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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.

When I first arrived in Cape Town, I felt intimidated when having conversations in English. After spending 3 months studying general English at The Knowledge Workshop, I started to feel more confident and could communicate more easily than before. I went on to pass the TOEFL exam and am now studying at UCT. I really enjoyed every moment I spent at TKW, especially the interesting break time convers...

Willy Yav - French speaking EFL student, 2010 (Democratic Republic of Congo)

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)

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)

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

Paul and Marian, thank you both for everything. This adventure that I am embarking on would not be possible if you had not been there to guide me. I wish you all the best in the future and promise that I won't be a stranger.

Seiphemo Monnapula - TEFL graduate, November 2008 (EFL teacher - South Korea)

Being older it was a challenge to go 'back to school' to do the TEFL training. I was delighted to find TKW! The environment is welcoming, relaxed and supportive. Marian's facilitation is superb. We worked intensely, but always learned in a fun-filled atmosphere. I am amazed at how quickly and well prepared we were for our practical teaching experience. As I leave to work with Teaching English in I...

Tessa Viotti - TEFL graduate, November 2008 (EFL teacher - South Korea)

At this time I wanna let you know about TOEIC test which I took in January. Yesterday I got the marks. It was 715 / 990. By the way previous one was 380 / 990. As where I wanted to reach before I'd been to SA, I can say that I got an achievement. I'm very happy and proud of what I studied English in SA. I'll keep going up! I really thank The Knowledge Workshop for everything that you've done. ...

Shouki-Shiozawa - General English / TOEIC student 2012 (Japan)

I had a beneficial learning experience at The Knowledge Workshop and highly recommend Marian’s teaching approach. I found the homely atmosphere and sociable disposition of staff members conducive to learning. Marian is proficient in and passionate about what she teaches. I definitely feel much more confident about stepping into a classroom now that I have completed the course.

Nancy Nel - General English / TOEIC student 2012 (Japan)

I think that from the word 'Go' I enjoyed the challenge the course offered. It gave me an insight into how a teacher can teach English from the viewpoint of teaching the language as opposed to teaching about the language. I can honestly say that I was made to think about grammar in context as opposed to just teaching grammar. Marian encourages creativity and gives a lot of time to group participat...

Rob Drake - TEFL graduate, April 2008 (EFL teacher - South Korea)
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