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English in Cape Town, South Africa - LAL

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Programme Summary:

  • Ages 16+
  • Minimum 1 week stay
  • Multicultural and safe city
  • School close to city centre and the beaches
  • Cambridge exam preparation
  • Residence or host family
  • On-site residence

Destination

Cape Town

A language stay in Cape Town is an unforgettable experience. Whether it's the Mediterranean climate, crystal waters, white sandy beaches, the natural surroundings, historic districts or lively atmosphere, Cape Town has something for everyone.

A hugely popular destination, Cape Town is by far the safest city in South Africa. Being the old capital of the British colony, English is one of Cape Town's official languages.

A mixture of cultures, religions and people, the city offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere that remains lively day and night. The three universities nearby also attract a large number of international students.

Nature lovers can explore the numerous national parks and discover the local wildlife or try quality wines. With an exceptional climate, you can play numerous sports year round in Cape Town: Diving, sailing, surfing, horse riding, paragliding etc.

LAL School of English

Our partner school LAL was established in 1995 and moved to new facilities in 2011. Located in the heart of the hip Sea Point area, LAL is only a few blocks away from the centre of town and the sea. Wander round the huge shopping mall overlooking the sea and grab dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants it has to offer.

If you choose LAL, you'll be able to access the school's online learning platform. This platform lets you view the facilities, see the activity planning, book an evening activity and benefit from help and advice concerning your journey to Cape Town. This platform will be available 3 months after your programme has ended to ensure that you can continue learning English even after you have returned home.

Accreditations: SAYTC, Education South Africa

School facilities include:

  • 16 bright classrooms
  • IT room
  • Free WiFi access
  • A well stocked library
  • A book shop
  • A lounge
  • A garden
  • A small swimming pool

Activities and events during your stay

You will enjoy a varied calendar of social and leisure activities every week, in the afternoon or during the evening. Attendance is optional. Many of these activities are free of charge, however, some may charge a fee. All activities are subject to change without notice and may be offered seasonally.

Some of the many activities available include:

  • Cage diving with sharks
  • Casino night
  • Excursion to Ostrich Ranch & Blouberg Beach
  • Horse riding
  • Rafting
  • Surfing
  • Quad bikes
  • Day excursion to Cape of Good Hope, to vineyards etc.
  • Day/weekend Safari

Courses

English language courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Number of students per class: maximum 15 (average of 12)
  • Timetable: classes begin in the morning and/or afternoon
  • Certificate of participation at the end of your stay
  • Free access to the school's online learning platform until 3 weeks after the programme has ended
  • Regular progress reports. Teachers adapt their classes to aid steady progress.
  • Teachers are qualified to teach English as a foreign language

Courses on offer

  • Standard course: 20 lessons per week

    4 lessons a day will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as LAL trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    Language level: beginner to advanced

  • Intensive English: 30 lessons per week

    The ideal course to get your English where you want it to be, fast. Includes the above Standard course, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 10 lessons per week.

    Language level: beginner to advanced

  • Exam preparation courses

    • Cambridge exam: 30 lessons per week Minimum session length: 6 or 10 weeks on specific dates (please see 'Dates & Prices' tab)

    To achieve a good score in the FCE, CAE or CPE exams, it is essential that you receive rigorous preparation to acquire the knowledge you need to pass. Your teachers will guide and monitor you to make sure that you progress at the correct rate to succeed in your exam, giving you the specific vocabulary and grammar and study plan you need. Using sample exam papers you will learn how to effectively answer questions so by the time you take the test, you will know the style of questions to expect and how to answer them.

    Language level:

    • FCE: intermediate (B1 for 10 weeks, B2 for 6 weeks)
    • CAE: upper intermediate (B2 for 10 weeks, C1 for 6 weeks)

Accommodation

Host family (ages 16+)

Single room, shared bathrooms, half board

Travel time to school: families are located in the Cape Town area, usually in either the Sea Point or Green Point areas. The time required to get to school is a maximum of 30 minutes by public transport.

Optional extras

  • Private bathroom

Practical information:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day (fee may be applicable to be payed to the family), but there are also laundromats situated around the city you can use instead (for a fee).

