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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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. 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
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
This is the place where the two great oceans meet and experience “The Fairest Cape in all the world.” Don’t forget to stop at Boulders Beach where you can swim with the penguins and enjoy the breathtaking views en-route to the Cape Point.
To learn more about Cape Studies please visit www.CapeStudies.com.