At ELC, we run terms which last 10 weeks. At the end of term, all students will do a complete assessment (different from the weekly skills assessments which take place every Friday throughout term) to check their level of English, and the results of this end of term test will determine, in conjunction with a teachers’ recommendation, if a student will be moving up a level, or staying for a bit longer in the current level.
Why 10 weeks?
We believe that it takes approximately 10 weeks to be ready to move to the next level of English. Some students are ready before, and there are very specific times of the term that students may speak to their teachers and initiate a discussion with the Director of Studies to move up. This is done formally, and the Director of Studies will only consider moving a student up to the next level without formal grades and testing if this has been recommended by the students’ class teacher, in agreement with the student.
What happens at the end of the term?
On the last day of term, ELC organises something special for all the students and staff at the school. This is usually an outing, but can also be a party at the school. End of term parties will usually involve students doing something special in the last week of conversation class which will be filmed and then screened for the school on the Friday. This type of end of term party has produced some wonderfully funny videos, such as these here:
On other occasions, the school will organise an outing. This can range from a picnic to Signal Hill to watch the Noon Gun, a trip to Simon’s Town for Lunch and to see the penguins, or a boat cruise from the Waterfront Harbour.
The reason we do this is two-fold. Firstly, the last Friday of a term is when everyone is already tired from a week of exam writing and marking. And secondly, this is our way of spoiling our students and teachers and congratulating them on their hard work throughout the term.
The outing is always fun, and always relevant because teachers and staff also attend. This means students get the opportunity to chat to other students in the school, but to also speak with the teachers and staff in an informal environment. It is also a great opportunity to see something about Cape Town you may not have already seen or know about, and the teachers are able to share their personal stories with students.
The end of term at school is a highlight, and has fast become an event that students, teachers and staff really look forward to. The announcement about what event will be taking place is only made in the last week, so it’s always a surprise.
We look forward to surprising you with an end of term event at the UCT English Language Centre! For more info, you can contact us directly.