Student Testimonial: Basile from Switzerland

EC Cape Town student tells us more about his time in Cape Town and at EC: “Why I fell in love with Cape Town? The reasons are obvious! In the heart of the city you can find so many different nationalities making it very diverse. At night in the main street you feel the bustling night life of the city. If you want to spend a tranquil time you can also go to Table Mountain where the view is stunning. I could gaze at the city from this place for hours. My favourite activity in Cape Town is strolling in the city and have a drink in these amazing coffee shops that you can’t find anywhere else. The people are so open-minded and it’s very easy to get to know new people. The school is situated in the city centre. The atmosphere is very conducive and the teachers are very friendly. You are like in a big family at EC School Cape Town. The school offers a lot of nice activities aimed at further improve your language skills. My experience in Cape Town and especially in EC has been one I’ll never forget…” – Basile C, Switzerland

IELTS Exam Preparation

IELTS or ‘International English Language Testing System’ is one of the world’s leading tests of English for higher education, immigration and employment. Prepare for and write the IELTS exam at EC Cape Town- an authorised IELTS testing centre! The remaining IELTS test dates for 2013 are: 27 July 2013 29 August 2013 21 September 2013 26 October 2013 09 November 2013 07 December 2013 * All the exam dates are for the General Training and Academic exam South Africans writing the exam for immigration purposes can also join our 1 day workshop which runs every month a week before the exam If you would like to register for the exam or would like more information please contact Claudia Mazuhelli on 021 422 4111 or email IELTS exam preparation is just one of many English courses for adults in Cape Town that EC Cape Town offers. Visit for more information on all our courses

International Food Festival

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC What connects us all as citizens of the world? Music is arguably an internationally spoken language, but we can also say that Food is an element that connects us. We decided that our EC Party, held on Friday 21 June 2013 will have a special twist. Since EC Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures from around the world, we used this to our advantage and asked groups of students to prepare food or drinks from their country. The result of hard work and effort put in by our students of different nationalities blew us away. In a space of 5 minutes, we were able to tickle our taste buds with cuisine from all corners of the globe. Party organizers, Nicola and Sheetal would like to extend sincere thanks to every student who prepared something and brought it to the party. It was such a success that we are contemplating a Part Two! Watch this space…

Lecture: ‘Who Am I’ by Meral San

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC In the daily hustle and bustle that many of us seem to find ourselves in these days, we seldom stop to take notice of the important things in life. We are consumed with material things and often have a love-hate relationship with technology…which most of the time runs our life! All too often, we find ourselves saying, “I wish there were more hours in a day…” Meral San arrived at EC Cape Town in January 2013. I was intrigued to know more about her, because the only information that I had was her name, nationality and age. During my first tutorial with her, I learned that she is a retired nurse. “Retired?” you may ask? That’s exactly what I thought and my first response to her was, “…but you’re so young!” …and young at heart SHE IS! Meral has displayed time and time again that she is a model student. Starting at Elementary level, she accelerated all the way to her current level of Intermediate. She is admired by her peers and teachers for having a contagious zest for life. Her thirst for learning new things has fascinated all those she has met. She’s well-travelled and well-read…and nothing stops her from doing more! Over recent months, I have become rather fond of this lovely lady. Not only was she my Academic Year student, but she was a regular member of the group I accompanied on evening activities – like the theatre! We have shared some special conversations and she unknowingly motivated me in the context of my own life. There was no question in my mind that Meral would be a perfect candidate to give a presentation on her experiences and to share her knowledge with others. On her own, Meral decided to title her … Read more

Donating Blankets to Barcelona Orphanage

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC With the winter chills in full swing in Cape Town, many of us are fortunate enough to climb into warm beds at the end of a long day. We seldom remember those who don’t have that privilege…until very recently when our students proved yet again that they have a very generous spirit. On Saturday, 15 June a group of students joined Chris, Tonia and Sheetal and spent the morning with the children of Barcelona House in Guguletu. With very generous donations from our students totaling just over R3000, we were able to purchase warm winter blankets for them. While some prepared snacks in the kitchen, others spent time outside taking advantage of the warm weather and played football. When everyone was tired out, we gathered back into the hall where lunch was served. Blankets were handed over to the children as well as some gifts, brought by some of our students. One in particular, Mohamed Khalil from Libya presented something very special. He personalized A4 sheets of paper for each child – as if it were a readymade frame! We set a task for the kids that they should draw something to show us on our next visit. Everyone left Guguletu feeling happy and uplifted. After all, it doesn’t take much to put a smile on a child’s face – except to show that you care enough to spend your time with those who really appreciate it!  

Visit to CT Air Traffic Control Tower

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC EC Cape Town regularly has Air Traffic Controllers spending about a week studying English. One of the recent perks has been exclusive visits to the Control Tower at Cape Town International Airport. Our most recent ATC was Bill from Reunion Island. This is what he had to say about his visit to the tower: Today I’ve got the opportunity to visit Cape Town International Airport’s Control Tower. It was very interesting to speak with air traffic controllers of another country. The airport and the space allocated to air navigation systems are bigger than in my country, but the organisation is the same. I listened to ground, tower and approach frequencies, and heard a flight of Singapore Airlines which flows in Reunion Island airspace in 6 hours. My stay was very short in Cape Town, but interesting in terms of learning, communication and above all, pleasure. Thanks a lot to Sheetal for arranging the visit to the airport, and all the others for welcoming. I had a very good time. My pleasure to meet you soon. -Bill

Football: EC vs IH

On 6 June EC played against IH in a friendly match at the Waterfront and drew 6-6! Well done to our great team and thanks to all students that came to support EC!

Dinner & Cinema Evening

Recently students joined teacher Hardie for a lovely evening out. It started with an early dinner at Societi Bistro, followed by watching “The Great Gatsby” at the cinema. Everyone enjoyed the outing and look forward to more in the near future!

Pitches for a New Fruit Juice

  The very creative students from the Intermediate 4 Class had to imagine themselves as advertising agents. They had to “pitch” (or present) their ideas to a Marketing Manager in order to persuade a company to use their services. The aim was to give a new fruit juice a memorable name, a catchy slogan and present effective ways to advertise the new juice for children Their creative “juices” flew and they “came up” with very marketable ideas. Next time you’re in P & P, “look out” for tropical fruit juices with names like, “JuJu”, “Spring” and “Childish!” Well done, Tareq, HoYong, Cahla, Meral, M. Ba Ali, Joao, Alexandra. Nada and Issa Husni!

Score Cards for Nicola’s Pre Intermediate class.

Well done to all the students in Seb and Nicola’s Pre Intermediate class. You got great grades! As part of S.P.L.A.S.H – Student Progress through Learner Autonomy , Study Plans and the Homework Class, student receive a mini report every Friday. Teacher grade them on the week’s Participation and Motivation, Homework and Readin Circle ( literacy appreciation programme ). Keep up the good work! Nicoletta DoS