IELTS Exam Dates 2014

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 IELTS test dates for 2014 are: 18 January 01 February 08 March 05 April 17 May 21 June 19 July 16 August 20 September 18 October 22 November 06 December * All the exam dates are for the General Training and Academic exam To book the exam apply online at www.ielts.co.za

Kalkfontein “Rainbow Dreamers” Volunteer Project

EC teacher Aaliya set up the KalkfonteinVolunteer Project which was born out of the student’s sincere interest to meet and interact with local Capetonians. The vision is to build bridges of friendship and contact between locals and foreigners inspiring our local young minds to aspire and reach for their dreams just as our foreign friends are doing through their English courses in Cape Town. Our vision is to stimulate cultural awareness and social exchange between SA locals and international visitors. Every Thursday EC students go to Kalkfontein to volunteer and last week felt it would be a good idea to help the chidren of Kalkfontein clean their playgound since it was full of litter and also to teach them the importance of keeping your environment clean. Everyone got stuck in and helped clean the playground – with the children’s help, of course!  Find out more about the great work Aaliya and EC students are doing in Kalkfontein by following the blog or on the Facebook page: Rainbow Dreamers- Volunteer Project

Cambridge CAE Class finish their preparation course!

What an experience for these guys having just finished a 12 week intensive preparation course for the CAE exam. Spending 12 weeks with the same students and same teacher can be an intense intellectual and emotional experience hence the pure exhaustion and elation! They have done a fantastic job and we wish them all the best for the exam! – Jeffrey, CAE teacher

World Hello Day

Last week, on 21 November, EC joined in celebrating the 41st annual World Hello Day. This day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Autumn of 1973. Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries. People around the world use the occasion of World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace. Beginning with a simple greeting on World Hello Day, their activities send a message to leaders, encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflicts – http://www.worldhelloday.org Students were encouraged to say ‘Hello’ to at least 10 different people and also had the opportunity to write ‘Hello’ in their language

Watcha Up To?…Madalena Filomena Ferreira

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. Today’s post puts Angolan student, Madalena Filomena Ferreira in the spotlight. If I had to sum her up in just two words, they would most definitely be “Bold & Beautiful“! After you read her story below, you will agree that she was (and still is) the sunshine that fills a room. ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC Watcha Up To? Hello, I am Madalena Filomena Ferreira, from Angola, Luanda. I started studying at EC in July 2012 and I was preparing my self for the IELTS exam. I spent 6 memorable weeks at EC. I knew many friends, which I keep in touch till today, and my motto of life while I was in Cape Town with my mates was “Wholala life!” Why “Wholala life?” Because of our free life style, we were busy studying during the day, but in addition to the studies, we were encouraged by our lecturers to mingle around, make friends, know people from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, religions, etc. Furthermore, shopping in Cape Town was just hilarious, visiting museums, different tourist attractions, wineries, excursions, wandering in Long Street was just the cherry on top of the cake. I was in Cape Town in 1995 for a weekend, but nothing compares to the 6 weeks I spent while I was at EC, it was indeed awesome! In addition to that, being … Read more

Watcha Up To?…Fernando Casimiro

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. Today, I’d like to welcome back someone who gives meaning to the word, ‘gentleman‘. He started in my Elementary class last year and it has been a pleasure for all his teachers to see him progress in his studies. We are all very proud of Fernando’s achievements and it gives me great pleasure to share his story with you: ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC Watcha Up To? Hi everyone, my name is Fernando Casimiro. I’m from Luanda, Angola. I started at EC Cape Town in November 2012 at Elementary level and finished in April 2013 at Upper Intermediate. When I arrived I didn’t have many friends because I was really shy. My teachers encouraged me to go to the free afternoon classes, free listening classes and they showed me  the free library where I could borrow original DVDs. There, I got confidence to speak to other people and I started to make friends. I learned a lot from them because they from different countries. I studied English because I love to travel and I want to be able to go anywhere and speak to anyone! Also, I work for an international company. And you want to known what I am doing now? I am at University studying Marine Engineering, in ENGLISH. WOW amazing how good it is to study English. I thank God for what I learned at EC. My advice to … Read more

