Young learners

IH Cape Town Young Learner Programmes for Teenagers (aged 13-15)

The City

“Cape Town is an iconic destination – it offers a myriad of remarkable and real value-for-money experiences. The Mother City’s breathtaking natural beauty and sophisticated tourism infrastructure, with world-renowned attractions and facilities, contribute to Cape Town’s status as one of the top city travel destination of 2010,” says Mariette du Toit-Helmbold - CEO of Cape Town Tourism.

International House Cape Town

IH Cape Town was established in 2008 and is situated in the very fashionable Sea Point area, close to the beachfront. We are located in the midst of shops, restaurants, banks, bars and cafés, as well as taxi and bus routes. Our school has 19 large classrooms, a business centre, a self-study centre, air conditioning in all classrooms, and free wireless Internet connection. There is a large sea-view deck and outside entertainment area.

The course

The very popular Young Learner English courses at IH have been designed by IH World to meet the needs of all young learners. Our focus is to unlock the language that the student is already aware of and courses are structured to cover such aspects as conversation and discussions, listening and reading practise and role play, with a small amount of written work included. Up-to-date teaching methods and material and the buzz within the classes create an informal and happy environment. The programme consists of 20 lessons per week.

The course fee includes the following services:

  • Airport transfer service on arrival and departure.
  • 4 English lessons per day, in groups of up to 12 students.
  • All teaching materials, tests and certificates.
  • Accommodation as requested in family, residence or lodge/hotel.
  • Full board.
  • Full social programme of sports and other activities, including local visits and excursions.

Social and Cultural Programme

The course includes a very full programme and caters for the needs of young learners, while also giving them time to enjoy some leisure time for themselves.

Please see attached sample itinerary:

Three types of accommodation are available:

IH Student residence/house

The IH Cape Town student residence is located in Sea Point, less than 10 minutes’ walk from the school. The residence, which provides accommodation throughout the year to students from IH Cape Town, was opened in 2009 and is very well maintained. Accommodation is available in spacious twin rooms, with sheets and towels provided. Rooms are serviced daily, Monday – Friday. Rooms with private bathrooms are also available for group leaders. The bedrooms are equipped with wardrobes, chairs and desk lamps, and there is also a comfortable TV lounge where students can relax and socialise. Accommodation includes all meals: breakfast is served from 07:00 – 09:00, lunch from 13:00-15:00, and the evening meal from 19h00-20h00. Students are provided with a key to their rooms.

Host families

Most of our host families live in flats, as there are not many host families who have individual houses in Sea Point. Apartment buildings (both old and modern) are rarely more than 8 floors high. A typical flat will have 3 or 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a dining room and a living room. Some flats have terraces or balconies. It is difficult to describe a typical family as there is such a variety; some are young couples, some have children still living at home, others, perhaps the majority, have grown-up children who no longer live at home. The evening meal is usually served at about 19h00. Almost all of our host families live within walking distance of the school. However, in exceptional cases it will be necessary for the students to take a bus from their family to the school. All host families are located within 25 minutes of the school.


Hotel accommodation is available in a selection of 3- and 4-star hotels situated in the Sea Point area and all within walking distance of the school. Accommodation is in 2- or 3-bedded rooms on a full-board basis with continental breakfast, packed lunch and a set menu for dinner. There are a mixture of en-suite and sharing rooms available.