Debbie gives some advice on how to maintain your English skills when you return home.

DEBBIE

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. 

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

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.

Donné enjoys teaching and incorporating creativity into her lessons.

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.

DONNE

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

Meet Este, Head Teacher at Cape Studies.

ESTE

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.”

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