Facebook Live Interview with Leah Donelson, Bridge Academic Manager, on the International TESOL Conference

Last month, Bridge employees attended the 2018 International TESOL conference in Chicago. Here, Alissa Berdahl from BridgeTEFL speaks with BridgeEnglish’s Academic Manager, Leah Donelson, during a Facebook Live event, about the main takeaways from the conference. Leah discusses changing attitudes in the TESOL community, incorporating technology into lessons, and how to assure that classes are relevant and up-to-date in the 21st century.

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5 Fun EFL Games for Kids

Let’s face it, learning English as a foreign language is not likely to make the list of a young learner’s list of favorite activities. If you teach kids, however, or plan to, incorporating games into your TEFL lesson plans will keep these young students interested and engaged. Here are 5 fun EFL games to get the […]

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Using Music In Your TEFL Classroom

Are you looking for new, fun activities for your TEFL classroom? Then consider using music and rhymes to teach vocabulary and content. Much of the difficulties of learning a foreign language can be overcome through sharing the “universal language” of music! Using Rhythm to Bridge the Gap There is something about rhythm that seems to […]

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Teach EFL and Begin a Linguistic Love Affair

love /lʌv/ noun, verb, loved, lov·ing. 1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection Many people decide to teach English as a way to see the world, but some of them find the experience leads to a lifelong love affair. I don’t mean that they find partners in the coffee shop around the corner from the school – […]

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The World at Your Fingertips: Resources for EFL Teachers

Most EFL teachers know about many good quality websites available on the internet. For example, the granddaddy of them of all, Dave’s ESL Café is still a well-maintained and updated clearinghouse for many types of information for EFL teachers. However, you may not have heard as much about the great resources available from universities. These sites can […]

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Kicking Butt: Classroom Management Strategies From A BridgeEnglish Teacher

Classroom management is one of the most critical components of teaching, and an area that both new and experienced teachers are continually faced with.  A teacher without control of a classroom is like a computer without a mouse–all of the learning potential is in place, but not much will be accomplished.  Of course, every teacher […]

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Understanding Fluency: TEFL Speaking Activities Part II

Here’s an activity that doesn’t involve as much repetition as those described in my previous blog about speaking activities in the TEFL classroom, but utilizes a lot more student interaction instead.Start by giving each student a card with a different number on it. If you’ve got ten students, number the cards one through ten. On each […]

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Technology in TESOL: News You Can Use

I’m sure plenty of you in the TEFL field have spent hours combing the Internet looking for exercises, only to find yourself amazed at how many TESOL websites there are with lesson plans, worksheets, quizzes, and games for the EFL/ESL classroom. My problem with a lot of what I find online is that many of […]

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Technology in TESOL: The Wiki

It’s widely accepted that student collaboration is an effective tool in the TESOL classroom. Outside of the class, more and more collaboration is done online through the use of wikis. Why not bring wikis into the classroom to create an authentic collaborative environment for your EFL students? Why a wiki: Students collaborate more. Students think […]

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Testing in TESOL Part 5: Positive Washback

Have you ever gone into a test feeling like you knew nothing, only to leave feeling like you knew it all? It’s common for learners to benefit from tests. This effect is called positive washback, and it has a few possible implications. Tests help us to learn because they are typically challenging and often stressful […]

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