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Happy Holidays!

Dear Blog Visitors

Kurus English would like to thank you all very much for the many helpful conversations and for your willing cooperation with our school in this, our first year of business. We are all very proud of what we have achieved so far and also convinced, from our part, that we will inspire you to further partnerships with Kurus English and it’s unique concept of language, culture and discovery.

We wish you well over the Festive Season with sincere hopes for a peaceful and prosperous 2009.

Yours sincerely
Kurus English

Please see our greetings here!


Com todo Carinho

To: Johannes, Diana, Gavin, Aaliya, Sina, Iain and Jacques

Meus queridos

When Armin told me about the opportunity at Kurus I was curious..
But I was afraid too! Work in a English school? But in the end, I decided to come and take a look and what a glad surprise. Such a beautiful place, so colourful, everyone so nice.. Gavin was so warming and kind..

Then I met Johannes, we had a great talk and here I am finishing my eight weeks internship. Was fast, and also incredible fun, interesting and challenging.

Thank you guys for the help to lose my fear of expressing myself in a foreign language. Thanks your giving me the opportunity to grow.. And I hope my job helps Kurus grow too!!! Good luck in 2009

Come visit me in Brasil and I’ll talke you all to amazing language excursions in the crazy Rio de Janeiro!

Beijos e abraços a todos, com todo carinho.

Rita :)

p.s. Jacques & Iain (two great tour guides)
Aaliya & Gavin (always my dearest teachers)
Johannes & Diana (the best “bosses”)
Sina, my new sweet friend.


Happy Eid al-Adha!

We wish all our Muslim friends a Happy Eid al-Adha!

What is Eid al-Adha?
At the end of the Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca), Muslims throughout the world celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). In 2008, Eid al-Adha will begin on approximately December 8th, and will last for three days.

For more info about Islam and Eid al-Adha please visit: http://islam.about.com/od/hajj/a/adha.htm


South African History

In general, all our Language Excursions contain elements of South African History. With this in mind, we decided to create a week where we have a look at South Africa’s history in more detail.

We started the week with a visit to the Slave Lodge, the Slave Tree and Church Square. We had a close look at the story on slave routes arriving in South Africa. Where did people come from? How did they get there? What were the living conditions like? This part of history is still very much visible today and is one of the reasons for the rich cultural diversity of Cape Town. We can discover this diversity every day while meeting the people of Cape Town, eating their food and experiencing their traditions.

The second Language Excursion led us to the District Six Museum (www.districtsix.co.za) where we talked to Noor who had been forcibly removed from this culturally rich residential area in the 1960s. In addition, we visited the Holocaust Centre (www.ctholocaust.co.za) to get a perspective on human genocide and to compare Apartheid with anti-Semitism.

In our last Excursion for this week, we decided to “celebrate freedom”! One of the key changes post 1994 is Freedom of Movement. Previously, the trains were segregated, as were the buses, the post offices, etc. For this reason, we took a ride on a train. Before 1994, there was a non-white train entrance and a non-white train section, and a white entrance and a white section. This has changed, but the premise is still there in economics – the non-white entrance has become the 3rd class, cheap ticket, entrance, and the white entrance has become the metro plus, the more expensive and comfortable section. To experience both, we took a ride in 1st and 3rd class.

In the video below you can see one of our teachers Gavin, explaining some similarities between the holocaust and apartheid, in the Holocaust Museum.


Building Cities

This week’s Language Excursions were around the topic “Building Cities”. On Tuesday, we undertook a walking tour of Cape Town with Andrew Boraine, the CEO of the Cape Town Partnership (www.capetownpartnership.co.za). Andrew gave us a fascinating perspective on the city’s history as well as a glimpse of its future.

On Wednesday, we went to UCT (Univerity of Cape Town) and met Professor Edgar Pieterse, former special advisor to the former premier of the Western Cape, Ibrahim Rasool, founder of the Institute for Sustainability (www.sustainabilityinstutute.net) and Director of the Centre for Cities in Africa. Here we had a look at City Futures – with the world’s population increasingly moving to the cities, what are the implications? What does it mean for the future of the cities? What does it mean for Cape Town?

