Are you a 'glass half full' or a 'glass half empty' type of person? Positive thinking has many benefits on all levels, but what is it exactly, how do we do it - and how can this benefit your English learning?Read more The Power of Positive Thinking
How do English teachers get their students to speak the language more naturally, and less like " an amateur tennis match without the overuse of grunting noises"? Teacher Tiaan provides us with some tips in this blog post.Read more Speaking English Like a Human
What is English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and who is this course aimed at? Find out the main differences between EAP and general English courses here, and if this course is something you could benefit from.Read more English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
L1 interference is basically the degree to which a learner's native tongue is starting to intervene in the learning of English (or any other language for that matter). Teacher Christelle shares with us a 'cheat sheet' for teaching Farsi speakers, and reveals that going that extra mile for a student not only helps the teacher understand what the issues are, but can greatly improve student confidence!Read more Dealing with L1 Interference: Farsi
Would you be surprised to hear that the world map as you know it, is in fact, not a very realistic representation of the world? Find out why we chose to hang some unusual looking world maps in our ELC classrooms.Read more The World Map is Wrong?
We filmed a series of videos by our teachers with tips to help students improve their English when not in the classroom. Teacher Alex provides us with some great tips to help improve our reading in English. Find a summary and a link to the video here.Read more Strategies to Improve your Reading
Have you ever wondered how many words is enough? Is it intimidating and scary to think that there are over 100 million words in English? Teacher Tiaan gives us a peek into how many words you, as an English learner, need to know and how to increase your vocabulary.Read more English Words – How Many is Enough?
Cooking in English class might sound a bit absurd, but following a recipe and cooking food is a great way to teach and learn some aspects of a new language. Find out why teachers sometimes do this in their classes, and learn a new recipe for South African bobotie (a typical South African Cape Malay dish)!Read more Cooking in English Class
Learning English in a classroom does not only consist of serious, hard work and grammar exercises with one sided teacher dialogues. Fun plays a very serious part in learning too! Find out more here.Read more Classroom Fun
The UCT English Language Centre runs TEFL courses for people looking to go into the profession of teaching English as a foreign language. Why do a course if you speak English already? Read here to find out more.Read more A TEFL course at the UCT English Language Centre