Questions about EBC
Why should I choose EBC?
Here is a summary of some very good reasons to choose EBC:
- A Trinity College accredited TEFL course
- A dual award programme in TESOL and TEFL
- Years of experience
- Top quality trainers
- Approachable staff
- Hours of teaching practice
- Teacher/Student interaction
- International acceptance and recognition
- Student intake quality
- Courses designed for teachers by teachers
- We NEVER cancel courses
- Student satisfaction
- Great cities to study and work in
- Jobs – Our unrivalled, lifelong commitment to helping you find work
- Refer someone and get $100 US
- Ethical and family friendly
Trinity College accreditation
Years of experience
EBC has been providing EFL training, language translation and other language services in Madrid, Spain since 1996. EBC is now a successful and well known language centre. Don’t believe us!, look at EBC y Asociados clients. We at EBC now share our wealth of knowledge and practical experience with people like you who would like to enter the English as a Foreign Language teaching profession by offering the EBC International TEFL Certificate.
Since our EBC International TEFL certificate course started we have trained and placed thousands of satisfied teachers throughout the world. We get a continual stream of requests from language schools throughout the world requesting lists of our graduates. Why? because we are one of the very few TEFL courses in the world that insists on an applicant having a degree/5 years professional work experience and being at least 21 as a standard entry requirement. This means that prospective employers know that our intake standards are high and therefore our graduates will be top quality.
Top quality trainers
As you are the best, we believe that you should be taught by people who are experts in TEFL. Our trainers each have, on average, 10 to 15 years experience teaching English as a foreign language. In addition to TEFL experience, our EBC TEFL trainers hold BAs and Masters degrees in just about every language related area you can think of.
Our trainers also give external lectures on teacher training, organise UNICEF English summer camps and have authored TEFL text books and audio tapes. These people know their subject and even more importantly, they know how to teach it effectively.
By comparison, other courses insist on 5 years or even less TEFL experience and in some cases don’t even insist that the prospective trainer has a degree.
We want you to feel comfortable from day 1. Our centres are in Spanish speaking countries but if you don’t speak Spanish don’t worry. You will find that all of our TEFL trainers, support staff and management all speak advanced level Spanish so if you need help with anything in Spanish that you don’t understand you can ask anyone.
In addition, if you have any other questions relating to life in general, our campus locations, how you’re getting on, study problems, you name it – you will find us there for you. If you have any problems, great or small, let us know and we will be happy to help you resolve it.
Hours of teaching practice
“Practice makes perfect”, so we’ve made sure you get a fair crack at perfecting your teaching style by the time you graduate. Compare what we offer to the 6 or so hours you’d get taking other well-known courses.
An outline of the practice sessions
EBC has scheduled a total of 24 hours teaching practice time into the course. This comprises
- 8 hours of EBC trainer demonstration classes;
- 8 hours of peer group practice sessions (rehearsals);
- 6 hours teaching 6, 1 our classes to groups of non-native English speakers.
EBC trainer demonstration classes
You may never have taught before, so rather than throw you straight in at the deep end, we introduce you to teaching in a gradual manner. The EBC trainers will give you demonstration classes in order to highlight do’s and don’ts in the classroom. The classes also serve to introduce you to different approaches to teaching the main aspects of English to non-native speakers.
The first demonstration class you will be given serves two purposes: it serves as a vehicle to show you how to teach and it also serves to help you understand the difficulties in learning a foreign language as you will not be taught in English. Instead you will be given a language lesson in one of a few rather obscure languages.
There is an open analysis and feed-back session after each demonstration class.
Observed peer group practice sessions
Prior to delivering each one hour class, you will be given the opportunity to rehearse your lesson in front of your peers and course trainer. You’ll be asked to stand up and teach a segment of your planned lesson and walk through how the plan will help your students reach the lesson objective.
You will receive feed-back from both your peers and your EBC course tutor.
