TEFL Jobs ’22:

Launch Your Adventure & Enhance Your Career!

Virtual Summit Schedule

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Day
1

Kickoff Session

Ian Wright, Director of BridgeUniverse, Anna Hearrell, Director of Operations at Bridge, and Theodore Alberola, Bridge's Digital Marketing Specialist, welcome you to the Summit at this kickoff session! You’ll learn how to navigate the event, get tips for maximizing your attendance, and find out how you can "get social" with us and win a prize during our photo contest. Winners from the lead-up social media contest will also be announced — join us to find out if you won!

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone registered by 3pm MDT on June 24th will automatically be signed up for this session, which will also be available all week via "instant replay."

Speakers

Anna Hearrell
Director of Operations at Bridge

Theodore Alberola
Digital Marketing Specialist, Bridge Education Group

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

"Where's the staff room?" Strategies for Continuing Professional Development for Online English Teachers

Flexibility, global exposure, secure payments, 24/7 customer support, access to videoconferencing tools designed for teaching... the advantages of teaching on an online marketplace are many, but how can we continue honing our teaching skills, keep motivated and avoid feeling isolated whilst working online? Come along to pick up some useful strategies you can apply in any setting, and to hear about the teachers' community and professional development opportunities at Preply.

Speakers

Alice Copello
Tutor Development Lead at Preply

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

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Continuing Professional Development: Investing in Yourself for Better Jobs, More Money and Greater Student Satisfaction

new job. It can also help you advance in your current job. Most importantly, it leads to greater student outcomes and satisfaction. This session will explore the benefits of CPD in detail: the various ways to boost your resume; how school owners and operators feel about it; and how independent teachers leverage CPD to advance their businesses.

Speakers

Karina Zew
Tutor at Bridge

Cheryl Evans Lym
Certified Business English Teacher at BridgeEnglish Chile

Donald Moen
Professor at Language Institute at the Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology

Rachel Story
Founder, Grateful Gypsies

Host

All-In-One Platforms: Streamline Your Independent Teaching Business or Bring Your Language School Online

Are you getting overwhelmed by all the apps and tools you need to run your independent online English teaching business? Wondering how you can bring your language school online so you can reach new students (and enhance the experience of current students)? Using an all-in-one platform can help. This session will cover the benefits of using an all-in-one platform and an overview presentation by representatives of leading platforms.

Speakers

Alex Asher
CEO, LearnCube

Rachel Story
Founder, Grateful Gypsies

Hamid Darabi
Founder and CEO of Demiks

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

Why You Should Determine a Teaching Niche & How to Choose Yours

When looking for a job you can try to find (and fight for) one or you can create your own. If you prefer to create your own, it’s incredibly beneficial to choose a teaching niche. This session will discuss with a panel of successful English teachers: the benefits of choosing a niche; how they stand out from the crowd in a competitive environment; and popular examples like selecting a familiar industry, providing high-stakes exam test prep, and teaching business English to adults.

Speakers

Ruth Nabaasa
Business English Instructor at BridgeEnglish Chile

Joshua Sohn
English Language Instructor at PKL Services

Rachel Story
Founder, Grateful Gypsies

Host

Day
2

Making Marketing Manageable: An Introduction to Finding English Students

Ready to leap to becoming a teacherpreneur? Ready to find students for your school or English course? Don’t be afraid of marketing! This session will give you an introductory overview of what you need to be thinking about and resources that you can use to make marketing manageable --- rather than overwhelming you!

Speakers

Lydia Michailow
Independent Online ESL Teacher / Writing & Resume Coach

Minji Xu
Business Owner, ImproveYourBookings.com

Erin Hernandez
Owner of Larchmere Language Services

Host

Language Schools vs. Marketplaces: What’s the Difference Anyway?

Since the implementation of strict government regulations in China beginning in July 2021, many teachers (especially in the US and Canada) have found online ELT no longer a lucrative job market. Teaching English online has become divided into two major camps: tutor marketplaces and language schools. Marketplaces seemingly provide little support but also little regulation and generally a lower commission than language schools, letting teachers set their own prices. Online language schools tend to provide more support in the form of lesson materials, customer support, and language assessments for students, but they may also require greater certifications, regular hours and/or mandatory teaching observations. School typically take a bigger commission for each class or pay teachers a standard hourly rate. Teachers must decide which works best for them: we’re here to help!

Speakers

Gerald Nikolai Smith
BridgeUniverse Journalist

Jack Lingshuang Mao
Operations and Media Manager at Bridge Education Group

Alyse Bukoski, M.A., M.Ed., CAGS
Online Teacher and Consultant at Next Steps Teaching/ ESL Diversified

Alice Copello
Tutor Development Lead at Preply

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

Teaching English Abroad in 2022: New Challenges and Opportunities

Things are bouncing back worldwide, but is teaching abroad the same as it was before? Was teaching abroad forever changed by the pandemic or have things gone back to “normal?” Join us for a discussion on teaching as a volunteer or paid positions outside of your home country.

