Brilliant Book Review

A few weeks ago, Denise Roth delivered a brilliant presentation to her classmates about a book she had read:  “The Virgin Suicides” by Jeffrey Eugenides. Apart from the curious title, the class was given just enough information to appeal to their interest and in the end, had many questions about this captivating story. Denise has read the book several times and highly recommends it. Here’s a review:   Teenage Disconnect And ‘The Virgin Suicides’ Tavi Gevinson is the editor-in-chief of Rookie Magazine. I turned 13, and then I read The Virgin Suicides. For one, it was about teenagers, girl teenagers, who, I was guessing, killed themselves. For another, the picture on the front cover reminded me of these woods my mom and I always passed upon entering strip mall/motel territory in my own Midwestern suburb, the alleged setting of many adolescent escapades. Also, sex was involved — ’cause, you know, “virgin.” Given the obvious logical appeal of all of the above, I delved into the story of the mysterious Lisbon sisters and the neighborhood boys who observed their brief lives. There are no heart-to-hearts in The Virgin Suicides, no Breakfast Club-esque debunking of high school stereotypes. Instead it’s about teenagers who have only ideas of each other to think about, and just from a distance, because talking to people you like is scary and hormones suck and parents get suspicious. The boys crush on the girls, we think the girls crush on the boys, and then the girls kill themselves so we’ll never know for sure. All that’s left are memories of the Lisbons recalled in almost creepy detail by their now-middle-aged admirers, still struggling to piece together an explanation for their deaths. The guys’ nostalgia glorifies the sisters now as much as their boyish hopes and dreams did when … Read more

Good Luck to our Cambridge Students!

We would like to wish all students doing the Cambridge ESOL South Africa exams next week at EC Cape Town all of the best – we know you will do exceptionally well! Just remember that hard work pays off in the end, so give it your all and nothing less!! Preparation is the key to success, and these Cambridge students from Samia and Jeffrey’s classes are truly showing us that they are highly motivated and ready for next weeks exam!!                                      If you would like to enrol on the next Cambridge exam preparation course please contact us for more information or a quote. Current students can see Zubeida Harris on the first floor.

Creating Cocktails!

High Intermediate students in Linda’s class had to create cocktails of their choice  and Vitor Ramires chose to include names of  various rock bands to create his own special cocktail called “Rock and Cocktail” “Rock and Cocktail” by V Ramires I have blended everything powerfully a bit of scorpions and eagles several gorillaz, arctic monkeys and just put in some beetles if you have. You can stir with some red hot chili peppers. But don’t add too much guns and roses otherwise you will reach nirvana. I have boiled it for thirty seconds to Mars Maybe you would like it on a perfect green day My wonderful: “stairway to heaven”

Testimonial: Homestay Accommodation

Staying with a real English-speaking family is a great way for students to practice their English and to learn about the local culture. At EC Cape Town our Accommodation Coordinator, Rifqah Brenner, regularly recruits new host families in South Africa & visits current host families to ensure suitability & that EC’s standards are met. Check out this testimonial from a student currently staying at a host family in Bo Kaap: “My name is Nicolas and at the moment I am living in Bo Kaap, just a couple of minutes away from EC school. I’ve got a room for myself, which I can lock whenever I like. My host mum is a really lovely woman. She cooks absolutely awesome food and she can’t do enough for me. All in all I feel at home at Salama’s place. I recommend living with a host family. Nicolas Roetlisberger

From the Book Nook

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC When I see a student reading (merely for pleasure) I swear, my heart does the waltz! This is what happened last week when I found Isam sitting in the library before school reading. It wasn’t for homework, but for his own pleasure. As many of you know, I am on a reading campaign, trying my level best to spread the love of words, knowledge, imagination and so on. Because of this, I chatted to Isam and asked him to share what he was reading. I also wanted to know his own personal motives about my favourite activity. Isam reads because he wants new vocabulary. It helps to improve language and to progress everyday. Reading is important because it helps you learn. You can feel the story, like it’s a same story – same thing that happened to me. Please share what you are reading with us, we’d love to know! Visit me in the Academic Office or drop me an e-mail: sheetalmakhan@ecenglish.com ==== EC Cape Town offers various English Language Courses, including ESOL in South Africa.

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC As a self-confessed bookworm myself, I almost felt my heart burst recently when a student told me, “Teacher, I don’t see the benefit of reading.” Gasp! Shock! Horror! I immediately knew that damage control was in order. Also, judging from recent tests that our students have written, lack of reading was quite evident. I started doing some research around this topic and came to the conclusion that students may actually NOT know how to read. In other words, they don’t have sufficient skills to read through an entire text or book comfortably and confidently. I decided to start a free class (that would replace our “Listen Up”) which would focus solely on reading. What would I call it? O Thanks to my regular and loyal students, they came up with the name “Read EZ” – playing on the name of my conversation class which falls on a Monday, “Speak EZ” 🙂 Our first class was held last Tuesday. I have a list of reading techniques and skills to help students with reading, but would I dive straight into it? I thought of taking a different route, and this is a general outline of the class – which exceeded my expectations! Do you read in your own language? Vivian from Colombia said she does – it’s like an escape for her. Do your parents read? Raid from Saudi Arabia said his father used to have him read every night before going to bed. Marta from Angola said that her brother is her hero, because he encourages her to read. What are you reading at the moment? Wow…I was so impressed with this one because suddenly, some students started taking not one, but two books out of their bags! Sancha from Angola had The Ironing Man, which I … Read more