Fun Activities at EC Cape Town: Preparing For Spring

Spring has started and the air is already filling up with all things refreshing and cool. As one drives you’ll be sure to notice the Spring flowers popping up, the beautiful pure white lily’s and the darker shades of green crisp grass popping out new buds. With all things Spring lets have a look at some fun activities to do in Cape Town during the warmer upcoming seasons while studying English at the English Language school in South Africa: 1. Hiking up Cape Town’s beautiful mountains: Cape Town has lots of majestic and beautiful mountains, we love exploring them by taking our students up there for a refreshing and healthy hike (brisk walk). With popular paths such as Lions Head and Table Mountain, but to name a few, once students reach the peak the views are simply breathless! Why not watch out for these fun hikes and  feel free to sign up at Reception.   2. Table Mountain cable way 2. Once you reach the top, you don’t necessary have to go down again by foot. Cable cars are available to bring you well and safe down again. While you are in the cable car it spins a 360 degrees so everybody can have a fantastic view at the city and mountain from a unique point of view. Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens is known for the beautiful diversity of flora and fauna. Located against the eastern part of Table Mountain with a beautiful setting. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Spring Specials! Happy Health Day at EC Cape Town

Spring Day at EC Cape Town 01 September 2014

With the month of Spring just around the corner, we at EC Cape Town are extremely excited to dust off our sandals and Spring outfits! Seeing all the pretty flowers start to bloom, with Lilies being one of my absolute favorites, I have to admit Sunny days over the cold and wet weather anytime! Another important aspect one needs to consider when stepping into the month of spring is the change of fruits which are being grown and produced, meaning one’s diet automatically has a slight shift – but a good one, all summer fruits are equally as delicious as the winter fruits. With that  being said it’s always a good idea to try and stay as healthy and fit as possible, thus our initiative to celebrate the start of Spring with an EC Cape Town Health Week! Our health week will start as of the 01 September, with loads of fun pictures that will be uploaded on our Facebook Page as well as right here, our EC Blog. Stay tuned for some health tips from teachers and EC Cape Town staff members, also for some funny and whack pictures that will surely make your Spring week fun!     __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Happy Health Day at EC Cape Town Pitches for a New Fruit Juice

Fun ways to stay warm and snug at EC Cape Town

Winter has hit its peak here at EC Cape Town, with cold fronts passing through on what seems to be a weekly basis, but fret not, we wont let the cold and wet weather dampen our shine, there are loads of ways to stay warm and fun while studying at EC Cape Town. Below are five simple and fun things to do, all indoors and easy to do! 1. Indoor Rock Climbing Activity: EC Cape Town activities accommodates basically everything, especially the weather. It is said that Cape Town experiences all four seasons in one day, we simply cannot risk missing out on some fun because of a few innocent raindrops now can we? Indoor Rock climbing is a fun indoor activity for the adrenaline seeking, non- height fearing, brave students that loves playing hard and reaping the successes of hard work well done, all while having a good time. We have recently added Indoor rock climbing to our activity sheets, because not only is it fun in the winter, but it could be done all year round! If you are an EC student be sure to follow our weekly Whats on guides, to check when the next Indoor rock climbing experience will be taking place. 2. In House Pool Boards: Love competing and having fun, well this is surely and all-in-one kind of fun! In house at EC Cape Town we have 2 Pool boards, students simply adore these games as it is a good way to make new friends and just have some innocent fun. A simple game to play with loads of laughter and competitive highs, this is one you don’t have to go far for, Play and have fun! 3. Rent a movie: Our library consists of not only books, we have crossed over the norm … Read more

Fifa World Cup Closing Ceremony: EC Cape Town Update.

Sunday 13 July 2014 marked the end of the Fifa World cup 2014, and what a spectacular turn of events it was! With hopes high and supporters standing by in anticipation, we can surely say it was an excellent end to an excellent celebration! The closing ceremony was not only entertaining, but also uplifting to all supporters present in Brazil, I personally have to admit that I would not mind to have the ability to  move my hips the way Shakira did on the field! As the clash of the teams were set to take off with Netherlands winning Brazil 3-0, placing Netherlands in a steady 3rd place! The final match had supporters standing to their feet as Germany took on Argentina, with Lionel Messi being known for his excellent goals,  Germany showed up winning  Argentina with a striking 1-0 score, placing Germany as reigning champions of the Fifa Wold Cup 2014! We at EC Cape Town would like to congratulate all German students as well as supporters for an excellent game well done! It has been amazing to see how people from countries so far apart join together for something so spectacular. Let us continue to stand together and respect one another culture and countries, in this way we can make the world a better place!!   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS EC Cape Town celebrates the 2014 Fifa World Cup World Cup: Touring the Stadium