Watcha Up To?…Maíra Ribeiro

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” will showcase past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. Today, I’d like to welcome back a very special young lady. Her time at EC Cape Town may have been short, but she left a very memorable impression. Always so friendly and graceful, I’m very proud of her achievements after she left South Africa. Here is Maíra’s story: ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC Watcha Up To? Hey! I’m Maíra from São Paulo, Brazil.  I just studied one month in EC Capetown in January 2012 at Intermediate Level but it was enough for I never forget it.   That experience was amazing because I could learn a lot, not just English but about South African culture and other cultures, because in class we had a lot of different nationalities. However, for me the best thing in school were the teachers. In special Sheetal that said in my last day: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”. After that I started to thinking different about everything happen to me. We need to enjoy every moment as if it were the last and remember just the good thing happened to us.   I studied English because I love to travel and I need it for my major. I graduated last year in Advertising and Marketing. In this year I lived in Vancouver – Canada for 6 month and I could improve more my English. … Read more

From the Book Nook

To quote Dr Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I developed a love for reading from a very young age. The only gift I ever wanted for my birthday and Christmas were books. I never felt alone when I was reading. I would meet the most riveting characters and travel to exotic destinations in far away lands. Reading opened so many doors for me. Not only did it cause my imagination to run havoc, but it gave me the space to dream of what many deemed “impossible”. However, the most important factor that I have to acknowledge is that reading was the platform to grow into a writer. It excites me when I meet others who share this passion. One such person is our very own DOS, Nicoletta, who (somewhere in her already jam-packed day) finds the time to be alone with words. So what is she reading at the moment? From Nicoletta:     A fellow Yogi recommended this book to me as she knows I love riveting, off-the-beaten track reads. I have only just started reading it but I am finding it quite a challenge to put it down.  The author documents her incredible 11000 mile solo trek of the Pacific Crest Trail. She took an off the cuff decision to hike through searing heat and blizzards and brave snakes and bears without EVER having hiked a day in her life and had no idea what she was getting herself into.  All of this because of a series of tragedies that left her feeling like she has no hope or anything to lose. It is a raw, honest and powerful memoir with a surprise on each page and I simply can’t wait to … Read more

Watcha Up To?…Majed Alanazi

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” will showcase past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. This week, we are pleased to welcome to our blog, Majed Alanazi who stole the hearts of many of his friends while he was here. Quiet by nature, I was pleased to get to know him better when I taught him in Pre-Intermediate. This is his story. ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC Watcha Up To? Hi. I am Majed from Saudi Arabia. I started at EC Cape Town in March 2013 at Elementary level and I finished in July at Pre-intermediate. The first class was wonderful and I was lucky to find good and friendly students we were help each other to improve our language. I studied English because I work in a hospital. There are a lot of patients form different country so I need to contact with them by English. After EC School I found a good job because I know English. I am an x-ray specialist. I meet all staff in hospital from different countries and they speak English. The patients also speak English. I can say, “thank you EC school.” I had amazing time in Cape Town with my friends, but I can’t forget my home mother’s tears when I left Cape Town. She is like all people there. They are so friendly. Finally, if you want to study English and get fun you can study in EC Cape … Read more

Happy 1 Year Anniversary at EC Cape Town!

During the lunch hour yesterday, I bumped into Nurlan Alizada who is always so warm when I see him. He’s been one of my very special AY students who stands out for various reasons. 1) He’s always polite and respectful to his peers and teachers. 2) He has a “can do” mindset. Always ready to take on a challenge and never gives up. For me, these are exceptional qualities. “You know, I’m so happy when I see you because you’re one of my ‘original’ students,” I told him. I meant that over recent months we have had some very memorable students leave us. Of course, such is the nature of this industry, but we can’t help it when certain students pull our heart strings. Imagine my surprise when Nurlan replied, “You know teacher, today is one year since I’ve been here!” They say that “time flies when you’re having fun” but it was really hard to believe that a whole year has flown by and that Nurlan has actually “flown” from one level to the next! So right there and then, we had an impromptu interview about his experience at EC Cape Town which is slowly drawing to an end. Describing his first day at school, one year ago, Nurlan said that he felt “weird” because he couldn’t speak any English. He was placed in Beginner level and over the course of the next few months, he progressed to his current level and is in the IELTS class. On top of it all, he has crept into the hearts of many teachers here who have only positive things to say about him. Nurlan agrees that when a student goes to another country to study English, there’s more to just learning the learning. You go to a new country to learn … Read more