EC Cape Town Students experience Cape Town Spices

Teacher Kate took her Low Intermediate class to two well-known shops in Cape Town as a class excursion, here is what happened: “In our low intermediate class we visited Atlas Trading, a spice shop in BoKaap and Anthony’s Golden cup, a coffee shop on Loop Street. Both experiences were extremely aromatic. For the first part of the lesson the students were given a recipe for ‘Boeber‘, a traditional warm milk drink. They had to find the different ingredients in the shop, asking for assistance if needed. The manager gave the students some information about the shop and let them taste and smell different spices.” “For the second part of the lesson we walked down to Anthony’s Golden cup on Loop street. Anthony spoke to the students about his life and about his shop. The students had to listen carefully and take notes because as a follow up activity they would need to write a biography about Anthony. Lastly we ordered coffees and enjoyed winding down in a very cosy environment, after a lot of information.” “We had a wonderful afternoon class. We went to the spice shop and learnt about Indian spices and met a special man, Anthony and his famous coffee shop, I Loved it!!”- Izabel Silva from Mozambique Our students are not limited when studying at EC Cape Town, we try our best to show them all aspects of English as well as how to form full conversations with the people of Cape Town!   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Free Activities at EC Cape Town “Mystery Restaurant” Class Outing

5 Fantastic Activities while studying English at EC Cape Town

South Africa is a majestic place with beautiful landscapes, amazing views, varieties of animals that to most are only seen on television or even in magazines. What an amazing place to experience the glories of a South African sunset and the only place to see the famous Mountain shaped like a Table. Here at EC Cape Town, South Africa’s school of English, we are proud of the exceptionally beautiful City we live in and we love showing it off to our extended family (our students). We love to show our students what we call home, and in that same breath we love it even more when students go back to their beautiful countries and show off the beauties of the Mother City, Cape Town. I have compiled a list of 5 Fantastic activities to do while studying at EC Cape Town, these are a list of total “must-do’s” all because it is super cool, and Proudly South African, take a look: 1. EC Cape Town Free Activity: City Walk                   -EC Cape Town offers quite a few exciting opportunities  for our students and the Free City Walk is one of them. Our City walk takes place every Tuesday after class hours, a teacher takes students that are interested in knowing all of Cape Town’s good coffee shops, restaurants and shops, also showing students our beautiful Mother City . This is an outdoor activity whereby students walk in and around Cape Town and with this unfortunately we need to ensure that the ever changing Cape Town weather is good enough, so therefore this means that if we are experiencing bad weather the City Walk will then be postponed to the next week and Tuesday. So why not join in on this exciting free … Read more

6 reasons Why EC Cape Town Is The Most Beautiful City To Learn English

Cape Town South Africa, the point of Southern Africa where the two oceans meet! Beautiful, Historic and Powerful legacy, are just a few of the strong words used to describe this beautiful City also known as the Mother City. Although when looked at on a map its a mere dot, but stepping into this City will soon have you realize that it is so  much more than just a figment of your imagination. Cape Town has so much to see and offer and among these are the opportunity to  attend  the best English Language school in South Africa!! Here are SIX reasons Why Cape Town is the most beautiful city to learn English: 1. Location – EC Cape Town is perfectly located, nestled between the view of the magnificent Table Mountain and the Famous Waterfront, the views are spectacular and gives students the “push”to learn more about our beautiful country. Our classes are also intimate and teachers love taking students to see historic sights in Cape Town, a total must experience!! 2. Activities – Here at EC Cape Town we have a weekly guide of activities, ensuring that students get to see and experience everything that Cape Town has to offer. We offer exclusive activities from Sunsets on Table Mountain to a Wildlife experience on awesome Safari trips. It is so easy to join in on the fun, simply speak to our Activities coordinator and the rest is “history”. 3. Mini Markets and Interesting Stores – As mentioned above our teachers love including Cape Town’s historical point of view into their lessons, and what better way of doing this than taking their classes on a field trip, showing them a few of our stalls and shops along the way. With beautiful and unique items, Green Market Square is best known for … Read more

Farewell to our English Language Teacher Jeffrey!

EC Cape Town bids a sad farewell to one our teachers that has been with us for the past 5+ years, teacher Jeffrey Herwells has decided to broaden his horizons in Vietnam, Asia. The month of May  has never been quite as sad as it has been this year, saying goodbye and good luck to one of EC Cape Town’s most loved teachers was very hard for many staff members especially the teachers.  Having been friends with Jeffrey for many years, teacher Adele mentioned that amongst many he was an excellent teacher and very good friend that always had great advice for the teachers and most importantly his students.   -Jeffrey taught Cambridge CAE at EC Cape Town.  EC Cape Town – teachers, students and staff, would like to wish him only the very best and we hope to hear from him again soon. __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Celebrating EC Cape Town Teachers! World Teachers Day

EC Cape Town celebrates the 2014 Fifa World Cup

EC Cape Town is rearing to go with the Fifa World Cup countdown. Hosted in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the 2014 football matches are set to light sparks all around the globe and with EC Cape Town being the best English Language school in South Africa, we want our students to celebrate and part take in this jovial event, right here, at  their home away from home. With students excited to see their country part take in this global event, it is a reassurance to see the glow on their faces when the topic of the world cup arises. EC Cape Town DOS, Nicoletta grabbed this opportunity with both hands, and decided to have our Student lounge decorated for the occasion, and to also have our staff members come dressed in their world cup gear, all to take place on Thursday, 12 June 2014, when the Opening ceremony is to happen. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and blog, and don’t forget to upload your #ecexperience.   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter   RELATED BLOG POSTS World Cup 2010 Learn English at the World Cup