Finally, on Thursday, we visited an informal settlement in Kalkfontein, where we met the former local counsellor of the ANC (African National Congresss, ruling political party in South Africa), Maurice Cornelissen, and had a look at how, from a political level, informal settlemets are being managed. What are some of the strategies for ridding the city of informal settlements? We also met and spoke to various people living in this informal settlement.

The video below shows the city walking tour with Andrew explaining about the changing city.


Bekanntgabe der Gewinner unseres Gewinnspiels

 

Vielen herzlichen Dank für die Teilnahme an unserem Gewinnspiel auf der Expolingua in Berlin!

Im Video können Sie die Bekanntgabe der Gewinner unseres Gewinnspiels live aus Kapstadt sehen!

Herzlichen Glückwunsch allen Gewinnern zu 2 Wochen Sprachkurs mit Kurus English für 2 Personen, 30 Stunden pro Woche inklusive unserer einmaligen Sprachexkursionen sowie Übernachtung mit Frühstück bei einer Gastfamilie!

Das ganze Kurus English Team freut sich auf Ihren Besuch!

Thank you very much for participating in our sweepstakes at the fair Expolingua in Berlin!

In this video you can see the announcement of the winners, live from Cape Town!

Congratulations to all winners who won a 2 week Language Course for 2 people, 30 English lessons per week, including our unique, teacher-guided Language Excursions and accommodation in a Host Family!

The Kurus English Team is looking forward to welcoming you to Cape Town!


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All the best! from Margarete and Rudi

We learned English many years ago,
our level in this language was very low.
We couldn’t speak, we didn’t understand,
the people’s language in this land.
Then was born a fantastic idea.
We flew to Cape Town in this year.
Because we could remember:
Kurus English opened its doors in September.
Our son’s and Diana’s English school,
the building, on 70 Wale, is so beautiful.
Inside the colours, like a big rainbow,
red, orange, green, blue and yellow.
The style is modern, fresh and hip,
the best place for students “to equip”.
Aaliya and Gavin they were great and excellent
and taught us with passion, skill and their talent.
The excursions gave us opportunity
to discover culture and diversity.
The experiences were interesting and very impressive,
we met people, amazing and creativ.
They all were friendly and likable,
we always felt so comfertable.
We improved our English
in the 4 most important things

WRITING, LISTENING, READING, SPEAKING!

Thank you so much for a wonderful time. We wish you all the best!

Margarete and Rudi.


2010

Everybody in South Africa is excited about hosting the Soccer World Cup in 2010. The constructions of the stadiums are in progress and here in Cape Town we can see already see the impact of 2010 very clearly. Because of this, this week’s Language Excursions focused on 2010.

Firstly, we visited the visitors centre of the new stadium in Green Point next to the construction site http://www.greenpointstadiumvc.co.za/. We got an insiders overview of football history in Cape Town and South Africa. In addition, it was very exciting to be so close to the new stadium.

Secondly, we were very honoured to visit a training session of FC Santos, a Cape Town soccer club playing in the PSL (Premier Soccer League), the first division in South Africa. We met the coach, the players and the marketing team; and we even scored goals… :-) For more info about FC Santos- the people’s team click here!

On our final Language Excursion this week we met Joe Mthimka in his house in Guguletu. Joe is a soccer coach, very much involved in training youngsters. Joe told us his story and struggle becoming a soccer coach during the Apartheid area as well as the challenges training youngsters today. Joe says: “It’s not just about kids playing soccer, but about them learning life skills.”

For those who are interested here a YouTube video clip of the new stadium!!!

In addition, here a video clip of the actual construction site in February 2008!!!

For more interesting videos visit the Kurus English YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/kurusenglish


Back to the future

In this week’s Language Excursion we were looking at the past, the present and the future. We played indigenous Khoi-San games with a Nama Linguist and historian Pedro Dâusab to look back at our roots. It also brought up relevant discussions about our Nama name “KURUS”. Please follow the link to get the explanation.

Next we got insight into contemporary design while visiting the design studios of xyz (www.dddxyz.com). xyz designers took us through several of their projects, the thinking and creation of them.

