BridgeAbroad: Rio de Janeiro - TEFL Certification in Rio de Janeiro

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With more than 20 years of experience in education abroad and language training, no one does Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) quite like Bridge. Our globally recognized International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT™) progr... read more

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I want to come back again and teach. I gained the skills I needed to do this. My cultural awareness of Rio/Brazil has grown considerably and I am thankful for this. - Villanova University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile, yes but Brazil is what you make of it, the program is not exceptional in any manner. - Washington University in Saint Louis View Entire Review
Past Review Great Course!
Yes, I highly suggest students take this course. It was a great course. - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
This was a life changing experience. I now look at the world in a different way instead of the small view I once had. The experience also helped me in figuring out if I wanted to become a teacher, which I now do. - University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth View Entire Review
Gave me the opportunity to earn some money to defray costs while investing in my own portuguese language skills. You will probably not earn enough money to fully pay for the trip, you will have to use some savings for the experience to be worthwhile. Knowing this ahead of time, you can make a wise decision regarding the path to... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
A great experience. It is a nice break from my normal job and life. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I've been here over a year now and, even though it was hard earned money spent on the course, I would do it again if given another chance. I make plenty of money now and I'm planning to move to Salvador to learn about a new city and culture. This was definitely the best decision of my life. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
To be honest, it hasn't changed my future plans very much. I will still return to the USA and remain on the same path I was on. But this experience has changed my outlook on things, and has changed me as a person. - Pennsylvania State University - University Park View Entire Review
The experience impacted me a lot as it immersed me in a different culture whilst I had a lot of support from the school so as not to feel lost. It changed my future plans as I stayed on in Brazil to work and use the qualification I gained at Bridge. - University of Glasgow View Entire Review
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With more than 20 years of experience in education abroad and language training, no one does Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) quite like Bridge. Our globally recognized International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT™) program is much more than a great way to build skills as a teacher of English as a foreign language; it’s also the perfect launching pad for a stellar year or more in a country on the royal road to global prominence.

In addition to the capacities and confidence you need to be a great teacher, Bridge’s month-long IDELT™ program will help you strengthen your Portuguese, introduce you to Brazilian culture, and even find a great job when you’re done.

All of this takes place in Rio de Janeiro, a city so naturally breathtaking that when Portuguese explorer Pedro Álvarez Cabral landed there in 1502, he thought he had reached paradise.

But Rio isn’t some tropical movie set; yes, it’s bursting with high culture and the boundless optimism of a country on the rise, but it’s also a living, breathing, tangled city where 12 million people go about their daily lives.

Bridge will help you settle in; we’ll pick you up at the airport, help you find a place to live, and show you some of the most exciting places in town, leaving you to devote all your energies to growing personally and professionally as you set off on the adventure of a lifetime.
What makes Rio unique?

You may know that Brazil was founded as a Portuguese colony, but did you know that in the 19th century, this South American behemoth actually ruled over its former colonial master? When Napoleon invaded Portugal in 1808, the Portuguese royal family fled to Rio de Janeiro and proclaimed the city capital of the Portuguese Empire. By the time the royals returned to Portugal in the 1820s, Brazil had had enough; the country declared its independence from Portugal, keeping newly elegant Rio as its capital.

Though the era of empire is long past, visitors can still see evidence of this period in the beautiful 19th century buildings like the Real Gabinete Português De Leitura and the Candelária Church that survive to this day.
The Bridge IDELT™ (International Diploma in English Language Teaching) is an intensive, 140-hour course that prepares you to teach English anywhere in the world.

IDELT™ Course Description
As an IDELT™ trainee, you’ll benefit from our decades of international experience training teachers and students. IDELT™ graduates will finish the course with a better understanding of the English language, practical experience with a variety of teaching techniques, and confidence in the classroom. The IDELT™ provides 140 contact hours between the trainee, the course trainer(s), peers, and EFL/ESL students. Course components include the following: essential subject knowledge given in input sessions (interactive lecture classes), teaching practice with real language learners, classroom observation of experienced teachers, and several written assignments. This comprehensive course is designed for candidates with no previous English teaching experience, but is also suitable for those who have some experience but no formal training in the TEFL field.

The IDELT™ program has been approved by ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training) and is recommended for credit at over 1,500 universities by PONSI (University of the State of New York National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction). This means that the IDELT™ was evaluated by a team of subject matter experts and found comparable to college instruction. The IDELT™ has been recommended for six graduate-level semester hours as an elective or as a teaching practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). BridgeVirtual
Language Lessons 
part of your program fee, you will receive three free BridgeVirtual language
sessions for your use prior to your arrival on-site! Each session lasts 2 hours
and includes both pre- and post-class online activities, as well as private,
face-to-face time with a certified native speaking teacher. With BridgeVirtual, you’ll learn from practical
assignments that incorporate videos, blogs, news articles, and a large
variety of material, appropriate for all levels and interests.You will
be assigned your own teacher, who is dedicated to guiding and motivating
you through a completely personalized, one-to-one program, which makes
learning fun, practical and effective. And most importantly, you’ll have
the language tools you need to be successful in your program abroad.

IDELT™ Course Goals
By the end of the IDELT™, trainees will be able to do the following:
• Teach English to adult learners using an appropriate range of practical skills.
• Plan, prepare and execute a range of lesson types for a communicative,
student-centered class using a variety of materials and techniques.
• Assess learner needs in order to plan and teach lessons that take account of
learners' backgrounds, learning preferences and current needs.
• Develop learners’ overall language competency by defining and analyzing
language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and how they are
• Analyze and categorize the English language as well as design appropriate
presentation, practice and production activities for lesson planning.
• Demonstrate professional awareness, responsibility, and teacher
development by giving and receiving teaching feedback as well as working effectively with peers and trainers.

Program Length(s):
  • Custom
Instruction Language(s):
  • Portugese
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Education
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