TEFL Courses in Cape Town

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A Guide to TEFL Courses in Cape Town

Established in the 17th century on the southern tip of the African continent by Dutch traders, Cape Town has been at the heart of South Africa’s historical development and its struggle through colonization and apartheid toward freedom. Today Cape Town is a diverse, dynamic city which is considered by many to be among the most beautiful on the planet, and among the most important emerging into the world order. Enrolling in a TEFL course in Cape Town is the opportunity to immerse yourself fully in South Africa’s second largest city, learning a valuable new skill-set along the way.

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While English is the predominant language spoken in education and business throughout the city, some 70% of Cape Town’s residents are second language speakers (Afrikaans and Xhosa being the two other most prominent languages). This creates an rewarding dynamic for aspiring ESL teachers to train within, living in a place where they can speak English regularly and also gain practice communicating with second-language speakers.

TEFL courses in Cape Town will require at least 120 hours of training in order to complete your certification, which usually translates to a one-month duration abroad. During training you will cover all the basics of teaching English as a second language such as grammar, reading, writing, and speech, and will also cover more advanced topics such as teaching methodology, classroom management, lesson planning, and student assessment.

Upon graduation from your TEFL course in Cape Town, you will officially be certified to move on and pursue ESL teaching positions anywhere in the world. There is a considerable market in Cape Town itself for ESL teachers because of the large second-language population; however you should be prepared with the knowledge that many of these positions are on a volunteer basis, as is the case throughout much of the African continent.

Life in Cape Town

Located on the coast of South Africa’s Western Cape with about 2.5 million people living in the metropolitan area, Cape Town is the country’s second largest city after Johannesburg. It is the legislative capital of the South Africa and, with a cosmopolitan population stemming from all over the continent and indeed the world, is also a major economic and cultural hub of sub-Saharan Africa.

While Cape Town is perhaps most famous for its scenic beauty – including such landmarks as Table Mountain, Cape Point, and many miles of pristine beaches – you will find no shortage of stimulation within the city itself, either. While you are enrolled in a TEFL course in Cape Town you will have the opportunity to go out and explore the city’s great restaurants, bars, marketplaces, and other cultural attractions.

Cape Town may be the most popularly visited city in all of Africa, but you should still expect a degree of culture shock while living there, especially if you have never travelled to a developing country. While it has made strides on many fronts, poverty and inadequate social resources still hinder large segments of the city’s population. Don’t be surprised if you feel inspired to stay on after your TEFL course in Cape Town to help locals gain a leg up by teaching them English!

Costs & Affordability

TEFL courses in Cape Town vary in affordability, but most will wind up costing you between $1,000 and $2,000 in tuition for an in-classroom training (online and mixed courses are less expensive). Cape Town itself is an affordable city for most aspiring educators traveling from the industrialized world, so enrolling here can actually be a good way to save some money. The local currency in South Africa is the rand, which exchanges at about 13.50 ZAR to $1 USD.

Accommodation & Visas

Often your TEFL program in Cape Town will help you secure housing for the one-month training period, after which you may be expected to find your own accommodation if you plan on staying abroad and teaching in the city. Homestays and shared apartments are commonly offered housing options for the duration of the initial TEFL course in Cape Town.

Whether or not you will have to obtain a visa in order to enroll in a TEFL course in Cape Town depends on your home nation and the duration of your intended stay. Teachers from many countries will be allowed to enter the country for 90 days before having to worry about a visa; to learn more regarding your individual circumstances, check out our South African Embassy Directory.

Benefits & Challenges

ESL Tradition. As a city with such a large population of non-native speakers, learning English as a second language has become engrained in the educational tradition of Cape Town. It is a very rewarding place to learn the skillset. 

Crash Course. Whatever your career intentions afterward, enrolling in a TEFL course in the multicultural city of Cape Town will be a great introduction to the field of international education, and into the global community at large.

Personal Development. Enrolling in a TEFL course in Cape Town is the opportunity not just to grow as an international educator, but as a global citizen. You will discover a life previously unknown in Africa’s southernmost capital, and it will change the way you see the world.

Embarking from home to take on a TEFL course in Cape Town is a great way to wet your feet in the field of international education in what is truly one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Are you ready to begin the adventure?

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