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Welcome to The Knowledge Workshop, based in the historic, vibrant heart of Observatory, Cape Town, minutes from the city centre, the mountain and beaches - an international language and teaching centre with a difference!

86 Station Road (1st Floor),
Corner of Station and Lower Main Roads,
Observatory, Cape Town, 7925
+27 21 448 5090
Marian James
Email Marian
+27 82 503 8556
Paul Salmon
Email Paul
+27 84 368 7836
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, Saturdays 10am - 1pm
Visitors by appointment only.

I initially came to the TKW because I had to complete a TEFL course as a requirement for South Korea. I had heard of other people doing similar courses but was drawn to the TKW because of the practical component. I can honestly say that it was the best 100 hours! I learnt so much about the English Language, about teaching, the world around us…I researched many TEFL institutions and the TKW was b...

Carima Behardien - (Social worker turned teacher)

Dear Marian and Paul, I miss our tea breaks where we endlessly discussed travelling options and teaching dos and don’ts with fellow “TEFLers”. I miss those delicious biscuits...? The best part was getting to teach at Ikamvalethu. This course and the week spent teaching at Ikamvalethu instilled a confidence in me that has grown in South Korea. Thank you for sparking the desire to learn more, ...

Emma-Jean Clark - (EFL teacher, South Korea)

It takes a lot of skill to turn a shy, quiet and placid individual into a fully functioning teaching machine capable of standing confidently in front of 51 students on a daily basis. That said, Marian and Paul, you guys managed to do it and you did it with style. In all my years of school and studying, I have never felt a connection and comfort level such as the atmosphere you set at your school. ...

Damian James Putter - (EFL teacher – Thailand)

I attended the TEFL course offered by The Knowledge Workshop in April 2008. It exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get into TEFL teaching. The informal, intimate and friendly setting of The Knowledge Workshop made the course really enjoyable to attend. I have no doubt that Marian is someone who loves to teach. She's always super-energetic, and has an innovative a...

JP Crowe - TEFL graduate, April 2008 (EFL teacher - South Korea)

Once again, I just want to say how glad I am that I did the course. You are an incredible teacher that made the course, which could have been a tiring, boring schlep, an enjoyable experience!

Grant Arendse - TEFL graduate, April 2008 (EFL teacher - South Korea)

The TEFL course which Marian facilitates at The Knowledge Workshop prepared me very well for my teaching experience in West Africa. I wanted to teach in Africa and having done some work experience with TKW at a secondary school in Langa, Cape Town, I can honestly say I was very well prepared to teach here in Africa. The TEFL course is an intense, but extremely enjoyable learning experience as Ma...

Barbara Osterloh - (EFL teacher, Island of Principe, West Africa)

To be honest, I was nervous before my first class at The Knowledge Workshop. Coming from an accounting career, I was a bit hesitant towards this whole teaching thing. But from the start, Marian was amazing and made us feel at home. She brings so much experience, knowledge and fun to the class. The course was thorough, easy to follow, and very hands-on. It was an incredible experience, and I feel ...

Greg Boy - (EFL teacher, Island of Principe, West Africa)

I am 49 years old and have had many experiences over the years in learning situations, in my professional capacity and as a student at university and school. I can say without reservation that you are among the foremost teachers that I have had the privilege to be taught by and that your energy and zeal kept me enthralled and an active and keen participant in the process. I learnt more than I thou...

Christopher Ekerold - TEFL graduate, March 2009 (Destination - South Korea)

I was fortunate enough to attend the TEFL/TESOL course offered by The Knowledge Workshop. As a 24 year old with absolutely no teaching experience, I was not sure what I was getting myself into. Let me tell you, it was one of the best decisions I have made! Marian is a fantastic teacher and she channeled her energy, enthusiasm and passion into the course, to make it one of the most informative and ...

John Simon Cullen - TEFL graduate, March 2009 (Destination - South Korea)
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