Living In English Class: Raising Awareness

Today students in Jeffrey’s Pre-Intermediate/ Living in English class worked on raising awareness of diseases that affect people around the world and particular South Africa i.e. breast cancer, skin cancer & AIDS. They created pamphlets in which they highlighted the causes and effects of the diseases as well as give a presentation on treatments available and advice in general on how to live a healthier life! – Jeffrey, teacher

Don’t forget your Study Plan…

Study Plans are detailed, guided programmes which are tailored to suit a students individual needs. They are issued by the Dos, Nicoletta or Ados, Ian C, should they feel that a student needs more help in a particular skill/s. They can be given a study plan after sitting a Mid Level test, which aids us in determining whether a student is indeed on track with the course or needs more guidance. This, in an effort to give students the best possible chance to succeed in the End Level test and progress to the next level. Study Plans can also be issued on request. Students need to come to the academic office to request one. The aim of the study plan is to give students the opportunity to maximise their chances of success and to encourage Learner Autonomy. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ”     Walt Disney    

NEW FREE Lesson – Listen Up!

Yesterday Linda kicked off a brand new FREE lesson – Listen Up. Listen Up focuses on a variety of issues surrounding this important skill. It will be held every Tuesday from 15.05 – 15.50 and there is a schedule on the academic noticeboard and in the lift which details what will be done in every lesson. These are a few: How to listen and defining listening skills. Understanding and appreciating Global English and the challenges with understanding non-native speakers. Different types of listening IE: critical, appreciative, reflective, informative… Listening and Communication The process of listening. Models of listening situations and how to navigate them Some student comments from the 1st lesson: ” I understand more about what listening is” ” I am very happy because now I am not too shy about not always understanding” “Wow, I must work hard” “It was very nice and fun. I learned alot” We look forward to seeing you at the next lesson:) Nicoletta  

SUCCESS! “Fake it ’til you make it..?”

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC It is with much excitement that I can say that the first in a series of “How-to” workshops, yesterday’s session titled “Fake it ’til you make it…or become it?” was a great success! After observing many student presentations in the elective classes, I felt that I needed to spend an afternoon with students about what it takes to give a presentation. Public speaking has been ranked as one of the number one fears in the world.  Now imagine giving a talk in a language that is not your first. Daunting? Absolutely! It would be impossible to cover everything I need to in just one afternoon. So I decided to spend yesterday focusing on “power”. We discussed how body language can affect what we say to people – ones arms, eyes, posture, handshake and smile. Remember that we use LANGUAGE for COMMUNICATION for INTERACTION. Much of what we say (non-verbally) deals with power and dominance. By merely ‘spreading’ your body, opening your arms when speaking tells others a lot about you. If somebody is shy or nervous to speak in front of others, is it possible to “fake it”? Could they overcome their fear by pretending that they’re confident? This was the question I posed to the 20+ students yesterday. Our minds change our bodies > Our bodies change our minds > Our minds change our behaviour! I asked students to think about the people who they consider to be “powerful” in their class. How can they be characterized? The most important points to note is that they are optimistic and risk-takers. This gives them the upper hand to speak with confidence – even if they’re not! A very important point to keep in mind when giving a presentation is that very little is about the … Read more

Comparative Cultures class: Getting to Know You

Students in Marks ‘Comparative Cultures’ class had a ‘Get to know you Session’ where they were asked to write 3 important dates on the whiteboard. The lesson aim was to revise ‘question forms’. The rest of the students were then asked to guess what these dates were e.g. Did you get married? – Were you born? – Did you start high school/university? – Did you get your first car? – Did you meet your first girlfriend? The students had to then answer the question with either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ This would make the task more difficult as the students asking the questions would also have to remember what was asked! The task was also great for students to learn more about their class To liven things up, Nana (Japan) told the class why her dates were important in English and Japanese (Click on video clip below)  

Creating Crime Fiction

Last week the Intermediate 1 class had to create a story about a criminal named Finch. They invented their own details to a famous burglary that took place in Brazil. It was spoken by Mohammed, written by Cibele and corrected by Murat.  This is the story of how Finch got away: He was very smart and he had technology, so he put a toy car in the garden with a camera and he moved it until he stole a USB. After he got a car, somebody of security saw him and switched on the alarm. He heard an alarm and started running away. After that, in airport, he was nervous, but he was very smart and he put the USB into a toy car. However, he left UK safely, but when he went back to Brazil, the customs officers stopped him, because the UK airport called to Brazil and told them that they think that he was a thief. They stopped him to look for a USB, but they were a little bit stupid because they did not think that the USB into the toy car. They left him because they were not sure that he was the thief, and they didn’t follow him. He was very happy and he sold that information in the black market for U$ 1 million.

Students received FREE supplementary study material!

The Beginner and Elementary students were all treated to complimentary supplementary study materials today!! In an effort to help our student become global citizens, we like to expose them to as many varieties of English as possible. Among the many benefits, it  helps to build confidence with comprehension and expands students’ vocabulary banks. Today they received material which will expose them to American English…not commonly heard in Cape Town:) Have fun everyone! Nicoletta

Grocery Shopping with the Elementary class

Students from the Elementary class had to use the target vocabulary learned in class in a real-life situation in the form of grocery shopping in a supermarket. They had to look for specific products, compare prices and ask the shop assistants using functional language covered in class. We had loads of fun! – Chimonay, teacher

Pronunciation Schedule – August

EC Cape Town offers free academic activities and services to all students. During these activities students are able to enhance their English skills by interacting with teachers and students at all levels one on one and in group settings. Among the free activities is our weekly Pronunciation Workshop where students improve vowel and consonant pronunciation as well as word stress and natural intonation. Join a teacher every Wednesday from 15h15 in Room 5.10 for a free pronunciation class. See August schedule below:

Sharing Recipes From Home!

Students in Nicoletta’s Intermediate class had to share their favourite recipe from back home. The task was not only to use linking sentences but also to promote cultural diversity in the classroom. Check out some recipes below: Cheese Fondue by Daniel- Switzerland 2 Garlic Cloves, cut in half 250ml Dry white wine 225g Gruyere cheese, shredded 225g Emmentaler cheese, shredded 15ml Cornstarch 30ml Kirsch 2ml Nutmeg Paprika and Pepper. – Rub the garlic inside the fondue pot then discard. – Pour the white wine into the pot and turn on the burner. – Let the wine warm up without boiling. – Reduce the heat and add the shredded cheese. – Dilute the cornstarch in the kirsch, and add the remaining ingredients to the pot. – Add pepper to taste. – You should have a little more wine and cheese on hand to adjust the consistency if needed. Add more cheese if it’s too liquid, add more wine if it’s too thick – Dip bite size of bread or potatoes . White Beans by Lionnel- Democratic Republic of Congo 2 cups of white beans (cooked) 3 table spoon olive oil 1 table spoon tomatoes 2 onions (chopped) 2 red peppers (chopped) 2 tomatoes (diced) 1-4 cup of water 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper flakes 1 tsp ground black pepperand if you like spicy food use dried chili peppers. Beans must stay in the water at night. Next day put in the beans a pressure cooked, boil them. (40-45 minutes)Add the water (after tomatoes paste)and the other ingredients. If you use the dried chili peppers, put them in the top Enjoy your meal 🙂