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Good Food and Wine Show (2 – 4 June)

Good Food and Wine Show (2 – 4 June)

Pick any weekend of the year in Cape Town and you’re bound to find a host of events planned throughout our hip and happening city. We have rounded up a bunch of super fun things to do in and around the Mother City this weekend!

Celebrate your love of cuisine and vino at the Good Food and Wine Show.

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This event in the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Lower Long Street is a three-day food and wine jamboree with all the frills and trimmings. There’s more to it than simply eating and drinking; this fest gets interactive and gives you a chance to meet some influential and world-renowned South African chefs and get your hands dirty. Cooking workshops will be led by a few of the chefs, and celebrity chefs giving cooking demos in a live theatre will be on view. Aside from this, you can check out sections such as the Lifestyle area with teachings about organic vegetable growing, a Kid’s area for your little ones, and lots of vino.

The Cape Town Good Food and Wine Show (GFWS) is one of the country’s foremost gourmet events, and as always, it’s back to whet the appetites of Mother City foodies at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, 2 to Sunday, 4 June 2017. This immensely popular event shines the spotlight on all things tasty and is highly anticipated by local lovers of yummy nosh and chefs alike.

This year’s fest returns with a spring in its step and will be tackling the controversial issue of food waste and how to minimize it in our kitchens.

The Good Food and Wine Show has eight separate sections for you to enjoy. These dedicated sections aim to totally encapsulate their respective ideas, and showcase the best goods and services available. There will be areas dedicated to Wellness, Lifestyle, Wine, Market, Beer and Alcohol, Kids, Street Food and Baking. So whatever aspect of food you love, this event provides the perfect experience for you.

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7 Benefits Οf Technology Integration Ιn Τhe Education Sphere

7 Benefits Οf Technology Integration Ιn Τhe Education Sphere

The future of the educational system is practically determined by the development of technology. Some educators and experts are against the trends of implementing EdTech tools and apps in every single aspect of the schooling system, mainly because technology is a source of distraction for students. However, proper technology integration guides students towards greater understanding of all concepts covered in class.

Advantages Οf Technology Integration Ιn Τhe Education Sphere

The teaching strategies based on educational technology can be described as ethical practices that facilitate the students’ learning and boost their capacity, productivity, and performance. Technology integration in education inspires positive changes in teaching methods on an international level. Are you still wondering whether or not you should start relying on different apps and tools? The following list of benefits will help you come to a final conclusion.

1. Technology makes teaching easy! 

Aren’t you tired of giving theoretical explanations your students cannot understand? You simply cannot discover a way of presenting tough concepts that makes the concept clear for each and every student in the class. Technology has that power! Thanks to audio-visual presentations, your students will understand exactly how the knowledge is applied in practice. You can use projectors and computer presentations to deliver any type of lesson or instruction and improve the level of comprehension within the class.

2. Technology helps you track students’ progress!

You are no longer limited to a plain-old diary and notes about every student. That would only get you confused. Today, you can rely on platforms and tools that enable you to keep track of the individual achievements of your students. MyStudentsProgress and theTeacherCloud Progress Tracker are great online tools that enable you to do that, but your school can also develop personalized software that would serve that purpose.

3. Educational technology is good to the environment!

Can you imagine the amount of paper and number of trees that would be saved if every school decided to introduce digital textbooks? Of course, that goal is far from realistic at this point, but you can make a change when you start from your own class. For example, you can instruct your students to take online tests and submit their papers and homework through email. You can also encourage them to use eReaders to go through the literature you assign.

4. Thanks to technology, students enjoy learning! 

Students are addicted to Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Digg, and other websites from a very early age. The internet can distract them from the learning process, but you can also use their inclination to spend time online for a good purpose: Making learning enjoyable. Use touch-screen technology and online presentations to make the classes more interactive. You can also rely on technology when you want your students to take part in discussions. Set up a private Facebook group for your class and inspire constructive conversations!