EC Cape Town Bids Farewell to our Intern Ophélie

With a sad ending to an awesome Five month internship, we at EC Cape Town had to say goodbye and farewell to our intern Ophélie Almagro. Such a hard working an inspiring young lady that gave her internship 110%! We wish Ophélie all of the best with her studies as she heads back to France and we truly appreciate all that you have done for the students as well as staff members here at EC Cape Town! Here is a short summary of her experience at EC Cape Town: “I would like to thank all of the EC team members for these wonderful 5 months of internship! It was a unique opportunity to integrate with the EC staff. I worked in a pleasant and friendly work atmosphere throughout my internship. I have learnt a lot from the staff and I thank them for their support and their time. It was very important to them to listen to my needs and to offer me the best possible advices. Moreover as I was in charge of the activities for our students I had the huge chance to visit wonderful places and to spend time with them outside of the school. I discovered an amazing country and I love it so much. I really enjoyed my time in South Africa and I hope to come back soon!” – Ophélie   EC Cape Town, the only South African based English school under the EC flag, hosts many students that comes to study English, as well as see the beauty of South Africa. We have lots of fun activities for our students and we try to accommodate each students requests, whether it is to see the famous Table Mountain, or to simply experience the South African Townships, we do our very best to ensure that before their English course … Read more

EC Cape Town Students experience Cape Town Spices

Teacher Kate took her Low Intermediate class to two well-known shops in Cape Town as a class excursion, here is what happened: “In our low intermediate class we visited Atlas Trading, a spice shop in BoKaap and Anthony’s Golden cup, a coffee shop on Loop Street. Both experiences were extremely aromatic. For the first part of the lesson the students were given a recipe for ‘Boeber‘, a traditional warm milk drink. They had to find the different ingredients in the shop, asking for assistance if needed. The manager gave the students some information about the shop and let them taste and smell different spices.” “For the second part of the lesson we walked down to Anthony’s Golden cup on Loop street. Anthony spoke to the students about his life and about his shop. The students had to listen carefully and take notes because as a follow up activity they would need to write a biography about Anthony. Lastly we ordered coffees and enjoyed winding down in a very cosy environment, after a lot of information.” “We had a wonderful afternoon class. We went to the spice shop and learnt about Indian spices and met a special man, Anthony and his famous coffee shop, I Loved it!!”- Izabel Silva from Mozambique Our students are not limited when studying at EC Cape Town, we try our best to show them all aspects of English as well as how to form full conversations with the people of Cape Town!   __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Free Activities at EC Cape Town “Mystery Restaurant” Class Outing

6 reasons Why EC Cape Town Is The Most Beautiful City To Learn English

Cape Town South Africa, the point of Southern Africa where the two oceans meet! Beautiful, Historic and Powerful legacy, are just a few of the strong words used to describe this beautiful City also known as the Mother City. Although when looked at on a map its a mere dot, but stepping into this City will soon have you realize that it is so  much more than just a figment of your imagination. Cape Town has so much to see and offer and among these are the opportunity to  attend  the best English Language school in South Africa!! Here are SIX reasons Why Cape Town is the most beautiful city to learn English: 1. Location – EC Cape Town is perfectly located, nestled between the view of the magnificent Table Mountain and the Famous Waterfront, the views are spectacular and gives students the “push”to learn more about our beautiful country. Our classes are also intimate and teachers love taking students to see historic sights in Cape Town, a total must experience!! 2. Activities – Here at EC Cape Town we have a weekly guide of activities, ensuring that students get to see and experience everything that Cape Town has to offer. We offer exclusive activities from Sunsets on Table Mountain to a Wildlife experience on awesome Safari trips. It is so easy to join in on the fun, simply speak to our Activities coordinator and the rest is “history”. 3. Mini Markets and Interesting Stores – As mentioned above our teachers love including Cape Town’s historical point of view into their lessons, and what better way of doing this than taking their classes on a field trip, showing them a few of our stalls and shops along the way. With beautiful and unique items, Green Market Square is best known for … Read more

EC Cape Town’s International Food Festival

No matter who you are or where you are from, or even what cultural background you have, food will always be one of the most important things that binds us all together, simply because everybody loves it and nobody can go without it! This past Friday 23 May 2014, EC Cape Town hosted a party that did just that, brought students from all over the world to one central place to celebrate what we all love most… FOOD. The event was organized by intern Ophelie Almagro and Academic English teacher Hardie Bosman, students came in large groups with dishes that they thought best described their countries and their cultures. It was quite a beautiful sight to see all the different dishes with interesting names, delicious aromas and exquisite tastes. A few countries to mention, Angola had a wide variety of dishes, amongst these were a delicious variety of stews which included Cow meat stew served with a portion of Pap and beans. France had a delicious Crepe with some Nutella chocolate spread, Japan had rice balls with tuna, Libya had delicious Couscous and  cakes and Switzerland had a variety of mouth watering Swiss cheese and chocolates. All of the students outdone themselves, not only were their presentations spectacular, but the tastes and aromas turned EC’s Reception area into the kitchen of a 10 star hotel. All in all the atmosphere was filled with joy and laughter and ultimately this is exactly what we intended for as our students work and study hard throughout the week to improve their Academic English skills. Here at EC Cape Town we strive to let our students create as many good memories to take home with them as possible.     We have lots of fun activities for our students and we try to accommodate each students requests, whether it is … Read more

EC CARNIVAL PARTY

On 21st January a carnival party was held in EC Cape Town with a  performance by the local Kaapse Klopse minstels and the famous Egg Man. The minstrels usually get together and perform at New Year into January  when there can be about 13,000 parading through the streets of Cape Town, singing, dancing and playing musical instruments.  EC Cape Town was lucky to get a small number of them to come to our party and let students know what Cape Town can offer.  In addition the ‘Egg Man’ also came and students came dressed for carnival in fancy dress. A great time was had by all.