Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) What are the differences between these acronyms: TESL,
TEFL, TESOL, and ELT?
2) What does the acronym CCA stand
3) How soon will I know if my
application has been accepted?
4) Why take the TEFL/TESL/CCA™
5) What do I have to bring along
6) How can I prepare myself for
7) How long will the course booklet
take to complete?
8) Will I have to take any exams
as part of the course?
9) Do I need to have a college/university
degree in order to take the course?
10) Is the course difficult to
11) What happens if I fail one
of the course components?
12) How will my grade be determined?
13) Do I have to learn "English
14) Who takes the course?
15) How many hours will I need
to spend on the course?
16) What are the benefits of
taking the TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate Program?
17) I’ve never taught
before. Can I still take the course?
18) Do I have to be a native
English speaker in order to take the course?
19) Does the course include any
20) Can you help me with accommodation?
1. What are the differences between these acronyms:
TESL, TEFL, TESOL, and ELT?
English as a Second Language) generally refers to teaching
English to non-native speaking minority groups in a country
where the native language is English (or where education is
conducted in English). TESL is still the most popular term to describe
this area of language study. Essentially, any English
language teacher, whether abroad or in the U.S., the UK, Australia,
etc. can be called an ESL teacher.
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
generally refers to teaching English to non-native speakers
either in a country where the native language is not English
or when a non-native speaker visits an English-speaking country
specifically to learn English. A TEFL Certificate is
the standard name for a certificate in teaching English.
TEFL Certificate graduates may teach both EFL and ESL.
TESOL (Teaching English
To Speakers of Other Languages) refers to teaching English
to non-native speakers in general. It is also the name
of a related major professional organization based out of
Alexandria, Virginia, USA. There are also many
local TESOL affiliates, such as WATESOL (Washington TESOL),
CATESOL (California TESOL) and Mexico TESOL. Also, a
Masters in TESOL is the standard name for an advanced degree
in English-language teaching.
Language Teaching) is a popular term used especially by professionals
in Western Europe which is used to refer to the teaching of
English to non-English speaking students in general.
There is also a major journal published in the United Kingdom
that is called the ELT Journal.
2. What does the acronym CCA stand for?
for Cross-cultural Awareness. During the course lectures, the instructors will draw upon their many years of experience with cross-cultural issues. Once you successfully complete the
course, the certificate you receive will certify you in CCA,
as well as TEFL/TESL.
3. How soon will I know if my application
has been accepted?
We will notify you as soon as we receive your application.
We will inform you within 5 working days if your application
has been accepted. You will then be sent the pre-course
booklet and other pertinent material.
4. Why take the TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate Program?
The TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate Program (TEFL refers
to Teaching English as a Foreign Language; TESL to Teaching
English as a Second Language; and CCA to Cross-cultural Awareness)
is similar to the Cambridge CELTA, one of the best-known and
most widely accepted certificates of its kind. CEC-EPN's
guidelines are similar, although we also include a cross-cultural
awareness component, which we believe is essential to teach
successfully in any part of the world.
Taking the course abroad means that you will set aside your
daily routine and experience a new culture from Day 1, which
will be a genuine opportunity to develop cross-cultural awareness.
Also, if you are interested in living and working abroad after
the course, this gives you a taste of the lifestyle. The friendship and support provided
by our tutors to the students, most of whom find themselves
in unfamiliar surroundings, is one of our strong points.
Ecuador is a small country of unique contrasts, which will
fascinate you during and after the course, whether you choose to
prolong your stay either to teach English, study Spanish,
or take a vacation in Ecuador.
5. What do I have to bring along with me?
The course text,'The Practice of English Language Teaching '(4th Edition) by Jeremy Harmer, checked out through our library system or purchased at the start of the course. Remember to bring your completed pre-course booklet along
with you. It will also be useful to bring items which
you can use in the classroom such as photos of your family
and your home town, information about your home town, tourist
information pamphlets, puzzles, small games, etc. Basic
stationery items to plan lessons can be easily bought in Quito,
so it is not necessary to bring them with you, unless you
wish to do so.
The weather in Quito tends to be much cooler at night than
during the day, and rainfall is fairly regular, especially
between December and April. Be sure to bring both warm
and cool-weather clothing, and a raincoat or umbrella with
you. It is recommended that you wear pants to class,
as in Quito shorts are normally only worn to sporting events.
Also, because of the variability of the weather and the cool
night air (<13ºC(54 ºF)), it is always best to
err on the side of dressing warm by wearing pants and a long-sleeved
shirt. Wearing layers is recommended.
6. How can I prepare myself for the course ?
You will receive a pre-course booklet upon registering for
the course, which you should complete before the course starts.
The booklet is designed to give you an idea of our teaching/learning
philosophy; a head start in areas such as grammar, lexis (vocabulary)
and phonology, i.e. the language itself; and also to review
study skills. The more you can read from the book The Practice of English Language Teaching (4th Edition) by Jeremy Harmer before
the course, the better.
7. How long will the course booklet take to complete?
The pre-course booklet will take up to 20 hours to complete,
depending on your background and experience. It will
not be graded, but it will be reviewed at the beginning of
the course, so you need to complete it before you arrive.
