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About

Our courses are full-time and part-time. They include 140 contact hours and a minimum of 80 hours non-contact hours which will include: research, assignments and lesson planning.

The full-time courses are four weeks. These courses are very intensive and require a full-time commitment. A typical day starts before 09:00 and finishes after 18:00.

The part-time courses take place over three months. They run three times a week, on Tuesday & Thursday evenings and all day Sundays.

We also offer two weeks (before or after the course) of free Spanish lessons. Also, we offer the Airport Transfer on your arrival.

We are EF Education First, an international education company located in one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Quito.

Website
www.ef.com.ec
Headquarters

Av. Amazonas N37-102 y Naciones Unidas, Edificio Puerta del sol
Quito
Ecuador

Reviews

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Hana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Even though I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and I have thought English for many years in my home country Libya, I had certain specific doubts about ELT. So for many years, I wanted to join an international standard teacher training program to teach English. CELTA at EF Quito was the best opportunity I could ever get since I have recently moved to Ecuador.
The course was slightly challenging for me as a non-native speaker. However, English language teaching is my life and people at EF were very friendly and were ready to help at any time.
Nicola and Ceri were our tutors. Their input sessions were very useful, that helped me adopt the best ways of teaching and create a student-centered classroom approach rather than using the lecture method which is more teacher-centered. This changed my teaching approach. I have also learned how to include activities in my class.
I stayed with an Ecuadorian Family who was amazing. They provided me with good quality meals and were very near to the course center it was very easy to access. They were perfect hosts.
My classmates were from different continents and I had to teach local students from different parts of Ecuador during my teaching practice. So I met different people and learned many things from my colleagues and students. This helped me gain the confidence I needed to pursue my professional international teaching career. I am currently employed by a reputable school in Quito.
I would highly recommend CELTA, my best advice would be just spending a good time preparing before the course starts, delve into the online methodology books that will be provided to you when you register and brush up on grammar. All the hard work will be worth it; when you stand in front of your class. I have completely changed as a teacher. I think this course was amazingly designed to manage the class, the time, the students, the material and prepare teachers to develop their creativity in the classroom.

What would you improve about this program?
None
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Edgar
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

At first I thought we were going to hold hands singing kumbaya while talking about our teaching experiences having a blast. But what I found was a serious accademic challenge, ran by two professional tutors from the Cambridge CELTA program.
I wanted to work at night and do the course at the same time, but after a few days I found myself studying and preparing paperwork for the course all nights, teaching in the mornings and attending lectures in the afternoons. To be honest I didn't even had time for laundry or anything else, Plus I had to face ghosts I was carrying with me since I started teaching many years ago (belive me it wasn't easy and I went to Everest, so standards of dificulty are high for me). In the end I got a job offer in an international institute, I became the best paid teacher in my new job, I reshaped my teaching for good and Now I could work as a well-paid English teacher in any part of the planet. So it was the best thing I could have done with my money and time. Remenber you have to earn it and it won't come easy, good luck!!!

What would you improve about this program?
everything was just great!!
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Oliver
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience going through CELTA in the fall of 2017 was an extremely intense one. It proved to be one of the most satisfying ones. And I feel the many benefits (professional and personal) will stay with me for life and help to nurture my future students.

Thanks to my uber qualified, motivated and always kind and caring (think pressure cooker and you'll come to appreciate kind and caring) teachers Nicola and Vicky, as well as Andrea's smooth administration, this truly demanding yet inspiring course, far exceeded my expectations.

Back then, I wrote in my application cover letter: "I expect to learn the techniques and gain the necessary skills to become a good teacher in general, and, specifically, an inspiring English teacher". I feel I ticked that many times over.

I practiced, failed and eventually rose to the myriad of challenges along the way to becoming a better teacher (and human).

I hope you get to enjoy this course, too.

What would you improve about this program?
Continue evolving, keep your skills sharp and your inspiration level high.
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rebecca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When I started this course I was quite nervous and unsure of what it would be like. I was most nervous about the teaching practice because I had never taught before. On top of this, I had always had a great fear of public speaking. This course definitely proved to be difficult and required a good bit of studying and planning but it was worth it. My professors were so supportive and understanding, as well as down to earth and realistic. My fellow students were also very supportive and made all of the hard elements of the course so much more tolerable. Both my tudors and my fellow classmates made me laugh every day. This was an amazing experience that will prove to be lucrative but more importantly, has forced me to grow.

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Daniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The CELTA course at EF Quito is very competitive and offers lots of support and opportunities. I enjoyed the pace of the part-time course, it made all the content manageable without loosing continuity. My instructors were always there to provide advice, and also, very eager to help. I can't say enough about my group of classmates, they were professionals, very enthusiastic and supportive throughout the course. I probably learned as much from them as from my CELTA teachers.