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

EC Cape Town’s International Food Festival

No matter who you are or where you are from, or even what cultural background you have, food will always be one of the most important things that binds us all together, simply because everybody loves it and nobody can go without it! This past Friday 23 May 2014, EC Cape Town hosted a party that did just that, brought students from all over the world to one central place to celebrate what we all love most… FOOD. The event was organized by intern Ophelie Almagro and Academic English teacher Hardie Bosman, students came in large groups with dishes that they thought best described their countries and their cultures. It was quite a beautiful sight to see all the different dishes with interesting names, delicious aromas and exquisite tastes. A few countries to mention, Angola had a wide variety of dishes, amongst these were a delicious variety of stews which included Cow meat stew served with a portion of Pap and beans. France had a delicious Crepe with some Nutella chocolate spread, Japan had rice balls with tuna, Libya had delicious Couscous and  cakes and Switzerland had a variety of mouth watering Swiss cheese and chocolates. All of the students outdone themselves, not only were their presentations spectacular, but the tastes and aromas turned EC’s Reception area into the kitchen of a 10 star hotel. All in all the atmosphere was filled with joy and laughter and ultimately this is exactly what we intended for as our students work and study hard throughout the week to improve their Academic English skills. Here at EC Cape Town we strive to let our students create as many good memories to take home with them as possible.     We have lots of fun activities for our students and we try to accommodate each students requests, whether it is … Read more

EC English Student Mohammad Bin Saleh Alsawat’s Testimonial.

Here at EC Cape Town we have a wide variety of cultures and personalities. Each week we welcome more members into our ever growing family, and we make sure to welcome each of them with wide open arms. We treat all students equally and we go to far lengths to make sure that each student is happy and satisfied through out the duration of their stay.   Below we have our very own, Mohammad Saleh Bin Alsawat, better known as “Mimo”, he joined EC in January 2014, and is currently on a 20 week Academic English course. “If you are thinking about improving you English skills, the best place you can chose is Cape Town EC School. First of all, there you can get 2 things: – You will improve you English. – You will have fun with a lot of activities, nice and friendly people even with the teacher or people from the staff. During the lesson but also before and after, the teacher pays always attention to you. If you have a question, they will help you and try to find the best solutions for you can understand what they talking about. About the ambiance or the staff, they are like a big family, if you have a problem or whatever they always have a good hear to listen to you. They can be funny and joking also, of course . What you can also doing after the school are activities or visit. They have a lot of different type of things to do like… – Meet new people in a multicultural city and culture. – AMAZING LANDSCAPE (from table mountain, lion’s head and signal hill) – Wildlife, going to the best safari from all over the world. – Waves, surfing in the best beaches from you have … Read more

EC’s Academic English Students will see the musical “Show Boat” live in South Africa!

On Friday 16 May 2014, EC students who are in Cape Town to learn academic English have the wonderful opportunity to experience the spectacular internationally acclaimed musical “Show Boat” at the Artscape Opera House. Our English language students will be accompanied by our  South African English teacher Ian Van Rensberg on  this special evening. “Show Boat” is a musical about the old American South, with well-loved melodies. Kernis Show Boat has all the flourish and glamour of the old American style big family musical, but the actual story has deep meaning that resonates with South Africa’s past. Based on the novel by Edna Ferber, Show boat is one of the first American musicals ever. It tells a story of the old American South as it follows the performers (characters) on the Cotton  Blossom, a Mississippi River Show boat, over a 40 year period from 1887 to 1927. The story-line has many highs and lows and focuses on a vast variety of past happenings such as racial discrimination and the historic fact that while change improves the lives of some, it usually passes by those who need it the most. 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 Musical: Dirty Dancing Phantom of The Opera

International Food Party for English students at EC Cape Town

There is a well known saying that goes: “there is a time and a place for everything” and indeed the time has come for EC English language students to take off their thinking caps and have some fun – what better place to do this than at the EC language school! Friday, 23 May 2014, EC Cape Town will be hosting an International Food Party, with dishes from all over the world made by none other than the students themselves. Students will get the opportunity to taste the different flavors of foods from where their friends come from. A very exciting event to not only experience the cultures, but also an excellent opportunity to socialize and get to know more about what other countries are like. With flags at each table representing which country the specific dish is from, this will be like a trip around the world from the comfort of our EC English Language School in the city center of Cape Town. Party organizers Ophelie and English teacher Hardie would like to extend a big thank you to all students that have signed up thus far,  also to our Academic Year Coordinator Sheetal, for always giving us excellent advice and last but not least, to our Director of Studies Nicoletta for providing us with some party decorations. We will be having a wide variety of beautiful dishes with the best aromas. Dishes from the following countries will be prepared for Friday’s party: Libya Yemen Saudi Arabia Brazil Angola Europe Japan South Africa We look forward to seeing all of you there!!! 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 … Read more