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4-week CAE Preparation @ EC Cape Town

EC Cape Town is happy to announce we are now offering an abridged Cambridge Exam Preparation course that will now run over an 8 and/or 4-week period. The course is a much shorter version than the traditional 12-week course but is being offered to allow more students the possibility to take the exam, with at least some assistance.We hope these two exciting new options will have as much benefit, especially to students who are unable to take the entire 12-week course because of work and/or study commitments but who would like to take the exam. It is now possible!   The 8-week programme is already underway and today we started the 4-week course with great excitement. We will keep you updated on their progress but its go!go!go! time.   EC Cape Town is a registered Cambridge Exam Centre and as such you have the convenience of receiving your classes and doing the exam in a space you are familiar with. There is also the added benefit of being surrounded by other exam students and a community of people who are trying to improve their English, all in the same building. So, what are you waiting for? Call Student Services to find out about your options. We also offer IELTS preparation. One word of advice though, the shorter courses are intense and thus you would need a minimum of C1 to do the Advanced course and at least a strong B2 to do the FCE. You will also need to know if you need this course for your course as Cambridge is generally a British exam, whereas IELTS is commonly used in Australia, Canada, although it is seen as an international accredited course. Do your research as you need to be prepared. See you soon!!

Are you ready for an exam course @ EC Cape Town?

Many universities and companies these days require students to have a certain level of English. More university departments are offering courses in English and as companies extend their global reach, they require a team who can deal with the demands of the job… in English! If you are preparing to take an exam course at EC Cape Town, here are a few tips to help you along. Firstly, you need to know if your university needs an IELTS or Cambridge score. They are not that different in terms of the skills they are grading but the preparation does change and there are a few technical differences. For example, the IELTS exam expires after 2 years but, in theory, any of the Cambridge courses is valid forever (as long as you can show you are actively using the language, ie in your work, writing or other regular communication).     Secondly, Cambridge exam courses have a huge focus on grammar in the exam and thus you will need a teacher or school to prepare. IELTS does not have such a direct grammar focus in the exam (as it is assumed you already know how to use complex written and spoken constructions.     Once you have decided to take any of these courses, you will need to start preparing: Read every and anything so that you are confident reading within time constraints and to improve your vocabulary. You will get various reading texts in either of these exams and some of them might not be your preferred material, so you need to feel comfortable with all kinds of reading material – start now! Watch movies, series and documentaries so that you are exposed to various accents and subject matter. In this way you will develop your knowledge about the world and … Read more

Students at graduation

5 reasons to study @ EC Cape Town

Do you need to do exam preparation? Are you looking for a unique Language and Travel experience? Then look no further. EC Cape Town offers both – a multi-cultural city and superior English language teaching. If you are not convinced, here are our 5 top reasons to study in Cape Town   1. State-of-the art teaching tools in a modern and vibrant classroom environment 2. All levels Beginner to exam courses such. Come and do your IELTS preparation in Cape Town 3. A selection of accommodation such as the student residence or Homestay in Cape Town city centre 4. EC Cape Town is the registered exam centre for all Cambridge exam courses 5. Sunset from Table Mountain or one of the many beaches the city has to offer All that’s left to say is… see you soon!

Silly hanging out at one of the many beaches which are close to EC Cape Town

Everything was wonderful at EC Cape Town English School

We ask our students regularly to tell us about their experience at EC Cape Town. Here Silly Camara (who had all had his English language classes in Cape Town, South Africa) tells us about his experience thus far. He completed an FCE, IELTS and is now doing an internship in the Student Services department. I want to talk about the Mother City, Cape Town, which is one of the most magnificent and beautiful cities I have ever been to. It has been a great experience for me as a student to stay 8 months in Cape Town and studying at one of its nicest language schools,  EC Cape Town Everything was wonderful at EC, the wide classrooms, the friendly teachers and staff. At EC I learned another way of studying and behaving with different people from different cultures and countries.   During my time in EC I learned many new things, made lots of news friend from all over the world and we visited many places such as Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and also of course the amazing beaches: Muizenberg, Camps Bay Beach and Clifton Beach.   There are many places in Cape Town that will stay memorable for me, the nice restaurants where it is possible to eat different kinds of food. Oh yes! I cannot finish this article without talking about my host family, who welcomed me with enthusiasm and happiness. They were such a wonderful family with whom I improved my speaking outside of class. After all Cape town remains the best place.

I had a great time!

