EC hiking experience

EC Cape Town Hiking Experience.

“Difficult in the beginning but it gets easier with time.” At EC Cape Town, we encourage our students to do more than sit in classrooms, read books and study grammar. So, hikes are always on offer whether it’s up Table Mountain or Lion’s Head. It allows our students to experiment with the language in a natural setting, exposing them to all cultures, levels of competence and personalities. Below, we discover what makes it an EC Cape Town hiking experience worth remembering. My first EC Cape Town hiking experience By Abdullah Balbaid I am Abdullah, one of EC Cape Town’s students, I am from Yemen and living in Jeddah which is in the west of Saudi Arabia. Hiking is one of my fears in life, before I approached this trip I was very frightened yet excited at the same time. So I decided to go hiking up the tallest mountain in Cape Town with my favourite teacher and my friends. The weather was very cold at the beginning of this experience but as soon as we started going up the weather changed to hot weather. It wasn’t very easy for me or for my teacher because the route was full of rocks and it was uncomfortable. When things became difficult, we waited for each other so it took a very long time. I felt happy and full of opportunities to learn English. On top of the mountain I took a lot of photos and we stayed there to eat and have a rest. I ate pizza, it was delicious. The landscape was breathtaking but the problem was that we sat for only half an hour. I wish I could have stayed longer. We started to make a way down and we used a different route. It wasn’t easy because the route … Read more

EC Student and friends

EC Cape Town Experience – Shark Cage Diving

“I would recommend everybody to do a language exchange once in their lives” – Nick S.   We believe an EC Cape Town Experience is about balance, finding the time to study and then going out and interacting with the world around you. Studying abroad can be a really difficult experience, especially for exam students.  You’re away from home, your family and all your natural comforts.  Many students have found that EC Cape Town has become a second home for them. A place where they can feel at ease to enjoy themselves and achieve great success while checking items off their bucket lists. Shark-cage Diving by Nick S. I would like to share my own EC experience with everyone who is thinking about doing a language exchange abroad. My name is Nick S. I am 20 years old and I am from Switzerland. At the moment I am studying English at the EC Language School in Cape Town. I have already spent 10 weeks in this beautiful city, preparing for my Cambridge (FCE) exam.   What my EC experience taught me? Until now I have learned a lot. You learn much more than a language, you learn different things about other cultures and how you can manage your daily life outside your home country. Not only did I improve my English-skills here, but I have also been having an amazing and crazy time filled with many things to do. I did a lot of unforgettable activities for example I jumped from the world’s highest commercial bridge in Tsitsikamma and I also did skydiving. The most unforgettable activity thus far has been the Shark Cage Diving.   What happened? Our trip started at 4.00 o’clock in the morning when we were picked up by a small minibus, which took us to … Read more

The Night Haven Shelter

Mandela Day – EC Students give back

“Do not look the other way; do not hesitate. Recognize that the world is hungry for action, not words. Act with courage and vision.” Nelson Mandela   To celebrate Mandela Day (18th July) this year, EC Cape Town students and teachers took up the call again. We decided to volunteer at a homeless shelter, one of many in the city. Cape Town’s winters can be harsh and this affects the homeless even more. So, we thought it would be a good idea to support one of the shelters who provide much-needed support and comfort to the poorest of the poor. It all started with a donation drive and the EC Cape Town community did not disappoint – students and teachers donated food and other needed goods, which we delivered on the day. About 70 students braved the rain to drop off these items and spend some time with the staff and residents of the shelter. Why do we celebrate Mandela Day? By Daniele Martins Everybody knows Nelson Mandela. In November 2009, the United Nations officially declared 18th July as International Nelson Mandela Day. On July 18th you can do something good for 67 minutes. 1 minute for each year that he worked to change the world.  On this day, we went with EC Cape Town students and teachers to The Haven Night Shelter and I’m sure that everyone has learned something for life. It’s not about doing, it’s about being…being human. You can learn English and you can learn to be better every day.  It’s your choice.  What does Mandela Day mean to us? By Yayha Karsoum Mandela Day is one of the most important days throughout the year. Not just for South Africa but for people all over the world.  As we know, Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of … Read more

Reflecting on the day

My first extraordinary experience at EC Cape Town

Jessica wrote this beautiful article talking about her first few days in Cape Town. She is currently in Intermediate and doing the Business English Elective I start this article with some important and simple advice to make your cultural exchange extraordinary and lovely. After you read you will understand as they were important to me. Make friends in you first few days Be positive about the people, Be friendly   On my first Saturday in Cape Town I went on an incredible adventure together with 4 new friends. We rented a car and drove to 3 of the best places in Cape Town: Boulders Beach, Cape Point and Chapman’s Peak Drive. Our adventure started in the morning of a sunny day. Our first stop was Boulders Beach. This beach is famous mainly because of the local residents, the penguins. There we could watch the penguins in real life: how they walk, eat, reproduce, etc. It’s a fact: the penguins almost seem to pose for pictures. It is worth highlighting the natural beauty of this place: soft sand, crystal clear water and abundant trees. After this cute stop, we took a deserved ice cream break and went to our next stop: Cape Point. Cape Point is in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve with vibrant, natural beauty. It is also an international icon of great historical value regarding the sea route to India and the East. There we walked until the lighthouse at 238 meters above sea level, where we could see the collision between the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean and the warm Agulhas Current of the Indian Ocean. An incredible view and experience!   Going out of Cape Point, we followed Chapman’s Peak Drive. A spectacular road that hugs the near vertical face of the mountain from Hout … Read more

Matthew (on the far right) took EC Cape Town students on a train ride and then to the beach. Thanks Matt! :)

37 degrees in the Mother City!