5. Technology makes distance learning more accessible than ever! 

Without the wonders of the internet, people wouldn’t be able to get access to any type of information at the very moment they think of it. Today, distance learning is one of the most trending learning methods. Virtual lessons are slowly taking the place of traditional lectures. Students can organize their time in a way that works for them, and they can easily gain the knowledge they are interested in. For example, let’s say one of your students shows great interest in Astronomy, but the traditional curriculum does nothing to feed that hunger for knowledge. You can recommend him/her to take beginner’s course at Coursera, Udemy, or any other online service that offers high-quality virtual lectures.

6. Students and teachers can access information at any time!

This is possibly the most obvious benefit of technology. When old-school teachers were students, they had to spend hours in the library looking for the information they needed. Today, technology integration makes everything different and simpler. Students can easily access newspapers, scientific articles, studies, and any other type of content online. They can write better, deeper academic papers because they can support their arguments with more evidence. When you give a lecture the students don’t understand, they can find simpler instructions and information with a single Google search.

7. Technology makes collaboration more effective! 

Think about the way collaboration looks like in a traditional classroom setting. You organize groups, assign the projects, and suddenly the class becomes a complete mess. Some students express their opinions too loudly and firmly, while others don’t get an opportunity to be heard. Online tools and apps offer a unique setting for students to engage in a group project. They can do the work from home; the team is connected through the Internet and everyone is inspired by the focused environment.

Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Technology

You stand no chance of being called “the cool teacher” if you keep neglecting the use of educational technology in the classroom. The benefits of technology integration described above should convince you of the fact that this form education is great for both students and teachers.

 

source: elearningindustry.com

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8 Tips to Help you Set New Year Goals

8 Tips to Help you Set New Year Goals

The importance of setting new year goals. This is an important life skill you need to learn.

Here are 10 tips to help you set goals for the new year.

1. Define the Word “Goal”

Make sure you know what the word “goal” means.

2. The Importance of Setting Goals

Setting a goal will:

Improve your confidence.
Help you make better decisions.
Give you motivation in life.

3. Set Realistic Goals

Set small, achievable goals that can be achieved quickly. This will help you understand the process of setting and achieving a goal.

4. Improve Unrealistic Goals

Some people may dream big, maybe too big, and you know that this goal will be unachievable. Instead, refine your goal into something you know you will be able to achieve.

5. Develop a Step-by-Step Method to Achieving the Goal

Develop a step-by-step method to achieving this goal.

6. Visually Create Your Goal

A visual reminder is a great way to help you physically see what your goal is.

7. Keep in Mind the Time Factor

Make sure you set a timeline to achieve their goal.

8. Celebrate Once a Goal is Achieved

Hooray! You have achieved your goal! Now it’s time to celebrate.

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More About Let’s Learn English

More About Let’s Learn English

Let’s Learn English (LLE) is the first English language school in Observatory (Obs), Cape Town. We opened in 2011, and have had many happy students from around the world. We are a small school, specialising in teaching. Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced Levels of English

What we offer:
• Powerful learning system with endless learning material.
• Computers for students to use for learning.
• Small classes – more chances to speak, listen and improve.
• Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels.
• Comfortable atmosphere
• Unlimited free Wi-Fi

Our school offers:
• General English
• Communicate comfortably in English for everyday use.
• Business English (for your career or work)
• Be confident in everyday business situations.
• Exam English (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge CAE etc.).
• Preparation for international English Exams.

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Benefits Of Classroom Technology

Benefits Of Classroom Technology

Written by Webanywhere // February 18, 2016
Original Article: https://www.webanywhere.co.uk/blog/2016/02/top-6-benefits-technology-classroom/

It is important to acknowledge that students are already interested and engaged in using technology, this creates many amazing opportunities for schools and teachers to benefit from integrating some forms of technology in the classroom and to make teaching and learning more effective. Here are some of the main benefits of using technology in the classroom.

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Improves engagement

When technology is integrated into lessons, students are expected to be more interested in the subjects they are studying. Technology provides different opportunities to make learning more fun and enjoyable in terms of teaching same things in new ways. For instance, delivering teaching through gamification, taking students on virtual field trips and using other online learning resources. What is more, technology can encourage a more active participation in the learning process which can be hard to achieve through a traditional lecture environment.

