Teaching English Online: The New Frontier
Virtual Summit Sessions

Explore the themes, topics, and speakers at the December 2021 virtual Summit.

Please note: These session topics are subject to minor changes as we continue finalizing the Summit schedule.
At the start of the pandemic, the rise of teaching English online around the world was seen as a temporary replacement for in-person instruction. Now it’s clear virtual instruction is here to stay.
Global Trends

Online No More: The Chinese Dilemma

Experts discuss the implications of China's ban on teaching online from outside the country, including both the fallout and opportunities created for online English teachers, EdTech, students, and families.

Andrew H. Chen,
Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of WholeRen Education

Yong Zhao,
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Charlie Abelmann,
Educational Researcher and Documentary Filmmaker

Global Trends

ELT Start-Ups: The Next Wave

Founders of top online language-learning platforms discuss their journey from concept to start-up and where they see the ELT sector headed in 2022 – and beyond.

Travis Wentworth,
CEO of Langu

Ben Dent,
Co-founder of Hallo

Alex Asher,
CEO, LearnCube

Global Trends

Channels for Teaching English Online

A diverse panel of ELT insiders representing various sectors, including higher education, private language instruction, and the language-learning marketplace, share their unique perspectives on the forecast for teaching English online in 2022.

Travis Wentworth,
CEO of Langu

Natalia Bustos,
Director of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service, BridgeEnglish Latin America

Meghan McMillan,
University Relations Manager & Graduate Programs Outreach, SIT

As the frontiers of teaching English continue expanding into the virtual space, the job market is expanding right along with it. Learn where the jobs are, ways they're being redefined, and how English teachers are going global – online.
Jobs

Insights From the New Global Digital Nomads

Today’s TEFL nomads aren’t just found in traditional classrooms worldwide but are leveraging their laptops to teach English from anywhere. Global colleagues share how teaching online can be your ticket to living abroad.

Vera Baranovskaya,
Certified TEFL teacher

Rachel Story,
Founder of Grateful Gypsies

Krzl Light Nuñes,
Freelance Online English Teacher and Digital Nomad

Jobs

The State of Teaching English Online as a Volunteer

Learn how social impact organizations and their volunteer teachers have adapted to a hybrid (online/in-person) teaching world while continuing to support the communities they serve.

Johnny Dejeas,
CC English Manager, Intercambio

Dr. Sandra Quiñones,
English Language Development Specialist and CEO of The Language Lady

Jobs

Alumni Stories: Secrets to Success as an Online English Teacher

Find out how Bridge-certified teachers are making a living teaching English online and how their training, the network they built, and their field of specialization helped them along the way.

Rachel Story,
Founder, Grateful Gypsies

Carla Martinez,
Freelance Online English Teacher

Rory Falls,
Founder and Director, The Language Mountain

Creative teachers are moving beyond the classroom to build their personal brand or grow and scale their ELT enterprise through social media, marketing skills, and business savvy.
Teacherpreneurs

How ELT Social Media Influencers Are Redefining Online English Teaching

Meet independent English teachers who are finding success through podcasts or as social media influencers, using sites like TikTok and Instagram to attract students or build their brand as teacherpreneurs.

Kate Bogar,
Online English Teacher and Creator of “English Anywhere”

Lindsay McMahon,
Founder of All Ears English Website and Podcast

Jennifer Lebedev,
Online English Teacher and Creator of “English with Jennifer”

Teacherpreneurs

How to Chart Your Own ELT Career Course as an Independent Teacher

Dreaming of being your own boss as a freelance English teacher – but clueless on how to make it happen? Successful independent teachers share strategies for attracting your ESL student clientele and building your brand and business in a crowded market.

Rory Falls,
Founder of Language Mountain Online English School

Carla Martinez,
Freelance Online English Teacher

Andres Bermúdez,
multilingual EFL teacher

Teacherpreneurs

Build a Booming Online ESL Teaching Business

Ready to launch your own profitable online English school or scale your current school? Off2Class CEO shares the key element your English teaching business needs to have to thrive in today’s exploding online market.

Kris Jagasia,
Co-Founder and CEO of Off2Class

Teacherpreneurs

An Innovative Path from Teacher to Teacherpreneur: Creating EdTech and Educational Products

Do you have an idea for a product or service for English teachers, learners, or the broader ELT sector? Real teacherpreneurs share how they successfully transitioned from teaching English to designing and delivering EdTech tools and educational products.

Jake Young,
Founder and Materials Creator, Fluentize

Alex Bricker,
CEO of ESL with Purpose

Lindsay McMahon,
Founder of All Ears English Website and Podcast

Teacherpreneurs

From Teachers to School Owners

The transition from teacher to language school owner is a common one. Learn first hand from those that have gone that route. When did they decide to make the transition and why? What challenges did they face in transitioning from the classroom to business owner and manager?

Raquel Castro,
Founder of ILearn Center

Josefina Castillo,
Owner of ARGOT Soluniones Lingüísticas

Deborah Meli,
Owner, Marander - Private English Lessons (Switzerland)

Now more than ever, teachers and schools worldwide recognize that online English instruction requires unique, highly specialized skills. Hear from experts on engaging students, meeting learning objectives, and maintaining work/life balance when teaching online.
Skills

The Power of Teaching Pronunciation in ESL

A key contributor to Bridge’s new course on teaching pronunciation discusses the need for specialized training in this area, how pronunciation skills affect the speech habits of learners, and how to address student issues.

Taylor Eatherly,
ESL Educator Specializing in Teaching English Pronunciation

Aisha Gamam,
Senior Team Leader, PYD English, King Faisal University (Saudi Arabia)

Skills

Optimize Your Well-Being as an Online English Teacher: Health, Safety, and Mental Attitudes

Suffering from Zoom fatigue, or worse? Learn techniques to overcome the hidden challenges of teaching online from home and promote positive physical and mental health for you and your students.

