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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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.

01 Dec 2016

L1 Interference | Teaching English as a Foreign Language | UCT ELC

Dealing with L1 Interference: Farsi

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!

28 Nov 2016

Tourist Visa | South Africa | UCT English Language Centre

How to Extend your Tourist Visa

Students often come to Cape Town on a 90 day tourist visa and quickly realise they love Cape Town! Is there a way to extend your study holiday just a little longer? Yes, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to extend your tourist visa, including the costs and deadlines.

25 Nov 2016

UCT Student Card

The Power of Your Student Card

The UCT student card is not only your access to get into libraries, buildings, computer labs, Jammie shuttles, clubs and societies, but also holds the power to get you some great discounts on tourist activities, theatres and so much more. Here are 6 things you can do with that little card that will save you money!

22 Nov 2016

UCT English Language Centre | Mercators Projection World Map

The World Map is Wrong?

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.

16 Nov 2016

UCT English Language Centre | Map of Hiddingh Campus

Hiddingh Campus | The Home of ELC

Hiddingh campus, where the UCT English Language Centre is located, is actually the oldest campus of the University of Cape Town and home to many . Find out more about this historical campus with its beautiful architecture in this blog post.

14 Nov 2016

Alex | UCT English Language Centre | Reading Strategies

Strategies to Improve your Reading

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.

10 Nov 2016

Study Travel | UCT English Language Centre

Study Travel | The Education Tourist

Study Travel is a form of tourism where people choose to go to a particular place to learn something. It is the perfect way to combine a holiday with some further education. We list 5 points why Cape Town is the best place to learn English!

08 Nov 2016

English Words | UCT English Language Centre

English Words – How Many is Enough?

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.

03 Nov 2016

Student Outing | UCT English Language Centre | Students on the Bus

Student Outing to Simon’s Town

It’s not everyday you get to join a huge group of your classmates and teachers and adventure for the day to Simon’s Town! Teacher Christelle tells us what the group got up to in this picture blog post!

01 Nov 2016

Cooking in English Calss | UCT English Language Centre

Cooking in English Class

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)!

27 Oct 2016

Studying for an English Exam | UCT English Language Centre

Preparing to Write an English Exam

It may seem like studying for an English exam is totally different from studying for that biology exam in high school, but while the subject matter and content might differ, the same study rules apply! Read on for some studying tips.

20 Oct 2016

Classroom Fun | UCT English Language Centre

Learning Should be Fun!

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.

11 Oct 2016

Being an International Language Student | UCT English Language Centre

Have you got what it takes to Learn English Abroad?

There is a big difference between going on holiday and the commitment to go abroad and spend a big chunk of your time, and money, to learn a new language in a new place. It might seem overwhelming at first, but Cape Town will soon become your ‘home away from home’ and it will be hard to leave this place at the end of your stay.

07 Oct 2016

Internet for English | UCT English Language Centre

Using the Internet to Learn English

The internet is full of sites specifically for practicing and learning English. But you can also use internet based resources – that are not specifically aimed at improving your English – in a more creative way. Read on for some tips here.

06 Oct 2016

Unusual English Tips | UCT English Language Centre

Unusual English Learning Tips

Bored of using the same old techniques to remember new vocabulary? Have you hit a plateau? Here are some unusual tips to spice up your English learning!

04 Oct 2016

UCT English language Centre | Mother City Spring

Mother City Spring Time!

Summer is great – we won’t deny that – but a Mother City Spring is fantastic too! Here are some ideas for planning your spring weekends.

30 Sep 2016

English Level | UCT English Language Centre

Moving to the Next English Level

Many students wonder how long it will take them to move up to the next English level, and while this is a very difficult question to answer because every student is different and has a different background and many other factors, there are some general guidelines.

27 Sep 2016