The teachers at UCT English Language Centre are all highly qualified and experienced in the field of EFL (English as a Foreign Language). Each one has their own specific area of expertise and interest which contributes to the development of our team and ensures that ELC delivers on its promise of teaching at the highest standards of English.
In addition, ELC runs accredited, high quality TEFL courses (Teaching English as a Foreign language) which offers aspiring English teachers a chance to learn from the best. These courses are designed, run and facilitated by ELC trainers. When not providing training, TEFL trainers form an integral part of the ELC English teaching team, as well as providing regular CPD (continuous professional development) to ensure all English teachers at ELC maintain high standards.
The staff members are committed to ensuring your experience, from the moment you enquire to study with us, until the day you graduate from our school, is a positive one.
Between them, teachers and staff have worked and taught all over the world and all speak at least one additional language to English. This means that not only do we understand the challenges in learning a foreign language first hand, but we are sure someone in the team can assist students if they get stuck with any issues here in Cape Town.
Director and Head of Unit
MA, DELTA, BA (Hons), CELTA
Areas of interest: Systems of collocation; prosodic features of speech; IELTS training; business development in ELT.
Simon has worked in ELT for 15 years in the UK, Spain and Brazil, before joining UCT in 2014.
Director of Studies
MA, BA, CELTA
Areas of interest: Monica is very passionate about education, not only English Language Teaching, but all areas of education, especially alternative progressive models. She also has a keen interest in teacher development.
Monica has about 15 years’ experience in the EFL industry, having worked as a teacher at a number of schools in Cape Town, and done a bit of teacher-training, IELTS & Cambridge ESOL examining as well as working in Academic Management.
Teacher, Assistant Director of Studies
BA (Hons), Delta, CELTA
Areas of interest: Motivation in ELT; metacognitive learning strategies; lexical retention and recall.
Since training in Oxford, Alex has worked in a range of teaching, teacher training and ELT management positions in Cape Town and the UK.
Teacher & Accommodation Officer
BSocSc (Hons), TEFL
Areas of Interest: English for Academic Purposes; Digital Story Telling as a tool for teaching and learning in ELT.
Catherine has worked in Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) and EFL since 2003 in South Africa and Spain. She ran EFL, EAP and TEFL courses at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) before joining ELC.
Christelle van Niekerk
Teacher, TEFL Trainer and Social Media Manager
Delta, BA (Hons), Trinity CertTESOL
Areas of interest: Discourse in written production; lexical systems; developing learner autonomy.
Christelle moved from a career in chartered insurance into ELT in 2012. She has taught in London, Manchester and Cape Town, joining ELC in 2015.
BA, TESOL and TEYLT
Areas of interest: Sociocultural representations of English in an EFL context, academic and social literacies, interactive learner-focused lessons through constant engagement.
Aqeelah has worked in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she taught at the world's largest female university. She was involved in personal development for teachers held by Cambridge university, as well as other academic developmental programmes for both students and teachers. She has also worked locally at a language school.
MA (current), B. Sc (Honours), CELTA
Areas of interest: Culture in the language classroom.
Il-haam has worked in a variety of language schools and University Preparatory Schools in Cape Town and Istanbul.
M.Ed (current), BA (Hons), CELTA
Areas of interest: Adult education, academic literacy, technology and teaching, social literacies, English literature
After living with his family in the Middle-East for years, Luke returned to South Africa to study and now calls Cape Town ‘home’. He has worked as a corporate comic-book writer, business textbook editor and online English teacher before finding his feet as an EFL teacher.
BA, TEFL, Performers Diploma in Speech and Drama
Areas of interest: using improvisation and role play in the language classroom, transformation from passive to active vocabulary, as well as exam preparation.
Nicole has been teaching for 20 years in South Africa, Russia and Taiwan. She is also a professional actress, game show host and writer.
Sean de Waal
MA TESOL; BA; TEFL
Areas of Interest: Language Learning Strategies; Critical Thinking in the Classroom; Feedback and Error Correction; Academic Writing.
After working in Labour Relations and Human Resources Management for a number of years, Sean decided to pursue a career in ESL teaching. This decision led to an eventual MA in TESOL from the University of Leicester and teaching experience in South Korea, Vietnam, Macau (China) and South Africa.
Phd in Education (current), MA TESOL, BA (Ed), Cert TEFL
Areas of interest: Technology in the language class; continuous professional development; teaching language through literature; literacy development; curriculum development and learning design.
Shannon has worked in South Africa and internationally for 16 years as an educator teaching both English first and English additional language students. Shannon is currently working on her doctorate in Education at UCT.
Teacher and TEFL Trainer
Phd in Education (current), M. Ed., PGCE, CELTA, BSocSc.
Areas of Interest:
Mobile-Assisted Language Learning; Adult/ Higher Education; Teacher-Training; EAP.
Warren has worked extensively in South Africa and the Middle East during his career. He is currently working on his doctorate in Education at UCT.
BCom Accounting (current)
Areas of interest: Skills development for all levels of learners.
Kirsten worked for a Skills Development training company before recently joining the ELC team as their senior secretary. She assists with the day to day running of the office / front desk.
TEFL / TESOL Manager
MA TESOL, Dip TESOL, Delta, Cert TEFL
Areas of interest: Teacher training; teacher coaching; experiential learning; time limit anxiety in Language Learning.
Juliette worked in ELT for over 20 years as a teacher and teacher trainer in private language schools, Helderberg College and the University of Stellenbosch. She joined ELC in 2015 as Director of Studies and is now focussing her attention on developing the teacher training portfolio.
Chené van Rensburg
MSc, BA (hons), CELTA
Areas of interest: Digital marketing, consumer behaviour, English as an international language.
Chene has worked in the EFL industry for over 15 years in Switzerland and South Africa. In 2011 she moved from teaching English to marketing English as a foreign language, and English language schools.
Social Programme Coordinator
The social programme coordinator is responsible for arranging weekly activities for students.