Observed 8 classes to taught groups of non-native English speakers
These classes are the real thing. You will teach each of your planned lessons to groups on non-English speakers. You will teach at least 2 groups of beginner, 2 groups of intermediate and 2 groups of advanced students.
Every class you teach will be observed by a course trainer. This means that you will be observed, therefore the analysis and help we can give you during the feed-back sessions will be immense. Everything is designed to help you get into the swing of teaching as quickly as possible. We don’t like leaving things to chance.
You will receive formally documented feed-back from your EBC course trainer in a private review session.
We believe very strongly in giving you as much feed-back as possible regarding your course progress. There are times planned into our 4 week schedule when you will have private tutorial sessions with your course trainer in order to discuss your progress. The tutorials are two-way so you’ll get the opportunity to be frank with your trainer and ask questions you possibly would not like to ask in class.
All criticism will be given in a positive manner. It should also be taken positively and acted upon accordingly. Teacher/student interaction is there because we want to help you pass the course. We take teacher/student interaction very seriously and we do follow up to make sure that you’ve taken it on board.
Student intake quality
We believe that the best people get the best jobs. Our entry requirements are stricter than most other TEFL Certificate courses, including other well-known courses because we want to attract quality rather than quantity. EBC requires you to be at least 21 and to either have a degree or a minimum of 5 years continuous, verifiable work experience. Other well-known courses state in their brochures that 18 year old high school graduates are admissible.
The reason we have a higher set of requirements than most is because we know that the job market will almost immediately hire someone who is 21 or older, has a degree and/or 5 years work experience and is a TEFL/TESOL certified English teacher. We don’t want anyone who takes the EBC course to suffer the lack of job offer frustrations others have suffered due to taking lower quality certificate courses.
We accept the fact that stricter entry requirements will attract people who are more demanding and who have higher expectations. Indeed many of our students have had Masters and to date we’ve had several PhD students. We have proved that the EBC International TEFL Certificate course meets both higher demands and expectations.
All our courses are designed and delivered by teachers for teachers.
EBC is a language training company that was founded by teachers and employs highly skilled teachers. This means that EBC has first hand experience of what the EFL job market requires. This special knowledge has allowed us to develop our course as an intensive, practical and hands-on programme that trains you to be an effective ESOL EFL teaching professional.
We do not cancel courses
For financial reasons, some TEFL Certificate course providers may cancel courses at short notice due to lack of numbers. Some course providers have a right to cancel clause in their contract.
Cancellation causes stress, inconvenience and financial penalties to the people who may have signed up for a course and already made travel arrangements. We will not cancel courses even if we lose money. Why? Because if you want to come and study with us, why should we inconvenience you because we will suffer financially. It’s greedy and immoral to do this, so we don’t do it.
The only reason we would not run a course is if no-one signed up for it. So far we haven’t had this problem.
After each course we ask all course participants for feedback. The reason we do this is not to make us feel good (although it does) but to look for areas in which we can improve existing course areas and add new services/facilities. We take every survey response very seriously.
Part of the survey asks for a brief testimonial comment about the course. You can see them in the testimonials section.
Great cities to study and work
Our campus locations are terrific cities to study and live in. In addition to learning how to be an EFL teacher you’ll get exposure to an entirely new perspective on life. Our campus location cities are cultural melting pots and have deep historical ties.
It’ll take you a long time to get bored with our campus location countries, so come prepared to stay for a while.
Get a job teaching English
All our EBC TEFL graduates who have wanted to stay and work in Madrid and our other course locations have done so.
After almost two decades of delivering TEFL and TESOL courses in our worldwide locations, language schools know us and await our graduating classes to interview for their English teaching positions.
There is no magic to it. We continuously give the best training, the highest calibre in the market and language schools recognise this at interview time.
Everyone says they are the best, we simply say – “the proof is in the pudding”. In this business, the EBC pudding is the best, just ask the language schools.
