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.