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

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC As a self-confessed bookworm myself, I almost felt my heart burst recently when a student told me, “Teacher, I don’t see the benefit of reading.” Gasp! Shock! Horror! I immediately knew that damage control was in order. Also, judging from recent tests that our students have written, lack of reading was quite evident. I started doing some research around this topic and came to the conclusion that students may actually NOT know how to read. In other words, they don’t have sufficient skills to read through an entire text or book comfortably and confidently. I decided to start a free class (that would replace our “Listen Up”) which would focus solely on reading. What would I call it? O Thanks to my regular and loyal students, they came up with the name “Read EZ” – playing on the name of my conversation class which falls on a Monday, “Speak EZ” 🙂 Our first class was held last Tuesday. I have a list of reading techniques and skills to help students with reading, but would I dive straight into it? I thought of taking a different route, and this is a general outline of the class – which exceeded my expectations! Do you read in your own language? Vivian from Colombia said she does – it’s like an escape for her. Do your parents read? Raid from Saudi Arabia said his father used to have him read every night before going to bed. Marta from Angola said that her brother is her hero, because he encourages her to read. What are you reading at the moment? Wow…I was so impressed with this one because suddenly, some students started taking not one, but two books out of their bags! Sancha from Angola had The Ironing Man, which I … Read more


EC Cape Town offers free academic activities and free services to all students. During these activities students are able to enhance their English skills by interacting with teachers and students at all levels in one on one and in group settings. Pronunciation Workshop Students meet once a week with EC Cape Town’s pronunciation expert to work on improving vowel and consonant pronunciation. Students also practice accurate sentence and word stress and natural intonation. Listening Centre Daily sessions are available throughout the day where students can practice listening skills through lectures, news broadcasts, audio-books and listening tasks, with the help of EC Cape Town’s staff. Movie Evenings Twice a month, students are offered the opportunity to watch a movie. These movies are to enhance listening and reading skills through the use of subtitles. Lectures Offered twice a month, lectures offer students contact time with native speakers and the opportunity to practice extended listening. Students will be exposed to a variety of topics, and regional accents, and are encouraged to ask questions to interact with the lecturer.