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

My Sun & My Moon by English student “Mohamed Abogila”

By Sheetal Makhan / Academic Year Coordinator Mohamed reveals that his inspiration for this story came from the windy morning that Cape Town had today. His imagination has taken his writing to new heights and I’m really proud to share his latest piece with you! Well done, Mohamed 🙂 NOTE: This was a timed writing activity (20 minutes) Prompt: Write about the first time that your father saw your mother My Sun & My Moon by Mohamed Abogila, EC English Language Student My Sun is my father. He’s strong and powerful and he shines like the stars. He’s like a candle at night – always shining, kind, helpful and lively. Also, he’s like a fire and will hurt you if you touch him when he’s angry. The sun is a different type of light. It could be useful to see and at the same time it could be unuseful. Actually, I can’t live without him. The sun is also important for the life, plants, animals and humans. He makes me like fresh air…free. He helps me and he’s energetic. One day the sun felt alone and decided to find something to change his life. Suddenly, it was a raining day and the Sun escaped from the sky. After two hours, the Moon started shining with a massive, strong, attractive light. The Sun (my father) decided to fall in love with my mother. My mother is the Moon. However, the Sun was looking forward to seeing the Moon every night and he chased her. Like the Moon, my mother is strong, simple and optimistic. She’s open-minded, self-confident and strong-willed. One day, my Sun (father) decided to shine at night to talk to the Moon. “I want you in my life, but it’s dangerous.” (because he could die at night). Remember, the life of the Sun … Read more

Six years at EC Cape Town & smiling for Rifqah

by Sheetal Makhan / Academic Year Coordinator At EC Cape Town, we enjoy celebrating special milestones and this week we place the spotlight on Rifqah Brenner, who celebrates her six year anniversary with the school. We understand that whether one of our EC English students spends one week or one year with us, our priority is to ensure that they are happy and comfortable. One of the most important factors that determines this is their accommodation in Cape Town and this is where Rifqah plays a big role.  She describes her first interview as “grueling and knee-shaking” and admits that she had no idea that the TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) industry was as established as it is. She started off holding two positions at EC English Language School in South Africa – as the receptionist and the Accommodation Officer for about three years. What was it about the position that initially attracted her? “I have a passion for history. I always wanted to become an historian because I’m really interested in different cultures,” she says. Because of the background information and special requirements that is received before the student even arrives in the country, Rifqah feels like she already knows the person when they arrive at school on their first day. Rifqah was the first from EC Cape Town to partake in the “Take Off” program – an initiative which equipped her with the right tools to do a better job. The program aims to train young managers to be part of the succession plan for the company as a whole. Her time with the English school has also allowed her to grow and develop beyond her job description. She is now the Center Exam Manager for the IELTS monthly exam (EC Cape Town is the official testing center … Read more