Improves knowledge retention

Students who are engaged and interested in things they are studying, are expected to have a better knowledge retention. As mentioned before, technology can help to encourage active participation in the classroom which also is a very important factor for increased knowledge retention. Different forms of technology can be used to experiment with and decide what works best for students in terms of retaining their knowledge.

Encourages individual learning

No one learns in the same way because of different learning styles and different abilities. Technology provides great opportunities for making learning more effective for everyone with different needs. For example, students can learn at their own speed, review difficult concepts or skip ahead if they need to. What is more, technology can provide more opportunities for struggling or disabled students. Access to the Internet gives students access to a broad range of resources to conduct research in different ways, which in turn can increase the engagement.

Encourages collaboration

Students can practice collaboration skills by getting involved in different online activities. For instance, working on different projects by collaborating with others on forums or by sharing documents on their virtual learning environments. Technology can encourage collaboration with students in the same classroom, same school and even with other classrooms around the world.

Students can learn useful life skills through technology

By using technology in the classroom, both teachers and students can develop skills essential for the 21st century. Students can gain the skills they will need to be successful in the future. Modern learning is about collaborating with others, solving complex problems, critical thinking, developing different forms of communication and leadership skills, and improving motivation and productivity. What is more, technology can help develop many practical skills, including creating presentations, learning to differentiate reliable from unreliable sources on the Internet, maintaining proper online etiquette, and writing emails. These are very important skills that can be developed in the classroom.

Benefits for teachers

With countless online resources, technology can help improve teaching. Teachers can use different apps or trusted online resources to enhance the traditional ways of teaching and to keep students more engaged. Virtual lesson plans, grading software and online assessments can help teachers save a lot time. This valuable time can be used for working with students who are struggling. What is more, having virtual learning environments in schools enhances collaboration and knowledge sharing between teachers.

To learn more about different ways of incorporating technology in the classroom, visit the Webanywhere website.

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Q & A About Cape Town

Q & A About Cape Town

How safe is Cape Town?
No matter where you go in the world, you will always need to take basic precautions when travelling. Just be aware of your surroundings, don’t walk around with your cellphone in your back pocket, be careful not to walk around alone at night – take someone with you, only take what you need when going out – don’t take a lot of money with you, don’t let anyone help you at banks.

What is the weather like in Cape Town?
Cape Town has a moderate, Mediterranean-like climate. Summers (December to March) are usually dry and windy, while winters (June to October) are normal cold and wet.

What language do Capetonians speak?
English is the most spoken language as well as business language in Cape Town. Afrikaans and Xhosa are closely followed as other spoken languages. South Africa has a mixed culture and wide diversity resulting in 11 official languages.

What’s the public transport like? Do I need a car?
Cape Town has implemented the rapid bus system, commonly known as the MiCiti Bus. They are quick hop-on-hop-off buses that run throughout the city and outer city bowl. Cape Town has also the popular, fast minibus taxi’s stopping almost anywhere at any time. For longer distances, we also have trains. But, if any of this is not for you, renting a cheap car is always an option.

Do I need a visa for South Africa?
Yes, most likely, depending on where you come from and how long you want to stay in Cape Town. For more information on visa’s visit: http://www.southafrica-newyork.net/homeaffairs/visitorsvisa.htm

• Tourist Visa – 90 days or less
• Transit – 3 days or less
• To conduct business – 90 days
• Voluntary or Charitable Activities – Up to 3 years
• To conduct Research – 3 years

What’s the food like in Cape Town? And is it expensive?
Eating out is fairly cheap in Cape Town. No matter where you go, you will find plenty good restaurants with delicious food. From Indian food, to Italian, Chinese, Cuban, Malay, French, Spanish, Portuguese, to good old American fast food chain, you will be spoilt for choice. But, don’t forget to try our traditional South African food as well.Buying food in shops is relatively cheap if you’re not a Capetonian.
What kind of people will I find in Cape Town?
Cape Town is a total mix of various religions, cultures and different ethnicities due to its famous history. In 2016, according to the World Population Review, Cape Town has an estimated population of 3.74 million people. Cape Town houses mostly the Xhosa speaking people, Afrikaans people and the English speaking people, all ranging from black African, Coloured, White, with a large group of Indian and an influx of Asian people.

