New English centre boosts UCT's language offering

11 November 2015

The new UCT English Language Centre, which the humanities faculty is launching this week at the Hiddingh Campus, will see the university capitalising on the booming global English language learning market.

The centre will offer first-rate English language tuition and a comprehensive student package that includes accommodation and visa assistance, via the university's International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO).

Language learning is a growth market around the world and English particularly is a key requirement in today's global working world, says Simon Harrison, principal and chief architect of the school.

"Some view English as a gateway into the best colleges or universities. For others, it is simply about acquiring a new set of language skills and exploring a different culture.

Initially, the programme will target students from Africa, Latin America and Europe. "The focus will be on the teaching. But what will set the programme apart will be the combination of quality education, social support and the multicultural experience," said Harrison.

Language learning: Simon Harrison, principal and chief architect of the new UCT English Language Centre. Image supplied.

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