Kogie says that Cape Studies is her second home and believes Cape Town is undoubtedly a magnificent city.

KOGIE

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!

To learn more about Cape Studies, please visit http://www.CapeStudies.com or email Learn@CapeStudies.com.

Jürgen enjoys learning languages, making art and being outdoors.

  1. Tell us a little about you.

My name is Jürgen Dünhofen and was born in Cape Town. I lived in Table View for most of my life before embarking on a journey to South Korea where I taught English. I enjoy learning languages, making art and being outdoors.

  1. Have you taught abroad, if so how was the experience?

Yes, I have! I taught in South Korea for a number of years and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I embrased the new cultural experience and it was there that I discovered my love for teaching. The interaction between students and their desire to learn was a major contributor to take teaching seriously.

  1. What is the biggest misconception people have about South Africa?

I guess it would be that wild animals roam the streets and that it is a very dangerous place. Cape Town is the most beautiful city in South Africa and it is quite well developed, it has everything that a first world country has to offer. Cape Town has exceptional landscapes, flora and fauna that will leave the traveler in awe of its natural beauty.

  1. What are the aims of your lessons?

I aim to create a platform for expression and creativity. I create space for open dialogue where language taught is used freely without unnecessary pressure.

 

JURGEN

 To learn more about Cape Studies, please visit http://www.CapeStudies.com or email Learn@CapeStudies.com.

George Stamelatos has taught at Cape Studies since 2001.

GEORGE

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.

To learn more about Cape Studies, please visit http://www.CapeStudies.com or email Learn@CapeStudies.com.

Laura enjoys teaching Beginner and Elementary levels.

Laura enjoys being back in South Africa and teaching at Cape Studies.

LAURA

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

To learn more about Cape Studies, please visit http://www.CapeStudies.com or email Learn@CapeStudies.com.

Explore South Africa

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

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