TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate Program
(Teacher of English as a Foreign / Second Language / Cross-cultural Awareness)
Quito, Ecuador
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Course Description

The TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Program is a 150-hour Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language course, which includes our unique CCA (Cross-cultural Awareness) module.  We offer you a competitive tuition fee of $1395 ($827 for Ecuadorian residents), which includes 80 hours of classroom instruction, 70 hours of tutorials, practicum (6 hours of which will be officially observed), and assignments.  We also offer job placement assistance, career guidance, computers with Internet access, access to our EFL library, and settling-in assistance.


Accepted candidates will receive a pre-course self-study booklet to prepare themselves for the course.  This booklet includes the course philosophy, assessment procedures, a basic study of the English language, an introduction to cross-cultural awareness, a study skills section and a course reading list.  This booklet must be completed by each student before starting the course. Candidates will need to buy How to Teach English by Jeremy Harmer (published by Addison Wesley Longman), which is required reading and is not included in the course price.  All other materials are included in the course price.  CEC-EPN has a comprehensive library of English teaching books, journals and magazines, including all those on the reading list.


The academic program itself consists of a total of 150 hours, which include:

  • 80 hours of class instruction (seminars, workshops, etc.)
  • 70 hours related to weekly tutorials, practicum (four hours of which will be officially observed), assignments, etc.

In addition, candidates will be expected to spend a considerable amount of time reading and preparing classes.

Candidates should expect to have very little free time during the course.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will receive a TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate from CEC-EPN.


TEFL/TESL/CCA™ TeamworkOur course is designed for both native English speakers and advanced non-native English speakers.  It was created to meet the more demanding needs of teachers who are interested in teaching English in a foreign culture to students who do not have the advantage of being immersed in English culture on a constant, daily basis.  The course is also designed for those who are interested in teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in an English-speaking country.

The 80 hours of class instruction in our TEFL course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to language teaching and learning
  • Classroom management, including discipline
  • Language analysis
  • Using English in the classroom, including giving instructions and checking concepts
  • Planning a lesson and a series of lessons (using course books)
  • Using audiovisual resources, including video, CD-ROMs, e-mail and the Internet
  • Learning styles and strategies
  • Teaching grammar and discourse
  • Teaching speaking skills, including pronunciation
  • Teaching listening skills
  • Teaching reading skills
  • Teaching writing skills
  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Integrating skills
  • Teaching 1-1 and business classes/ teaching young learners
  • Assessment, testing and evaluation
  • Cross-cultural awareness


student_collaborationAssessment is carried out on a continuous basis in both seminars/workshops and teaching practice.  Trainees are assessed in all topic areas.  Particular emphasis is given to trainees' ability to foster language learning in their students.

During the course, trainees are required to produce two pieces of written work of a practical nature of between 500 and 1500 words.

Trainees will be awarded certificates with a grade of Pass, Pass B or Pass A if they have demonstrated the following:

  • An awareness and understanding of the English language, and of the basic principles of language learning
  • A practical working knowledge of English and materials for learning/teaching English
  • An ability to plan appropriately for stages of lessons and for complete lessons within a sequence of lessons
  • An ability to manage classes effectively in terms of organization of groups, effective use of classroom space, resources and materials, appropriate use of English in the classroom, and ability to keep discipline
  • A willingness and ability to benefit from teaching practice feedback and to work effectively with colleagues
  • The capacity to develop as a teacher after the course

All successful trainees will receive a letter of recommendation in addition to their certificate.

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"I have taught for many years, but even so I feel that I have found this course very practical and useful for my classes. Regardless of how much experience a teacher may have, it's never too late to learn something new."

Anabella Patiño

Annabella Patiño

"All of the teachers are extremely well qualified and very helpful. I think this would be a great course for someone who wants to teach EFL/ESL. The course is full of practical ideas that are great in the classroom."

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Continuing Education Center - National Polytechnic School
(Centro de Educación Continua - Escuela Politécnica Nacional)
Edificio Aulas y Relación con el Medio Externo
Av. Toledo N23-55 y Madrid (60 m al sur de la calle Madrid), Quito, Ecuador
Teléfonos: 2500068 - 2553605 ext: 201/202