1. A little about myself.
I grew up in Sea Point and although I lived abroad in my teen and early adult years, Cape Town has always been home. Having a son who lives in China working as a Video Journalist, has given me the opportunity to travel and is one of the many countries I have visited over the years, due to my passion for travelling.
2. Why did you want to become a teacher?
I’ve worked in the educational field for many years, not only as an English teacher, but spent many years teaching art to children. I decided to change my ‘teaching’ career after my son finished High school to teaching English as a foreign language which, has given me the daily privilege of meeting students from all over the world, learning about their cultures, food, music and way of life.
3. What would you say to people who underestimate Cape Town as an English language study destination?
There is no ‘underestimating’ when it comes to studying in Cape Town. We have the best weather, delicious food and wine, the most beautiful beaches and mountains, wild-life safaris, friendly and laidback people. Cape Town is a melting pot of cultures and has something to offer to everyone. Cape Studies offers English courses in a relaxed atmosphere with great teachers who all have a passion for teaching.
4. What advice would you give to a student to maintain their level of English when returning to their home country?
Keep practicing English through movies, music, reading, talking and finding friends who speak English, and why not organise a once a month dinner evening to speak English only? It could make for a fun and memorable evening.
5. How do activities organised by Cape Studies, both at school and outside, influence on the learning process?
Inside school activities such as braais (barbecues) are a wonderful way for the students and teachers to interact and get to know each other, at the same time practicing English. Outside activities, which are many, are the best way for students to not only practice English but to learn new cultures, try different food, jump off bridges, paraglide off the mountain, skydive, wine tasting and of course, dancing in the many clubs in the famous Long Street. Any activity has a positive influence on the learning process, both culturally and in the learning process.
1. Tell us a little about you.
I am an English speaking South African who has always been fascinated by English language, history and culture. The history and development of the language as well as the origin of its vocabulary has been of particular interest to me. A large part of my career did not involve teaching or language studies but where possible I enjoyed editing texts as well as translating writings into English. When the opportunity presented itself for me to teach the language I leaped at it and have been doing it ever since.
2. What English courses do you teach at Cape Studies?
Apart from teaching the standard English grammar and skills courses from beginner to advanced level, I teach a number of examination courses. These include three of the Cambridge University courses ranging from First Certificate to Proficiency. I also teach the Business English and Tourism courses of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the TOEFL, IELTS and Pearson courses which are normally required for university entrance. Of all of these, I most enjoy teaching the Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency courses.
3. How can one improve on their spelling?
There are the standard spelling rules which you should become familiar with, but you should also read regularly. Reading is the easiest way to become familiar with the oddities and exceptions in the spelling. Playing word games is also a fun way to practice spelling.
4. What advice would you give to a student to maintain their level of English when returning to their home country?
The student must use the language regularly. This means reading, listening and, where possible, speaking. What you read is not important . It can be a comic book, a magazine or a novel. What is important, is that it must be pleasant and entertaining and not done as a learning exercise. In other words, you have learnt the language, now it should entertain you. Listening to the weather or the news on television and enjoying an English film is also beneficial. If you enjoy music, listening to and learning the words of popular English songs can be very helpful.
5. Can you share a competitive advantage Cape Studies has over other language schools in Cape Town?
Cape Studies, a well established, boutique style school, is ideally located. It is within walking distance of the most popular sport, retail and entertainment centres in the city. For relaxation the beaches and parks are minutes away and an excellent public transport system is on the school’s doorstep. The small number of students per class and the diversity among its students set the school apart from the others.
6. What is most rewarding about teaching at Cape Studies?
I like the size of the school. It is not so big that the students are just numbers as a teacher I can have enough contact with the students to assist them with their particular learning problems and also to enjoy celebrating their successes.
Laura enjoys being back in South Africa and teaching at Cape Studies.
- Tell us a bit about yourself
After teaching in South Korea I am back living in South Africa and loving it. I love the excitement of exploring a place for the first time, meeting fascinating people, and learning about unfamiliar cultures. From a young age my family and I would journey down the coast of South Africa, I treasure these memories dearly and this fostered within me a desire to continue to travel, not only within South Africa but throughout the rest of the world. My adventures in Asia have been some of the best experiences of my life, the amazing people and rich culture is something that has enriched my life greatly.
- How did you get started?
After completing my BA degree in my favourite subject, English Literature and Language, I went on to complete a TEFL course which equipped me to teach abroad. I was really excited on my return to South Africa to find a school where I could unite my passion for people and places with my teaching career.
- What is the biggest misconception people have about South Africa?
I think the biggest misconception people have about South Africa is that it is a dangerous travelling destination and that there is no diversity. South Africa is filled with diversity and is a wonderful travelling destination- follow the advice of the locals. It is no more dangerous than travelling to any big cities like London, New York or Berlin. One has to be careful with their personal belongings as they would in their home country and not venture alone at night in unfavourable neighbourhoods.
- What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about teaching at Cape Studies?
