Khaled Baihan shared a few thoughts on his stay in Cape Town and EC, here’s what he had to say: ” I have a lot of good memories of EC Cape Town, I enjoyed everything the teachers, staff and students. My experience was one to be remembered and I would love to come back next year!! I met people from all over the world many different countries and learnt something new from each of them. I really enjoyed all activities EC Cape Town had to offer, being able to see Cape Town was amazing, this also helped me to meet more people from the EC school. I think besides the beautiful views and scenic sights of Cape Town, I will definitely miss the teachers and students the most as they are the people that made my stay at EC Cape Town unforgettable!” Khaled Baihan (Yemen) – General Academic Student === EC offers many different English Courses, including Private Lessons in English in Cape Town.
by Sheetal Makhan / AYC I pride myself on the fact that I share very special relationships with my students that go far beyond textbooks and Grammar. When Yahya Zwita, from Libya, opened his heart and told me that his friend, Mohamed (aged 20) committed suicide at the beginning of the month, I knew that I had to be there for this young gentleman. Far from home for the first time in a foreign country with family and friends far away, I instinctively took on the role of his big sister. During one of our conversations, he told me that he wanted to give a presentation / tribute about his friend. I immediately agreed and said I would help him in any way I could. For his tribute yesterday (Thursday, 27 March) Yahya spoke to a group of about 25 students – all his peers. Voluntarily, he put himself in the spotlight…and spoke. I have always maintained that “Words that come from the heart, enter the heart.” This was exactly what happened yesterday afternoon. Here is Yahya’s presentation: Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for coming. This is my first presentation that I’m giving and I would like to tell you about my friend. His name was Mohamed. He was 20 years old and he had 1 brother and 2 sisters. His father died when he was young. As friends, we had a magnificent time together and enjoyed life. Two weeks ago, my brother called me and told me, “Your friend, Mohamed died.” I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. He died at home at 11 o’clock. Mohamed lived this life feeling depressed. He had diabetes since he was 4 years old. His family wasn’t very rich. He stopped school when he was young, because he didn’t have money and his mother …
So, what is the DOS reading? And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini After reading The Kite Runner and one of the most moving pieces of literature ever, A Thousand Splendid Suns, I could not resist reading Hosseini’s newest book, And the Mountains Echoed. Apart from enjoying the author’s powerful expression, I was drawn because this story is all about family and everyone from the mothers and fathers to the cousins and siblings. It explores how families care for, honour, betray and sacrifice for each other. I thoroughly believe and had had the experience to prove, that the choices we make resonate throughout our family and we are often surprised by the ramifications of those decisions. I have only just started reading this book and I have already “met” a traditional family from Kabul and I am on my way to San Francisco! Remember – Reading is Power! Happy Reading… Nicoletta Learn more about the General English courses at EC Cape Town.
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. Let’s say a very warm “Merhaba” to Volkan from Turkey and see what he’s been up to lately! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC Watcha Up To? Hi. I am Volkan from Turkey. I have been in CT for six months between 18th November 2012 till 20th May 2013. When I started to EC my level was Pre.Int and at the end of this period I finished upper int. I wish I could get more time in CT but I had to come back to Turkey.I am very happy to see different cultures ,friends different activities. I had come to Cape Town to improve my English , it was very important and still important :). I think I got good ability and skills.For example specially correct writing, large Word memory, communication with people. I would like to say that I got confidence more than I have. You can’t buy it with Money or rent it. Just studying, speaking. These are enough. Now, I work at the company that is also a manufacturer and I am an exporter and salesman. I can use my English in my work.That is very big chance for me . It was my 3rd week in my job I joined to the fair because of my job. I spoke with costumers English and I couldn’t see any problem.End of the fair I said myself WELL DONE VOLKAN 🙂 …
by Sheetal Makhan / AYC As a writer myself, it gives me an absolute thrill to be able to unleash a creative spark in the students I meet. I have recently been working with a few students on creative pieces. They are encouraged to: 1) “Think out of the box” 2) Write against the clock (15 minutes) 3) Spend 5 minutes reviewing their work – checking grammar, spelling etc… 4) Making their stories come to life with endless possibilities of twists, turns and magical words This morning I was blown away by two of my AY student’s writing. It is vital to note that these pieces were timed (20 minutes) and they didn’t use a dictionary. When I come across such gems, I want to share it with the world – which is the purpose of this post. As their AY tutor and recent writing mentor, my heart is simply beaming with pride. Enjoy 🙂
EC Cape Town would like to congratulate our book day competition winner Izabel Sanchez!! Our competition was held from the first week of March with it ending on 06 March, students had to simply follow instructions on our white board at the Reception area and place there answers in our lucky draw box! Izabel won an incredible prize consisting of not one but TWO Free private lessons!! We are very proud of her and we hope she enjoys her prize! EC Cape Town offers Private lessons in English consisting of the following: Lessons are based on a unique needs analysis Undivided attention from the teacher Steeper rate of progress Create strong teacher/ student support For more information regarding our exclusive offers please do not hesitate to contact us. Once again congratulations to Izabel!!
My stay at EC Cape Town was truly amazing, it is an amazing school! The staff members were always friendly and professional and they followed an excellent system. The methods of learning, the teachers who work hard to teach the information to give across to the students, the free classes with elite and wonderful teachers were always interesting and very helpful. I enjoyed the Listening Center and Library it helped a lot and was very informative. The supporting services that are offered to the students and the weekly activities that the school offered was a definite highlight of my experience at EC Cape Town. I have attended several activities and especially enjoyed the sporting activities. I also really enjoyed making new friends from all across the world, EC Cape Town will always be remembered as the place where we all could meet. I hope that we will be able to stay in contact. Finally, I would like to thank The EC Cape Town staff, the teachers, the students and to everyone who made my stay in Cape Town one to cherish forever. – Raed Omar Yaslam Bakhaider === EC Cape Town offers many different English Courses, including Private Lessons in English in South Africa.
What a lovely and unexpected surprise when Jurgen (Germany) and Sandra (Brazil) popped in at EC Cape Town to say Hi. They met at EC Cape Town in 2008 and attended the same classes with Nicoletta (current DOS) where they fondly remembered her animated tactics for teaching vocabulary. They also reminisced about hiking up Lion’s Head with Chris (current Centre Director). They are now happily married and live in Germany. Sandra tells us that they kept in contact with another student that was in the class from Spain who is now an English teacher! It is stories like this that proves that learning English in another country is so much more than just studying a language. It’s a life-changing experience and we are very proud to have played a small part in their life story. Thank you, Sandra and Jurgen for sharing this with us. All the very best for the future! -Nicoletta, DOS
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 March schedule below: === EC offers many different English Courses, including Private Lessons in English in Cape Town.
EC Cape Town will be celebrating World Book Day on 06 March 2014. However we will be doing it with a slight twist. Instead of everyone coming together to celebrate the joys of reading, we will also be running a competition for EC Cape Town students. This will be held on the 1st floor at Reception. For more info contact us World Book Day is regarded as a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. It has been running for the past 17 years aiming to get people from all over the world to appreciate reading and the stories found within the pages of each book.Initiated by UNESCO, 100 countries worldwide has taken part in this awesome initiative to empower the minds of both young and old. So get involved..and remember: ‘Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader!’ === EC offers many different English Courses, including English Private Lessons in Cape Town