by Sheetal Makhan With my office being on the fifth floor, I get to see the “regulars” of the Listening Center everyday! One student who is there daily is Ahmed Zubi. I was really interested to learn more about how this facility has helped Ahmed’s progress while studying English. Please read his piece below: Listening Center Benefits by Ahmed Zubi Nobody can argue that Listening is one of the most important communicating skills because it enables you to understand people and respond properly to them. That’s why language students ought to give it a considerable effort as well as the language centers ought to do. Listening will expose you to a variety of accents. Moreover it will improve your pronunciation, intonation and ellipsis which are not achievable by reading. However, as reading does, your collocations, structures and expressions will also be improved by listening. Having done both simultaneously, you’ll get most of the input skills, which you can imitate to express yourself. By listening and reading at the same time, your brain can subconsciously bind the word with its pronunciation, but that doesn’t mean you leave reading completely! Realizing all the above, I started going to the Listening Center on the 5th floor and I noted a significant improvement after about one month. In addition I got a better score in listening tests. The center contains a diverse collection of amazing books which explain quaint natural facts such as world wonders. Others speak about courage and people experience, although the majority have been stories of different sorts. They are thought-provoking detective stories, romantic, courage, poignant stories narrated in an fascinating way and taken from different countries (UK, USA, India, South Africa, Ireland and Thailand). However some of them has a message which I disagree with, but it’s the language that you should seek, not only the ideas. …
by Mayu Kakado Do you know where chocolate comes from? or… Do you know how much the most expensive chocolate is? Come to the Listening Center to find out! Today I read a book about chocolate. It taught me about the history of chocolate, what it is and how to make chocolate cookies. It also spoke about all the different chocolate events of the world. I really enjoyed this book and it made me feel like I want to eat chocolate. Of course, the Listening Center is good to practice your listening and also … it gives us some interesting knowledge. “Chocolate” by Janet Hardy-Gould (Mayu)
EC Cape Town offers free academic activities and services to all students. During these activities students are able to enhance their English skills by interacting with teachers and students at all levels 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. Film Afternoon Twice a month, students are offered the opportunity to watch a film. These films 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.
The free pronunciation class for high levels in full swing with Jacques yesterday – tackling the “th” sound with Tongue Twisters!! Give it a try: “It’s neither hither nor thither.” & “Think a forty thought with four forgetful fingers in your throat.” Loads of fun and learning was had by all! EC Cape Town offers more free academic activities to students! Why not visit the Listening Centre to improve your listening skills or the Movie Afternoons on Monday to enhance listening and reading through subtitles! Not be missed are the Lectures offered twice a month to practice extended listening skills- catch the next lecture on Thursday 7th April where the teacher, Aidan, will speak about MARTIAL ARTS plus give a DEMO!
EC Cape Town will be launching the all new “Famous Faces” on Wednesday 9th at 15.00 on the 5th floor. Read and listen about the lives of more than 50 past and present celebrities, icons and legends. Some of the personalities include Einstein, Bill Gates, Coco Chanel, The Dalai Lama, Madonna, Mother Teresa, Barack Obama, Walt Disney, Marilyn Monroe, Nelson Mandela and many more. Enjoy learning more about your favourite personality and improve your listening skills at the same time. All levels welcome, come book your free listening session on the 5th floor. For more information please see Nicoletta or Nasreen.