Una will be missed by us all. She was a teacher in a million!

The classiest teacher…. at EC Cape Town

This year we have had to say goodbye to a few staff members who were not only an important part of EC Cape Town but also friends and mentors. One of the most loved admired teachers must be Una.   Una started her career in education at Roggebaai Teacher’s College and when it closed she joined Boston College. In 2006, EC took over the building and Una joined the team at EC Cape Town. When I spoke to Una on her last day about all her experiences and changes she has seen over the years, she could only speak of all the good times and the joy she has in her heart for EC. She told me about the friendliness of the staff and the supportive atmosphere which made her teaching days so worthwhile.   Anybody who knows Una, will tell you she lived for her students and although she was strict at times, they all understood she wanted them to succeed and for this they loved her. Una told me how much her students had taught her, not just about their country and culture but also how to be a better teacher. One of her highlights, she says, was going out on excursions with her students and showing them the city or getting something to eat.Another was getting them to talk – this was a challenge as Una was the Beginner level teacher for many years and became our expert. She mentions that getting them to ask questions and seeing them grow in confidence made her the happiest teacher. Her message to students is this: Follow your dreams and never give up. Challenge yourself so that you can build character. Be humble and accept when there is nothing you can do about the situation, but do what you can” To … Read more

Finally, DEnise has her moment to experience what many EC Cape Town students have already

A spectacular walk to the top of Lion’s Head.

  Lion’s Head! An amazing experience and a real “must” for all Cape Town visitors. But, it might not be the best place for people who are scared of heights – the Lion’s Head peak is about 669 metres above sea level! After our short taxi trip from EC to Lion’s Head me and some of the other 35 students were a little bit afraid of the walk to the top of this amazing hill. I was shocked by the route which seemed to be quite dangerous and impossible to handle.   I stopped two times because I didn’t want to continue. Some of the students wanted to break up and go back down during the walk. However, all students motivated each other all the time. It was quite windy, but approximately one hour later we reached the peak. Our exciting hike offered us a spectacular and unique perspective over Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean.       Denise is from Germany and currently doing an internship at the language school in Cape Town

EC Cape Town football team

The beautiful game

Every Thursday the EC English students go to play football at a nice field next to the school. It doesn’t matter if the student is a Beginner or Advanced, from Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Turkey or another country.   Last week my husband wanted to play and I decided to go along to take pictures and have fun watching the game. I didn’t know what was waiting for me: the field was at the top of a building! I almost didn’t watch the game because the view is amazing! From there you can see the fabulous Table Mountain, a beautiful clock on a ‘church’ and beautiful buildings where you can try to locate yourself by seeing the city. It`s fantastic! At the city center you have a field at the top of a building! It sounds crazy, but this is Cape Town!     The students played for more than one hour because the weather was perfect: sunny and windy. The teacher was the referee, but at some time he decided to play too. The game is irresistible for men!     What caught my attention is that we need to learn language, we need to learn how to write and talk but body language is universal, single, comprehensible. Everybody was very happy, smiling, having fun and tired at the end. And they deserved a picture like a professional team!   Monise is currently at EC language school in Cape Town with her husband Alison. They have made a pact to only speak English while they are in Cape Town because they are only here for a month.  🙂 Don’t forget to like us on 

Christmas dinner

Last Friday the staff and teachers of EC’s English Centre in Cape Town enjoyed the food at the annual Christmas dinner. The dinner was organized at the restaurant ‘Ocean Basket’, located in the V&A Waterfront shopping centre. Also our receptionist Danushca which is on maternity leave joined the dinner and proudly showed her recently born daughter Jessy. Everybody had a good time and enjoyed some nice fish. Please check out the pictures below. __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Visiting Company’s Garden A visit to the Slave Lodge

