Bridge is offering a free online teacher training course to schools in the English language travel sector affected by coronavirus
The dynamic training prepares English teachers for the challenges they will face 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 specialist 120-hour teacher training course, Foundations and Advanced Methods in Teaching English Online, especially for other members of the language travel community impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
The impact of the coronavirus on language travel and student mobility
As 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 that English language training providers in the country are experiencing during this crisis. Unable to provide the unique cultural immersion component of their programs, most industry players have now turned to delivering their language courses 100% online, as a stopgap measure.
The move to online education
This sudden shift to online teaching has, therefore, pushed many classroom teachers into uncharted territory as they adapt to delivering their lessons in the virtual setting. Teachers face challenges such as the need to quickly learn and implement new technologies, effectively adapt their lessons to the online environment, virtually manage classes of all sizes and levels and to keep newly homebound students engaged and motivated.
Recognize a Way to Help – Online Teacher Training
Bridge Teacher Education Division (https://bridge.edu/tefl/), specializing in online teacher certification and professional development, is uniquely positioned to support teachers facing these challenges. The specially modified free version of its 120-hour online certification program for teaching English, offered to relevant teachers at schools in the language travel industry, consists of two courses, the basic 60 hours of teaching online English 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 will it work
The course content is identical to the original version, except that graded assignments have been removed to make the program freely available to teachers. Teachers looking for an official certificate and accompanying digital badge IDs will have the opportunity to complete graded assignments at a special, discounted rate.
Eligibility for the free version of these courses is limited to teachers employed or temporarily laid off by English language schools in the language travel sector. Entries 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 Centres), 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 sector maintain its commitment to excellence as we face this storm together. Yet nothing compares to learning and living a new language in the country; it is the first gold standard for language acquisition and cultural understanding. For this reason, ultimately, this industry will prevail.
About the bridge
Founded in 1986, Bridge is a world 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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