General English Plus Language Excursions

Our new Language Excursions programme , introduced in January 2021, is a collaboration between the UCT English Language Centre and Kurus English. Kurus English developed this language, culture and discovery programme in 2008 and it has been a success ever since. We are now excited to offer this experiential learning programme at ELC.
Fashion Designer, Mzukisi Mbane, discusses their work

Fashion Designer, Mzukisi Mbane, discusses their work

Na-iema Fakier talks to a group of students about Cape Malay cuisine in a spice shop

Na-iema Fakier talks to students about Cape Malay cuisine


Language Excursions are far more than tourist excursions. Due to our unique network, three times a week, students are immersed in the diverse cultures of Cape Town, providing opportunities to speak with the fascinating people of the city, with your teacher at your side to support and guide you. Themes change daily, with the content of the excursion defining the language learning theme while providing engaging personal encounters. With ELC you will experience Cape Town in a unique way: up close and definitely personal!
Street artist, DFeat Once, discusses grafitti in Woodstock, Cape Town

Street artist, DFeat Once, discusses grafitti in Woodstock, Cape Town

Hilton Schilder hosts a workshop about Indigenous Music

Hilton Schilder hosts a workshop about Indigenous Music


On this programme you will improve your English language skills through the unique experience of the excursion and a balanced combination of language theory and practice. Situation-oriented learning and teaching are always complemented and enhanced by your own journey of personal discovery.
Students learn about local history on a visit to one of Cape Town's museums

Learn about South Africa’s history

Students attending an Art Workshop

Students attend an art workshop


Intercultural Competence describes the cultural learning and experience that you will gain on the Language Excursions programme, preparing you to become international communicators; open-minded in your dealings with people of different origins and experiences, and well-equipped for the communicative challenges of a globalised world.
Sheila Tempi introduces a group of students to traditional isiXhosa food

Sheila Tempi talks to students about traditional isiXhosa food

Students learn about Cape Town's rich coffee culture at the Department of Coffee

Students learn about Cape Town’s rich coffee culture


John Bauer

Portrait of John Bauer holding one of their pottery pieces John Bauer is a multi-skilled Cape Town based artist, best known for his work with ceramics and pottery. His distinctive styles and techniques are inspired by science and nature. John shares his magnetic personality as well as his unique and inspiring art with us at his studio in the Montebello design centre, nestled between the trees in Newlands forest.

Sheila Tempi

Portrait of Sheila Tempi Sheila Tempi, or “Ma Sheila” as she is affectionately known, is a terrific cook from Gugulethu. This motherly host opens her home and heart to share her culture and its culinary traditions. Through this she encourages cultural integration and understanding. Her food fills the stomach and the soul, making it difficult to leave.

Alfred Magwaca

Portrait of Alfred Magwaca Alfred Magwaca is a local Langa resident, curator of the Langa Pass Office museum, and a storyteller that will enthrall you with his knowledge and charisma. He takes visitors back in time on an emotional journey through the sadness, defiance and triumph of the Apartheid struggle.

Mzukisi Mbane (ImprintZA)

Portrait of Mzukisi Mbane Mzukisi Mbane was born and raised in the townships, and it is something he celebrates; the people, the music and the culture. He has risen from humble beginnings sitting at his mother’s sewing machine to owning a successful fashion label. His label, Imprint, celebrates the glamour and stories of African ancestry, using iconic print, fabrics and specific points in time to create unique fashion forward and wearable clothing and accessories.

Naiema Fakier

Portrait of Naiema Fakier Naiema Fakier is a lifelong Bo-Kaap resident, mother of five, and a gifted cook. She shares the rich traditions and aromatic food of the Cape Malay people in her Bo-Kaap kitchen tucked between other brightly painted houses on quaint cobbled streets. She shares her knowledge of the culture and religious traditions of BoKaap, that have played a major role in shaping the history and diversity of Cape Town.

Unathi Dyanti

Portrait of Unathi Dyanti at his permacultre garden with Table Mountain in the background Heading up Tyisa Nabanye, a non-profit farming organisation, is our host Unathi Dyanti. He is a food security activist who is fighting for change on the slopes of Signal Hill between Tamboerskloof and the Bo-Kaap, on an old military battery. Tyisa Nabanye aims to create a space in the city where everyone is welcome to explore the possibilities of growing food in an urban environment. The space includes an organic vegetable garden, an indigenous nursery, a weekly market and workshops and events. For more information see here. Check our other blogs about exploring Cape Town Bohemian lifestyle, Cape Town cuisine.
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