The CEI C-65 is located in town : Azcuénaga 764 1st floor , off Cordoba Avenue close to the corner of San Luis Street ( about 15 blocks away from the obelisk and 7 blocks away from Plaza Once)
Some Bus lines : 132-109-29-99-95-106-140-111-152-68
5 minutes walk (Facultad de Medicina tube station D line ) and 5 minutes walk (Pasteur Station B line )
WHO WE ARE
A little bit of history
Back in 1979 Eugenia and Patricia were in charge of the official admission courses at Profesorado JV González and Lenguas Vivas . An official decree of the defacto government at the time called these courses off.Attendees then requested that they carried on with the classes they were giving at the official institution. The following year the CEI C-65 was born.
Unlike many schools that offer only elementary and intermediate levels, we got started by helping our advanced level students. Our courses went off with a bang. Our students soon prompted us again to move on to the elementary courses two years later. We understood this was a challenge : that of teaching English at all levels.
So this was the other way round: when most institutions only offer elementary or intermediate levels, we had been asked by our students to complete the advanced courses we had been giving at the official institution, Although we had begun by teaching high level courses ,our students recommended us and we organized courses for those who wanted to learn the language from scratch. Next, We set up house at Azcuénaga 764 º1st floor where we have been teaching ever since.
In 1993 we were proud to be recognized as an official institution by the Ministry of Education of the local City Council.
In 1996 The Council for the Teaching of Foreign languages of New York University sent us the first intern to work at our institute and since then our mutual contact has been extremely fruitful for both teachers and students.
Ever since we have been expanding.Since we launched our Distancing Programs in 2000 more than 500 students from all parts of Argentina have been working on them
Though a small place, CEI C-65 is a cosy old house ( it was built when Sarmiento died, back in 1888) with six rooms and an audio lab, specially designed for listening comprehension activities which enhance the learning process. We also boast a vast video library to support our teaching and recreation activities
We are already working on a new institute located in Belgrano, three blocks off Cabildo Avenue. However, we want to be very careful about expanding , as our craft work and its quality must be preserved . We will be informing you about this new place shortly.
To mark the CEI C-65 30th anniversary ,Teachers, students and all our friends met at the theatre, where a group of enthusiastic students, as they do every year under Alfred Hopkins supervision, got up a play that all attendees thoroughly enjoyed. We want to share this unforgetful experience with you See photos.
THE BEST OF THE PAST - LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Our ethos consists in combining the best of tradition with the daunting spirit of the new. Teachers of the past are frequently said to have been more demanding than present ones At the CEI C-65 , the old and the new can coexist and it is the teachers duty to keep up levels of excellence so that trainees can make the most of their learning experience. Unlike other institutes current trends, At the CEI C-65 our experienced teachers are careful not to lower levels of demand, which makes the CEI C-65 a very attractive option .
A comprehensive curricula equip trainees with the necessary academic as well as professional goals. Students must engage in true commitment free from the obstacles of traditional methods of teaching that have prevented many students from communicating fluently.
Learning English has frequently been difficult for some students. Well, this needn t be so. At the CEI C-65 we personalize our teaching to truly meet their demands, rather than otherwise.
WHY OUR CLASSES ARE DIFFERENT
We offer a highly personalized approach: We limit courses to eight-nine students per group and there are classes with three or four students only.
Monthly evaluations and native speakers Interviews
We do not teach to read and write and forget about speaking, nor do we Teach to speak and forget about writing: Learning a Language is a four-skill process.
You can make up for a class you have missed by attending other classes.
You needn't contact any other institution if you wish to pursue further studies.At the CEI C-65 we forge vocations.You may start by attending regular general L classes and then focus on language oriented career courses.
Very small groups ( 9 is a crowd.)Highly qualified native and non native teachersVery flexible times.Support classesOral interviews with nativesCareer Job oriented learningCommitted teaching strategies
The Language Lab
Language labs, very popular some decades ago, were later abandoned because they broke down very often and maintenance was costly. However, they are a very efficient tool for ear training and self correction which is essential to learning When properly used, they are an invaluable asset in interaction
At the CEI C-65 we have an 8 booth lab which is absolutely necessary for consecutive and simultaneous interpreters to be.
Our Coaches and Team leaders
The concept of COACH is associated with the follow up of the student's process.This means the teachers job is not limited to giving a class but accompanying the students along the path and supervising his learning until the goal is reached. The courses are run by teachers with an official degree from Argentine Universities such as Instituto Profesorado Joaquín V. González , Instituto en Lenguas Vivas Fernández , Instituto Profesorado Técnico among others. as well as by native speakers with a major in teaching English as a Foreign Language from either American or British universities.
Some of the big shots are :
ALFRED SEYMOUR HOPKINS
Alfred Seymour Hopkins, born in Los Angeles,California, received his B.A. in journalism and social science, University of California at Berkeley. As a free lance writer, Mr. Hopkins has travelled extensively around Latin America. In Buenos Aires he taught diction and theater for many years at Lenguas Vivas TERTIARY OFFICIAL SCHOOL and has presented numerous workshops on applied drama, story telling and journalism at numerous English congresses. Aside from his journalistic writing, he has published two books of short shories, one in English ("Tea for Two, a Tale for you" and one in Spanish ("Abriendo puertas y cerrando ventanas"). He edits a web magazine called Jaquematepress He has taught and codirected advanced courses at the CEI C-65 for 15 years now He has inspired CEI ´s trainees to take part in drama and though frazzled with exhaustion, they have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot of English in the process.
He has also been a British Council´s examiner member
Eugenia has always been an inspirational patron . She graduated in teaching from Joaquín V González School and later on obtained her degree in Public Translation from UBA university.
She taught English at the CEI C-65 for twenty years and today still guides us with her example .
Patricia graduated in teaching from Instituto Profesorado Joaquín V. Gonzalez and later pursued post graduate studies at the same institution. In 1993 she majored in Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpreting from Instituto Superior en Lenguas Vivas and has worked in congresses held in Buenos Aires and abroad ever since.
She was head of the English Department at Colegio Nacional de Villa Ballester for six years and taught at Carlos Pellegrini School in Buenos Aires. She has specialized in Foundation Courses for students who must prepare to enter tertiary colleges and university courses in Argentina
She taught Language III at Joaquin V Gonzalez Teachers Training College , where she did postgraduate studies
Since 1983 she has been active in the field of teaching as head of the English Studies Center
In 1993 CEI C-65 was recognized by the authorities of the Ministry of Education of our City Council ( Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires) through D.G.E.G.P. ( Dirección General de Educación de Gestión Privada ) which validated all our post graduate courses and seminars for teachers and translators working as teachers who held an Official degree.
The CEI became CEI C-65 Instituto Privado de Perfeccionamiento Docente ( Private Teachers Training Institute )
Centro de Estudios Ingleses Azcuenaga 764 1º