The TEFL Trap – Breaking Out of the English Bubble

  So, you’ve completed your TEFL certification course, you’ve moved abroad, and you’ve landed a job teaching English. However, you find yourself speaking English all day, hanging out with English–speaking expats, and reading English language newspapers. Sound familiar? Many EFL teachers find themselves in this situation and have difficulty breaking out of this English bubble. […]

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TEFL Stories: Dance, Dance Evolution!

This post was written by Matthew Clark If you know me, you know I didn’t use to like to dance.  Ask anyone—dancing and I were like oil and water or peanut butter and meatballs; we just didn’t go together.  But all of that changed the night I won a dance contest. Students in Ukraine celebrate […]

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5 Surefire Ways Not to Language While Teaching English Abroad

  Is learning a foreign language one of your main motivations for teaching abroad? It was for me. Though I had never studied Spanish and didn’t speak a word of it when I arrived in Costa Rica, I was sure I’d pick it up. I confidently assumed I would be speaking and reading Spanish in […]

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Cultural Greetings in Asia – Can You Say “Xin Chao”?

Many teachers leave the West for English teaching positions in Asia and discover that they’re unprepared for the drastic cultural differences. One of the first many come across is the varying ways of greeting people. Honor and respect play huge roles in these actions, which are comparatively casual in the West, and knowing something about […]

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Get an International Driver’s Permit!

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel So, you are heading abroad to teach English.  Have any of your interviews included the question, “Do you have an international driver’s license?”  They might.  There are a lot of schools that will have you commuting to other areas (don’t worry, they provide a company car).  An international […]

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4 Great TEFL Blogs that We Love to Read (For Women Only)

My job is great. Mostly because one of my duties is to find blogs written by English teachers living abroad and share them with our followers on BridgeTEFL twitter. These blogs are insightful, reveal surprising cultural details that you would never learn unless going to that country, and often share teaching tips. Best of all, […]

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The Japanese Classroom – What I Learned Teaching English in Japan

This post was written by Laura Greenwood – Guest post by: Marisa Brooks As I prepared for my very first trip to Japan right after college, I tried to do as much research as I could. I learned about the food, a bit about the language, and some of the customs and culture of my host […]

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