Gun-Ui (aka Jason) came to EC, the South African Language Centre  in Cape Town and when he left, he wrote about his experience as a student in and outside the class. he was a star member of the football team and also joined the Rainbow Volunteer Project. He is truly a great ambassador for EC Cape Town and we thought we had to share his experience with you! Thank you Jason and we wish you all the best for the future! 🙂 Hello everyone, especially Korean, my name is Song-Gun-Ui and Jason(English name for foreign friends). I am from South Korea and my hometown is Seoul. It was my first time to visit South Africa and I have been in Cape Town for six months (24 weeks). My level started from Pre-Intermediate and then Intermediate and the IELTS course. I had a great time with wonderful teachers and friends. If someone who has some interest about EC Cape Town, I hope that my writing will help your choice. Now, I would like to introduce South African’s life and I am going to break common stereotypes for Asian students who are afraid of Africa because of poor information. First of all, I could not find any lions and elephants in Cape Town. It sounds funny, however, some friends still believe it. In my point of view, it is the place which a lot of tourists visit for sightseeing and relaxing. Instead of animals, I could watch beautiful beaches, enormous Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. As a cosmopolitan city, various people from other countries are walking around the city and I could meet different friends.   For example, my class had ten nationalities. South Korea, Portugal, Turkey, Saudi, Finland, and Switzerland etc. We used to share our cultures in English and it … Read more

Magdalena from Switzerland passed her CAE exam!

Last December, all the students from the CAE and FCE classes took part in their different Cambridge exams. One of our student, Magdalena, successfully passed her CAE exam. She’s still at English School EC Cape Town to achieve a new goal, the CPE exam. Her teacher Samia wanted to express her happiness about Magdalena’s success: “Magdalena Rychly joined my CAE Preparation Course in September 2014 with one goal in mind – to achieve a ‘B’ symbol (75–79%) in her CAE exam. She soon proved to be a bright and determined student; and with hard work, diligent attendance, excellent class participation – and a lot of homework and reading – she comfortably achieved her aim. She’s now enrolled in the CPE class, where I’m sure she’ll do equally well. Congratulations and good luck, Magdalena!” Magdalena also wanted to show her gratitude to her teacher: “I really appreciated the 12 weeks with my teacher Samia in the CAE course. She gave me the preparation and the confidence to achieve my goal. I would like to thank her for the great job she did. “ In addition of the Cambridge exams, the school also offer the possibility to take part in the IELTS courses in Cape Town, which are part of English courses for education and exams offered at EC Cape Town! __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Student’s testimonial – Kokoro from Japan Student that has come and gone

IELTS August 2014

IELTS for the month of August 2014 has come and gone with a fairly large group of 50+ candidates for the day, speaking exams were scheduled to the Friday, 15 August 2014. We had a few nervous faces sign in, but overall majority of the group of candidates seemed to be well relaxed and ready for the test to begin. At the end of the day we had quite a few positive responses and this really helped as there were a few candidates that still had to do their speaking exam, thus the candidates which finished their exam could encourage the ones still waiting to finish off with their speaking. 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 for IELTS examinations; we also offer exclusive IELTS preparation courses in South Africa that will improve your chances of getting the scores you require. Prepare for and write the IELTS exam at EC Cape Town-  The remaining IELTS test dates for 2014 are: 18 October 2014 22 November 2014 06 December 2014 * All the exam dates are for the General Training and Academic exam. Exams dates are fixed and are not subjected to change! For more information and to book the exam contact Rifqah Brenner on 021 422 4111 or email rifqahbrenner@ecenglish.com or apply online at www.ielts.co.za __________________________________ . Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter … Read more

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

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

IELTS English Language Exam 2014 – Good Luck to one & all!

The IELTS candidates for the month of April 2014 are preparing and revising  for the English language exam which will be taking place on Saturday 05 April 2014! We would like to wish all students doing the IELTS exams good luck and we know you are going to do exceptionally well. Below are a few of our English language students that will be doing the IELTS exam along with their English teacher Ian Van Rensburg: IELTS or ‘International English Language Testing System’ is one of the world’s leading tests of English for higher education, immigration and employment. You can prepare for and write the IELTS exam at EC English Language Centre in Cape Town – we are an authorized IELTS Testing Centre in South Africa! The remaining IELTS test dates for 2014 are: 17 May 2014 21 June 2014 19 July 2014 16 August 2014 20 September 2014 18 October 2014 22 November 2014 06 December 2014 * All the exam dates are for the General Training and Academic IELTS exams. South Africans writing the IELTS exam for immigration purposes can also join our 1 Day Workshop which runs every month one week before the exam takes place. If you would like to register for the exam or would like more information please contact Rifqah Brenner on 021 422 4111 or email Rifqahbrenner@ecenglish.com Find our more about learning English in South Africa. __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS EC Cape Town – An Authorised IELTS Testing Centre IELTS Workshop Feedback