Bridge offers free online teacher training course at schools in the English language travel industry affected by coronavirus
Dynamic training prepares English teachers for the challenges they will face while teaching online. Through interactive content such as instructional videos, practice exercises, PDF downloads, and peer-to-peer discussion forums, teachers learn technology and teaching strategies specific to online learning.
April 27, 2020
Bridge Education Group today announced the launch of a free version of its 120-hour specialist teacher training course, Foundations and Advanced Methods of Teaching English Online, specifically for fellow members of the language travel community affected by the coronavirus crisis.
The impact of the coronavirus on language travel and student mobility
While the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted a wide range of industries around the world, the language travel sector, a hybrid of education and travel, has been one of the hardest hit. As an established provider of language training and teachers, Bridge knows firsthand the economic impact English language training providers in the country are experiencing during this crisis. Unable to provide the unique cultural immersion component of their programs, most members of the industry have now switched to providing their language courses 100% online, as an interim measure.
The switch to online education
This sudden shift to online education has, therefore, pushed many classroom teachers into uncharted territory as they adjust to delivering their lessons in the virtual setting. Teachers face challenges such as having to learn and implement new technologies quickly, adapt their courses effectively to the online setting, manage classes of all sizes and levels virtually, and maintain student engagement and motivation. newly confined to the house.
Recognize a Way to Help – Online Teacher Training
Bridge’s Teacher Education Division (https://bridge.edu/tefl/), which specializes in the certification and professional development of online teachers, is uniquely placed to support teachers facing these challenges. The specially modified free version of its 120-hour English language teaching online certification program, offered to relevant teachers at schools in the language travel sector, includes two courses, the 60-hour base for teaching English. English online and 60 hours of advanced teaching methods. English online.
Anna Williams, Bridge Product Manager, explains: “The dynamic training prepares English teachers for the challenges they will face when teaching online. Through interactive content such as instructional videos, practice exercises, PDF downloads, and peer-to-peer discussion forums, teachers learn technology and teaching strategies specific to online learning.
How it will work
The course content is identical to the original version, except that the graded homework has been removed to make the program available to teachers free of charge. Teachers looking for an official certificate and accompanying digital badge credentials will have the opportunity to complete graded homework at a special, reduced rate.
Eligibility for the free version of these courses is limited to teachers employed or temporarily on leave from English language schools in the language travel industry. Registrations can be made on behalf of teachers by school administrators, who can apply by visiting https://teachersempowered.bridge.edu/.
Administrators will receive unique access codes that teachers can use to register for their free courses. Schools that are members of language travel associations such as English UK, EnglishUSA, FELTOM (Malta), English New Zealand, IALC (International Association of Language Centers), Languages Canada and Education South Africa, among others, are automatically qualified for register their teachers.
Jean-Marc Alberola, President of Bridge Education Group, is optimistic about the future of the industry, saying: “We are privileged to be able to help the language travel industry maintain its commitment to excellence as we overcome together this storm. Yet nothing compares to learning and living a new language in the country; it is the first gold standard in language acquisition and cultural understanding. For this reason, in the end, this industry will prevail.
About the bridge
Founded in 1986, Bridge is a global leader in language education and teacher training. An international organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Bridge is accredited by ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training) and AQUEDUTO (Association for Quality Education & Training Online) and its courses are recognized for credit by the American Council on Education’s Credit Recommendation service.
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