Teaching English Online: The New Frontier
Virtual Summit Schedule

Please note: The sessions are subject to minor changes as we continue finalizing the schedule.

Day
1

Kickoff Session

BridgeUniverse director and president welcome you to the Summit at this kickoff session!

Speaker(s)

Jean-Marc Alberola
President of Bridge Education Group

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

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.

Speakers

Kate Bogar
Creator, “English Anywhere”

Lindsay McMahon
Founder of All Ears English Website and Podcast

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

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Moderator

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.

Speakers

Gabrielle Mare’
Certified EFL Teacher

Krzl Light Nuñes
Freelance Online English Teacher and Digital Nomad

Cassy Huidobro
Instructional Design and eLearning Specialist, Bridge Education Group

Moderator

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.

Speaker

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

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.

Speakers

Johnny Dejeas
CC English Manager, Intercambio

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

Cassy Huidobro
Instructional Design and eLearning Specialist, Bridge Education Group

Moderator

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.

Speakers

Rory Falls
Founder and Director, The Language Mountain

Carla Martinez
Certified TEFL teacher

Andres Bermúdez
multilingual EFL teacher

Maggie de Oliveira
Teacher and Institutional Relations Manager, Bridge Education Group

Moderator

Day
2

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.

Speakers

Travis Wentworth
Co-Founder, Langu

Ben Dent
Co-Founder, Hallo

Alex Asher
CEO, LearnCube

Jean-Marc Alberola
President of Bridge Education Group

Moderator

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.

Speakers

Jake Young
Founder and Materials Creator, Fluentize

Alex Bricker
CEO of ESL with Purpose

Lindsay McMahon
Founder of All Ears English Website and Podcast

Jean-Marc Alberola
President of Bridge Education Group

Moderator

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.

Speakers

Kris Jagasia
Co-Founder and CEO of Off2Class

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Moderator

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.

Speakers

Vera Baranovskaya
Certified TEFL teacher

Rachel Story
Founder, Grateful Gypsies

Krzl Light Nuñes
Freelance Online English Teacher and Digital Nomad

Jennifer Collis
Content Manager, Bridge Education Group

Moderator

Beats & Rhymes in Online ELT

Mixing Hip-Hop and other performing arts into your online classroom brings the human element forward and makes the technology come alive for English language learners!

Speakers

Miles Iton,
Founder and Program Director, Lo-Fi

Donovan Brown,
Communications Manager, Lo-Fi

Day
3

Open Networking Session

Connect with fellow attendees and these special featured guests, including partner-sponsors who will be hosting dedicated networking rooms, to develop professional contacts and further discuss the evolution of teaching English online! 
Limited space available! Sign up now to reserve your spot!

Featured Guests:

Rory Falls
Founder and Director, The Language Mountain

Carla Martinez
Certified TEFL teacher

Jake Young
Founder and Materials Creator, Fluentize

Kris Jagasia
Co-Founder and CEO of Off2Class

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.

Speakers

Travis Wentworth,
Co-Founder, Langu

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

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

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Moderator

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.

Speakers

Melanie Drake,
Global Training and Resources Manager, Pearson Tests of English

William Fish,
Regional Development Manager, Pearson PTE Academic

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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.

Speakers

Taylor Eatherly
ESL Educator Specializing in Teaching English Pronunciation

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

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.

Speakers

Anna Hearrell
Product Manager, Bridge Education Group

Cassy Huidobro
Instructional Design and eLearning Specialist, Bridge Education Group

Maggie de Oliveira
Teacher and Institutional Relations Manager, Bridge Education Group

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?

Speakers

Raquel Castro,
Founder, ILearn Center (Costa Rica)

Josefina Castillo,
Founder, Argot Soluciones Lingüísticas (Argentina)

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

Karin Heuert Galvao,
CEO & Director of Studies, i-Study Interactive Learning

Jean-Marc Alberola
President of Bridge Education Group

Moderator

Open Networking Session

Connect with fellow attendees and these special featured guests, including partner-sponsors who will be hosting dedicated networking rooms, to develop professional contacts and further discuss the evolution of teaching English online!
Limited space available! Sign up now to reserve your spot!

Featured Guests:

Alex Bricker
CEO of ESL with Purpose

Lindsay McMahon
Founder of All Ears English Website and Podcast

Taylor Eatherly
ESL Educator Specializing in Teaching English Pronunciation

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

Day
4

Attendee Social Hour

Get to know your fellow Summit attendees in this informal and fun meet-and-greet session.
Limited space available! Sign up now to reserve your spot!

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.

Speakers

Joanna Wrzesinska
Academic Relations & ELT Manager, ETS TOEFL

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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.

Speakers

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

Yong Zhao
Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas

Charlie Abelmann
Educational Researcher and Documentary Filmmaker

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

Moderator

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.

Speakers

Venice Irving
CEO, Happy Teachers (Jamaica)

David Deubelbeiss
Founder, ELT Buzz

Cassy Huidobro
Instructional Design and eLearning Specialist, Bridge Education Group

Moderator

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.

Speakers

Meghan McMillan
University Relations Manager & Graduate Programs Outreach, SIT

Elka Todeva
Professor, SIT Graduate Institute

Leslie Turpin
Professor, SIT

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Attendee Social Hour

Get to know your fellow Summit attendees in this informal and fun meet-and-greet session.
Limited space available! Sign up now to reserve your spot!

Day
5

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!

Speakers

Lisa Frumkes
Director of Content & Curriculum at Duolingo

Nora Gordon
Curriculum Designer at Duolingo

Dr. Tracee Miller
Senior Community Marketing Manager (Schools) at Duolingo

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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.

Speakers

Elena Deleyto
Commissioning Editor at Digital Learning Associates

Stephen Haggard
Director and Co-Founder at Digital Learning Associates

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.

Speakers

Alex Bricker
CEO, ESL with Purpose

Vesela Koeva
Certified EFL Teacher, BridgeEnglish

Jack Mao
Operations and Media Manager, BridgeUniverse

Moderator

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.

Speakers

Rachel Story
Founder, Grateful Gypsies

Carla Martinez
Certified TEFL teacher

Rory Falls
Founder and Director, The Language Mountain

Maggie de Oliveira
Teacher and Institutional Relations Manager, Bridge Education Group

Moderator

Closing Reflections

BridgeUniverse director and president close out the Summit and share details of the next Summit, in March 2022.

Speaker(s)

Jean-Marc Alberola
President of Bridge Education Group

Ian Wright
Director of BridgeUniverse

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