Finally, we visited Jonothan Cherry, a marketing and communications expert who is looking at future trends. Jonothan is part of the network www.cherryflava.com, please check it out for innovative news! During the Language Excursion we were sent to a shopping mall taking pictures with a high end digital camera. The goal was to “photograph” a love letter, instead of “writing” it. In the future we won’t write postcards to our beloved ones, we will send them picture stories which they will have to interpret. And that is exactly what we did afterwards. The students had to interpret each others, picture stories! That was fun!!!

In the video showed below you see the wind-up radio that XYZ designed and more explanation about what XYZ exactly does.

Please watch out for next weeks Language Excursions focusing on South Africa in 2010!


Gewinnspiel Messe Expolingua 14.-16.11.2008

Liebe Gäste,

vielen Dank für Ihren zahlreichen Besuch an unserem Messestand auf der Expolingua 2008 in Berlin vom 14.-16.11.08 und Ihr Interesse an unserer Sprachschule! Wir würden uns freuen, viele von Ihnen bei uns in Kapstadt begrüßen zu dürfen. Wir danken Ihnen für Ihre Teilnahme an unserem Gewinnspiel. Unsere drei Gewinnzahlen erfahren Sie nach Eingabe Ihres Gewinncodes

hier

Viel Glück

Ihr Johannes Kraus und das gesamte Kurus English Team

Dear Guests

Thank you very much for visiting us at our Expolingua stand in Berlin from the 14th to the 16th of November 2008 and for your interest in our school, Kurus English in Cape Town, South Africa! We are looking forward to welcoming you to Cape Town and to Kurus English.

Yours sincerely
Johannes Kraus and the Kurus English Team


Kurus English at Expolingua in Berlin

From the 14th to the 16th of November 2008, Kurus English will be represented by a stand at the International Fair for Languages and Cultures in Berlin!

We are giving away great prizes, so don’t wait and visit us in Berlin next weekend! The fair takes place at “Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur”, Friedrichstraße 176 – 179, 10117 Berlin, from Friday to Sunday 10am to 6pm.

For more information about Expolingua in Berlin click here!


Entertainment & Leisure

Our week Entertainment & Leisure is about “taking it easy” in a stressful and hectic world. We discussed how we deal with stress and what we do to relax. This week is also about looking back at South African history where people were not permitted to move freely and couldn’t do what they wanted to do in their leisure time. We want to embrace the freedoms we enjoy today!

On Wednesday we met Viki at Nomzamo in Langa. Viki is a musician (listen to her music on myspace) but she also runs Nomzamo along with her brother. Nomzamo is a “chisa nyama”, a butchery with a barbeque. Here you can choose fresh meat to be barbequed for you. We all had a yummy lunch (including the vegetariens :-) !

On Thursday, we were planning to do a pottery workshop in Guguletu. Unfortunately, our Language Excursion host couldn’t make it. So, we visited John Bauer at his studio in Claremont (he is already part of our Art, Dance, Music Language Excursion; see here). Instead of working with clay, we individually decorated cups and mugs.


Kurus English in Language and Travel Magazine

Kurus English appeared in the Language and Travel Magazine again; for the 2nd month in a row!

Diana gave an interview and a paragraph was published in an article about English learning in South Africa.

For the article please click here!

For more information, you are warmly invited to visit the Hothouse Media website: http://www.hothousemedia.com/ltm/index.htm


New intern at Kurus English

Welcome, Sina, to Kurus English!

Sina is doing a 4 week English Language Course with Kurus English. Afterwards she will be working with us for 2 more months, until January 2009. Sina is helping us with the administration of the school.

Thanks!


Media and Expression

In this week’s Language Excursion we focus on Media Freedom, “Who’s truth is true?” and the new trend of user-generated news. On Tuesday we are visiting Cape Talk (capetalk.co.za) a radio station in Green Point. We will be given a tour of the facility, and the students will conduct an interview in one of their production studios. The next day we visit the ETV newsroom (etv.co.za). Experience the creation of a news story in the edit suite, where an editor will walk us through the steps. This will help us to lead the students towards creating their own news piece on video on the very next day, while visiting Cape Town Community TV Station (capetowntv.org). Students in groups will create their own news clips, edited at the TV station and screened in the media room for everyone. If we are lucky, our clips will even be broadcast on the channel!


