At the UCT English Language Centre we get to meet students from all over the world who come to learn English with us for a variety of reasons. Some of our students take English courses to prepare them for their university studies in English, be this for undergraduate or post graduate studies, and others to enhance their job prospects. Some students come to us just so that they can become more proficient in their general level of English for travel, tourism and other social purposes. Because their needs vary, so too does the type of student, and the ages of our students.
Our student focus this month is on a past student of ours from Namibia.
Ndaambe Nekwaya was our very first student from Namibia who left us at the end of February 2017 after studying intensive English with us for 7 weeks. We asked her a few questions about herself, her business and Namibia.
1. Why is English so important to you?
• I deal with English speaking tourists.
• I speak to business people at conferences and we all speak in English.
• I am a member of a business network in Namibia, the NCCI.
• I communicate with my bankers in English.
• I attend English business presentations.
• I have to deal with my suppliers in English.
2. What business are you in?
I have an interest in hospitality and run a guest house called ‘Etuna Guesthouse and Tours cc‘. We have 36 rooms.
3. Where do you live?
I live in Ongwediva, approximately 90km from Etosha National Park, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations of those who love beautiful scenery and fauna and flora. I am married with 3 children, aged 29, 26 and 20.
4. How did you hear about us?
I successfully completed a short online course with UCT relating to Guesthouse Management and Event Management and I came across the ELC website.
5. What did you most enjoy about Cape Town?
People at the campus are very friendly and helpful and Nunu at the student residence has been a star. Sightseeing and the CBD was great for relaxation and shopping too. I also established business contacts with new suppliers.
6. Would you recommend ELC?
Yes! Coming to an English Speaking country is also a great way to improve your English as you have to speak it everywhere. I recommend this course to Namibian business people who want to pursue professional studies and improve their English proficiency and communication skills.
It was a pleasure having Ndaambe at our language school in Cape Town, and we wish her all the very best and much success in her business!