Students enroling now for an EBC TEFL course have it easy because EBC has proven to language schools and companies that EBC graduates make the best TEFL and TESOL teachers.
Refer someone and get $100 US
Our student referral program is available to all EBC TEFL course graduates who would like to refer potential new students to EBC.
If you have a web site and would like a student referral program widget to automate your referrals, contact us.
EBC will give you a student referral fee of 100 US Dollars per person referred based on the following terms and conditions:
- The applicants you refer must put your name on their application form or you will not be able to collect your student referral fee. There are no exceptions to this condition.
- You will be paid the student referral fee when the student starts the course.
- If a referred student reverses his/her course payment, we will reverse your student referral fee.
- We will only pay the student referral fee to a PayPal account you give us.
- You must claim your student referral fee within 3 months after the course end date. No student referral fees will be paid after this period has expired.
- EBC will only pay one student referral fee per student. If an applicant indicates two or more people referring him/her, the student referral fee will be divided accordingly. EBC will not get involved in resolving disputes about who receives the payment.
- Student referral fees cannot be back-dated.
- There are no limits to the number of times you can receive a student referral fee. For example: if you refer 4 students who attend a course, you get 4 x 100 USD ($400).
- The student referral fee only applies to attendees of the four week, intensive course.
- There is no student referral fee for the online course, the blended course and the teaching practice course.
- The student referral program only applies to students who apply and pay directly through EBC. The program does not apply to students who apply and/or pay through any third party agents.
- EBC reserves the right to modify or withdraw the student referral program at any time.
Ethical and family friendly
Dear Sir or Madam,
I speak to you on behalf of EBC and as a parent who knows that most parents always want the best for their children. I have worked for EBC since it started in 2002 and seen the great results, reception and personal fulfilment of our graduates.
EBC is looking forward to providing your son or daughter with the teacher training, job assistance, travel support and accommodation that he or she will need in order to become a successful English teacher and find a teaching job after graduation in the shortest time possible.
EBC provides all the services and tools necessary to enable all our students to get the most out of their study abroad experience with EBC. Having your son or daughter live abroad presents a new and exciting challenge to both you and your child regardless of the length of stay or destination. For this reason I would like to take this opportunity to explain how EBC will be with there to assist your son or daughter every step of the way.
EBC has been offering its teach English abroad TEFL certification programme since 2002 and has graduated thousands of satisfied teachers. We have also successfully found work for all of our course graduates that wanted to stay on and find work.
As with all responsible organisations, the comfort and safety of our students is our number one priority. Prior to arrival we help by assisting each attendee through the process. Upon arrival we make sure that each attendee is briefed about the campus location where they are studying.
In addition to making student safety a priority we also provide the following services to help your son or daughter arrange his/her trip.
- A flight finder that lists reliable and reputable flight agencies to enable you to get the best flight deals.
- Recommended accommodation that will give your son or daughter a safe, clean and comfortable place to stay during the course. EBC staff will also give advice about accommodation if your son or daughter decides to stay on and work in the campus location.
- A travel and health insurance finder that recommends different insurance options and provides a list of of reputable insurance agents that provide coverage abroad.
To ensure safe arrival at your son or daughter’s chosen campus location, we send out arrival instructions prior to the course start date so that your son or daughter can familiarise him/herself with our campus address. We send a map, instructions of how to get to the training centre and a list of 24/7 contact phone numbers in case of emergencies.
Our fee processing is handled by Visa, MasterCard and PayPal. These are the most secure, regulated and identify theft-proof payment systems available.
EBC is a professional training organisation run by teachers with the sole aim of providing a safe and high-quality environment in which your son or daughter can study.
EBC welcomes your questions and has a transparent, open-door policy for all parent enquiries so if you also want to contact us to ask questions you are more than welcome to do so.
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To become an English teacher all that is required is some of your time to take one of our EBC training courses. Once you graduate, EBC gives you lifetime, worldwide career support that will get you working quickly and will always be there for you when you want a change.