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More than 1 billion people (about 1.5 billion) people are learning English across the globe, according to John Knagg, a British Council lead representative.
You can factor Cape Town, with a population of 4.6 million (macrotrends.net), into that number in a big way. A very desirable city to live in, Cape Town has become home to emigrants from nations flung far and wide. In recent years, there has been an influx of people seeking refuge from adverse conditions in their home countries to the north of South Africa. This diverse mix of people have to find a way to fit in to their new surroundings and, so, make up quite a significant group of individuals who may seek to improve their ability to communicate in English, which fast becoming the most spoken language across the globe.
There are also other reasons that you may decide to enrol for English classes in Cape Town. You may be a South African resident who has studied an indigenous language plus Afrikaans at school, but not English. You now realise that it is highly desirable to be proficient in this the global language of business. Alternately, you may be someone who has a knack for languages and see learning English as a way to assist others to become more sought after by employers or make them better able to relate to their customers.
If you wish to study English in Cape Town, there are numerous options available to you which can almost be tailor-made to your specifications. Across Cape Town, there are tutors, language schools and learning centres which offer ESL lessons. In the CBD (central business district) and surrounds alone, there are more than 20 language schools or institutions.
The course you enrol for will be determined by a number of factors. You have to decide, from the outset, whether you want to travel or not or if you would like a tutor to travel to your home, where you will be most at ease. To each his own! Right? Would you prefer to work alone or in a small group? Your budget and schedule are the other important points to consider before you engage with a tutor or agency.
You must correctly identify the course that you wish to pursue. The various offerings include a crash course, General- and Intensive English courses. These are pegged at 2-, 6- and 10 weeks in duration. Your selection will be linked to your identified goal and budget.
So, if you enjoy working and learning with others, then a walk-in class may catch your fancy. This would be ideal if you have other activities, like work, centred ‘in town’. If, on the other hand, you’re someone who may be a bit introverted or don’t like crowds (group settings, which can, of course, add an element of fun) then individualised tuition and, possibly, online classes are your best bet.
The University of Cape Town, Africa’s premier university, has an English Language Centre where the language can be studied at various levels. The courses cover preparation for, among others, the First Certificate in English (FCE), Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Test System (IELTS). You determine the length of your course and can start on virtually any Monday.
This institution, as an example, comes highly recommended, receiving 5-star reviews from a number of students. They enjoyed the small groups (4 in some cases, up to a maximum of 8) and the daily exercises given in terms of listening, vocabulary, reading, grammar and writing. Enrol here and, like one student, be “pleasantly surprised!”
An interesting aspect of engaging in English studies, at an institution like this, is that you’ll meet up with people from around the globe, expanding your circle of friends and ‘exploding’ your world-view. Another pertinent factor to consider is location. Some of these institutions are located in the busy metropolis, while others are nestled in beautiful surroundings with lovely views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Many of the other language schools offer one-to-one instruction, designed around your needs (e.g. language proficiency) and geared towards accelerating your progress over a short period of time.
The hours at the various institutions are quite accommodating and run from between 08:00 or 08:30 to 17:00 or 17:30.
Almost everybody has access to the Internet these days. That is true for most people, except those who deliberately choose to be ‘disconnected’, senior citizens who are indigent and those who live in areas where there is no connectivity or it is fickle. Cell-phones proliferate the landscape and the ‘new normal’ is seeing young people, in particular, sitting or walking about hunched over their phones. Effectively, the Internet, which is accessed wirelessly, can be found and utilised virtually wherever you are.
So, type learn English Cape Town into a Google search and revel in the multitude of options available to you.
There are institutions which offer lessons from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. A curriculum is designed around your needs and you will receive individualised attention from the same tutor for the duration of your studies. You can also elect to only concentrate on a specific aspect such as Listening, Reading, Speaking or Writing. These kinds of lessons favour a student whose schedule is not always predictable or who feels the need to just strengthen their proficiency in one or two aspects of English.
Superprof, as an option, has tutors wherever you are in the country, in close proximity or willing to travel. These pro’s respond very quickly to requests and a major plus is that, in most cases, the first session is ‘on the house’. You are, thus, granted the opportunity to check out the ‘lay of the land’ before committing to engage with a particular tutor. These passionate folk are a ‘click’ away and available to you at a time convenient to you.
All you have to do now is to take that first step. This could be the springboard that launches you to heights and places you’d never dreamed you’d reach. So, jump!
In Cape Town, the average rate of ESOL lessons is R187.
Prices will differ depending on:
97% of our teachers offer their 1st lesson free.
946 tutors are available to give ESOL courses in Cape Town and the surrounding areas.
You can refer to their tutoring profiles and select the ESOL tutor that corresponds to your needs.
With Superprof, you can learn English online with a private tutor. Connect with native English speakers on Superprof to improve your English language skills faster and to perfect your pronounciation.
Many of the private teachers on Superprof give ESOL classes online and most of them offer their first lessons free!
To find the available online tutors, just enter your subject criteria into the search engine and select the webcam filter to see the available teachers who are currently offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via Skype offer many advantages. You can plan your classes to fit around your schedule and online lessons are often less expensive as the teacher does not need to travel.
From a sample of 96 scores, learners scored their ESOL tutors an average of 5,0 out of five.
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Learning to speak English has a number of benefits. English is the one of the most influential languages in the academic and business worlds.
The ability to converse in another language can open up many doors to you in terms of travel and culture. Other benefits of learning English include increased employability and improved writing skills.
On Superprof, we have a number of highly qualified ESOL teachers available to give private tuition.
An ESOL teacher can help you with many things:
You can discuss with your tutor what you hope to accomplish from your private ESOL lessons.
Take ESOL courses to learn more about the English language with a experienced private teacher. With the help of your tutor, now is the perfect opportunity to master the English language.