learning Experiences at Learnlight, discussing how teachers can combine teacher-powered and app-based learning in teaching Business English, and Bartek Janiak, Teacher Trainer & Assessment Senior Advisor for Pearson Global, discussing strategies to help students succeed in English proficiency exams, the webinars leverage experts from industries ranging from pedagogy and teaching methodologies to testing and EdTech.

The Bridge Expert Series features live and on-demand webinars. Webinar participants can register to attend live webinars or join the community to access over 75 on-demand webinars. Whether you’re new to TEFL or an experienced professional, Expert Series webinars offer insights and resources on topics ranging from career development to teaching Business English to starting your own English teaching business. Through these interactive virtual sessions, teachers have the opportunity to learn from the expert panelists, ask questions, and engage with fellow webinar participants. Expert Series panelists are ELT educators and other industry professionals who have years of experience in their respective fields that range from curriculum design to EdTech to English proficiency testing to teacherpreneurship.

Let’s look at the benefits of the Expert Series webinars.

What are the benefits of the Expert Series webinars for ELT professionals?

From gaining fresh perspectives and resources to connecting more with the global ELT community, there are a lot of benefits to joining the Bridge Expert Series webinars! Let’s look at the top reasons you should take part in these ELT webinars and how you can get the most out of them.

1. Attend live Expert Series webinars for ELT professionals

You can participate in live monthly Expert Series webinars for free and be part of an interactive online event! During these live sessions, the Expert Series Moderator holds a roundtable-style discussion with the expert panelists, who share their insights and knowledge in their area of expertise and answer questions sent in by the audience.

Aside from watching the virtual lectures in real time, you can also:

  • Send questions to panelists during the presentation
  • Network, interact, or share ideas with other attendees through the platform’s live chat
  • Answer poll questions to share your background and teaching goals
an Expert Series webinar on pathways to teach English abroad

2. Watch on-demand Expert Series video lectures

As an Expert Series subscriber, you’ll never miss an online lecture, even if you can’t make it to the live webinars or didn’t attend the previous ones! By signing up to join the Expert Series community, you can access on-demand lectures, which are recordings of previous live Expert Series webinars you can view at any time. The Expert Series has a library of over 75 on-demand webinars, organized into different ELT topics that you can choose from. No matter the skills you’d like to develop, the TEFL niche you’d like to specialize in, or the trends you’d like to know more about, you can always find an Expert Series lecture that you can benefit from!

In addition to watching the on-demand webinars, you can also complete interactive activities and easily download the lesson takeaways. As an Expert Series member, you can access the video-based lessons that include interactive quizzes to check your comprehension of the video lecture you’ve watched. You can also save each video’s Expert Series Extract, an article that provides an overview and key points of the lectures.

3. Earn Certificates of Professional Development

Expert Series subscribers can earn Certificates of Professional Development after each live webinar attended or on-demand webinar watched. After watching a lecture and answering the questions in the quiz, you’ll earn a Professional Development Certificate reflecting the name of the lecture you completed.

If you’re looking to boost your career prospects or expertise, earning professional certificates helps you further strengthen your English teacher profile. You can add your Professional Development Certificates to your resume, for instance, or if you have an online English teaching business, you can share them on your website or social media pages to showcase the new skills you’ve learned and your dedication to lifelong learning.

Read about nine ways to boost your resume with professional development for ESL teachers.

4. Dive deep into ELT topics with Expert Series learning paths

The collection of Expert Series video lectures is organized by learning paths, which are targeted ELT areas or teaching niches where you can develop your skills. Expert Series learning paths include:

You can choose your learning path on the Expert Series video library page and get curated on-demand lectures to help you reach your professional development goals. For instance, if you’re looking to grow in your online English teaching career, you can select the Teaching English Online learning path, and the video lectures will be related to themes like online English teaching methods, materials development, and expanding your market as an online ESL teacher.

an Expert series webinar on leveraging AI in teaching

5. Get exclusive deals from Bridge Expert Series Sponsor Partners

Bridge community members can access exclusive free resources, discounts, and other perks offered by Bridge Expert Series Sponsor Partners whose aim is to empower ELT educators and equip them with the most innovative teaching tools. Aside from free lesson plans and learning platform trials, you can also find special promos for app subscriptions and book free product demonstrations. Here’s a sneak peek of the freebies you can get from our Sponsor Partners:

  • You can download free Fluentize Business English lesson plans and get an exclusive discount on their full-access subscription.
  • FLOW Speak offers a free trial of their language app, plus you can schedule a demo to set up your online English class on their platform.

Learn more about Bridge Expert Series Sponsor Partners.

Where to find upcoming Expert Series events and how to register for these ELT webinars

Worried about missing the next Expert Series webinars? There are various ways you can stay informed and sign up for Bridge Expert Series events.

Bridge TEFL/TESOL Events Calendar

You can find ELT events online and around the world on the Bridge TEFL/TESOL Events Calendar. Aside from the Bridge Expert Series webinars, this interactive event calendar also lets you keep track of other onsite or online ELT events worldwide, from international TESOL conventions to Teacherpreneur Academy workshops to events organized by special interest groups (SIG events).

To sign up for an upcoming Expert Series webinar, simply click the website link or the “Learn More About the Event” button, which will direct you to the webinar’s login page.

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Bridge TEFL Bulletin

You can also subscribe to the Bridge TEFL Bulletin to receive bimonthly updates on the next live Expert Series lectures in your email. The Bridge TEFL Bulletin also features ELT news, teaching tips, activity ideas, free eBooks, and other resources that will keep you connected with the English language teaching community.

Register for a free account

Whenever you’re ready to level up your professional development and connect with more ELT teachers around the world, you can register for an upcoming live ELT webinar or join the community to gain full access to all on-demand webinars and resources. The community page has a free subscription to attend live webinars or monthly and annual subscription options to access on-demand lectures and earn Certificates of Professional Development.

Webinars provide flexible, accessible professional development opportunities to grow your English language teaching skills, learn about new teaching methods, practices, and resources, and stay current on evolving ELT industry trends. Through Expert Series webinars, ELT educators can learn from leading educators and industry experts, explore learning paths of interest, and earn Certificates of Professional Development. Join the Bridge Expert Series to grow your expertise, advance your career, and gain inspiration for your English teaching journey!

Ready to get started? Learn more about Bridge ELT Expert Series webinars.

Back in her hometown in the Philippines, Krzl worked as a writer at a TV station before moving to Chile. After she completed her TESOL certification, she worked for language institutes and then decided to become an independent English teacher to business professionals. When she’s not giving classes, she’s either surfing along Chile’s long stretch of coastline, traveling, or practicing photography by the beach.