Watcha Up to..? Yasar Artar

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. In this segment, we say MERHABA to our former Turkish student, Yasar Artar. He had a really great adventure after he spent some time with us at EC Cape Town. Read on for his story! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC      I’m  Yasar from Turkey. I have been at EC Cape Town for a short period of time! Even though I have been to there for 5 weeks, I had a great and interesting time. Also, when I was there, I wasn’t alone, at all. My younger brother was accompanying me. I landed in Cape Town in a gloomy day, it was around the beginning of July. At that time I felt little bit fear. It was my first abroad experience!  After settling down, I went to school and did some tests. After all these procedures I managed to start from Intermediate. I can say that without hesitating, EC Cape Town is like a small family. Once the classes had started, I have never felt lonely, at all. Classes are small and heart-warming! All the teachers care about you and you can speak to them whenever you need! Currently, I am studying my MBA degree in Japan in English. What I obtained in EC Cape Town not only English language skills but also confidence to move further in the life. If you ask me that what … Read more

AY Student of the Month: May 2014

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC If you don’t see her, you’ll surely hear her! Our Marta Santana from Angola is a force to be reckoned with. Starting at Beginner level, she has made tremendous progress with her English studies while at EC Cape Town. Not only is she a vibrant, young lady with so much to offer her classmates during discussions and activities, I’ve also known her to be extremely caring towards her friends. No one is more deserving of the AY student of the Month more than Marta! Well done… Name: Marta Santana Nationality: Angolan Profession: Lawyer When did you begin at EC?: I began in July 2013 What level did you begin at?: Beginner Current level: Intermediate What is your reason for studying English?: I need it for my future job. What extra facilities/classes at EC do you do? (eg Listening Center, Pronunciation Class etc…): I use all the extra facilities. The ones that I frequent: Listening Center and free classes! Has this helped? How? Yes it helped me a lot! For example – how to speak accurately and quite fluently. What tips/advice would you give to other students to improve their English?: My advice for the students would be to work hard and please…you should go to the free classes!

EC English IELTS exam for the month of May 2014

Saturday 17 May 2014, EC Cape Town (authorized testing center for IELTS exam) hosted a large group of  candidates for the monthly IELTS exam. With a staggering number of 44 candidates, the  Supervisor and Invigilators for the day handled the pressure with the utmost professionalism. The day started off on an excellent note, with candidates coming in bright and early in anticipation for what the day holds. Candidates were calmed of their nerves and were  reassured that everything would go smoothly .Although a fairly large group, the day proceeded to go by quickly and the relief on the candidates faces as they left were reassuring to the staff that they were positive about the outcome of the day and more importantly the IELTS exam. We had a few of our very own Academic english students writing the test, when asked how they felt about the outcome of the test some were very excited and knew that they would do well as they studied hard and had excellent moral support from their teachers and family members, where as some of them said if they could they would change a few of the answers they selected. Despite this they all walked out of the testing rooms with a broad smile, being positive is key after all!  Below is some general information regarding the IELTS exam and also the next available dates for the test: IELTS or ‘International English Language Testing System’ is one of the world’s leading tests of English for higher education, immigration and employment. The exam is divided into two sections, namely: General Training: For Immigration purposes. Academic Training: For University application purposes. When registering for this exam please make sure that you as the candidate are already aware of which exam you wish to take. EC Cape Town is not only a Testing Centre … Read more

