Cambridge CELTA Course in Montanita

With the abundant tranquillity and scenic atmosphere of a sweet town located on the Ecuadorian coast and overlooking wonderful beaches, it is easy to find out why Montanita is a great place to take a CELTA.

TEFL Certification in Montanita, Ecuador

Montanita which literally means ‘Little Hill’ is a bustling city at the base of the Andes with lively characters, great restaurants, friendly people and a multicultural population. Whether you wish to surf, attend parties, make connections or simply enjoy a calming escapade along the beach during your CELTA course, Montanita has it all.

Our CELTA center in Montanita is dedicated to providing a unique training experience hence the five week residential duration. The training is aimed at maximising your potentials as a qualified English teacher. This means you have an extra week for better assimilation of all lessons learnt as opposed to the common four week duration. Our CELTA course covers various topics within the syllabus and involves real life teaching practice sessions with model students.

Our TEFL trainees agree that the most valuable aspect of their education is the immediate feedback and peer tutor observation. You will be constantly evaluated with the aid of written assignments and class observations to determine your performance and ensure improvement. We also encourage each trainee to make reports on their training experience for the sole purpose of providing the best possible service.

We have students from diverse backgrounds in terms of nationality, race and age which means you get connected with trainees from other cultures and build wider connections across the globe.

Montanita Course Highlights - A Quick Glance

  • A minimum of 120 contact hours at our center, with additional hours spent outside class for self-study: background reading, lesson planning and assignment writing.
  • Trainees are involved in lesson planning, language analysis, observation of peers and experienced teachers, reflection on their teaching practice and feedback from trainers.
  • 6 hours of assessed teaching practice along with peer observation.
  • 6 hours of observation of live lessons taught by experienced ELT professionals.
  • On-going job support, suitable assistance and continous professional development services.

Montanita Course Dates

Due to the on-going pandemic (COVID-19), most of the courses are now ONLINE!
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Note that, an Online CELTA holds the same value as the face to face course, and is equally recognized by ESL employers worldwide.

Montanita Course Details

Entry Requirements

  • You should be 20 years old by the commencement date of the course (trainees can be accepted over 18 at the center’s discretion).
  • While the course itself does not require you to have a degree, you should have a standard of education equivalent to that required for an entry into primary or higher education.
  • Have a strong command, awareness of English language with equal skills over verbal and written English so as to follow the course and complete the assignments.

Course Syllabus

Some of the main units of learning are:

  • Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Classroom observation and management skills
  • Teaching practice and guidelines


You will be continually assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. The two types of assessment are:

  • Teaching Practice
  • Written Assignments

CELTA course trainees will always be kept informed of their progress during the course and an external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English, moderates each course.

Teaching Practice, Observation

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course where trainees work in groups to plan, observe and give feedback to each other.

  • Six hours of assessed teaching practice with real students in real classes.
  • Detailed oral and written feedback of your teaching practice.
  • Observation of both peer and qualified ELT teachers for six hours.

CELTA Training Center in Montanita

Our Montanita training center is a foremost institute with a spacious facility located in Bario de Tigrillo, a few minutes’ walk to the town center. Over the years, we have stayed true to our goal of becoming a world class teacher training center associated with a network that has trained about half of all CELTA graduates in the world.

Our TEFL trainees are provided with on-site lodging and food all through the duration of their course such that there is no concern or undue stress about obtaining accommodation within the city or lots of time spent commuting to and from the training center.

We also have great facilities for the smooth functioning of a class, a team of experienced tutors and support staff. There is a swimming pool, a very conducive setting with lovely gardens and a quiet area that provides enough privacy ample for both study and relaxation.

Job Support and Placement: Montanita, Ecuador

One of our major targets as a TEFL training center is to assist our trainees in getting their first teaching position after they graduate. While we occasionally hire our CELTA graduates, we also provide a list of potential employers within Ecuador.

Our graduates can get help by requesting any of our staff to contact institutes on their behalf. In addition to this, we provide information as well as review sessions on all current vacancies.

More than half of our trainees get numerus job offers before the end of their training with a reasonable percentage settling in Ecuador while others travel to other parts of the world to continue building their career.

Why Choose CELTA in Montanita?

Apart from the excellent training center and a multicultural atmosphere that supports studying for an internationally recognized certificate, Ecuador has a relatively high demand for foreign languages. Most especially, English teaching jobs make one of the leading source of employment for expats within the country.

CELTA graduates in Montanita can find opportunities in a wide variety of capacity. There are openings to work with international organisations, teach English at language institutes, universities or work with students in the tourism industry.

TEFL job opportunities can be found all year round and teachers can earn up to 1,000 USD per month with benefits including health insurance, visa support and a cost of living as low as 400 USD per month. Montanita also has peak hiring seasons when teachers can find the most openings between February and Mach as well as July and August.

A CELTA certificate to teach English in Montanita gives you the chance to build a career while enjoying beautiful beaches, an exciting nightlife, good food, great surfing and an amazing weather.

Things to do in Montanita, Ecuador while taking a CELTA

While taking your CELTA in Montanita, you can be sure of a great chance to explore the diverse beauty of Ecuador-the Middle of the World. You may stay back after your course of arrive earlier for a chance to enjoy the laid back lifestyle, delicious food and tranquil atmosphere.

Located on the Ruta de Sol, meaning ‘Route of the Sun’, the best experience for most visitors in Montanita is the surfing. If you are around the city in February, experience the Surf Carnival, an internationally recognized surfing competition that brings together expert surfers from across the world. If you love surfing yourself, then the best time to enjoy the sport is between December and June when you can catch a wave and find options no matter your level of expertise.

Besides surfing and the beach, Montanita is also famous for its parties. You can visit some big clubs like the Lost Island to enjoy an electric night and a fascinating mix of cocktails and drinks. There is also a huge variety of foods to try in Montanita. You will find Cevich, a sumptuous meal made of raw fish cooked in lime juice and served with chips of fried corn very delicious. You can also visit one of the best restaurants in the town, Tiki Limbo for amazing dishes like fajitas, falafels and various seafood delicacies.

Generally, Montanita’s reputation as a surfing mecca and a beach town makes it an astonishing city to make unforgettable memories as you take developmental steps in your teaching career.

Complete your CELTA course in Montanita to gain a great entry point into the teaching career anywhere in the world while you enjoy a beach setting, a fabulous nightlife and the warmth of friendly locals.

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