Happy Health Day at EC Cape Town

South Africans have officially reached the mid- way mark of winter, even though the ice cold wind blew us all over the place, the rain was accompanied by hail and the snow covered the peaks of the mountains, we at EC Cape Town fought back the cold and as a result of this have had no reports of anyone getting any serious cases of Colds and Flu! To celebrate this our very own Director of Studies, Nicoletta, brought some delicious fruits to school- to get our  feet into the “Door of Spring”! Pineapple slices, Banana’s, Pears, Strawberries and so much more left the staff with broad smiles and a healthy start to the day! Below are a few pictures of the Health Day at EC Cape Town this morning: A healthy mind starts with a healthy heart, why not start off your day with a delicious piece of fruit it can only do you good!   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Free Yoga Class EC Staff join The Colour Run

EC Cape Town Wishes All Muslim Students A Blessed Eid Mubarak.

To all of our Muslim staff and students, we at EC Cape Town would like to wish you Eid Mubarak!! We hope you have an excellent day well spent with your loved ones and friends. Eid Mubarak is a celebration for Muslims, celebrated on this specific day is  Eid-Al-Fitr (Feast of breaking the fast) of which marks the end of Ramadan of which was celebrated throughout July.   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS EC English Celebrates the Month of Ramadan Ramadan Kareem

Fun ways to stay warm and snug at EC Cape Town

Winter has hit its peak here at EC Cape Town, with cold fronts passing through on what seems to be a weekly basis, but fret not, we wont let the cold and wet weather dampen our shine, there are loads of ways to stay warm and fun while studying at EC Cape Town. Below are five simple and fun things to do, all indoors and easy to do! 1. Indoor Rock Climbing Activity: EC Cape Town activities accommodates basically everything, especially the weather. It is said that Cape Town experiences all four seasons in one day, we simply cannot risk missing out on some fun because of a few innocent raindrops now can we? Indoor Rock climbing is a fun indoor activity for the adrenaline seeking, non- height fearing, brave students that loves playing hard and reaping the successes of hard work well done, all while having a good time. We have recently added Indoor rock climbing to our activity sheets, because not only is it fun in the winter, but it could be done all year round! If you are an EC student be sure to follow our weekly Whats on guides, to check when the next Indoor rock climbing experience will be taking place. 2. In House Pool Boards: Love competing and having fun, well this is surely and all-in-one kind of fun! In house at EC Cape Town we have 2 Pool boards, students simply adore these games as it is a good way to make new friends and just have some innocent fun. A simple game to play with loads of laughter and competitive highs, this is one you don’t have to go far for, Play and have fun! 3. Rent a movie: Our library consists of not only books, we have crossed over the norm … Read more

EC Cape Town Students: White Shark Cage Diving!!

EC Cape Town has a wide variety of exciting activities for our students to join in on, one of these has to be the popular White Shark Cage Diving. Two of our students, Andressa and Amanda Griebel, sisters from Brazil decided to be brave and have a White Shark encounter! Here is what they had to say about this adrenaline boosting activity:   “It was the best experience in our lives! If you come to Cape Town you need to try this, a close encounter with the biggest sharks in the world! “- Amanda and Andressa Griebel, Brazil. EC Cape Town, the only South African based English school under the EC flag, hosts many students that comes to study English, as well as see the beauty of South Africa. We have lots of fun activities for our students and we try to accommodate each students requests, whether it is to see the famous Table Mountain, or to simply experience the South African Townships, we do our very best to ensure that before their English course ends that their wishes are made real. Memories are a very important factor, especially when travelling abroad and meeting new people, our aim is to have our students look back and only have fond memories of their stay here at EC Cape Town. As a student enrolled on one of EC’s academic English programs, you get the opportunity to join your fellow students to attend many exciting events, activities as well as safari tours all around Cape Town and South Africa.   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Activities this week 6 reasons Why EC Cape Town Is The Most Beautiful City To Learn English

Vote for EC Cape Town Director of Studies!!

EC Cape Town has to be one the most relaxed and fun schools to be at, with teachers that develops bonds with each of their students becoming like family and staff members that welcomes each student into our family! We are serious about English but we also understand that there needs to be some time set aside to relax and have some fun, we do this by involving our students  into all of the latest happenings in and around our school! This time round we are all excited for our very own Director of Studies,  Nicoletta Di Gia, who has made it to the top 5 in a well known hair and beauty competition,by Tosca Hair and Beauty Salon,  take a look at our EC Facebook page, all she needs are a few more votes tin order to win the competition! Please join in and support Nicoletta, voting lines close today at 4 pm sharp, simply log into the EC Cape Town Facebook page, click on the above seen picture, like the Tosca page and click in the small white box above the picture and viola you have added in your vote! Stay tuned in to find out what the outcome has been for the competition!   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS What is Nicoletta reading? FCE students sing Happy Birthday to Nicoletta!

