The Center for Interamerican Studies Foundation, CEDEI, was founded by a group of university professors from the U.S., Peru, and Ecuador in 1992. Its main objective is to promote mutual understanding between the peoples and countries of the Americas by promoting academic and cultural exchange; as well as community service.

 

CEDEI offers the following programs:

 

CEDEI School

Cedei School is a multilingual, multicultural environment for children grades K-12. It is primarily an English Language School, where students receive instruction from native speaking English teachers. French is taught from the third grade onward.

Throughout the school, we incorporate the methodology of Multiple Intelligences. Mathematical/Logic, Language/linguistic, Spatial, Naturistic, Intra and Inter Personal, Musical, and Kinesthetic are eight intelligences that every human being possesses. We consider each child individually and encourage the development of the different intelligences. Each intelligence is strengthened in English and Spanish allowing children to become bilingual while learning other subjects.

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CEDEI International Programs

CEDEI offers variety of immersion programs tailored to individuals with different needs and interests.

These range from cultural exchange programs that involve homestay with a local family (a great choice for university students), volunteer community service, internship experiences with local organizations, and even a program for Medical Spanish.

We do our best to create an individual program that suits your interests and specific needs.

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CEDEI TEFL Certification Program

CEDEI offers you the opportunity to earn your TEFL Certificate in Ecuador in an on-site language school where over 900 Ecuadorian students attend English classes every semester.

The course consists of 114 hours of coursework providing students with information on current practice, theory, and research in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. The daily schedule includes two 90-minute classes focused on methodology and teaching techniques, and two hours of teaching practice with Ecuadorian English students.

Our approach also takes into consideration the importance of cultural context in learning English; thus, our program offers travel to sites of historical and cultural interest during the program as well as the opportunity to live with a local host family.

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CEDEI Spanish

The CEDEI Foundation's Spanish Program offers courses for adults who wish to study Spanish in Cuenca as well as children and teens. Classes are taught by Ecuadorian teachers who, in addition to being native Spanish speakers, are also experts in language instruction.

The Spanish courses are designed for consistent and progressive development of Spanish language skills, from the first day of classes. Learn Spanish using a dynamic methodology which includes things like games and class participation to help increase language skills.

There are a variety of class schedules and locations in the Cuenca area. Cedei also offers one-on-one tutoring for those who prefer to learn with their own private Spanish tutor.

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CEDEI Inglés

The CEDEI Foundation's English Program offers courses for children, teens, and adults. Classes are taught by foreign teachers who are native English speakers from different parts of the world.

The English courses are designed for consistent and progressive development of English language skills, from the first day of classes. Teachers use a dynamic methodology through games and class participation to increase language skills.

The students learn and interact daily with people from different nationalities and cultures.

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