Certificate Course

ELC is proud to host an internationally recognized Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) / Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) dual certificate course.  We are the only known location abroad offering dual certificates from both a university and a well-respected TEFL provider.  Via Lingua International and Universidad La Salle Peru offer a dual certificate 120 hour TEFL/TESOL course at ELC.  The course is taught by native English speakers with professional degrees and training in the area of English language teaching.  TEFL students also have wonderful opportunities to complete student teaching practice with real students at ELC.  Many TEFL course locations do not have this option.  Our program immerses you in a real language school, with nearly 1,000 adults and kids.  Real teaching experiences truly prepare you to begin teaching after course completion.  For more information about the course, please take a look at the following website:


Prof. Christian Larsen

Professor Christian Larsen is the founder of ELC and the director of Via Lingua International throughout Latin America. Via Lingua is a teacher training organization, with locations in Europe, North America and Latin America. Professor Larsen has a bachelor’s degree in education/teaching and a master’s degree in curriculum design from universities in the United States. Additionally, Christian earned his U.S. Department of Education accredited TEFL certificate (Teacher of English as a Foreign Language) while in Denver, Colorado, USA. Mr. Larsen taught high school in the United States for 7 years prior to coming to Peru in 2004. He founded ELC in 2005. During his time as the executive director of ELC, he has also served as the director of foreign language centers at two universities in Arequipa. Professor Larsen has also been a trainer and speaker at national conferences for English teachers in both Peru and Panama.

Lesley Sideck

Lesley Sideck works as an Academic Coordinator and English Teacher at Extreme Learning Centers. She is employed by Via Lingua as a TEFL/TESOL certification course instructor. She holds a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a concentration in Curriculum Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Literature with a minor in Anthropology. Lesley worked in non-profit development and marketing before her love of languages and desire to travel and learn about other cultures led her to obtain a CELTA in 2014. She quickly discovered a passion for teaching which has only grown over the years. In addition to ELC, her experience includes teaching in Colombia, New York City, and online, working with students in China. She has volunteered as an English tutor at an immigrant support organization and English conversation group facilitator in her home state of New Jersey. 


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Prices and dates

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NOTE: There are partial scholarships for Peruvian students who can prove financial need.  For more information concerning this program, please contact the program director, Professor Larsen.  You can email him at teflperu@gmail.com

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