A poem for an awesome teacher

Like some of you might know, teacher Sheetal is going to leave our English language center in South Africa this Friday. Mohamed Algantri, student at EC Cape Town, wanted to show his appreciation for this teacher and wrote her a poem.. The Sun Our day starts with the sunrise. The sun shines, gives peace and happiness to the world. It gives smile to the face and it gives love to the heart. We can’t wake up and feel relieved without the sun although it hides sometimes at night. However, it will shine and rise again. Actually the sun changed her name to Sheetal Makhan. She is the sun, humble, hard-working-optimistic, powerful and ambitious. She is our teacher, she teaches you how to love, help, respect and how to use them. She is an angel on the earth. I have been studying for ten months, I have not seen her angry, bored and depressed. Her mirror are students. When she helps, she feels amazed. When she supports, she feels terrific and when she sees your smile, she feels ecstatic. I go to school every day, every lesson and I find her busy with some students or things even when she is on lunch break.  As I knew her from the first day. Simply she is the key for any locks to any problems or advices, because she knows how to deal with everyone and everything. She has her own flag, do not give up, as she became our flag. Beautiful like the sun and attractive like the moon. Confident when she teaches, generous when she gives and hopeful when she smiling. She is like the fire strong and brave, water fresh and lively. We have learnt a lot from her and she has chosen her decision in life. I and EC would like to wish her all the best … Read more

Teacher of the year

Last week students had the opportunity to vote for the ‘teacher of the year’. The result was presented by Nicoletta at a staff dinner party yesterday. EC’s teachers voted for the Valued Teacher, Hardie Bosman, who is the teacher who they feel helps students succeed in a global community and goes over and above the call of duty. Adele le Keur was voted by the students as the teacher who they feel embodies the spirit of what an EC teacher should be. Congratulations to both teachers! It was an extra special occasion since it was also EC Cape Town’s 8th birthday. The whole team celebrated this with a swanky dinner at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront at sunset. As a token of appreciation, all teachers were given a “shopper”, which is made from recycled materials. A portion of the cost of these “shoppers” goes towards an NGO called “The Good Business Journey”. It’s an organisation that supports our local farmers and artisans, who are dedicated to protecting the environment, reducing energy consumption, supporting education and promoting Fairtrade. See below for an impression of this afternoon. __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter   RELATED BLOG POSTS Reminder: vote for your teacher of the year Vote for your teacher of the year

Reminder: vote for your favourite teacher

Please remember to vote for your favourite teacher at our English Language School in South Africa. Write the name of the teacher on a piece of paper and deposit it into the box outside the Academic Office on the 5th floor before the weekend.   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Celebrating EC Cape Town Teachers! World Teachers Day

Vote for your favourite teacher at EC Cape Town

International Teacher’s Day is getting closer and closer so this is the perfect time to organize the ‘favourite teacher’ contest at our English Language School in South Africa.  Write the name of your favourite teacher on a piece of paper and deposit in into the box outside the Academic Office before the 26th of September. __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Celebrating EC Cape Town Teachers! World Teachers Day

Spring Day at EC Cape Town 01 September 2014

With the month of Spring just around the corner, we at EC Cape Town are extremely excited to dust off our sandals and Spring outfits! Seeing all the pretty flowers start to bloom, with Lilies being one of my absolute favorites, I have to admit Sunny days over the cold and wet weather anytime! Another important aspect one needs to consider when stepping into the month of spring is the change of fruits which are being grown and produced, meaning one’s diet automatically has a slight shift – but a good one, all summer fruits are equally as delicious as the winter fruits. With that  being said it’s always a good idea to try and stay as healthy and fit as possible, thus our initiative to celebrate the start of Spring with an EC Cape Town Health Week! Our health week will start as of the 01 September, with loads of fun pictures that will be uploaded on our Facebook Page as well as right here, our EC Blog. Stay tuned for some health tips from teachers and EC Cape Town staff members, also for some funny and whack pictures that will surely make your Spring week fun!     __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Happy Health Day at EC Cape Town Pitches for a New Fruit Juice

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