FCE Student Review: Best Restaurant in Cape Town

FCE Exam Preparation students had to write a review on the best restaurants in Cape Town. The best review came from Ebb Colsoul from Angola who wrote about her experience at Mzolis: “Mzolis restaurant is a famous place in the heart of Gugulethu. It’s a touristic place where a lot of foreigners go to eat traditional South African grilled food. It’s an informal restaurant in a rustic place where the employees give you all kinds of grilled meat that you would like. About the service, I can all it unusual as you choose your meat and the staff will prepare your dish, then you go to the kitchen to get your dish and eat it with your hands. I have been there once and I really like that place, you feel at home and the food is delicious. The price is also the cheapest I could find in this country The main reason why I like that place is because I could see many different people from different parts of the world. It’s a “new South Africa” I would like to go there again with my friends and I’d also recommend going there as it’s an exotic and different place.” – Ebb Colsoul, Angola

Teachers Professional Resource Library!

A NEW Professional Resource Library for teachers is now open. Teachers at EC Cape Town can browse through a large range of resources available to them to assist them in their own continuous professional development. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin http://www.brainyquote.com

New Assistant Director of Studies: Ian Coleshaw

EC Cape Town welcomes the new Assistant Director of Studies, Ian Coleshaw: “After completing my Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Cape Town, I sought to satisfy my travel bug and travelled to Asia to teach English. I spent 5 years in Taiwan teaching a wide range of students from the ages of 4 to 54, while struggling to survive in a country with no road rules and being exposed to Chinese culture. After backpacking around South East Asia I returned to South Africa and began teaching at a government primary school where I taught a grade 6 class for 3 years. During this time I enjoyed coaching the cricket and football team, which were back-to-back Team of the Year winners at the school. When not busy in the classroom, I edited and produced the school’s magazine, founded and ran the Photography Club, worked on staff development and supervised the champion Inter-schools General Knowledge team. After leaving primary education, I started a school tutoring initiative to assist and support primary and high school learners. While doing this I re-joined the world of ESL and spent a year at a small language school in Cape Town. Looking to broaden my horizons, I moved to EC Cape Town and was very excited to take the opportunity of becoming the new ADOS. When not at school, I enjoy spending time in the sun – preferably in my garden looking after my vegetables or at the beach. I have a healthy fascination with photography and an unhealthy fascination with motorbikes.” Ian can be found in the Academic Office in room 5.9 on the 5th floor

Testimonial: Mehmet Tunc

Would you recommend Cape Town and why? Yes, because Cape Town is very beautiful city. It is different than what we have in Turkey What do you like about the school? I met people who come from different countries & cultures What do you like about the course? All teachers know how to teach English to their students. They are good in their job What is your favourite hang out in the evenings? Everywhere 🙂 Club 31, Dubliner & Mama Africa Do you have any recommendations for future EC Cape Town students? Yes, teachers are really scholarly & sophisticated. They help students learn quickly. All staff are very polite. And don’t worry about Cape Town, it is safe- not as you heard from home Mehmet Tunc, Turkey

Cape Town wins Best Beach Destination in Africa Award

Cape Town competed against Bazaruto (Mozambique), Diani Beach (Kenya), Plettenberg Bay (South Africa), Zanzibar Island (Tanzania) and Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) to win the prestigious annual World Travel Awards ‘Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2012’ award Grant Pascoe, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, said that the Cape’s beaches are among the finest in the world. ‘Cape Town’s beaches are a huge tourism asset, particularly because they are so diverse. We have family beaches, tidal pools, clear water, challenging surf, endless beaches, tranquil coves and more. Our beaches are a place for relaxation, exercise, discovery and inspiration and so appeal to a wide range of travellers and can offer so much in a single visit.’

A Balloon Release to Celebrate World Teachers Day!

Are they birds? Are they planes? No…they’re bright orange EC balloons!! EC Cape Town celebrated World Teachers by releasing bright orange balloons, just outside the school. All teachers, students and administrative staff took part. After teachers walked through a guard on honour and a rose petal flower shower by the students, everyone filed outside for a very animated count down to a momentous balloon release! An unanimous feeling of happiness and fulfilment was shared by all teachers. An enormous thank you to all our students ~ you are the reason why we love what we do and do what we love! Nicoletta DOS

Teacher of the Year 2012

Teacher of the Year 2012 at EC Cape Town is Sheetal Makhan. Sheetal was voted by her peers as the Teacher of 2012. Sheetal is a shining example of a teacher passionately dedicated to inspire and motivate students who stops at nothing to ensure that they have the best possible shot at succeeding in a global community. We are so proud of you and are honoured to have you on our team. Nicoletta – DOS

Survival English Shopping Spree!

Last week one of the Survival English afternoon lessons was spiced up a bit with some retail therapy! The theme of the week’s lessons was “Food and Shopping” so students were challenged to use their new vocabulary in a real life situation in a supermarket. The class was divided into teams and each team had a different mission to accomplish. One of the many tasks involved the students designing a 3-course meal for their teacher and then finding the ingredients and their prices in the supermarket. There was a strict budget for every task and there was also a time limit to complete the missions. The teams were also encouraged to ask shop assistants for help and it seemed like everyone was very confident in using their new vocabulary in this situation. All of the teams successfully completed their missions and had a ton of fun in the process! Well done to everyone who participated! -Nicola, Teacher