Kindergarten Students of English Teacher in Wanli, China, Erin Coyle

ESL Games & Activities for Kids

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.

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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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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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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. Luckily, there are many classroom management strategies EFL teachers can use to maintain control of their classes.

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ESL Icebreaker Speaking Activity

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: 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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Testing in TESOL Part 3: Authentic Assessment

The first two parts of this series covered a variety of testing types, but I wanted to give this one its own post: authentic assessment. Why do I feel authentic assessment is so important? Perhaps, as I’m sure many other teachers would agree, the word assessment has a pleasant ring to it — even if we can’t […]

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Testing in TESOL Part 4: Assessing your Assessment

TESOL test design and administration is no easy task. Ask anyone who has tried. Tests take practice writing and require constant revision. This part of our series on testing in TESOL focuses on some issues to be aware of when assessing your assessment. Bias Bias can be seen in a variety of ways in testing. […]

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