More than 35 years ago, what is now Bridge Education started off as a normal English school. Like many schools, they quickly realized that lesson quality was lacking. They needed more and better teacher training! To fix it, Bridge developed an in-house TEFL certification program to train its own teachers.
Fast forward to 2020, and Bridge is now a global leader in TEFL and offers some of the most popular online certification courses in the world. Bridge offers a wide range of products for EFL/ESL teachers, including:
- Comprehensive TEFL courses with discussion boards and instructor support
- Specialized TEFL certifications in high-demand areas (Business English, Online Teaching, Young Learners, and more)
This Practicum is incredibly important and helps Bridge teachers stand out. Not only are their graduates certified, but they can come out of their TEFL course with actual teaching experience, setting them apart in the job market.
Using Off2Class to Empower Teachers
Creating a Practicum to accompany an online TEFL certification is certainly unique, and it was no small task to accomplish. With their long-standing experience as a language school, sourcing students for teachers to practice with was simple enough. The real problem though was finding a lesson and student management system that works online seamlessly and could integrate with widely-available web conferencing programs like Zoom.
Off2Class provides the perfect solution to meet Bridge TEFL’s needs. Every teacher who participates in the Practicum receives an Off2Class account from Bridge, and they use it to teach real learners. Teachers even record their sessions to make a portfolio to share with prospective employers to demonstrate their online teaching proficiency. We at Off2Class are excited to partner with Bridge to enhance their already excellent TEFL certification courses.
Bridge TEFL’s courses are built on a custom learning management system, and include teaching videos of real teachers demonstrating techniques, interactive practice quizzes and exercises to help check comprehension, and a discussion board to allow for engagement with other trainees.
For teachers interested in a TEFL certification from Bridge, we recommend bundling the Practicum with their Foundations and Advanced Methods in Teaching English Online courses for the ultimate 180-hour certification in Teaching English Online! Teachers who opt for the full package start by learning the theory of online EFL teaching in the Foundations course, build on what they’ve learned with practical skills in Advanced Methods and then apply what they’ve learned in both courses by teaching real students in the Practicum while using Off2Class.
"We’ve partnered with Off2Class to give our students first-hand experience teaching English online! They will get practice delivering lessons to real students on the Off2Class platform, and gain valuable experience navigating the ins and outs of a robust online teaching system."
Karyssa Cox, Digital Marketing Manager