What I find most rewarding about working at Cape Studies are the close relationships you are able to build with each student, as well as being able to help students reach their goals in the classroom. Cape Studies promotes a friendly environment for its staff and students, making everyone feel part of the family.
- What level do you prefer teaching and why?
I love teaching Beginners and Elementaries as the students tend to be really enthusiastic and motivated to learn. It is also extremely rewarding to witness their progress while they are studying at Cape Studies.
1. Tell us a little about you.
I grew up in Jeffreys Bay, a well-known surfing town in the Eastern Cape. I studied a Bachelor of Science at the University of Stellenbosch and in 2011 moved to Tanzania. It is there that I discovered my passion for teaching and decided to do a CELTA. I taught at the British Council for many years and upon my return from Tanzania, I decided to move to Cape Town. I first started teaching at Cape Studies on a part-time basis and then became permanent when I was offered the position of Head Teacher.
2. What do you most enjoy about Cape Studies?
Meeting people from all over the world and the positive work environment. The staff is friendly and we all work together as a team. The students also enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and feel at home, making their learning experience a successful one.
3. What English courses do you teach at the school?
I teach all levels and courses offered by the school. My favourite though are exam preparation courses, where I can get to work alongside the student/s to help them achieve their goals for their future studies.
4. What ESL courses does Cape Studies offer?
We offer General and Intensive courses for all levels, exam preparations for universities entrance like TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE and PTE, Business classes and private tuition.
5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an ESL teacher?
If you are passionate about teaching, it really is a very rewarding profession. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
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
Experience winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Our 2017 Special is valid for courses starting between 3rd of April and 25th September. See out Flyer for conditions and information.
To apply, please email Learn@CapeStudies.com
We invite you to visit our website and learn about our English language courses. Cape Studies is the #1 language school in Cape Town. Courses.
STANDARD COURSE: This course is designed to enable you to communicate effectively in everyday situations.The focus is on grammar and vocabulary, speaking and pronunciation, reading, writing, listening and comprehension skills. The groups are small, which allows for individual attention and students are able to participate actively in class.
INTENSIVE COURSE: This course is for students who want to improve their English quickly. This is the most popular course as it consists of a Standard English Course in the morning and two conversation lessons in the afternoon. Students can practice and learn to communicate effectively in their social and professional lives during the afternoon lessons. The teacher presents topics and themes related to the interests of the group. This course is recognised by the German Study Leave Act, “Bildungsurlaub”.
PRIVATE TUITION: These courses are for students who have specific requirements or limited time. The lessons are designed around the student’s specific requirements and needs.
BUSINESS ENGLISH: This course consists of a Standard English course in the morning and two Business English lessons in the afternoon. Cape Studies covers a wide variety of different business subjects, ranging from banking to international conferences and interviews. Students should supply Cape Studies with information on their occupation and interests before their arrival in South Africa in order to help the teacher prepare the lessons accordingly. This course is recognised by the German Study Leave Act, “Bildungsurlaub”.
LCCI CERTIFICATE PREPARATION: The LCCI course prepares you for the examination of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examination Board. It consists of 8 weeks of English training with 4 lessons of General English in the morning and 2 hours preparation for the LCCI examination in the afternoon. Examinations held on request and on our premises.
TOEIC, TOEFL and IELTS PREPARATION: Cape Studies offers 4 -8 weeks preparation courses for TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), measures English proficiency for the global workplace. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), evaluates English proficiency for those pursing academic studies. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) assesses the language ability of candidates who needs to study or work where English is used. These are intensive preparation courses providing students with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to pass the examinations. The exams are internationally recognised. Students participate in General English classes in the morning and are given specific examination training in the afternoon through private lessons.
INTERNSHIP & VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME: Looking for a challenging internship to enhance your resume or do you need to gain international work experience? Volunteer in South Africa! Learn a new language!
BRIGHT LANGUAGE PREPARATION: This exam assesses and scores the foreign language proficiency of staff in the workplace and it is popular among multi -national organisations. The course consists of 4 weeks of English training with 4 lessons of General English in the morning and 2 hours preparation for the BRIGHT language test in the afternoon.
CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE PREPARATION: Cape Studies offers 10-week preparation courses for Cambridge exams FCE (First Certificate in English), CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) and CPE (Cambridge Proficiency Exam) . These are intensive preparation courses providing students with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to pass these examinations, which are internationally recognised. Students participate in General English classes in the morning and are given specific examination training in the afternoon.
Cape Studies has something for everyone! While in South Africa, why not take the opportunity to explore more African countries in the vicinity at competitive rates – sleep in a tent among the wild animals, visit and learn about tribal culture. White water raft at Victoria Falls and, if you are brave enough walk with the king of the jungle – the lions. Hike the Fish River Canyon, the second biggest in the world, sand board or quad bike the dunes of Namibia and visit the Bushmen.
Visit our Flickr profile Cape Studies and take a look at some of the available activities.
To learn more about Cape Studies, please visit: www.CapeStudies.com