Meet Our Trainers
The course is directed and primarily taught
by Les Embleton, MATEFL, BSc,
RSA DipTEFLA, a TEFL professional with 30 years of experience
as an EFL/ESL teacher, course director, and writer.
We also have three additional course trainers and a staff
of over 100 EFL instructors to give you supplementary training,
as well as any extra help or advice you may need along the
way. The course trainers will give you the required
skills you will need to teach different age groups, skill
levels and nationalities.
Les Embleton, the Course Director, Designer and Principal Tutor, has an M.A. in Instructional Leadership from the University of Alabama, a Royal Society of Arts Diploma in TEFL (RSADipTEFL), and an M.A. in TEFL from the University of Reading, England. He worked for 13 years at the British Council, Quito as a teacher, teacher trainer, and program coordinator. He has given TEFL training courses, and also seminars and workshops throughout Ecuador with the British Council, where he was Teacher Trainer/Course co-coordinator - planning, designing and running courses at the British Council, Quito, for Ecuadorian state school secondary teachers, and for provincial multipliers to run local in-service courses for such teachers in their provinces. This also included the formation of a team of national coordinators for English teaching at the national teacher-training institute for schoolteachers. He was Academic Director at the Experiment in International Living, Ecuador, where he designed the curriculum for the Ecuadorian Development Scholarship Program sponsored by US AID to prepare learners to study for their Masters’ degrees in the USA.
Les has given seminars and workshops for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Richmond Publishing. He is currently a freelance teacher, teacher trainer, translator, and textbook writer and editor. In addition to being Professor of the Applied Linguistics degree course at the Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador and of the MATESOL at the same university, Les is Ecuador’s Local Supervisor for the British Council/International House Distance DELTA course (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults). He is also Academic Director of Educational Consultancy Services.
As a teacher, Les has taught at all levels to all age groups. He has considerable experience in English for Specific Purposes, especially in business. He wrote the series English for Accounting and Business Books 1, 2, and 3 for Ecuadorian secondary schools for Richmond Publishing, and was Advisor and Co-Author of the revised edition of Our World Through English Books 1 and 2 for Ecuadorian secondary schools under a bi-national agreement between the Ecuadorian and British governments. He has written supplementary material, Computing Skills through English Books 1 and 2, for the same series.
Irma Marquardt has an M.A. in Language Teaching and a Doctorate (PhD) in Linguistics.
She has considerable experience teaching English and German at primary school, secondary school and university. She teaches linguistics and methodology at university level. She has given seminars at international congresses and acted as a consultant on various topics related to language teaching in Europe, the United States and South America. She has also published various articles on language teaching and developed language teaching materials. She is currently working as an international teacher trainer.
A message from the Course Director
We’ve run the TEFL/TESL/CCA course for several years now and, as course director and principal instructor, it’s been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life. To see participants develop their potential as English teachers even in such a short course has been incredibly rewarding. That many of these participants are now working in various parts of the world only adds to my satisfaction.
While teaching is hardly the best paid job around, its impact on people’s lives can’t be overestimated. I believe that teaching EFL/ESL in particular is of the utmost importance. English is now an international language – a lingua franca - and has ceased to belong only to native speakers. We, as English teachers, are at the forefront of the effort to increase international communication and understanding.
I wholeheartedly invite you to join us and become a part of the global community of English language teachers, who are making such a difference in people's lives around the world.