Watch “Interview with Daniel Stemmet – owner of Cape Studies Language School” on YouTube


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


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. 

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Meet Este, Head Teacher 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.”

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Our English Language Courses

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.


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.

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Accommodation at Cape Studies

Cape Studies owns its own school building and a student residence in the trendy, tourist hot spot of Green Point. Nowhere else in Cape Town can you take a 15-minute walk to the beach, the city centre, the best sport facilities, 100s of restaurants and all major tourist attractions. This will all be within walking distance of your accommodation.

Student Residence:

Our residence is situated on our school premises and offers 5 bedrooms, which can be booked as single or double rooms, with shared bathrooms. Our self-catering kitchen is fully equipped and each room is assigned a locked cupboard to store groceries.



Our students can also choose to live with one of our South African hosts while in Cape Town. This has proven to be an excellent way of improving their English. You will have a single room and share breakfast with your host. Most of our hosts are young professionals, couples and elderly ladies. Our hosts all live close to the school, most of them within walking distance.

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Cape Studies Team

Most schools pride themselves on being ‘the fanciest’ or ‘the largest’. But we pride ourselves on our teachers, as it is they who make a lesson successful, which subsequently leads to the achievement of the language school. We believe that a good teacher is essential for a language course to be a success. A compelling teacher will make sure the course is not just good but excellent. We are honoured to be working with such astounding teachers.

Cape Studies Language School

Cape Studies opened our doors in 1995 making us one of the founding members of the language schools in South Africa. Our consistency in high quality training sets the standard for all other schools in Cape Town. The school is situated in Green Point, one of the trendiest upmarket areas of Cape Town. With attractions like the city center, the world famous V&A Waterfront and scenic beaches all within walking distance, Cape Studies is perfect for students and tourists hoping to do a bit of sightseeing outside of school hours. The school building is a beautiful villa with classrooms opening up onto a garden courtyard and pool area. A maximum of 8 per class gives students that personalised feeling. Classrooms are fitted with interactive electronic white boards and the school has 24 hour Wi-Fi. Students even have the choice of living on the premises as our residence is just upstairs.