There’s lots of hype and needless to-do all over the Internet and in every country of the world about the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) business – and that’s just what it is, BIG BUSINESS! But here at Anchor of Hope we have taken a different view. Our English language facilitator, Graham Ries, is a 62-year old English speaking African male. Graham’s excellent command of the English language and seemingly polished ‘British’ accent comes from his having lived as a child in nearly every African country south of the Equator.
Born in Zambia, schooled there as well as in Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe, Graham holidayed with his parents in Mozambique and Malawi many times whilst they lived in both Zambia and Zimbabwe.
He has worked in England for a very brief period, but nowhere near long enough for his stay there to have had any effect on his natural accent.
As a former Christian radio presenter, he is asked so often which part of England he comes from it gets quite tiring for him as he explains that although he has worked in England only for a very short time – 6 weeks – he is as African as the next man… As he says, “I was born on African soil and I will die on African soil…”
WE ARE USING THE ACCELERATED CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (A.C.E.) "ENGLISH AS YOUR SECOND LANGUAGE" AND "VIDEOPHONICS" CURRICULA TO TEACH CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH...
WHICH WE TAKE AS FAR AS THE SOUTH AFRICAN VERSION OF "RP" OR 'RECEIVED PRONUNCIATION' - THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTERNATIONAL ACCENT - IF THE STUDENT SO DESIRES...
Here at Anchor of Hope we are going to be teaching people – those that want to of course – to speak with the South African equivalent of the British ‘RP’, or Received Pronunciation (basically the posh British accents you hear coming out of the BBC)…
The principles applied to RP apply in every language, although they can be a contentious issue. However, one needs to realize that with the decreasing job markets, prospective employers will appreciate someone who speaks with clarity, which in South Africa is unfortunately generally associated with people who have attended “white schools”.
People who want to get into media work, such as journalism, or radio and television will benefit greatly from this teaching, which does in fact use the real RP as it’s model.
Here we see 6 of the foreign students learning about the English language in total comfort and totally at ease with each other.
ENGLISH AS YOUR SECOND LANGUAGE
The English As YOUR Second Language Course is covered over an 11-month period and costs R300 per month, plus R300 for the workbook which lasts the whole year.
TOTAL COST R2500.00
The RP course combines both the ESL and the VideoPhonics Courses, and includes learning Environmental Familiarisation plus Basic Computer English, as well as Elocution Lessons in The Queens English. The course runs from 09:00 to 13:00 every Monday & Thursday from January through to November with no breaks in-between.
TOTAL COST R3000.00
The English VideoPhonics Course teaches how to pronounce letters and numbers properly - thus helping greatly when learning to read and write. Course is covered over 6 months at R350.00 per month.
TOTAL COST R1050.00
The R3000 works out at R250 per month if paid in one payment;
If you would like to pay over 2 consecutive 6 month periods, the fee will be R1800 at the beginning of the course, and another R1800 at the middle of the course;
If you can only afford to pay monthly, the course will cost you R350 per month.
Sadly, we are forced to have to request payment in advance because of numerous let downs with many students, both local and foreign, suddenly deciding to stop their training. Agreeably, some are blessed with jobs, and sadly, some are deported from the country, but in neither case do they ever let us know. So now we have to ask for payment in advance as there is an enormous amount of work that goes into developing this material.
Please also note that the pricing for the Conversational English is structured according to provable income in order to make the classes affordable to everyone. We will need to see certified, or preferably original copies of your payslips, and your income and expenditure records. For those who are genuinely unable to afford them, hope is not lost. We will sit down with the prospective student and their sponsor and discuss a pricing arrangement.
will receive the Certificate below which is fully supported by Anchor of Hope.
On the successful completion of monthly presentations to measure progress and pronunciation, the successful English student will receive this full colour certificate. The judges are the rest of the students themselves.