What’s It Like to Teach English for the US Department of State? Voices from the Field
The purview of the United States Department of State, more commonly referred to as the State Department, is vast. Broadly responsible for international relations and foreign diplomacy, this executive department was established in 1789 and is headed by the Secretary of State. A successful State Department operation results not only in smoother operations for America […]Read More
Fun ESL Games and Activities for Kids & Teens
Learning English as a second language probably won’t make young learners’ and teens’ list of top three favorite activities, but incorporating games into your lessons is a great way to help young students review what they’ve learned in an interactive, fun, and memorable way.Read More
Is It Your Mission to Teach English?
Natalie Goff, 50, has lived in Nicaragua teaching English as a Christian worker for eight years now with no immediate plan to leave. When the man she was dating told her in 2013 that he wanted to build water purification systems in Nicaragua with the intent to get to know people and share God’s word, she […]Read More
What Is the Current State of English Teaching in Afghanistan?
Freshta Noori was 11 years old when she started studying English in the fourth grade. She was 19 when she began teaching English while simultaneously working on her teaching certification. And then at age 20, the Taliban took over the governing of Afghanistan, and her world changed. Now she can no longer leave the house […]Read More
Will English Language Teachers Be Traveling Again in 2022?
Though the coronavirus pandemic has been a global event, its impact has been uneven, varying across borders and within communities. Industries everywhere, particularly those that rely on travel, have suffered, but even those consequences have been dissimilar. While borders closed and the international tourism industry came to a halt, travelers headed for mountain towns and […]Read More
English Language Teaching Start-ups: Will the Next ‘Unicorn’ Speak English?
“Alternative language learning companies are attracting investors and reaching ‘unicorn’ status, a term used in the venture capital industry to describe a privately held startup company with a valuation of over $1 billion.” English language learning has blossomed into a $60 billion global market, according to TechCrunch. Using data by Ulrich Ammon at the University […]Read More
From English Language Learners to Teachers: Busting the Native-Speakerism Bias
These are game-changing times for hiring professionals in the field of English language teaching (ELT). English is one of the key languages shaping the modern world and the language itself is shaped by different speakers, teachers and learners, estimated to reach 2 billion in the next 10-15 years. Businesspeople, teachers and students realize that now, […]Read More
Are Machine Translation Tools a Threat to English Teaching?
If you have long passages, DeepL does come up with language that is more natural overall. But DeepL often mistranslates words and shorter phrases. When Google Translate first launched in 2006, the implications for foreign language classrooms seemed small. It was useful for translating single words, the way a bilingual dictionary is, and short sentences […]Read More
The Philippines: Emerging From a Sea of Language Learning Destinations
The rising demand for English teachers worldwide has provided Filipinos with much-needed employment opportunities and significantly affected other ESL (English as a Second Language) industry stakeholders. Large corporations profit from the Philippines’ competitive labor rates and the high global demand for English language instructors. BridgeUniverse spoke with two Filipino English language teachers (ELTs) and the […]Read More
Is Online ESL Education Here to Stay? English Language Teachers Discover Creativity, Opportunity Within Pandemic’s Restrictions
At the start of the pandemic, the world came to a halt. Formerly bustling cities were suddenly marked by empty streets, closed businesses, shut down schools and at-capacity hospitals. The “new normal” of life during COVID-19 became not only a learning process, but a creative one as well. For more than 168 million children worldwide, […]Read More