Main Road Residence - on campus (ages 18+)

This residence is located right on campus, a mere 200m away from the beach and in an area teeming with shops and restaurants.

Features:

  • Shared or single rom
  • Private bathroom
  • Breakfast included
  • Half board (at an extra cost)
  • Distance from school: on site
  • Location: 200m from the beach and near the restaurants and shops in Sea Point.

Facilities and services available:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • WiFi connection
  • Common kitchen
  • TV in each room
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden
  • 24 hour security
  • No laundry services are available at the residence. You can find coin operated laundry machines in the area.
  • Rooms are cleaned during the week, but students are responsible for cleaning their rooms during the weekend.

High Level Road residence: off-site (ages 18+)

This residence is located 10 minutes away from the beach. It's also an ideal location as it's only a 10 minute bus journey to reach the centre of town.

Features:

  • Shared or single room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Breakfast included
  • Half board (at an extra cost)
  • Distance from school: a 5 minute walk away
  • Location: in the Sea Point area overlooking the ocean

Facilities and services available:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • WiFi connection
  • Common kitchen
  • Heated pool
  • Garden
  • No laundry services are available at the residence. You can find coin operated laundry machines in the area.
  • Rooms are cleaned during the week, but students are responsible for cleaning their rooms during the weekend.

Dates & Prices 2019

Dates 2019

Course start dates: Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Complete beginners can begin on the first Monday of every month.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be rescheduled or refunded): 01/01, 21/03, 19/04, 22/04, 27/04, 17/06, 09/08, 24/09, 25/12, 26/12, 01/01/2020

Exam Prep Course Start Dates:

Cambridge FCE Courses:

  • 6 weeks: 28/01-08/03, 29/04-07/06, 04/11-13/12
  • 10 weeks: 01/04-07/06, 07/10-13/12

    Exams take place on 09/03, 08/06 & 14/12

Cambridge CAE Courses:

  • 6 weeks: 04/02-15/03, 06/05-14/06, 28/10-06/12
  • 10 weeks: 07/01-15/03, 08/04-14/06, 30/09-06/12

    Exams take place on 16/03, 12/06 & 07/12

(Exam dates are subject to change depending on the local exam centre. For more information, please visit the Cambridge exam site)

Prices 2019

This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal included 24h support
Booking prices -

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees

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Course & residence accommodation, shared room, breakfast included
DurationStandard 20LIntensive 30LCambridge 30L
1 week585 €635 €-
2 weeks1,010 €1,110 €-
3 weeks1,390 €1,540 €-
4 weeks1,815 €2,015 €-
6 weeks2,660 €2,960 €3,105 €
8 weeks3,385 €3,785 €-
10 weeks--4,790 €
12 weeks4,980 €5,580 €-
16 weeks6,590 €7,390 €-
18 weeks7,430 €8,330 €-
20 weeks8,190 €9,190 €-
24 weeks9,430 €10,630 €-
32 weeks12,545 €14,145 €-
36 weeks14,085 €15,885 €-
Extra week390 €440 €-
Residence optional extras (per week)
Residence - Single room90 €
Half board35 €
Peak season extra 16/12/2018-03/03/201950 €
Host family optional extras (per week)
Host family, half board, single room60 €
Peak season extra 16/12/2018-03/03/201980 €
Course optional extras (per week)
Peak season extra 31/12/2018-01/03/201915 €
Airport transfer - per journey*
From Cape Town airport (CPT)40 €

Arrival transfer is included if you have book your accommodation with our partner school.

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course and accommodation in Main Road residence (on-site), shared room & breakfast
  • Course materials (students taking a course lasting more than 8 week must pay a €25 fee each time they move up a level)
  • Unlimited internet access at school
  • Transfer on arrival if you have reserved accommodation through our partner school
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to/from Cape Town
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunch (in a host family), lunch & dinner (residence accommodation)
  • Transport in and around Cape Town
  • Optional activities
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurances
  • Exam fees where applicable (Cambridge)
  • Residence deposit (where applicable)

Practical information

Transport

Arrivals: Sunday

Departures: Sunday

Residence: Check-in: after 2:00 pm ; Check-out: before 10:00 am

Arrival airport:

  • Cape Town International (CPT)

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Arrival transfer is included if you have book your accommodation with our partner school.

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.

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