Venice Irving,
Founder of Happy Teachers, Jamaica

David Deubelbeiss,
Education Consultant and Founder of ELT Buzz Teaching Resources

Skills

Engaging Games for All Ages in the Online Classroom

Learn how to use games and activities with all your students, from very young learners to adults, to boost their engagement and confidence while developing target language and skills.

Alex Bricker,
CEO of ESL with Purpose

Vesela Koeva,
Certified EFL Teacher, BridgeEnglish

Skills

Best Practices for Online Course Delivery: Engaging and Supporting Learners

Go behind the scenes with Bridge course developers as they dive into the specific technologies and best practices in eLearning and instructional design that ensure students get the most out of their educational experience.

Anna Hearrell,
Bridge Product Manager

Cassandra Huidobro,
Bridge eLearning & Instructional Design Specialist

Maggie de Oliveira,
Bridge International Admissions Advisor

Skills

A Spotlight on PTE Academic: The Fast, Reliable and Convenient Testing Solution

Get an introduction to Pearson's computer-based English language test and learn how you can help your students prepare for test day with a range of comprehensive teaching resources.

Melanie Drake,
Global Training and Content Manager at Pearson

William Fish,
Regional Development Manager at Pearson

Skills

Lessons from a Master’s in TESOL: Learning Online Before Teaching Online

Huntington University MA TESOL students and alumni reflect on their experiences in this online graduate program with practicum, including the insights into teaching they gained in the role of learner.

Shoshannah Hernandez,
Director for the Institute for TESOL Studies at Huntington University

Skills

Beats & Rhymes in Online ELT

Mixing hip-hop and other performing arts into your online classroom brings the human element front and center, making technology come alive for English language learners!

Miles Iton,
Founder and Program Director at Lo-Fi Language Learning

Donovan Brown,
Content Manager at Lo-Fi Language Learning

Skills

Use Duolingo’s Free, Fun, and Effective Tools for Teaching English

The world’s most popular language-learning app demos their latest features and introduces “Duolingo for Schools” tools for educators. Learn how you can use this app to get your online students listening, speaking, reading, and writing – for the fun of it!

Lisa Frumkes,
Director of Content & Curriculum at Duolingo

Nora Gordon,
Curriculum Designer at Duolingo

Tracee Miller,
Senior Community Marketing Manager (Schools) at Duolingo

Skills

Tech Tools for the Online Classroom

An experienced teacher shares top digital apps and platforms for effective online English lessons, including tools like Manycam, Off2Class, Liveworksheets, and Grammarly, plus tips for troubleshooting tech in the virtual classroom.

Gabrielle Mare,
Certified EFL Teacher

Krzl Light Nuñes,
Freelance Online English Teacher and Digital Nomad

Skills

How to Use TOEFL iBT® Listening Prompts to Design Engaging Group Activities

Save time on lesson planning and help your students develop their listening skills with these creative ideas for pair and group activities built around TOEFL iBT® Test listening prompts.

Joanna Wrzesinska,
Academic Relations & ELT Manager, ETS TOEFL

Skills

Optimize Your Well-Being as an Online English Teacher: Health, Safety, and Mental Attitudes

Suffering from Zoom fatigue, or worse? Learn techniques to overcome the hidden challenges of teaching online from home and promote positive physical and mental health for you and your students.

Venice Irving,
CEO, Happy Teachers (Jamaica)

David Deubelbeiss,
Founder, ELT Buzz

Skills

Harmonizing Real Life Trends and Educational Realities (SIT)

Get to know the hybrid Master's in TESOL program offered by trailblazer SIT, and learn about their unique approach to online teaching, including immersive online coursework and building virtual learning communities. Plus, explore two program features, plurilingual pedagogy and "grammaring," which foster expedited, brain-friendly, multimodal learning.

Meghan McMillan,
University Relations Manager & Graduate Programs Outreach, SIT

Elka Todeva,
Professor, SIT Graduate Institute

Leslie Turpin,
Professor, SIT

Skills

Harnessing the Power of Authentic Video to Teach English Online

To get English students motivated and engaged, teachers need great content, and the “YouTube generation” is motivated by authentic video that tells a story. Digital Learning Associates, the winner of the ELTons award, looks at approaches to video in online lesson design.

Elena Deleyto,
Commissioning Editor at Digital Learning Associates

Stephen Haggard,
Director and Co-Founder at Digital Learning Associates

Skills

Engaging Games for All Ages in the Online Classroom

Learn how to use games and activities with all your students, from very young learners to adults, to boost their engagement and confidence while developing target language and skills.

Alex Bricker,
CEO, ESL with Purpose

Take time to socialize and network with peers during the Summit with events designed to inspire, connect, and engage global English teachers.
Event

Kickoff Session

BridgeUniverse director and president welcome you to the Summit at this kickoff session where you’ll learn your way around the event, get tips for maximizing your attendance, and can enter to win a raffle prize!

Jean-Marc Alberola,
President of Bridge Education Group

Ian Wright,
Director of BridgeUniverse

Event

Attendee Social Hour

Get to know your fellow Summit attendees in this informal and fun meet-and-greet session.

Event

Open Networking Session

Connect with fellow attendees to develop professional contacts and further discuss the evolution of teaching English online.

Event

Closing Reflections

BridgeUniverse director and president close out the Summit, announce this year’s raffle winners, and share details of the next Summit, in March 2022.

Jean-Marc Alberola,
President of Bridge Education Group

Ian Wright,
Director of BridgeUniverse

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