BridgeUniverse Webinar Series:
Global ELT News, Expert Series, and TEFL Info Sessions

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Upcoming Events

Tackling Student Anxiety: Test-Taking Strategies to Help Students Succeed on High-Stakes English Exams

February 22nd, 11:00 am MST

You’ve held grammar drills, incorporated speaking activities, and given practice essays, but are your students really prepared for the big test day? High-stakes English language proficiency exams can often leave test takers feeling anxious, which can lead to more mistakes or freezing altogether during the exam. What leads to test anxiety, and how can you train your students to overcome this hurdle? Join Bridge and a panel of representatives from three leaders in the English testing industry – Pearson, IELTS, and PrepMyFuture – to learn about the best resources and strategies teachers can use to help students conquer anxiety and succeed on the test!

On-Demand Sponsored Webinars

Preparation Pathway for the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

Individuals and organizations today require a secure high-stakes English test that is easily accessible around the world. The Pearson PTE Academic Exam is recognized by thousands of universities throughout the world; by the US government for medical professionals who wish to work in the United States; and by the U.K., Australia and New Zealand governments for migration. A growing number of teachers and schools are offering preparatory courses for PTE. Pearson will provide attendees with information and free resources that will help you begin offering a preparatory course for your students for the PTE exam. Click “Watch On-Demand” to access all sponsored webinars!

“Where’s the staff room?” Strategies for Continuing Professional Development for Online English Teachers

Flexibility, global exposure, secure payments, 24/7 customer support, access to videoconferencing tools designed for teaching… the advantages of teaching on an online marketplace are many, but how can we continue honing our teaching skills, keep motivated and avoid feeling isolated whilst working online? Come along to pick up some useful strategies you can apply in any setting, and to hear about the teachers’ community and professional development opportunities at Preply.  

Duolingo: The Future of Testing, Here Today

Meet the Duolingo English Test, the digital-first English proficiency test that can be taken online, any time, anywhere in the world. In this session, we’ll walk through the journey of a test and explain how we use the latest assessment science and AI to deliver reliable and secure results. We’ll also give you our best tips for test readiness and free resources to prepare students to test their best.

Bright Language: Bright Language Tests: Designing Flexible, Objective and Globally Recognized Language Assessments

Introducing Bright Language Testing. Join this session to discover the online, flexible and recognized testing solutions that are opening the doors of education to candidates around the world thanks to a worldwide network of partners and the development of innovative solutions for today’s challenges. During this presentation we will also be discussing how we collaborate with Universities, schools and companies in the design and administration of specialized testing solutions.

Pearson: PTE Academic: The Fast, Reliable And Convenient Testing Solution

Join us for an introductory session on PTE Academic, a leader in language testing. We’ll uncover not only the fundamentals of the product, but what makes this test so unique. Convenience, speed of delivery and results are just some of the reasons test takers are choosing PTE over other high stakes tests, but with new developments in test format and availability, there is now even more to cheer about. Learn how your institution can work with us and discover for yourself why PTE Academic is accepted and trusted by thousands of institutions worldwide as proof of a candidate’s English skills.

Pearson: Global Scale of English – The Ultimate Compass for Every Learner Journey

Research shows us that effective teaching and learning is outcomes-focused. By setting clear goals – and measuring progress towards those goals – we can better understand the impact of what is being taught, even for the youngest of learners. The Global Scale of English (GSE) was developed to address some of the limitations of the CEFR and, in so doing, to support teachers in the practical application of goal setting, lesson planning and syllabus design. In this session, we will look at ways in which the GSE supports teachers in their day-to-day work, showcasing the tools and resources that are freely available online.

ETS TOEFL: Why Two High-Stakes Tests are Better than One – TOEFL iBT & TOEFL Essentials Tests

This session will share key features of two ETS world-class high-stakes proficiency tests: The TOEFL iBT® test, the premier test of academic English communication and brand-new TOEFL® Essentials™ test, an efficient, digitally-delivered assessment that maintains a meaningful focus on communicative ability. Each test is uniquely designed so students can choose the TOEFL test that’s best for them to achieve their dreams of university study and more.

Trinity College London: Assessment Literacy – What’s at Stake When We Are Not Assessment Literate?

Whether you’re a teacher, administrator or student, the stakes are high when we’re not aware of the spectrum of details surrounding English proficiency tests available globally. This presentation will discuss the risks of not being assessment literate and will present a model to adopt for measuring quality control when considering English proficiency exams.

On-Demand Webinars: Expert Series

Integrating Creative and Critical Thinking Skills in ELT

Employers look for problem solvers and innovative thinkers. Everyone knows the importance of critical thinking and creativity – two essential 21st-century skills – but how can they be incorporated into the ELT classroom? Join the discussion to see how these skills can improve your students’ language proficiency and future employability, leading them to success in the classroom and beyond.

Developing Teamwork and Social Skills in the Business English Classroom

21st century skills are 85% of the required skills for employability. Two of the most common “soft skills” necessary for employment—collaboration and social skills—are essential to cover in the Business English classroom. Join us to learn how to incorporate these 21st skills in your lessons and give your students the edge they need in their careers.

