Welcoming the news, Jens von Wichtingen, Director of Cape Studies, told Study Travel Magazine, “The Russian market is absolutely new for us; we admit that we have very much ignored this huge market up to now due to the fact that it was very difficult for clients from Russia to get tourist/study permits for South Africa.”
Preparing for a trip to South Africa has its own unique considerations. Because of this, it is important that you properly prepare for your trip so that unexpected obstacles won’t stand between you and your travel expectations. To help you better prepare for your upcoming trip, Cape Studies has prepared a list of things to pack that will make your travel and stay even more pleasant.
1. Tell us about you.
I was born and lived in Durban for most of my life. I completed my schooling and university there, where I completed my teaching diploma. It was when I moved to Cape Town in 2002 that I decided to move to the ESL industry, after completing my CELTA, I began teaching at Cape Studies.
I have 3 married children and I enjoy spending time with them whenever I can. I count my hobbies as reading biographies, reading fashion journals, cooking and dining with good friends.
2. Why do you enjoy working at Cape Studies?
After these many years of teaching at Cape Studies, this school has become my second home. The school operates like a smooth machine and I love working here. I impart knowledge but at the same time learn something from my students too.
3. What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an ESL teacher?
You must have a genuine interest in teaching as it requires a lot of preparation and planning. Focus on your goals and learn from the best, do a course, I would highly recommend CELTA over TEFL. Teaching in the ESL industry is very different to teaching at a high school, but the CELTA will teach you how to cope and handle the different aspects of teaching a grammar lessons and coping with the different levels. Lastly, preparation is key to an enjoyable and fulfilling day.
4. What do you love most about your job?
There are so many things I love about teaching. It affords me the opportunity to meet new people and make friends. Cape studies has a high rate of returning students and I love to welcome them back and they love to be recognised. To them it makes a huge difference.
5. What do you say to people who underestimate Cape Town as an English language study destination?
Cape Town is undoubtedly a beautiful city. It offers great cuisine, good wines, some of the most amazing wildlife and picturesque beaches. Let’s not forget the iconic Table mountain and Lions Head. Testimony to this are students who come back to Cape Town time and time again. Cape Town as a study destination is certainly not second best, it is the best!
1. First, tell us a little about you.
I have been a teacher for almost 8 years, 3 years of which have been spent teaching English at Cape Studies. Before I moved to Cape Town in 2014, I lived in the Eastern Cape, which is the province I grew up in. Although this is a very beautiful area of South Africa, I have now made Cape Town my home, as I absolutely love the city and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
I have a variety of interests, including travelling, writing, languages and the arts, like film, theatre and music.
I see myself as quite a creative person and I love incorporating that creativity into my lessons.
2. What inspired you to get into teaching?
I have always been attracted to the idea of self-improvement. So, helping other people develop themselves, or achieve their goals really appeals to me. I first got into teaching in 2009, while I was travelling around the United Kingdom. Teaching provides me the perfect opportunity to help students achieve their own language goals, while working with them to develop and improve their skills.
3.Can you share a competitive advantage Cape Studies has over other language schools in Cape Town?
Firstly, the fact that there are a maximum of 8 people per class definitely gives Cape Studies a competitive advantage. This means that students receive personal attention from their teachers. Secondly, the school has a friendly and homely atmosphere, which is very appealing to students who are far away from their own homes.
4. In what ways do you encourage creativity in the classroom?
In my opinion, one of the most important aspects of learning English is becoming comfortable with using the language. This often means pushing through difficult barriers like shyness and the fear of making mistakes. Creativity helps to overcome these obstacles, so, I try to encourage it in the classroom as much as possible. This can be in the form of creative writing, storytelling, speaking activities or games.
5. Tell us about your typical teaching day at Cape Studies.
My day usually starts with a 9am grammar lesson. I love teaching grammar as I enjoy explaining sometimes complicated concepts in an easy-to-understand way. After that, there is a skills lesson, where we develop the students’ practical use of English: reading, writing, listening and speaking. I finish off my day with an afternoon class, which is usually a conversation lesson, or sometimes I teach an exam preparation course.
Good day, & Добрый день
FANTASTIC NEWS COMING FROM SOUTH AFRICA!!!
From the 1st of April, Russian citizens do NOT need a visa for tourist travel to South Africa
We would like to welcome this wonderful and historical occasion with a ‘Welcome Special’ to our language school. Learn English in Cape Town, South Africa and have a dream of a holiday.
4 week special USD $1,800.
– English classes from Monday to Friday, 09h00 – 12h50 in a small group – max 8 students.
– Accommodation with South African host, single room, breakfast or student residence, double room, self catering.
– Welcome transfer airport – accommodation.
– Information pack on arrival with Discover Cape Studies Student vouchers for discounts at trending restaurants and coffee shops in Cape Town.
– Free Wifi at the school, coffee and tea.
– All fees and material.
We save a special bonus for last! One day safari to view the BIG FIVE (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros).
This offer is valid for courses starting until 31st of December 2017
Questions? Please email us at Learn@CapeStudies.com.
To help you plan your trip, here are some current examples of flights to Cape Town:
Airfrance: EUR 600
Ethiad EUR 650
Turkish EUR 650