What’s on this week?

After two weeks of silence on the blog… Here we are again! First, I will introduce myself. My name is Merel Toornend, and for the next five months I will be giving you the updates from the EC Cape Town blog. I am doing my internship at EC Cape Town as part of my study in The Netherlands. I have been here now for two weeks, and I must say: the people are really friendly at EC, which helps me to adjust. I am very excited and really looking forward to explore EC and Cape Town! I will be in charge of the activities in and around Cape Town, so every week I will post the What’s on Guide on the blog as well. If you want to book an activity, don’t hesitate to contact me at school or by email (mereltoornend@ecenglish.com) The highlight of this week are two activities with teachers. Wednesday, you can join teacher Mark for a soccer game from 16:00 till 17:00. This game will be against another school. Don’t forget to sign up so we can make a team! To end the week in Capetonian style, there is a braai upcoming Friday. Join teacher Matthew and other EC students at 16:30. Make sure you bring some cash, because on the way to the beach you will buy some food to enjoy it together! See you around soon! Want to know more about English Courses in Cape Town? You can also follow us on Facebook!

Fun Activities at EC Cape Town: Preparing For Spring

Spring has started and the air is already filling up with all things refreshing and cool. As one drives you’ll be sure to notice the Spring flowers popping up, the beautiful pure white lily’s and the darker shades of green crisp grass popping out new buds. With all things Spring lets have a look at some fun activities to do in Cape Town during the warmer upcoming seasons while studying English at the English Language school in South Africa: 1. Hiking up Cape Town’s beautiful mountains: Cape Town has lots of majestic and beautiful mountains, we love exploring them by taking our students up there for a refreshing and healthy hike (brisk walk). With popular paths such as Lions Head and Table Mountain, but to name a few, once students reach the peak the views are simply breathless! Why not watch out for these fun hikes and  feel free to sign up at Reception.   2. Table Mountain cable way 2. Once you reach the top, you don’t necessary have to go down again by foot. Cable cars are available to bring you well and safe down again. While you are in the cable car it spins a 360 degrees so everybody can have a fantastic view at the city and mountain from a unique point of view. Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens is known for the beautiful diversity of flora and fauna. Located against the eastern part of Table Mountain with a beautiful setting. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Spring Specials! Happy Health Day at EC Cape Town

Cambridge ESOL and IETLS Exams at EC Cape Town

Would you like to know more about the Cambridge or IELTS exam? Then this is definitely for you, please join Nicoletta for an updated and informative meeting regarding all that you need to know about these two International tests that takes place at EC Cape Town. Please see below for all the information as to when, where, time and class: Please sign up with either Nicoletta or Ian on the 5th floor Academic offices. We hope to see you all there!   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Cambridge Exams! IELTS vs General English

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

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 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

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

Fifa World Cup Closing Ceremony: EC Cape Town Update.

Sunday 13 July 2014 marked the end of the Fifa World cup 2014, and what a spectacular turn of events it was! With hopes high and supporters standing by in anticipation, we can surely say it was an excellent end to an excellent celebration! The closing ceremony was not only entertaining, but also uplifting to all supporters present in Brazil, I personally have to admit that I would not mind to have the ability to  move my hips the way Shakira did on the field! As the clash of the teams were set to take off with Netherlands winning Brazil 3-0, placing Netherlands in a steady 3rd place! The final match had supporters standing to their feet as Germany took on Argentina, with Lionel Messi being known for his excellent goals,  Germany showed up winning  Argentina with a striking 1-0 score, placing Germany as reigning champions of the Fifa Wold Cup 2014! We at EC Cape Town would like to congratulate all German students as well as supporters for an excellent game well done! It has been amazing to see how people from countries so far apart join together for something so spectacular. Let us continue to stand together and respect one another culture and countries, in this way we can make the world a better place!!   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS EC Cape Town celebrates the 2014 Fifa World Cup World Cup: Touring the Stadium

EC Cape Town Bids Farewell to our Intern Ophélie

With a sad ending to an awesome Five month internship, we at EC Cape Town had to say goodbye and farewell to our intern Ophélie Almagro. Such a hard working an inspiring young lady that gave her internship 110%! We wish Ophélie all of the best with her studies as she heads back to France and we truly appreciate all that you have done for the students as well as staff members here at EC Cape Town! Here is a short summary of her experience at EC Cape Town: “I would like to thank all of the EC team members for these wonderful 5 months of internship! It was a unique opportunity to integrate with the EC staff. I worked in a pleasant and friendly work atmosphere throughout my internship. I have learnt a lot from the staff and I thank them for their support and their time. It was very important to them to listen to my needs and to offer me the best possible advices. Moreover as I was in charge of the activities for our students I had the huge chance to visit wonderful places and to spend time with them outside of the school. I discovered an amazing country and I love it so much. I really enjoyed my time in South Africa and I hope to come back soon!” – Ophélie   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 … Read more

EC English Celebrates the Month of Ramadan

We at EC Cape Town, South Africa English School, would like to wish all students and staff celebrating the month of Ramadan a blessed and prosperous month ahead. Below is a short interpretation of the definition of Ramadan:   Ramadan is celebrated by the Muslim tradition, whereby Muslims spend a month in fast, the annual observance is most regarded as the Five Pillars of Islam. Throughout this very important and holy month, Muslims refrain from many among these are consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking and engaging in disagreements. Food and drinks are served daily this happens before sunrise and after sunset. According to Islam the Thawab (rewards) of fasting are plenty but throughout this month they are all being multiplied.   “May this Ramadan be as bright as ever and bring joy, health and wealth to you and your loved ones lives. May this Ramadan bring in you happiness and love you have ever wished for and the utmost in peace and prosperity. May light triumph over darkness and peace transcend the earth and the spirit of light illuminate the world. May the light that we celebrate at Ramadan show us the way and lead us together on the path of peace and social harmony AMEEN” – Zubeida Harris- Registrar at EC Cape Town   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter   RELATED BLOG POSTS Living with a Host Family: Experiencing Ramadan Guided Homework Class Testimonials