CEO Reflects on Sustainable Business for Enrichment Program

Sally Jewell, CEO of leading US outdoor sports equipment retailer REI, reflected on business as “the institution to save the world” at a lecture BridgeEnglish Denver executive students attended as part of the school’s Executive Enrichment Program.

Jewell is the president and CEO of REI, a national retail co-operative serving more than four million members in 114 retail stores in 27 states. Consumers become members of the co-op and receive part of the profits annually. The company has been named by Fortune Magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America and ranks no. 9 on the 2011 list.

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BridgeEnglish Denver Students Go to Movies at Latest IBC Event

BridgeEnglish Denver executive students joined members from 15 countries to explore trends in global cinema at an International Business Circle (IBC) event in February.

Jim Palmer, University of Colorado (CU) Professor of Film Studies and Director of the CU Conference on World Affairs, spearheaded the event which was hosted by IBC members Jack and Sophie Walker at their private home in Boulder, 30 miles northwest of Denver.

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It’s Not Just About the Coffee: Colleen O’Brien, Administrative Assistant at BridgeEnglish Denver

When students first walk into the BridgeEnglish Denver reception area, it can be a bit daunting. There are people from all over the world gathering together. There may be some students from Saudi Arabia talking by the coffee machine or some Japanese students chatting on the sofa. Teachers walk by in a rush to get to class and administrators busily deal with their duties.

Through the crowd of people and papers and at least three different languages being spoken in the background, students make their way forward towards reception, and there behind the tall wooden desk sits a smiling face and the eyes and ears of BridgeEnglish Denver, Ms. Colleen O’Brien. Colleen is the administrative assistant here at BridgeEnglish Denver but her job far exceeds assisting with administration. She took some time out of her busy workday to enlighten me about all the things she does at BridgeEnglish Denver and, boy, is it a lot.

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Teacher, I Want to Learn British English. That’s Problematic Student.

England and America are two countries separated by a common language according to the famous phrase of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Warm beer versus cold beer, cricket versus baseball.

Sometimes, it certainly seems that way when teaching at BridgeEnglish Denver. As a native of the old country, I am often asked by students which spelling version of a certain word is correct. Is it color or colour (cue Microsoft red line telling me I spelled the word wrongly)? Should I use the word lift or elevator? Is it soccer or football?

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Why is that Teacher? The Small Matter of the History of English.

One of the hardest questions an ESL teacher has to face in the classroom is “Why?”

Oh, the dreaded word “why,” the bane of every ESL teacher, the one question that is impossible to answer and yet ever-present in ESL classrooms around the world. It isn’t that the teachers don’t want to answer our students’ questions about why certain prepositions go after certain words or why the h is silent in one word but pronounced in another word, or why there are three different words that sound exactly the same but are spelled differently and have completely different meanings (there, their and they’re). We really would like to answer our students. The only problem is, we can’t, because there isn’t an answer.

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Pizza and Professional Development for BridgeEnglish Teachers

Ever wondered how Bridge English Denver teachers come up with such original ideas as getting students to imagine how a conversation between Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama might sound? Or why we might ask students to write a so-called One Minute Paper on what the most interesting thing in class was that day.

As brilliant as most of the staff are, they often need guidance on new teaching approaches or at least revision of older methods they may have forgotten. To do that, they need training.

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Meet Amy Weinberg: Student Coordinator at BridgeEnglish

“Ask Amy.” Maybe that should be written on her door because that is the advice that everyone at Bridge gives each other when help is needed. Students tell other students to ask Amy, teachers tell students to ask Amy and even teachers tell teachers to ask Amy. Why? Because Amy is, for all intents and purposes, the backbone of Bridge. Anything and everything you need help with, you can bet that Amy Weinberg will be there to help out in any way possible. Her official title is Student Coordinator here at Bridge, but a more suitable title would be Ultimate Confidante and Friend to All.

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BridgeEnglish Denver Students Learn More Than English Amid Diversity

There’s an array of national flags in the window of Director Richard Brown’s office that catches your eye as you walk into the Bridge English Denver (BED) language school.
Those flags testify to the diversity of nationalities present at any one time at the school in Denver, Colorado. According to current enrollment, 27 nationalities from all over the globe were represented at the school.

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What Exactly Does it Take to Learn English? A Look at Learning Styles in an ESL Classroom

“How long will it take to learn English?” This is a question I hear quite a bit from my ESL students and I never really know how to answer, primarily because I can’t predict the future. Six months? A year? Everyone is different. Some people learn faster than others. Some people just have a natural gift for absorbing languages. Lucky them! But I do know that if you are aware of how you learn, that can make things a little easier and perhaps go a little faster.

Learning styles come in various forms and everyone has their own unique way of learning even if they do not realize it. There are four basic styles of learning and they are auditory, visual, kinesthetic and tactile. Learners however, are not limited to one single style of learning. Some learners use different combinations of all four styles. So what do these learning styles mean?

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Read My Lips: A Profile of One Very Special ESL Student at Bridge

Learning the English language is no easy task. It can be downright frustrating even. As a teacher, the comment I hear most from students is that listening is the most difficult part of learning English. Students tell me that even though speaking is obviously a challenge especially at the beginner level, they are still able […]

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