What would you improve about this program?
I believe that more time could be dedicated to holding job fairs and networking events towards the end of the course.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Hana Abuzaid

Hana is a hard-working and confident English teacher based in Quito, Ecuador. Her travels expand far beyond her home country of Libya where she’s had the opportunity to see the world – working from destination to destination awaiting that next big opportunity to self-develop.

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Why did you choose this program?

I was in need of a certification that would help me stand out as a professional English teacher in Ecuador and around the world. I had heard of the Cambridge University Press’ CELTA program and decided it provided that exact expanding professional opportunity I had been looking for since I left Libya. Not only has it benefited my students, but it has also given me far more confidence in the classroom.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The program provider (Education First Quito) was very transparent with the trainees entering the course. They gave us valuable materials about teaching methodology and books that refreshed my memory of English language grammar. I felt informed during the 4-week intensive course. One of the advantages of the pre and post-course was the opportunity to network with CELTA trainees old and new. It also includes job opportunities for newly qualified teachers. Besides reading materials, the course offers students plenty of videos that will enhance their preparation for the course.

Overall, going into the course is mostly taken care of as the institution maps out the logistics of it all. In regard to my personal organization, I had to maintain perfect student responsibility by managing tasks such as preparing lessons.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

CELTA is a fully-integrated program that really opens bridges for trainees to flourish. However, it will also stretch them to their limits. It’s important to maintain a clear mind during the intensive course.

My biggest piece of advice is to not work during the course. I convinced myself not to, and it was the biggest benefit. I wasn’t as stressed during the process, and I knew it would open opportunities after the course to make up for that time that I was not working.

Organization is key. In 4 weeks, you will be given loads of materials. It’s absolutely essential to organize all of these documents as you will feel overwhelmed with the amount of paper you get. This also extends to being technologically savvy when it comes to making lessons. Writing your lesson plans is great but eats too much time. You will want your computer!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

From the second day, you will be teaching English. The tutors are really qualified and open to the concerns and learning of their trainees. Their help goes beyond, and they prepare you for everything.

We start with a class or input session where one of our tutors goes over an important aspect of teaching such as lesson planning. This conceptualizes key points where trainees become aware of what to include in lessons, how to teach and correct students, lesson planning time, and so on. All of the mock classes were with local adult students. The main areas of focus were how to develop student-to-student communication in the classroom in regard to grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

In a process of trial and error, trainees are given the chance to observe experienced teachers where they make specific notes and analyses of where to improve. On the whole, you will be assessed by incorporating these techniques into your new teaching style every day during the course.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was born and raised in Libya so English is not my native language. However, over the years, I have developed my English language skills by traveling around the world and accepting unique working opportunities where it expanded.

However, CELTA will make a non-native nervous no matter the experiences as it’s the next level in teaching. We were told that our understanding of the language must be higher than natives themselves. I overcame this fear by building confidence and being the best student I could be. I always made sure that everything was clear for me and never shied away from asking a question. What’s great is that course tutors will never reject one of your needs. I felt like I could approach them with my biggest course dilemmas, and they’d be there to support me.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ana Vieira

Job Title
Academic Director
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Ana has been teaching for 12 years and recently moved into teacher training. She finds teaching and training one of the most rewarding experiences as she manages to grow alongside her students and teachers.

What is your favorite travel memory?

It most definitely has to be my Madeira-Paris trip. I had just graduated from Uni and planned for a week in Madeira in which I got to meet distant relatives and get to know more about my Portuguese heritage, then I spent 10 more days in Paris getting to know the city with friends and family.

Madeira was such a pleasant surprise with a new adventure and family story at every corner. And Paris is Paris; all will inspire and amaze.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

EF Quito has been a rewarding experience career wise. After a few months with the company, I was offered the Academic Director position which requires the management of a wonderful group of over 30 teachers.

Among my responsibilities I have to detect our school's needs and address these; one principal way is through teacher training sessions which I love and find profoundly fulfilling. This has shifted my career a bit from teaching to training and I couldn't be happier with these new duties.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are ever-changing and adapting to new needs. And I don't think I have ever been especially proud of our team, I believe it's our ability to do remarkable things and respond to everyday situations that I'm proud of. At the end of the day, the little things we do influence who we are as a whole.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Adapting. Companies have to analyze what needs there are out there and respond to these. This also means staying updated, challenging old ways, and thinking outside of the box.

EF Quito has recently taken on the CELTA project which will not only cater to individual needs of ESL teachers but little by little could impact the standard set for English teaching in Ecuador.