Making Grammar Interesting, Interactive and Inclusive

Grammar lessons have a reputation for being dry or boring…but they don’t have to be! You can make learning English grammar exciting by including interactive activities featuring topics that are relevant to your students. Join us to learn how you can make grammar lessons more engaging, and see our expert panelists demonstrate specific activities that you can implement in your classroom.

Teaching English Pronunciation: Understanding and Utilizing the IPA Chart

Pronunciation materials and lessons often show IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols but what do they mean? And, how can you use them to improve your pronunciation instruction? Join our expert panel for an intro and overview of the International Phonetic Alphabet as well as practical applications to your English language classroom and teaching. We will be reviewing the sounds of both North American and British English.

Preparing Business English Students for Career Success: How to Develop 21st Century Skills

As a business English instructor, you’re not only teaching the English language–you’re also preparing your students for success in their careers and helping them become more employable. As the world of work changes, it’s critical for you to evolve to prepare your business English students to thrive in the 21st century workplace. What are the current skills your students need and how can you help them develop these skills? Join us for this webinar, where our expert speakers will discuss what employability means and what employers are seeking from professionals.

Creating Custom Courses: Leveraging Your Teaching Experience Into Instructional and Curricular Design

You’ve honed your English language teaching skills and know your participles, phrasal verbs and clause structures, so what’s next? Why not leverage your experience into creating custom courses! This is an excellent way to meet the needs of niche English language learning audiences. Plus, once you become proficient, there are opportunities to offer your course design services to companies as a side gig.

Tips for Finding Engaging Materials from Ellii (formerly ESL Library) and Beyond!

Are you looking to engage intermediate or advanced learners in meaningful conversation? Whether you use authentic materials as inspiration or find ready-made materials and add your own twist, there’s a whole world of exciting topics out there for you to discuss. Our expert panelists are excited to share their sources of inspiration and concrete methods for developing and expanding lesson plans, as well as techniques for facilitating conversation. Join Bridge and Ellii (formerly ESL Library) as we focus on helping English teachers discover materials to generate interesting conversations with intermediate and advanced level learners.

Free and Low-Cost Games for Intermediate English Language Learners

Everyone loves to make learning English fun, but can you play games and still teach your lesson with older, more advanced students? Whether online or in-person, learn to make it fun and conversational!

Join Bridge and our expert panelists for a hands-on demonstration of how games can help accomplish your lesson plans and get more engagement from your intermediate and adult learners.

Creating Relevant and Authentic Cultural Experiences for Your Business English Students

English is the language of choice for many professionals in the business world. What are the implications for teachers of Global English, the “lingua franca” of the world? What kinds of additional instruction and support do professionals using English need to succeed in an international setting? Join Bridge’s Expert panel to learn why showcasing Global English is important in your business English classes, and discuss practical suggestions to effectively integrate accents, cultures, and business terminology with your clients.

How to Stand Out in Online Teacher Marketplaces!

Online Teacher Marketplaces are quickly becoming a trendy method for online teachers to connect with students. As they become increasingly popular, how do you stand out to attract more students and increase your rate? Join Bridge to understand the mechanisms behind how marketplaces suggest teachers for prospective students. We will cover strategies that the most successful marketplace teachers use to create noteworthy profiles and generate booming business!

Transitioning to TESOL? How to Leverage Your Previous Work Experience to Thrive in ELT

Considering a career transition to TEFL/TESOL (or just a great part-time job or retirement activity)? No matter your previous work experience, age, education or background, you can find a path towards a fruitful career teaching English! Join Bridge and experts from the ELT sector to learn how you can reimagine yourself as an English language teaching professional. We’ll share insights into the different paths that exist within ELT and help you recognize how your previous experiences translate to the classroom (online or in-person). We’ll also discuss the hard and soft skills that transform your teaching toolkit and help identify your strengths.

Teaching Business English in the Ever-Changing 21st Century

Join Bridge and experts from the ELT sector to learn what it takes to teach Business English in the 21st century. We’ll break down how much background you should have in business, how deeply you need to understand your niche, what trends and technologies you need to stay on top of, and what employers and students really seek from a Business English teacher.

Guiding Your Students From LOTS to HOTS: Bloom’s Taxonomy in the ESL Classroom

As you’re developing lessons plans, how can your learning objectives and desired outcomes for students be mapped to create “scaffolded” lessons that challenge them to move from lower- to higher-order skills? And how can you check that students are achieving the objectives you’ve set forth? Join Bridge’s expert panelists for answers to these questions and more about Bloom’s Taxonomy in the ESL classroom.

Think Outside the Book: Developing Dynamic Materials for Your ESL Classes

Do you often feel bored or constrained by the limits of the textbook? Do your students? Would you like to better engage your learners with richer, more diverse material that’s specifically relevant to their interests or matched to their particular learning styles? Join Bridge’s expert panel to learn about the process of developing unique materials (including authentic, digital, and multi-media) that will excite your students.