What is Cape Town like?
Cape Town is a big city with low-lying skyscrapers, the inner part of the city being the usual buzz. The “Mother City” is known for its laid-back, relaxed vibe with beautiful long stretches of sandy-white beaches to a vast variety of fauna and flora. Cape Town is also known as the “Windy City”, with the gushing South-East “Cape Doctor” wind.

There is a lot to do within the city that you can do on a low budget. For the adrenaline junkies, there are endless adventure activities ranging from different levels of craziness.

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How To Focus On Studying In 6 Steps

How To Focus On Studying In 6 Steps

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We’ve all been there: Sitting at a desk or table studying intently, and then…Wham! Thoughts from all over the place invade our brains and we get distracted. If it’s not our thoughts, it’s our roommates. Or neighbors. Or kids.

These study intruders take over, causing us to lose focus. And focus, friends, is what you need to be able to study for any of the big tests, from the LSAT and MCAT to the SAT and ACT to just your average test in school.

1. GET RID OF OBVIOUS DISTRACTIONS

It’s not smart to study with your cell phone on, even if it’s set to vibrate. As soon as you get a text, you’re going to look. You’re human, after all! But remember, you can’t focus on studying if you’re chatting with someone else, too, so the cell phone should be off limits.

Turn off the computer, too (unless you’re prepping on it) and any music with vocals. Study music should be lyric-free! Post a sign on your door for people to stay away. If you have kids, find a babysitter for an hour. If you have roommates, head out of the house to the least popular spot in the library or another good study spot. For that one study session, make yourself inaccessible to people and other external study distractions, so you don’t lose focus when someone wants to chat.

2. ANTICIPATE YOUR PHYSICAL NEEDS

If you’re studying intently, you’re going to get thirsty. Grab a beverage before you open the book. You may even need a power snack while you’re working, so grab some brain food, too. Use the bathroom, put on comfortable clothes (but not too cozy), set the air/heat to best suit you.

3. CHOOSE AN APPROPRIATE TIME

If you’re a morning person, choose the a.m. for your study session; if you’re a night owl, choose the evening. You know yourself better than anyone else, so choose the time when you’re at the height of your brain power and the least tired. It’ll be much more difficult to focus if you’re battling fatigue, too.

 

4. ANSWER YOUR INTERNAL QUESTIONS

Sometimes the distractions aren’t coming from the external – they’re invading from within! We’ve all sat down to study at some point and had worries and other internal distractions invade our brains. “When is she going to call me? When am I going to get a raise?”

When these distracting questions invade, accept them, then push them aside with a logical answer:

It seems silly, but if you answer your own internal questions, you’ll focus your mind back where you want it to go. If necessary, write the the worry down, solve it in a simplistic manner and move on.

  1. “When am I going to get a raise?” Answer: “I will speak to my boss about it tomorrow.”
  2. “When am I going to get my life together?” Answer: “This is a good start. I’m studying like I’m supposed to be, so I’m headed in the right direction.”

 

5. GET PHYSICAL

Some people are just antsy. They need to be doing something, and their bodies don’t make the connection that they are doing something during studying. Sound familiar? If you’re one of these kinesthetic learners, get out a few things to anticipate an “ants in your pants” issue: a pen, a rubber band, and a ball.

  1. Pen: Underline words when you read. Cross off incorrect answers when you’re taking a practice test. Moving just your hand may be enough to shake off the jitters. If it’s not…
  2. Rubber band. Stretch it. Wrap it around your pen. Play with the rubber band while you’re answering questions. Still feeling jumpy?
  3. Ball. Read a question sitting down, and then stand and bounce the ball against the floor as you think of an answer. Still can’t focus?
  4. Jump. Read a question sitting down, then stand and do ten jumping jacks. Sit back down and answer the question.