EC Cape Town’s International Food Festival

No matter who you are or where you are from, or even what cultural background you have, food will always be one of the most important things that binds us all together, simply because everybody loves it and nobody can go without it! This past Friday 23 May 2014, EC Cape Town hosted a party that did just that, brought students from all over the world to one central place to celebrate what we all love most… FOOD. The event was organized by intern Ophelie Almagro and Academic English teacher Hardie Bosman, students came in large groups with dishes that they thought best described their countries and their cultures. It was quite a beautiful sight to see all the different dishes with interesting names, delicious aromas and exquisite tastes. A few countries to mention, Angola had a wide variety of dishes, amongst these were a delicious variety of stews which included Cow meat stew served with a portion of Pap and beans. France had a delicious Crepe with some Nutella chocolate spread, Japan had rice balls with tuna, Libya had delicious Couscous and  cakes and Switzerland had a variety of mouth watering Swiss cheese and chocolates. All of the students outdone themselves, not only were their presentations spectacular, but the tastes and aromas turned EC’s Reception area into the kitchen of a 10 star hotel. All in all the atmosphere was filled with joy and laughter and ultimately this is exactly what we intended for as our students work and study hard throughout the week to improve their Academic English skills. Here at EC Cape Town we strive to let our students create as many good memories to take home with them as possible.     We have lots of fun activities for our students and we try to accommodate each students requests, whether it is … Read more

From the Book Nook

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC I like to support South African authors, and when I picked this book up a few weeks ago, the synopsis at the back really caught my attention. It’s the biography of Ayesha (Bibi) Dawood, a dedicated activist from the 1950’s. She was one who stood trial with others like Nelson Mandela during the Treason Trials. She endured harassment and being imprisoned – being separated by her family for months on end. During all this political turmoil, on the other side of the world, Yusuf was pining! He saw “Bibi” for the first time in India a few years back and jumped ship in Durban to travel to Worcester (just outside Cape Town) to find his lady love. Actually, I’d love to give more information about this story, but it would spoil it for you if you decided to read it! I absolutely loved this. It was a love story like none I’ve heard of before and I found myself thinking of the characters even when I wasn’t reading. I found it to be quite an easy read and I have no doubt that our students would enjoy it just as much. The English Academic Year Programme believes that Readers are Leaders!

EC English Student Mohammad Bin Saleh Alsawat’s Testimonial.

Here at EC Cape Town we have a wide variety of cultures and personalities. Each week we welcome more members into our ever growing family, and we make sure to welcome each of them with wide open arms. We treat all students equally and we go to far lengths to make sure that each student is happy and satisfied through out the duration of their stay.   Below we have our very own, Mohammad Saleh Bin Alsawat, better known as “Mimo”, he joined EC in January 2014, and is currently on a 20 week Academic English course. “If you are thinking about improving you English skills, the best place you can chose is Cape Town EC School. First of all, there you can get 2 things: – You will improve you English. – You will have fun with a lot of activities, nice and friendly people even with the teacher or people from the staff. During the lesson but also before and after, the teacher pays always attention to you. If you have a question, they will help you and try to find the best solutions for you can understand what they talking about. About the ambiance or the staff, they are like a big family, if you have a problem or whatever they always have a good hear to listen to you. They can be funny and joking also, of course . What you can also doing after the school are activities or visit. They have a lot of different type of things to do like… – Meet new people in a multicultural city and culture. – AMAZING LANDSCAPE (from table mountain, lion’s head and signal hill) – Wildlife, going to the best safari from all over the world. – Waves, surfing in the best beaches from you have … Read more

Watcha Up to..? Beatriz Hypolito

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. In this segment, we say hi again to Beatriz from Brazil! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC  Hello, I´m Beatriz from São Paulo, Brazil. My first day at EC Cape Town was June 24th of 2013, It was a cold and rainy day, a typical winter day at the city.  I started at Advanced level and stayed in it until my last day there, August 16th of 2013. This was the first time that I made an exchange course, so, I was really surprised of been in a high level just by studying English in my own country. As I´m a really talkative person, not shy at all and really interested in different cultures, for me it was easy to make new friends. In my very first day I went out with many people that I had just met at school, people I still have contact and that I talk to almost every day, and that I can say…are my friends for life. I do really miss all my experience at Cape Town, and I have to say that it wouldn´t be the same without the classes at EC. There are two special things that I really miss as a EC student: the Certificate Ceremony every Friday is the first one. I was always crying about seen someone leaving, but it was really special to listen … Read more

