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UCT English Language Centre

The UCT English Language Centre offers year-round courses in General English at all levels from beginner to advanced, Business English, and Exam preparation for IELTS, TOEFL, and Cambridge FCE and CAE exams.

Courses begin every Monday and last from 2 to 48 weeks, with students attending 20, 25 or 30 lessons a week in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment.  Students learn English vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation together with the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.The UCT English Language Centre is a new addition to the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Cape Town.    

ELC teaching approach:

Studying in small, multilingual groups of up to 12 students, the Centre’s teachers use a learner-centred approach which focuses on students’ individual needs and learning styles, and a communicative method to get students communicating with confidence from the start.  Classes utilise a wide range of materials - including listening and video clips, authentic reading texts, and digital learning resources - and lessons are based on real-life themes, topics and ideas to help students engage with the language in an exciting and relevant way.  Progress is continually monitored and students attend regular individual tutorial sessions to review their work and suggest techniques to help them learn more quickly.

English for Academic Purposes:

Coming in 2017: The UCT English Language Centre also runs English for Academic Purposes (EAP) - pre-sessional courses for international students who need to improve their English in order to study at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Students who successfully complete the course are eligible for full degree study at UCT.  On the EAP pre-sessional course, students learn how to:

  1. Speak with confidence and fluency
  2. Listen with critical understanding
  3. Read challenging academic texts
  4. Construct persuasive written arguments
  5. Use academic grammar and vocabulary
  6. Participate in university life and culture

Courses last from 8 to 32 weeks, depending on the entry level of English, and are assessed through a mixture of coursework and a final exam.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL):

The UCT English Language centre runs Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) courses - a four week, intensive course which will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as an English Language Teacher. The course consist of 60 hours of input sesions and 60 hours of classroom observation and teaching practice. Asssesment is based on coursework, assignments, observed teaching practice and a portfolio of work. The course si accredited by the University of Cape Town. For more information on course content, dates and fees, visit the ELC website.

Cost of tuition at the ELC:

For the full breakdown of costs, please refer to the English Language Centre's 2017 price list.


For more detailed information on class times, accommodation and the ELC social programmes, please visit the UCT English Language Centre website. 


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