The First Step to Success: Needs Assessments for Business English Students

Conducting a needs assessment with new students – asking about their motivation for studying English, past learning experiences, and current learning goals – is a vital starting point for all English teachers. This is especially true in Business English, where you’ll often assess not only the student’s goals but also the goals of the company sponsoring that student. As a Business English teacher, how can you conduct a needs assessment that takes the student and the employer’s expectations into account? After the course, how do you report on the student’s success, and to whom?

What Is CLIL? Features and Benefits of This Innovative Method in Bilingual Education

CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning and, as the name suggests, this approach to bilingual education, in which academic subjects are taught in the target language, relies on collaboration between teachers, administrators, students, and parents. Join Bridge, along with CLIL experts and practitioners, to discuss CLIL’s place in bilingual education, the key principles of this method (including the 5 C’s), and how stakeholders can support CLIL adoption at their institution to improve student outcomes.

Oops, They Did It Again! Error Detection and Correction Strategies for the ESL Classroom

What happens when language students make errors in the classroom? As a teacher, can you recognize the nature of that “error,” and do you know when it’s appropriate for students to self-correct or peer-correct versus when they need your help? The teacher’s ability to determine whether a student has made a mistake, a slip, or an error directly affects how to correct it. Properly executing these techniques can ensure that students avoid anxiety in speaking and feel comfortable putting their language skills to practice!

Using Traditional and Digital Realia when Teaching English Online

English teachers often use realia (authentic materials) to engage students and present new vocabulary or ideas visually. But what is digital realia, and how can online English teachers use it most effectively? This webinar addresses the use of both digital and traditional realia when teaching online, especially to introduce games to students of all ages. Prepare for this live panel by reading the BridgeUniverse article Tips for Using Games When Teaching Adults English Online. You can also watch useful videos on this topic, such as TEFL LIKE A PRO: Bridge Games & Activities for the Online Classroom (Adults): PechaKucha Games, on our YouTube channel.

The Power of a Personal Teaching Philosophy and How to Create Yours

You’ve chosen the teaching field because you believe in making an impact on students’ lives. But every educator has unique experiences, values, and motivations that drive their teaching. In this expert series live panel discussion, learn to communicate your values to employers and students by crafting a powerful philosophy of teaching statement that showcases your unique mission as an educator.

On-Demand Webinars: Global ELT News

The Pandemic’s Tough Lessons: A Conversation With IATEFL & TESOL Leadership

Join BridgeUniverse Director Ian Wright and senior leadership from IATEFL and TESOL International Association for updates on members’ experiences from the past 20 months as these organizations responded to the unprecedented circumstances of the global pandemic. How have these organizations, their respective members, and other constituents been impacted? What can they expect in the year to come?

How China’s EdTech Crackdown Is Also Reshaping Education Across the English-Speaking World

In a recent BridgeUniverse webinar, we discussed how dramatic changes in China’s education policies are affecting current and prospective English language teachers. In particular, we examined the effect of this disruption on teaching English online, which makes up a large portion of the Chinese education market (about 500,000 teachers). Why did these drastic changes happen? What has the immediate impact of these policies been and what outcomes will we likely see in the future? Will the ripple effects be felt mostly on international student mobility to the West or on the EdTech unicorns in China?

How Is China’s EdTech Crackdown Reshaping Teaching English Online?

Dramatic changes in Chinese law regarding education have resulted in hiring freezes and even closures of some big-name online English tutoring companies, including GoGoKid and Magic Ears. BridgeUniverse brings online teachers and representatives from top English tutoring companies together to discuss how changes in Chinese law are impacting the current job market and to explore new options for teachers, such as working with companies in other regions or teaching English as a freelancer. Learn more by checking out: Teaching English Online eBook and Quakes in the Landscape of China’s English Language Education System.

How are English language tests adapting to a hybrid learning world?

English proficiency testing has long been a high-stakes rite of passage for those looking to secure admissions to a top school abroad, get an international job, or land a promotion to the global C-suite. However, the COVID-19 pandemic made traditional, in-person testing impossible, thereby pushing online, technology-based assessment to the forefront and sparking discussion around whether the conventional paradigm is, in fact, as accessible or accurate as once perceived. This webinar builds on the themes in BridgeUniverse’s January 2021 article, English Test Providers Jockey for Position as Pandemic Accelerates Online Trend.

MA TESOL programs, post-pandemic: Prospects for students and universities

How are MA TESOL programs emerging from the pandemic? Are they providing enhanced/hybrid learning environments for students while keeping the degree relevant for an evolving job market? Join a panel of university admissions professionals and moderator Ian Wright, Director of BridgeUniverse, to discuss the challenges and prospects MA TESOL students and graduates face in a post-pandemic world. Our discussion will be followed by at least 20 minutes of questions and comments from our global audience. This live panel builds on the BridgeUniverse article: Is Getting a Master’s in TESOL Worth It?

On-Demand Webinars: TEFL Info Sessions

Free Info Session: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

This series of info sessions addresses frequently asked questions about teaching English as a foreign language and TEFL/TESOL certification. For some sessions, we cover special topics (such as teaching English online) and invite guest speakers, including current English teachers, to share their insights and expertise. Other times, we host live Q&A sessions with a Bridge program advisor. Altogether, sessions last around 45 to 60 minutes.

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