 

6. GET RID OF THE NEGATIVITY

It’s impossible to focus on studying if you have all sorts of negative ideas about studying. If you’re one of those people who say, “I hate studying!” or “I’m too upset/tired/sick/whatever to study, then you must learn how to flip those negative statements into positive ones, so you don’t automatically shut down when you open up your notes. It’s amazing how quickly studying can become an awful burden with just a poor frame of mind. Here are the top three negative statements people make about studying, and a quick, easy way to fix each one of them.

 

QUICK TIPS

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for a little quiet if you’re studying in a public place. Here are four polite ways to get people to pipe down when you’re trying to study.
  2. Use a good pen like the Pilot Dr. Grip. Sometimes a leaky or uncomfortable pen can undermine your study session.
  3. Wear comfortable, not cozy clothes. Your mind will associate relaxing with sweatpants or PJ’s. Choose something you’d wear to school or a movie.
  4. Tell yourself something positive in case you get distracted despite following the steps above: “I know I lost focus, but I’m going to try again and make sure I’m successful this time.” Positive encouragement goes a long way even if it’s coming from you.
  5. Drink your favorite beverage while studying as a reward for your ability to stay focused. Keep it non-alcoholic!
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11 Facts About English I Bet You Nid Not Know

11 Facts About English I Bet You Nid Not Know

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1. English is the language of the skies

You might know that English is the language of many lands (it’s the official language of 67 countries) but did you know it’s the language of the skies, too? That’s right, English is spoken by all pilots to identify themselves on flights, regardless of where they are from – yet another way in which learning English improves employability, to join our examples in tourism and multinational companies.

2. You or me?

We use the words ‘you’ and ‘me’ all the time, but which of the two do you think is the most widely used? You might be surprised to learn that while ‘you’ is the 18th most commonly used word in the English language; ‘me’ is way back at number 50. So what is the most used English word? Exactly that: ‘the’.

3. One in a billion!

If you were to write out every number in order as words (e.g. one, two, three, four…) you wouldn’t use the letter ‘b’ until you reached one billion!

4. No repeats!

‘Subdermatoglyphic’ is the longest English word that can be written without repeating any letters. It has 17 letters in it, and it’s the medical name for the layer of skin beneath the fingertips. Slightly easier to guess the meaning of is the word ‘uncopyrightable’, which has 15 letters without any being repeated, and refers to something that can’t be copyrighted or owned.

5. Shakespeare was an architect of the English language

The legendary playwright was responsible for many of the things we say and write today. These include the words ‘fashionable’, ‘advertising’ and ‘laughable’, and the phrase ‘fight fire with fire’, which means to respond to attack with a similar form of attack.

6. New arrivals to the dictionary

A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours. The newest and strangest include ‘nerdjacking’ (to hijack a conversation with detailed explanations), ‘undorse’ (to reverse a policy) and ‘Mx’ (a gender-neutral form of address instead of using Mr or Ms).

7. Same word, different meanings

You may know a ‘twerk’ to be a popular, thrusting dance but in the 16th century ‘twirk’ (spelt with an ‘i’ not an ‘e’) meant ‘to twist the hairs of a moustache’. Speaking of twerking, here’s a selection of some of our favourite modern words and slang terms you should know.

8. The origins of English

English originates from Old English, which is its earliest historical form from the 5th century. There was no punctuation until the 15th century. The oldest Old English word still used today that has the same direct meaning is ‘town’. Town has kept the same meaning as its original Old English word “tun” meaning area of dwelling.

9. Time to move

‘Go.’ is the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English.

10. The enemies of poets

There are no words in English that rhyme perfectly with ‘month’, ‘orange’, ‘silver’ or ‘purple’. The definition of a ‘perfect rhyme’ can be found here.

11. What’s an ‘aegilops’?!

The longest word in English with its letters in alphabetical order is ‘aegilops’, which is a type of plant.

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Happy New Year – 2017

Happy New Year – 2017

May you have a great year filled with immense happiness and luck! Stay in good health and achieve greater heights of success.

Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

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