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What is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)?

What is IELTS, and who needs to take this test? For many international students interested in studying at a university where English is the language of instruction, they will be required to pass this test with a specific band. Find out more in this blog post.

16 Sep 2016

FAQs | UCT English Language Centre

Frequently Asked Questions About Cape Town

Wondering about the nightlife in Cape Town, the weather, how expensive it is here, or where to go shopping? Read here for some more detailed answers on some of our Frequently Asked Questions.

09 Sep 2016

UCT English Language Centre | Performance Plateau

The English Intermediate Level ‘Plateau’

Are you at an intermediate level of English and struggling to make progress to the next level? There is such a thing as an intermediate plateau, and you may be stuck here! Christelle explains what this plateau is all about and offers some advice and tips on getting through it.

07 Sep 2016

Functional Language | UCT English Language Centre

Functional Language – Changing your Mind

Functional language is used to communicate in everyday situations. We use these (generally) fixed expressions in formal and informal settings to do a whole host of things like expressing an opinion, giving advice, etc. Tiaan reveals, in this blog, how we change our minds in English!

01 Sep 2016

Business Meetings Skills | UCT English Language Centre

Business Meetings: Check yourself Before you Wreck yourself

Business meetings can be tedious and before you know it, you have agreed to something you may not have been paying enough attention to, and may not really know what to do now. Here are some key phrases to assist with asking for repetition, clarification, verification, and spelling in a meeting.

26 Aug 2016

Teacher and MC, Christelle Van Niekerk

Teacher Christelle and her Journey to Becoming an English Teacher

Find out all about teacher Christelle in this interview where she describes how her journey into teaching English as a foreign language began. She also reveals what she loves about teaching English, and what some of the real challenges are in this profession.

23 Aug 2016

Safety and Security Cape Town

Safety and Security in Cape Town

Thinking of going abroad to study English? And Cape Town is at the top of your list but you are a bit concerned about safety and security? This is a very real and legitimate worry, considering you will be leaving what you know and trust at home. Read our top tips here about safety and security in Cape Town. And believe us, Cape Town is no different from any other city in the world – just possibly, maybe, more beautiful?

10 Aug 2016

Cape Town on a Budget!

Cape Town has a lot on offer, and as a student in this city, you can quickly spend your budget! Here are some budget-friendly activities and tips to make sure your budget lasts throughout your stay, without compromising on the fun factor!

04 Aug 2016

Presentation Skills for Business English

Presentation Skills – The Art of Creating an Impact

Most of us have an innate fear of public speaking and giving presentations. But, it turns out, some skills can be learned and teacher Tiaan provides us with some of his secrets from the Business Course classroom. Read here for some great tips on creating a more memorable presentation.

02 Aug 2016

IPA | UCT English Language Centre

How to Pronounce Regular Past Simple Verbs

Past simple spelling for regular verbs is pretty easy, right? But, how do you pronounce those tricky endings? Read teacher Catherine’s blog post which provides some great tips and excellent links to help you master the pronunciation of the past simple!

25 Jul 2016

UCT English Language Centre | Academic English

Why universities’ Academic English courses should be valued, not vilified

The UCT Director, Simon Harrison, and Ellen Hurst, Senior Lecturer in Education Development at the University of Cape Town discuss the role and importance of Academic English in Higher Education. Harrison believes that ” it offers an opportunity to crystallise the relationship between transformation and internationalisation in a way that can support both South African and international students. It will allow the university to further its internationalisation and transformation agendas at the same time.”

18 Jul 2016

UCT English Language Centre_Neuro Linguistic Programming

Learn English Naturally

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a fascinating approach to changing behaviour and achieving self improvement, Based on the book ‘NLP for Lazy Learning’ by Diana Beaver, we discuss some tips for English learning based on some of premises about learning native languages from Beaver’s book.

15 Jul 2016

UCT English Language Centre Students

Student Stories | Christian Mugangu

A few months ago Christian, from DR Congo left Cape Town and the UCT English Language Centre to return home. He wrote this review for us, which also touches on his story about how he ended up studying English with us, and soon returning! Read about his journey here.

04 Jul 2016

Students at UCT English Language Centre Launch

Student Stories | Mariana Costa

“We are not Africans because we are born in Africa, we are Africans because Africa is born in us (Chester Higgins).” This is what Mariana concludes in her video about her time in Cape Town. Watch and listen to her story about how her experience took on a different shape over time.

30 Jun 2016

Gemma Correll - English

Abbreviations, Acronyms and Initialisms in English

FAQs, ATMs and RSVPs – what are these words in English? Abbreviations, acronyms and initialisms can get confusing for everyone, and social media and instant messaging has opened up a whole new world of communicating that can be daunting even for English speakers.

27 Jun 2016

UCT English Language Centre Students

Student Stories | Francesca Bastianelli

“I had not given much thought before departure and destination, it has been a spontaneous choice, but nothing has disappointed me in these 3 months, everything has been an exciting surprise. It looked like if what you want something, it can happen in Cape Town.” Francesca, Italy

20 Jun 2016

TEFL course

TEFL, CELTA, DELTA…? What to look for in a TEFL course

If you decide to train to be an English as a Foreign Language teacher, choosing the right course is an important first step. But with so many different courses out there, you can soon find yourself drowning in a sea of acronyms! In this interview, Simon and Juliette explain some of the the different courses available, what to look for – and what to avoid.

07 Jun 2016

UCT English Language Centre in Cape Town

A Perfect Day in Cape Town

Cape Town is a spectacular city with so many things to do. There is really something for everyone here, and it is hard to get bored. Teacher Christelle shares her idea of a perfect day in Cape Town with some great tips and links.

03 Jun 2016