Speakers

Colette Hosten
Online English Tutor at Engoo

Lucas Young
Program Coordinator at JET Program USA

Mishelle Kehoe
English Teacher, Cumorah Academy

Jason Levine
Fluency MC, Teacher-Trainer-Knowledge Entertainer

Erin Hernandez
Owner of Larchmere Language Services

Host

Day
3

What Do Language Schools Look for When Hiring or Promoting?

Not everyone wants to be a business owner or entrepreneur, and for those looking to get hired at a language school, what skills do you need to have and what are they looking for? If already employed, what can you do to impress and earn a promotion? This session will talk about: desired traits in teachers and supervisors at language schools; regional differences in hiring; and the hiring process for new employees and promotions for existing staff.

Speakers

Carlos Pizarro
Director of BridgeEnglish LATAM

Zoe Smith
CEO at BE School

Mark Lee
Owner of Mark English School

Erin Hernandez
Owner of Larchmere Language Services

Host

Connecting with Bridge’s Preferred Employment Partners

Bridge has partnered with select TEFL employers, such as language schools and teacher recruiters, to offer our graduates and BridgeTEFL Job Board members access to premium teaching jobs, both online and in-person. Our Preferred Employment Partners are carefully vetted, and we continually consult with alumni and Job Board members to gauge their satisfaction with their experiences. Discover the different qualities of these partners, connect with hiring managers for insights into typical requirements and hear about job openings from across the globe!

Speakers

Natalia Bustos
Director of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at BridgeEnglish LATAM

Anna Hearrell
Director of Operations at Bridge

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Host

Day
4

Choosing the Right Materials to Stand Out in Your Interview & Ace Your Demo Lesson

You got an interview for an ESL teaching position — congrats! But they asked you to prepare a demo lesson… or, during the interview, they ask you what you plan to use for materials. Don’t worry! This session will help you be prepared. Using lesson plan providers is a great way to supplement lessons and materials that you’ve already made in your personal portfolio. This session will help you choose which lesson plan company will work for you, and then, which lesson plan to choose for your demo lesson!

Speakers

Chris Rush
Head of Community for Off2Class

Jake Young
Founder and Materials Creator, Fluentize

Tara Benwell
VP of Publishing at Ellii

Erin Hernandez
Owner of Larchmere Language Services

Host

Becoming a Digital Nomad: How to Use Digital Tools to Teach Abroad

marketplace, using digital tools and apps will make your life easier and more enjoyable. What types of digital tools do you need? What are the preferred tools of current digital nomad teachers? We’ll discuss everything from choosing tools for scheduling classes, accepting payments and preparing lessons to websites to download pre-made lesson plans.

Speakers

Krzl Light Nuñes
Online English Teacher and Digital Nomad

Anzhela Karamysheva
Independent Online English Teacher and Digital Nomad

Elena Stolboushkina
ESL Teacher, Teacher-Entrepreneur

Rachel Story
Founder, Grateful Gypsies

Host

Land the Job You Want: Tips and Tricks for a Stellar Resume, CV and Interview

What can you do to land that dream English teaching job you’ve been eying? How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd? A little preparation and tailoring of your resume or CV can go a long way. This session will cover do’s and don’ts for your application, resume/CV and the job interview, as well as how to increase your chances of getting noticed!

Speakers

Linda Evans
Career Coach

Tim Duncan
Academic Director for Worldwide English Services

Erin Hernandez
Owner of Larchmere Language Services

Host

Day
5

Closing Session

Ian Wright, Director of BridgeUniverse, Karyssa Cox, Director of Marketing at Bridge, Jack Lingshuang Mao , Operations and Media Manager at Bridge Education Group and Theodore Alberola, Bridge's Digital Marketing Specialist, host an hour-long networking session to close out the Summit in multiple breakout rooms with our panelists and attendees! Whether new to ELT or finding your new niche and reinventing your career, this networking activity allows participants access to peers and experts in the field. Rooms focus on everything covered in the Summit, from Marketing yourself as a Teacherpreneur and discussing Marketplaces, to Investing in yourself through continuing professional development courses with Bridge.

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone registered by 3pm MDT on June 24th will automatically be signed up for this session, which will also be available afterwards via “instant replay.”

Speakers

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Theodore Alberola
Digital Marketing Specialist, Bridge Education Group

Jack Lingshuang Mao
Operations and Media Manager at Bridge Education Group

Karyssa Cox
Director of Marketing Operations at Bridge

Host

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