Kurus English on academicworld.net

www.academicworld.net published an interview with Johannes, Director of the school, the Kurus English concept, a review of the Capetonian Band MVRQ (for more info click here) and a review of one of our first students Corinne Bütler.

Please visit http://www.academicworld.net/index.php?id=140 and follow Kurus English!


Education & Youth

Last week’s Language Excursion topic was Education & Youth and we asked ourselves some questions: What makes a good education? Free vs paid education?

We visited three different educational institutions in different parts of the City. On Tuesday we visited Kalkfontein Primary School and discussed with the Principal the challenges of educating the children. Afterwards, we met young people participating in a project called The Learning Lounge (www.reallifeconcepts.co.za/learninglounge/index.htm). On Wednesday, we drove to Langa and chatted with the Langa High School Debating Club and the Principal of the High School. On our last Excursion for this week, we met students from the Cape Peninsula Univesity of Technology (CPUT- www.cput.ac.za) who showed us around and gave us an interesting insight in their lives, future plans and their opinion on the educational system in South Africa.


Kurus English in the Cape Times

Today you can see a huge picture of Kurus English in the Cape Times (www.capetimes.co.za). Swindon Properties (www.swinprop.co.za) published a picture in the Cape Times to show the successful letting of our beautiful building in 70 Wale Street.

Here you can download the picture!


Environment

Last week’s theme was the Environment. Our focus was on self-sustainabilty and urbanisation. Our first excursion led us to Rondevlei, a nature reserve in the Cape Flats, where we had a guided tour of the plants and wildlife. Unfortunately, we did not see the hippos…

On Wednesday, we visited 3 ladies in their vegetable gardens, who form part in a programme called Harvest of Hope (www.harvestofhope.co.za). It is a project coordinated between 3 pioneer organisations: Abalimi Bezekhaya (www.abalimi.org.za), the South African Institute for Entrepreneuership (www.entrepreneurship.co.za) and The Business Place (www.thebusinessplace.co.za). The ladies grow vegetables and Harvest of Hope helps them in finding secure, longterm outside markets where they are able to sell their products. It was great to meet the ladies in their gardens!

On our last excursion for the week, we visited Clinton Dilgee, the Fire Ranger for Table Mountain National Park. Clinton explained to us how they deal with fire in the area, and most importantly, how they prevent the occurance of fires at all. Please vist their website for more information (www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/conservation/fire.php)

This week we are looking forward to meeting several pupils, scholars and students at different education facilities in and around Cape Town. Our topic is Educaction & Youth!


Kurus English in German-African Business Association Newsletter

Kurus English appears in the German-African Business Association Newsletter (Afrika Verein der Deutschen Wirtschaft) this month!

Please click here to read the article (in German only).

For more information about the organisation, please follow the link: http://www.afrikaverein.de/de/index.php


New intern at Kurus English

Hi Rita!

Welcome to Kurus English and thank you very much for your support!

Rita is doing a 2 months internship with us. Rita will be liaising with language travel agencies in Brazil.


Belief Systems


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Our topic this week was Belief Systems. Compared to last week, which was a very active week, this week was quieter but less interesting. We visited an Imam in a mosque and learned a lot about Islam. On Thursday we had a meeting with Hildegarde, a Sangoma, an African Tradional Healer. Hildegarde had invited us to visit her home in Constantia and told us the story of how she became a Sangoma. It was very moving and thought-provoking to listen to her speak of her experiences with her ancestors. This was a Language Excursion week that made us all think!

The focus this week was on religious tolerance, the role of belief and spiritual expression. In South Africa we are fortunate to have many different belief systems where people live  peacefully next to each other and repect each other. Something the rest of the world could learn from!

Sorry, that we only have a few pictures this week but it was hardly possible to take any.


Kurus English Launch

Kurus English had its official opening yesterday! 120 guests celebrated with us. All the various groups involved in setting-up and running an English Language School were present: Family and Friends, Marketing Agencies, Host Families, Guesthouses, Hotels, Language Excursion Hosts, Media and Press, Local and Provincial Government and various organisations!

Thank you all for coming and making our launch a great evening!

Special thanks to the musicians and to the people who prepared the delicious Cape Malay food for us!

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