EC Elementary English Students write Love Letters

by Sheetal Makhan / Academic Year Coordinator Yesterday I taught an Elementary English class at our EC Language School in Cape Town and as an icebreaker to begin, students wrote love letters to objects they can’t live without. It was a timed activity and I was blown away by some of the romantic sentiments our students came up with. Enjoy! Dear My Phone You’re my best friend. I’m with you all the time. You can give me the information of the whole world and you can make me in contact with my family. I can’t imagine my life without you. I love you so much. (Lourdes, Angola) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear My Car I’m happy with you. You take me every morning to the school. I am sad when my car doesn’t working. I love you so much (Frag, Libya) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Ring I love you so much, because when I look at you, I remember my mother. Do you remember mummy when I brought you out when I was child? Yes, she got angry with me. Then she forgot and gave to me. Today, don’t leave you for nothing. I’ll protect you everyday, every week.  You have special meaning. (Cristina, Angola) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Mobile Phone I love you so much, because I can’t imagine my life without you. You help me everyday. I can speak with everybody. For thy sake I travel, I can dream and meet people around the world despite being far. I cannot stay away from you one minute. I cannot see without you, because you are my best friend. I love you so much! (Matondo, Angola) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear My Watch I can’t describe love me to you. You make me to know the time. I without nothing! If you stop, hear me: Leave this like (Fuad, Saudi … Read more

Weekly football unites students

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC It always fascinates me when expats find each other in a foreign country and soon socialize and celebrate special events as they would if they were in their own country. Homesickness becomes a thing of the past.  I was really interested to learn that a group of our Libyan students have weekly football matches. The sole purpose of these matches is just to foster brotherhood between the guys. I spoke to Abdulmoaz (“Azoo”) who gave me a glimpse into what our students get up to on a Thursday evening. Using the football field near the V & A Waterfront, the guys plan to meet and enjoy a friendly match.Why do they do this?Living in a foreign country, it’s easy to get tied up in ones own life. With the sole purpose of just studying, our students all have goals and a mission to complete it by a certain deadline. While it’s important to immerse oneself into a new culture, it’s also vital not to forget ones roots! “It’s not about competition,” says Azoo, who is quite strategic in the way teams are formed. He explains that depending on everyone’s level and strength, they ensure that each guy has an opportunity to play. It was great to know that these matches aren’t just confined to “Team Libya”. Their Saudi Arabian peers also get in on the action and from time to time, they even play against South African’s!Azoo exclaims, “It’s an awesome, amazing feeling after playing.” He goes on to say that for at least 5 hours a week, the guys imagine that they are not in Cape Town. They’re back in Libya and enjoy spending time together – even after the match, when they proceed to the Waterfront to enjoy dinner together. He advises other students … Read more

A short story…by Mariana Alves (Brazil)

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC In one of my recent writing classes, I gave the students the prompt, “Everyone was asleep, except…” Mariana from Brazil wrote such a lovely piece that I wanted to share it on here and she graciously agreed. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did! Everyone was asleep, except…  The little mouse under the stairs. There, he starts building his house so it brings a sofa and his bed, leaving a space for the kitchen. A cabinet to stock his cheeses was very important too. Then it thought that there should be a big cabinet! Thinking about the last preparations for his home, the little mouse remembered that his friends will arrive in few minutes to know his new home and it was better to run to the big kitchen and check if the big people who live there, forgot something. Then he could offer to his friends because his new fridge was empty! When the little mouse arrives in the big kitchen, it couldn’t believe what it was seeing! Two hamburgers with ‘extra cheese’ on the table forgotten there for him! The little mouse moves very fast. He can take away the two hamburgers and run to his house but it’s not all lucky because a piece of bread was left behind. Anyway, when he arrives at home and looks at that food, he just thought about one thing… Party! He takes his phone and asked to his friends, “Don’t arrive here without drinks…” Mariana was a General English 30 student