National Polytechnic School

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National Technical University
(Spanish: Escuela Politécnica Nacional)
Motto "E scientia hominis salus" (in Latin)
Established 1869
Type Public university
Rector Ing. Alfonso Espinosa
Undergraduates 10000
Postgraduates 2500
Location Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
0°12′38″S 78°29′20″W / 0.21056°S 78.48889°W / -0.21056; -78.48889Coordinates: 0°12′38″S 78°29′20″W / 0.21056°S 78.48889°W / -0.21056; -78.48889
Campus Urban, 152,000 square metres (38 acres)
Mascot Owl
Website epn.edu.ec (in 5 languages)


The National Technical University (Spanish: Escuela Politécnica Nacional), also known as EPN, is a public university located in Quito, Ecuador.

CEC Classroom building on the National Polytechnic School campus in Quito, Ecuador.

History[edit]

The National Technical University was founded on August 27, 1869 by the National Convention of the Ecuador and the Ecuadorian President Gabriel García Moreno. For this purpose, Garcia Moreno brought members of a German Jesuit religious order who managed the university and the Quito Astronomical Observatory. Juan Bautista Menten, Teodoro Wolf and Luis Sodiro are among the first scientists that come to the National Technical University. The newborn institution was concibed as the first research center of Ecuador and was created with the purpose of contributing to the scientific and technological development of the country.

EPN is the second-oldest public university in Ecuador, after Central University of Ecuador.

The university remained closed during some decades, until 1935, when Ecuadorian President José María Velasco Ibarra re-opened it.

In 1964, the university moved from its campus "La Alameda" to the current Polythecnic Campus, being the rector José Rubén Orellana Ricaurte.[clarification needed]

CEC EPN & World Teach[edit]

CEC-EPN, Continuing Education Center - National Polytechnic School (Centro de Educación Continua - Escuela Politécnica Nacional). A division of National Polytechnic School is the Center for Continuing Education, CEC EPN [1] who has an agreement with WorldTeach,[2][3] a non-governmental organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. Founded in 1986 by a group of Harvard University students, WorldTeach places volunteers in communities throughout the world in year long and summer programs. Approximately 400 volunteers are placed yearly, with more than 7,000 placed to date. All volunteers must be enrolled in or have completed four year college programs, with most volunteers being recent graduates.

National Polytechnic School Volunteer to teach in Ecuador[edit]

There is a program for people with a Bachelors degree to be able to teach English while earning money in Quito, Ecuador. [4] People from all over the world are teaching English as a second language at the Center for Continuing Education CEC at (CEC), National Polytechnic School in Quito, Ecuador. Starting at intermediate one, all of the teachers are first language (also native language, mother tongue, arterial language, or L1) is the language(s) a person has learned from birth. [5]

All of the teachers at CEC are able to take a free Spanish Class everyday. There are currently over 6,000 students enrolled. The classes are in eight week segments with four different exams for each. The sections are designed into a series of levels with beginner, intermediate one and two, advanced one and two and many Academic Levels levels. Part of the class is designed to work with listening exercises where the students are asked to answer specific questions from the conversation exercise.

The TEFL course at CEC[edit]

Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) refers to teaching English to students whose first language is not English. The TEFL course at CEC, Teaching English as a foreign language is available two times a year, September and February. TEFL teachers may be native or non-native speakers of English. In order to teach at CEC and earn money you must be a native speaker with at least a Bachelor's degree. The TEFL course at CEC is a 150-hour program that includes a unique CCA (Cross-cultural Awareness) module and 6 hours of officially observed classroom practicum. The TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate Program at CEC is registered by Juniata College in Huntington, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.[6] [7][8] In 2009,Forbes rated it 75th of America's Best Colleges.[9] [10] [11]

As a general rule schools will tend to prefer qualifications that involve a significant amount of assessed teaching: it is often said that "Learning to teach without classroom practice is like learning to drive without ever encountering traffic".[12] Shorter courses and online courses often lack assessed teaching practice. Course makers have recognized this and have begun introducing combined TEFL courses which have an element of assessed teaching.[13]

Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) refers to teaching English to students whose first language is not English. TEFL usually occurs in the student's own country, either within the state school system, or privately, e.g., in an after-hours language school or with a tutor. TEFL teachers may be native or non-native speakers of English. In order to teach at CEC and earn money you must be a native speaker with at least a Bachelor's degree. The TEFL course at CEC is a 150-hour program that includes a unique CCA (Cross-cultural Awareness) module and 6 hours of officially observed classroom practicum.

The program at CEC for TEFL has a big focus on Language education, a teaching and learning of a foreign or second language. Language education is a branch of applied linguistics. TEFL that uses literature aimed at children and teenagers is rising in popularity. Youth-oriented literature offers simpler material ("simplified readers" are produced by major publishers), and often provides a more conversational style than literature for adults. Children's literature in particular sometimes provides subtle cues to pronunciation, through rhyming and other word play. One method for using these books is the multiple-pass technique. The instructor reads the book, pausing often to explain certain words and concepts. On the second pass, the instructor reads the book completely through without stopping. Communicative language teaching (CLT) emphasizes interaction as both the means and the ultimate goal of learning a language. Despite a number of criticisms,[14] it continues to be popular, particularly in Japan, Taiwan,[15] and Europe. The task-based language learning (TBLL) approach to CLT has gained ground in recent years. Proponents believe CLT is important for developing and improving speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills, and that it prevents students' merely listening passively to the teacher without interaction. Dogme[16] is a similar communicative approach that encourages teaching without published textbooks, instead focusing on conversational communication among the learners and the teacher.[17]

Campus[edit]

The campus, called "José Rubén Orellana", is located at the sector center-oriental of Quito. It occupies an area of 15.2 hectares and has a built area of around 62,000 metres2. Its student body numbers approximately 10,000 of which thirty percent are women.

At the campus there are some libraries with a content primarily oriented to the engineering and scientific topics.


Faculties[edit]

  • Administrative Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering and Agro-Industry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Geology and Petroleum
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Exact Sciences: Mathematics, Physics

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Center for Continuing Education at the National Polytechnic School, official web site
  2. ^ [2] Teach for the World, The New York Times
  3. ^ [3] Lessons learned from WorldTeach, Harvard Gazette
  4. ^ [4] New York Times, Making a Move Abroad, and Working There, Too
  5. ^ [5] New York Times, A Year Abroad (or 3) as a Career Move
  6. ^ [6] an official TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate Program that is registered by Juniata College in Huntington, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  7. ^ [7] theguardian.com Teaching English as a foreign language Certification
  8. ^ [8] U.S. News & World Report, review of Juniata College, a private American Liberal arts colleges in the United State of Pennsylvania, The TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate Program at National Polytechnic School is registered by Juniata College
  9. ^ "America's Best Colleges". Forbes.com. August 5, 2009.  TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate Program at National Polytechnic School is registered by Juniata College
  10. ^ [9] Forbs, ranking of Juniata College, The TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate Program at National Polytechnic School is registered by Juniata College
  11. ^ [10] The Princeton Review for Juniata College
  12. ^ " World TEFL Info, World TEFL Info
  13. ^ "Distance learning courses can also be a good introduction, but feedback on your teaching practice is important and most distance courses will not include this, and therefore will not be acceptable to many teaching institutes." The British Council
  14. ^ van Hattum, Ton (2006), The Communicative Approach Rethought
  15. ^ The Trend and Challenge for Teaching EFL at Taiwanese Universities
  16. ^ Meddings, L and Thornbury, S (2009) Teaching Unplugged: Dogme in English Language Teaching. Peaslake: Delta.
  17. ^ Luke, Meddings (2004-03-26). "Throw away your textbooks". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2009-06-22. 

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