While South Africa has 11 official languages, South Africans use English most often to communicate with each other. Thus, improving your English skills when it’s not your first language could benefit you tremendously.
We found five language schools that offer courses in English. These vary from beginner to advanced, and will serve you well in both your professional and everyday life.
Please note: Intergate Immigration is not affiliated with any of these language schools.
UCT Language Centre
The UCT Language Centre is part of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Doing a language course here means you’ll study at one of South Africa’s best universities.
The Centre offers a wide range of English Language courses, including conversational English and business English.
The conversational English course is ideal for everyday purposes, while the business English course is perfect if you mainly use English at work or in a business environment.
The great thing about these courses are that you can start on any Monday.
UCT also offers an English for Academic Purposes programme, which is designed for students who need to use English in university. You’ll cover topics such as essay writing, giving presentations, and dealing with academic texts.
Go here for more info on the UCT Language Centre: https://uctlanguagecentre.com/
English One is in the heart of Cape Town in St George’s Mall. This is close to the famous Green Market Square as well as on the MyCiti bus route.
The classes at English One are small – a maximum of 8 students are allowed per class. This means you get more time with your teacher.
The courses cover various disciplines, so you’re sure to find a course that’s right for you. English One offers, among others, General English, English for Business, Hospitality English, and Technical English.
At English One you’ll also have the option of studying with a private teacher. This is exclusive to the General English courses. Studying with a private teacher means the focus is completely on your wants and needs.
Go here for more info on English One: www.englishone.co.za
Essential English offers both full-time and part-time courses. In addition, you can start your course at any time. This enables you to take your English classes at times most convenient to you.
Courses cover the most important parts of English – grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation as well as speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. You’ll be able to choose from General English, Business English, and Conversational English, among others.
You’ll find Essential English in Sandton, close to Sandton City Mall and Nelson Mandela Square.
Go here to find out more about Essential English: www.essentialenglish.co.za
Wits Language School
The Wits Language School offers ‘innovative, interactive and research-based language services’.
The School has more than 21 years of experiences in the world of languages, and offer a wide range of courses. Students can choose from on-site and online learning, with full-time, part-time and blended learning options.
The courses include, but are not limited to, English as a Foreign Language, English for University Success, English Speaking and Pronunciation, and English for Critical Thinking in a Business Context.
Go here to find out more about the Wits Language School: www.wits.ac.za/witslanguageschool/
Durban Language Centre
The Durban Language Centre offers English classes at all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. The Centre prides itself on ‘making language learning fun, using effective teaching techniques and maintaining high standards of professionalism’. The DLC encourage reading and writing practice as homework, with the focus on communication and language usage in class.
As an added bonus, the DLC is only 5 minutes from the city centre, with many parks, coffee shops, and restaurants within walking distance.
Go here to find out more about the Durban Language Centre: http://durbanlanguage.com
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