EC Cape Town Celebrates Mandela Day 18 July 2014

In commemoration to the late great former president  Tata Madiba, we at EC Cape Town have  joined in for the International celebration to honor Nelson Mandela’s kind and good heart by serving 67 minutes of goodwill. We have done  this by providing soup and bread for the less fortunate from the comfort of our EC Cape Town school. Tata Madiba always saw deep into the hearts of the people of his country, he chose peace over war, love over discrimination and equality over injustice, a legacy that cannot be replaced! “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. Its is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”- Nelson Mandela Many thanks to all of the students, teachers and staff members of EC Cape Town for coming out and making this insignificant yet heart-warming gesture possible. It doesn’t take much to show that you care and even less to feed a hungry person! Nelson Mandela left the world with many wise words and even greater acts of kindness, these words and actions will remain with everyone, from all walks of life for the rest of time! We salute you Tata Madiba!   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Mandela Day Robben Island

EC Cape Town Student Donates Book to Library

When students leave EC Cape Town, they don’t leave for good they always find themselves a month or two later back at EC visiting all the staff its like they are glued to our team! We in all honesty cannot blame them, we welcome each student, past and present with open arms into our family, we simply love seeing them smile and feeling at home. Below mentioned is one of our students that recently graduated from EC, he decided to make a last “pop-in”before leaving EC Cape Town and South Africa for his home land. Ahmed Bafgeesh, one of our students from Yemen that completed the Academic Year 30 Program, loved spending every spare minute he could in the Library. Reading is an important step for each of our students as this helps them to understand and build sentences. A day before leaving South Africa, ending 7 months with the EC family, he decided to come back to his home away from home and leave his mark, he did so by donating a book to one of his favorite places in the school, the library! Teacher Hardie Bosman, one of the teachers that assists students when renting out a book, gladly accepted and added his donation to our collection of books! Thank you Ahmed for your generous donation, we will surely miss you at EC Cape Town and we wish you all of the best of luck for your future endeavors! __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS English Language Students of EC Cape Town Share your #ECEXPERIENCE with our global community of EC English students

Listening Center Benefits by Ahmed Zubi

by Sheetal Makhan With my office being on the fifth floor, I get to see the “regulars” of the Listening Center everyday! One student who is there daily is Ahmed Zubi. I was really interested to learn more about how this facility has helped Ahmed’s progress while studying English. Please read his piece below: Listening Center Benefits by Ahmed Zubi Nobody can argue that Listening is one of the most important communicating skills because it enables you to understand people and respond properly to them. That’s why language students ought to give it a considerable effort as well as the language centers ought to do. Listening will expose you to a variety of accents. Moreover it will improve your pronunciation, intonation and ellipsis which are not achievable by reading. However, as reading does, your collocations, structures and expressions will also be improved by listening. Having done both simultaneously, you’ll get most of the input skills, which you can imitate to express yourself. By listening and reading at the same time, your brain can subconsciously bind the word with its pronunciation, but that doesn’t mean you leave reading completely! Realizing all the above, I started going to the Listening Center on the 5th floor and I noted a significant improvement after about one month. In addition I got a better score in listening tests. The center contains a diverse collection of amazing books which explain quaint natural facts such as world wonders. Others speak about courage and people experience, although the majority have been stories of different sorts. They are thought-provoking detective stories, romantic, courage, poignant stories narrated in an fascinating way and taken from different countries (UK, USA, India, South Africa, Ireland and Thailand). However some of them has a message which I disagree with, but it’s  the language that you should seek, not only the ideas. … Read more

Madagascar by Eva Razafinarivo

Madagascar by Eva Razafinarivo Between 2009 and 2013, Madagascar was in a period of political transition. It all started with a coup d’etat that allowed the former mayor of Antananarivo (capital of Madagascar) to be President of a transitional government. During this period, all the international aid was suspended. For a country whose national budget depends mostly on international aid, it was catastrophic. For example, the government could not even pay the salaries of the employees on time. Furthermore, it was said that the armed forces lent their guns to bandits to earn money. That’s why the country became insecure, especially in rural areas. Moreover, the corruption has increased during this period. Consequently, people didn’t trust the justice system anymore, which was well-known to be corrupted. The crisis was supposed to come to an end with the election of a new president. But it was not as simple as that. Actually, even if Madagascar has a new president and even if the actual government is recognized by the international community, the political situation remains fragile. ____________________ Eva is a General English (GE30) student  

IELTS Exam July 2014 at Testing Centre EC Cape Town

Preparation for the IELTS July exam is well underway, with our Workshop that took place this past Saturday and training by IELTS Trainer Ian Van Rensburg. The July exam is set to be a full and busy day with the maximum required amount of candidates doing the exam. The July exam will be held at EC Cape Town, an authorized testing center for the IELTS exam, with Speaking exams taking place Friday 18 July 2014 for both General as well as Academic candidates, and Listening, Reading and Writing exam taking place  Saturday 19 July 2014. Should you wish to inquire more about the IELTS exam feel free to visit our EC Cape Town website.   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 remaining available  IELTS test dates for 2014 are: 20 September 18 October 22 November 06 December * All the exam dates are for the General Training and Academic exam   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS IELTS English Language Exam 2014 – Good Luck to one & all! IELTS General Information