Although we have all the books on the reading list, you will have a clear
advantage if you
begin reading them before the course.
8. Will I have to take any exams as part of the course?
No. You will be assessed on your performance as a teacher.
Assessment is continuous and based on practice teaching, written
assignments and your progress in general throughout the course.
You will have weekly one-to-one tutorials with your tutor,
where you will have the opportunity to discuss progress and
identify areas that need work. Click
here for more assessment details.
9. Do I need to have a college/university degree in order
to take the course?
No. All you need is to have graduated from high school.
However, we reserve the right to accept candidates who do
not meet our criteria if we feel that they would be able to
successfully complete the course. Nevertheless, keep
in mind that many EFL/ESL institutes require their teachers
to have either an undergraduate degree in English or in education.
See our Are you up to taking the course? section
for more details.
10. Is the course difficult to pass?
The course requires a lot of hard work and dedication; especially
the practice teaching component. Taking this into consideration,
it is rare, but not impossible, for anyone to fail the course.
11. What happens if I fail one of the course components?
While it is possible to fail the course, you will receive
as much help as possible from the tutors, through verbal and
written feedback, and also the opportunity to resubmit the
written assignments if necessary. Also, keep in mind
that the course components themselves are not assessed so
much as your ability to apply them in your practice teaching.
12. How will my grade be determined?
All the course tutors will provide input in how the final
grade will be determined. For more details on how you
will be assessed, click here.
13. Do I have to learn "English Grammar"?
Yes. Just like any professional, you need to be knowledgeable
about your subject. The pre-course booklet provides
you with the basic grammar you will need to know and a
language analysis component is included in the course. We
will teach you how to research specific grammar points before
you teach them during your student teaching. Our main
concern is that you be prepared to teach in whatever future
circumstances you may find yourself. Learning “English
Grammar” is a continuous process and this course will
start you on the right path.
14. Who takes the course?
People of all ages and all kinds of backgrounds take the course,
which makes it particularly interesting. Under the conditions
of the course, it is not surprising for close friendships
to be made. People who take the course include :
- those with no experience wishing to pursue a career in
TEFL and who require a basic professional certificate
- those with little experience wishing to develop themselves
professionally as well as obtain a certificate
- those with considerable experience but who lack a professional
many hours will I need to spend on the course?
The course is very intensive. Expect to spend most of
your waking hours on course-related activities. Apart
from actual class time with the tutors, you will be observing
experienced teachers, doing practice teaching, planning lessons
(on your own or with fellow trainees), writing assignments
and reading a considerable amount. You will have very
little free time.
16. What are the benefits of taking the TEFL/TESL/CCA™
Besides the reward of taking the course itself, teaching in
Ecuador or elsewhere is a possibility. A recommendation
from us may help you to get a post in:
- ESL Programs at Home: Teaching adults
or children in the public school system or in private language
- EFL Programs Abroad: Teaching children
or adults at the elementary, high school or college level,
in public or private schools
- Private Tutoring: Many TEFL/TESL graduates
also teach independently in their own homes or in students'
homes and/or workplaces, either at home or abroad
- Other Positions: As a result of continued
training and teaching experience, graduates may choose
to work as administrators, curriculum or material designers,
and even TEFL instructors!
never taught before. Can I still take the course?
Yes. Many participants will take the course without
having had previous teaching experience. In fact, the
course is primarily aimed at them!
18. Do I have to be a native English speaker in order to take
No. But you should show evidence of a proficient level
of English in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading
and writing) so that you can participate effectively in the
course. You may also need to give us written evidence of your
English level from a recognized language institute or university.
19. Does the course include any teaching practice?
The course considers teaching practice to be of the highest
importance. Scheduled practice teaching will take place
every weekday. A tutor will observe you at least once
a week. You will be teaching volunteer adults, or schoolchildren,
depending on your particular interest. Expect to have
around ten to fifteen students in each class. You will teach
at two distinct levels during the course.
20. Can you help me with accommodation?
We can arrange accommodation at a hostel or hotel, depending on your preference. If you prefer, you can arrange your own accommodation instead. Please see our Accommodation page for more information.
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The Teleferico Quito started operations in early 2005. Its cable cars lift visitors up the side of the Pichincha Mountains, where breath-taking panoramic vistas of the city and surrounding mountains await.
It features eight cars with a capacity of 6 persons each. The ascent takes 8 to 10 minutes traveling some 2500 linear meters, going from 2950 meters (8850 feet) to 4050 meters (12,150 feet) altitude.
At the base of the mountain, you will find an amusement park, a collection of boutiques and shops offering handicrafts, jewelry, ceramics, clothing, paintings and art. There, you will also find a collection of restaurants ranging from sports bar, to typical foods, Fondu, Italian and international cuisine as well as snacks and fast food. At the summit you will find some restaurants, bars and shops selling handicrafts, as well as hiking trails going up to as high as 4600 meters (13,800 feet) offering spectacular panoramas of the City of Quito and surrounding mountains.
Iglesia San Francisco
Found alongside the Plaza San Francisco, this is the oldest church and monastery in Quito. Construction, which began in 1534, took 70 years to complete.