Eugenio Cordova, the Academic Director of the Instituto Superior de Español, has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Language and Latin American Literature and another university degree as an Engineer in International Business. He received his degree to teach the Spanish Language and Latin American and Ecuadorian Literature from the Universidad Central del Ecuador (1986-1991). Eugenio was an excellent university student and, at the same time, was the Student Body President of 15,000 university students. Eugenio received his Engineer in International Business degree at the Universidad del Pacífico (1998-2004); with a reputation as one of the best Universities in Ecuador that only accepts students with excellent grades.
Throughout his academic career, Eugenio has also concentrated on issues mainly concerning the development and betterment of teaching practices. It was while studying Spanish and Literature that he decided Quito would be an ideal place to open a school for foreigners to learn Spanish, because the people in Quito speak with a clear dialect. In 1988, the Instituto Superior de Español opened their first school.
In order to organize the right Spanish program for everyone of our Spanish students, our Academic Director is the person who receives all inquires and reservations by e-mail and, of course, the person who organizes everything, including your personal Spanish program which will be developed while studying with us.
In order to organize the right Spanish program for every new student, our Academic Director is always in touch with prospective Spanish students and needs to know in advance: a brief personality profile of the person wanting to study with us in Ecuador + what are their personal expectations + how long does he or she want to learn the Spanish language with us + what are his or her plans for traveling to Ecuador + what is their previous knowledge of Spanish.
While students are studying with us, our Academic Director will take care of the program offered to every student and will coordinate every single learning process to ensure that everybody will have success in his or her Spanish course.
Of course, our Academic Director not only works from his office or from his desk, he is another laborer who works very hard to provide a good service and contribute to maintaining a professional image of our Spanish Institute. In order to be up to date with itineraries and teaching processes, Eugenio also travels as a regular Spanish teacher in Traveling Classroom Spanish programs, teaches in the programs in the Galapagos Islands, guides students in each program and acts as the Academic Director & Coordinator of the Spanish programs.
Because of our very well 28 years of experience in teaching Spanish language to foreigners, Instituto Superior de Español knows that in order to guarantee the best and most successful learning process, a Spanish school must hire professional teachers with a university education in teaching combined with several years of experience teaching Spanish to foreigners.
The Instituto Superior de Español is still the only Spanish school in Ecuador where 100% of its teachers have a university degree (All of them have studied to be language teachers. In addition to that, most of our Spanish teachers hold a second or third university degree in tourism, environment, international business, etc.).Moreover, all of our teachers are native Ecuadorians, which enables students to have a deeper contact with the Ecuadorian culture, history and lifestyle. The teachers can help students to easily adapt to cultural differences between Ecuadorians and foreigners, including the customs within their relationship with local families
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Eugenio has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Language and Latin American Literature and an additional university degree as an Engineer in International Business. In 1988, he opened his first school, Instituto Superior de Español. He decided Quito would be an ideal place to open a school for foreigners to learn Spanish, because the people in Quito speak with a clear dialect. Contact Eugenio via Skype.
Paola has been teaching at our institute since 2001. The fact that she has two degrees, one in Teaching and one in Tourism, makes her the perfect choice to run the traveling classes, the Amazon Jungle program, the Galapagos programs, and our headquarters in Quito. Paola knows a lot about the specialties of nature in Ecuador from her degree in Tourism.
Aside from being a superb teacher, Angelica also loves exchanging knowledge about Ecuador and her students’ home countries. Angelica is a team player and very committed to her family! She’s been with our school for over 15 years now.
Tania has been working at our schools for several years now. She has held her teaching degree in language since 1994 and since then has been a member of our established staff. Tania is a well-educated woman, proved in spotting students weaknesses and converting them into strengths. Tania teaches Spanish with us in Quito, the Amazon Jungle, the Traveling Classroom and the Galapagos Islands.
Tito is going on 21 years at our school! He holds degrees in teaching and journalism. Furthermore, he is very interested in Latin American Art and History. Tito is a well-read man, loving to teach Spanish to foreign students.
Vanessa holds a Social Science degree and has been working for us since 1998. Her hobbies include cooking, football, dancing and reading. However, Vanessa enjoys traveling the most! Join her on one of our Traveling Classroom programs. She is a hard working and well-humored member of our staff..
Elisabeth is the head of our school in Otavalo. She is an Otavalena with degrees in teaching and tourism. She enjoys showing our students the best spots around and likes best the tranquility of the small town.
Theresa worked for over 25 years at the Fundacion Niñez y Vida and knows the inner-workings and needs of NGOs best. She is our volunteer coordinator and knows everything about volunteering in Ecuador. Teresa is pleased to help you find the right volunteer project.
Washington is our team’s trusty tour guide. He will pick you up at the airport and help to arrange your accommodation. He is a qualified English teacher who takes you wherever you want in his yellow cab. Moreover, he is an incredibly nice guy.
Mario is the good-hearted soul of our Spanish school. He takes care of everyone and everything. He likes to cooking and chatting with our students every Thursday.