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Student Reviews

Students may spend anything between 2 weeks and one year with us, but we strive to treat every student equally. As each student leaves us, we request that they complete a questionnaire requesting information on their experience of the teaching, the school and campus, their accommodation, the social programme and their overall impression of the UCT English Language Centre. Student reviews are exceptionally important to us so that we maintain the highest standards of teaching and the overall experience of a student, which in turn contributes to their stay in Cape Town, as a whole. It is in our interest that our students learn the most they possibly can, and have the best time here. We want them to leave happy. Since inception, the UCT English language Centre has received almost 100% positive reviews pertaining to teaching, the school and campus. Issues surrounding accommodation such as inconsistent wifi is something we are working on. In addition, the quetionnaire highlighted the need for students' own cooking utensils as a shared approach was not working. We immediately implemented the changes and stocked each bedroom with it's own set of cooking utensils. Student feedback is invaluable, and helps us to improve in every way we can.

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Graduation Armstrong


As we welcome new students every Monday, we also bid sad farewells to students most Fridays. It's bitter sweet as most of them say goodbye to new friends and fond memories, while looking forward to returning home or embarking on the next chapter in life. This gallery shows pictures of the students who were around for their graduation. Some have flights booked and cannot make it, while others choose not to be in the spotlight. If you would like to read about what some of our past (and present) students say about their time at ELC and in Cape Town, you can check out:Bernardo from Brazil: "I'm  Brazilian in Cape Town"Alessandra from Italy: "My language Experience of Cape Town"Ndaambe from Namibia: "Student Focus: Ndaambe from Namibia"Christian from DR Congo: "Why I Chose UCT English Language Centre: A Review"Mariana from Brazil: "My Cape Town Language Travel Experience" and "Mariana Costa is Loving Cape Town"Francesca from Italy: "An Italian Thank You from Francesca"Pam from The Netherlands: "Pam Augustijn's Goodbye Letter to Cape Town"Our students teach us everyday that you can achieve what you want if you work hard for it. We teach English at UCT ELC, and our jobs are only possible because of the decision of each and every student to trust us to help them achieve their dreams and goals with regards to learning English in Cape Town. We hope that we are achieving our goals! Thank you for choosing to do your English course with us at the UCT English Language Centre. 

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Home Stay Accommodation | UCT English Language Centre


The UCT English Language Centre offers a range of accommodation options for English language students in Cape Town. We have a student residence located 5 minutes' walk from the school, and homestay, hotels, bed and breakfasts, etc. can be arranged.

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School Outings | UCT English Language Centre

School & Class Outings

Every now and then we spontaneously decide to go on school outings. Generally, these outings will take place in the mornings and all students, teachers and staff are invited to join in - but is is not mandatory for students and this does not affect their class attendance. Our outings will be dependent on the time of year, weather and day of the week. As Fridays are usually morning classes only, and afternoons are spent by teachers and staff in meetings and CPDs (Continuous Professional Development), outings will be shorter, whereas mid week outings can include a full a lunch and arrival back at school in the mid afternoon.Some past outings have included a trip to Simon's Town (read more about that trip here) with a visit to the Simon's Town museum, as well as a walk on Boulders Beach with the infamous African penguins, and a wonderful lazy lunch of Fish and Chips at the Kalk Bay Harbour. More recently we decided to take a bus to the Noon Gun and learn all about the daily midday blast that reminds all Cape Townians and vistors that it is 12 o'clock midday exactly! The  we decided to take it easy, lay out some blankets, snack on a picnic and just soak in the views and the time together as a large school group.

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UCT English Language Centre | Staff and Teachers

Teachers and Staff

The teachers and staff who teach for, run and operate the UCT English language Centre are a small, but growing, group of professional and dedicated individuals with experience in the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) industry. We are a great team that enjoys working together and sharing knowledge and ideas, and while there is a clear organizational structure in the school, with Simon the Director and Juliette, the Director of Studies, the general atmosphere and dynamic in the school is one of integration and mutual respect.Fridays afternoons are spent in teacher's meeting where student needs, administrative issues, registers, course books and class material are discussed and planning for the upcoming week takes place. Very often, after the teacher's meetings are complete, CPDs (continuous profesisonal development) sessions are run by either Juliette, or a fellow ELC teacher. These sessions are to ensure that teachers remain at the forefront on developments in the profession and to share ideas and provide input for lessons. All our teachers and staff live in Cape Town but have all worked and/or taught abroad.

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UCT English Language Centre | Rosedale Building | Hiddingh Campus


Photos of Hiddingh campus, the University of Cape Town's oldest campus as well as pictures of the UCT English Language Centre classrooms and facilities available to all students on Hiddingh campus.

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