Games for International Cafés

Boggle The game in general The object of Boggle is, within a time limit, to list as many words of three or more letters as you can find from adjoining letters in the Boggle dice tray. Letters can flow in any direction. The letters are shaken up within the tray and as soon as they… Read more »

Placing Students – Top Tips

See this as a God-given opportunity to welcome and show love, rather than something to ‘get over and done with’. Have a person(s) tasked with placing people Make the most of that first meeting when a new student arrives. Smile, show warmth and make them tea. Tailor your registration form so that you can get… Read more »

ESL Ministry – Top Tips

Sow to reap (Galatians 6:7-8). Sowing was a thankless task because only a fraction of the grain you tossed on the ground would produce fruit, and even then not for many months. Paul used this picture to describe Christian ministry. Like the farmer, the only way to endure is to focus on the harvest to come. Are… Read more »

Hayk’s Story

Syrian Hayk knows all about being a refugee. In the last 20 years, he has been a failed migrant, a successful voluntary migrant, a deportee and a forced migrant. He has travelled from the north of Syria to Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Cuba, Austria Spain, France, and Belgium all in a desperate attempt to reach the… Read more »

Frances’ Story – Teaching English in Reading

I’m 50 years old, trained as a nursery nurse, and was working as a teaching assistant when our lives took an unexpected turn in 2010. My youngest child, aged 13, developed serious mental health problems and I was forced to give up work in order to become his full time carer. This was a really… Read more »

Wiola’s Story, Poland

My adventure with “Bridges” started six years ago, soon after I had come to England. I could hardly speak any English but having graduated from university with teaching qualifications in Poland I dreamt about working in a school, so I decided to roll on a course. I joined evening classes in one of Reading’s Language… Read more »

Sandra’s Story

My name is Sandra and I am from Ecuador. I came to UK in December 2015. I found out about Bridges through my friend Javier and I went there when I needed to learn English urgently. I desperately needed to find people who understand me and who could teach me like all of you at… Read more »

Multicultural Worship – Top Tips

Music is a regular and integral part of our Christian lives. Yet, when it comes to local cross-cultural ministry and mission, the role of music is often neglected. What if we could shape our music so that it enhances and serves our mission better? And what if, in doing so, it enriches the local body… Read more »

Lessonstream – free resource site

If you’re looking for some fresh resources to inject your lessons with something different, you might want to take a look at Lessonstream, a website that features video clips for use in English lessons. The topics covered are diverse.  One clip shows a rabbit chomping on raspberries with the language point being present tenses while… Read more »

Top Tips on Involving Families

Living in the West, it’s easy to be individualistic in our approach to our students, forgetting that for many of them, especially those from Eastern parts, their whole identity is bound up with the family to whom they belong. How important, then, to make sure we make every effort to engage with their families. Below… Read more »

Online Easy English Bible and Commentary

If you’re involved in any way with using the Bible with English learners and you’re not aware of this website, please read on as it could be an invaluable tool! This website gives you free access to the EasyEnglish Bible which incredibly uses a vocabulary of only 1200 words.  Idioms, passives, split infinitives and other… Read more »

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