When it’s 37 degrees in Cape Town, it’s time to go to the beach! It was the first time for all the students who joined the excursion with Matthew- a teacher at EC Cape Town. What a beautiful trip to a beautiful beach, Muizenberg. A wonderful view and an awesome beach! After the trip we finished the day at a nice restaurant, while we had an amazing view over the ocean. It was really a pity but the train back home was so full that Matthew had to bring us home with his car. At least we had a good trip there.   Nevertheless all the students really enjoyed the trip- a big thanks to Matthew. Denise is our newest intern at the language school in Cape Town. She will also be reporting on our activities over the next few weeks. Hope you have a wonderful time with us Denise 🙂

What’s on guide, 12-18 of January

Happy Monday everybody! Take a look on the pictures where you can find a lot of different activities for this week. English School EC Cape Town organizes a soccer match on Thursday this week against LAL School, please book with Kévin on the 5th floor if you are interested to join! __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS What’s on Guide, week 52 Table Mountain with teacher Matthew  

What’s on guide – week 45

The newest What’s on Guide of our English school in Cape Town is available now. Thursday, the 6th of November, our English language center in South Africa students can join teacher Matthew for a sunset on Table Mountain. You go up by cable car and once you arrive you will have some food and enjoy a beautiful sunset with a nice view on the city. Visit Thomas on the 5th floor if you would like to book or receive more information about this activity. _____________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter   RELATED BLOG POSTS What’s on guide week 43 What’s on guide week 44

“Your best teacher is your last mistake”

  by Sheetal Makhan (AYC) With the nature of my job, I have the opportunity of seeing dozens of students on a weekly basis. I observe how people study, interact and progress – sometimes at a rapid rate. Those who know me will know how I feel about the importance of mingling with others and practicing speaking on a regular basis. Many students are afraid of making mistakes and therefore hesitate to converse in a group. “If you don’t make mistakes, then I have no job!” I have said this repeatedly. In fact, I encourage my students to make mistakes as much as possible. Having lived in South Korea for three years, I’m often reminded of how I picked up the language. I did this by asking questions. Lots of questions! If I heard a new phrase or word that caught my ear, I would ask my colleagues and friends what it meant and I would make a mental note of saving it and would try to use it often. Hangul (the language used in Korea) is a complex language where different characters are used. I am, by no means, fluent, but I was able to learn the basics…simply by being curious. I met Mohamed Bay (“Bay”) through his cousin, who studied at EC Cape Town last year. Bay joined the Beginner class in August. Since then, I have observed him with other students. I was pleasantly surprised to know that Bay (from Saudi Arabia) and Kengo (from Japan) meet regularly after class to enjoy free conversation. What I also commended Bay on was that he frequently asked questions to those around him. I strongly believe that it is because of this that his confidence has grown and is now able to hold a decent conversation. I would like to encourage all … Read more

Something fishy!

by Sheetal Makhan (AYC) One of our most memorable AY students, Mayu Kakado has just arrived back in Japan. After her course ended at EC Cape Town in August, she had a great trip planned around Africa. However, not one to waste her time, she spent her free two weeks volunteering at Two Oceans Aquarium at the V & A Waterfront. This was especially apt, because Mayu absolutely loves animals, especially penguins! In fact, this was her primary reason for choosing to study English in Cape Town, South Africa. During her internship, she was involved in many duties to ensure the smooth-running of the aquarium. One of these included cleaning the Touch Pool, which is one of the highlights especially for children. Although an accountant by profession, Mayu also worked at the aquarium in Japan. Touch Pool Her typical working day was from 07:00 to 15:30 and during her two weeks, she was part of a team that built a tank from almost nothing! After sand, rocks and greenery were added, it became the new home of a species of fish called “Butterfly Fish”. While some may find tasks like cutting fish and squid for feeding times gruesome, Mayu admits that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “It was a bit challenging communicating with locals, but in true South African spirit, they were very kind and showed me Cape Town hospitality,” said Mayu. Mayu with a co-worker  _________________________________________  Mayu was an Academic Year 20 (AY20) student

AY Student of the Month: September 2014

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC I remember the exact day I met Mohidin (“Mohi”) from Libya. During our interview, he seemed ambitious and a true “go-getter”. As I got to know Mohi and his work ethics, my respect for him has grown tremendously. Always at school well before 08:00, he displays discipline towards his studies. He has been writing with me for a the past couple of months and I sometimes sit in awe and pride after reading his work. Most of all, I’m so proud that he has now joined the Cambridge Preparation Course (FCE). He is a shining example that hard work pays off. Well done, Mohi! Name: Mohidin Amar Esaadi Nationality: Libyan Profession: Doctor When did you begin at EC?: 1 April 2014 What level did you begin at?: Pre-intermediate Current level: FCE Cambridge Course (Upper Intermediate) What is your reason for studying English?: I’m studying English because I want to complete my postgraduate study and I hope to get IELTS Band 7. What extra facilities/classes at EC do you do? (eg Listening Center, Pronunciation Class etc…): I have been listening to a lot of stories and I have nearly finished all of them in the Listening Center. Has this helped? How? Yes, of course. If I talk regarding my medical field, the most important thing to understand in another language is listening. What tips/advice would you give to other students to improve their English?: You will have a lot of disappointments in your way and if you have these disappointments, you will realize that you are on the right path. Remember: Success has to come after a lot of disappointment.