Top Teacher in June ~ Hardie Bosman

Congratulations Hardie! For the individual attention you give your students, for the kids of St Pauls and EC Cape Town’s library… Thank you for going the extra mile Hardie! Cape Town Academic Team

New Elective: Comparative Culture & Communication

EC students come from all corners of the globe and for this reason we cannot think of a better way to learn about other cultures than through a course that uses Comparative Culture and Communication as a platform and real-life context for English language learning! This syllabus focuses on activating language learned in the core classes and students will have ample opportunity for discussion and research. Comparative Culture and Communication aims to develop skills such as paraphrasing, summarizing, scanning, making predictions and drawing conclusions, note-taking, comparing, contrasting and much more Students can look forward to organising an International Student Day where students share their country’s food and traditions, setting up a class blog and many more engaging and interactive activities. Level: Low Intermediate Cycle: 4 weeks –> thereafter Academic Year students can choose another elective (where possible) and General English students will be moved to an elective of their level based on availability

Students visit the historical Slave Lodge

Pre-Intermediate and Low Intermediate students were treated to a surprise yesterday, when they were told that they were going to have their lesson out of the classroom! We made our way down to the Slave Lodge, situated on the corner of Adderley and Wale Street. Armed with worksheets and pens in hand, students were introduced to the history of slavery at the Cape. The original building, built in 1679, was used to confine men, women and children, transported – mainly by the VOC (Dutch East India Company) – as slaves to the Cape during the 17th and 18th centuries. Students walked around the museum in awe, viewing the exhibitions and reading all about slavery in the Cape. The student who has completed the worksheet with the most concise answers will be receiving an exciting prize from Nicoletta soon! Sheetal -Teacher

Students enjoy webquest while practising Grammar!

The theme for our Intermediate (3) class this week has been Advertising, using Comparatives and Superlatives as our Grammar point. Yesterday, I introduced students to Groupon – a website which offers incredible deals on restaurants, beauty treatments, entertainment and much more. Based on my preferences (of location and food choices), students set off on a webquest where they had to search and compare various deals on restaurant specials being offered in Cape Town. I was really proud of the students as they used the Grammar point in the correct context, eg: “You should go to ABC restaurant because it’s cheaper than XYZ” or “This restaurant has a more relaxing atmosphere than XYZ.” Not only did the students enjoy the activity, but they got to expand their vocabulary and learn more about great deals offered in Cape Town! Sheetal -Teacher

St Paul’s Primary Voluntary Work

As part of EC Cape Town’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, our weekly visit to St Paul’s Primary School in the Bo-Kaap has been going well. Hardie and I had our last lesson with the children on Tuesday afternoon before their school holiday, which begins tomorrow. While Hardie played games and read stories to the younger students, my lesson with the older students (ages 12 and 13) revolved around a lady who was in a coma for 30 years! The students were first given some clues of the woman and had to speculate what had happened to her. I then read them the story, which sparked a lot of discussion after I said, If YOU were to wake up 30 years later, what would be different in the world? Nothing compares to a child’s imagination – and many came up with outrageous ideas – eg, We’ll mostly likely have flying cars in the future! Sheetal -Teacher

Sergio Lester from Equatorial Guinea-The model Academic Year student

Sergio explained that he studies from 19.00 – 1.00am everyday over and above coming to school everyday and is very happy because he says that the Learner Portfolio has helped improve his vocabulary bank. He checks in with Bronlyn, the AY Coordinator every week to get tips and show his progress. Sergio, your motivation is delightful and is an inspiration to other students! Well done! The Academic Team

New Elective: World of Words

Without an extensive range of vocabulary, expressing oneself can be difficult and somewhat tiresome. WOW aims to develop students vocabulary bank and the linguistic tools needed to explore a wide range of topics – from communication and current affairs to history. Some example topics are are “The Wonders of the World” and “The Mysterious World”. Focus is also made on the development of the tools needed to discuss and present thoughts and opinions and the skills needed to share and react to information. The targeted areas will be wrapped up each week with a mini-project creating a class paper, organising an international day and having a press conference following the release of a new book. Have you ever asked yourself how you can remember vocabulary and then actively use it when the need arises? Level: Intermediate and above Cycle: 4 weeks –> thereafter Academic Year students can choose another elective (where possible) and General English students will be moved to an elective of their level based on availability This is for you- WOW yourself!

New Elective: Film Studies

It encompasses a wide variety of topics, from romance to politics, science, history, documentaries and even silent movies. It’s a subject that lends itself to a wide range of formats with clips, posters, behind-the-scenes footage, DVD commentaries, screenplay and of course the film itself. It’s aim is to primarily develop and fine-tune a large range of ‘high-order’ and ‘low order’ thinking skills and language strategies whilst facilitating the development of the functional use of English and the application of expressions, vocabulary, grammar and phonological features in meaning and engaging contexts. There will be a number of mini projects over the period of 4 weeks and a final project/ task. The projects consolidate the weeks’ work and the final one tackles all area dealt with over the 4 weeks. Level: Intermediate and above Cycle: 4 weeks –> thereafter Academic Year students can choose another elective (where possible) and General English students will be moved to an elective of their level based on availability Taking cinematic literacy to new heights!

New Elective: The Language of Music

Music brings all cultures together. It’s a form of comunication that all organisms relate to. So it’s with this inspiration that EC brings an elective course dedicated to music. Music touches upon most aspects of life, from simple entertainment to politics, business, education, health & therapy making it an excellent vehicle for language learning. The syllabus aims to provide opportunity for the development of sub-skills and activation of language systems learnt in the core lessons. The selection of topics relating to the context of music bounces to and from: from a macro to micro view as well as the more intricate details of the art form. Students can expect to experience task-based and blended learning techniques which lend themselves to facilitating the students’ immersion in English in the most natural form- through communication & interacting with peers. Level: Pre-Intermediate and above Cycle: 4 weeks –> thereafter Academic Year students can choose another elective (where possible) and General English students will be moved to an elective of their level based on availability Music is soul food! Let’s make it a learning tool too!

Media Studies Week #1 wraps up with Dangerous Reporting

The first week of our brand new class, Media Studies, ended with students giving presentations on “Dangerous Reporting”. Individually, students had to research various news stories which could prove to be dangerous for reporters. Some of the presentations sparked a lot of discussion in class, especially one given by Ibrahim about “Triad” (an underground criminal organization) based in countries with a significant Chinese population. Throughout the week, students carried out various webquests and honed their presentation skills, including the correct use of “Signpost Phrases”. In their presentations, students managed to use all appropriate language in the correct context. Well done! I’m looking forward to Week #2 of our Media Studies class, where we will focus on “The Rise of Blogs” which will eventually lead to a class discussion on Friday about the nature of different blogs and the information they contain. Sheetal -Teacher