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Lee Shutler, our Principal, writes about his experiences of the ETAS events he regularly attends.

Earlier this month, our Principal, Lee Shutler, attended the ETAS conference in Zug, Switzerland, as a speaker. Here is his view of these events._______________________________________________ Twice a year I find myself at ETAS (English Teachers Association Switzerland) events. In January they have their main conference and in September their Professional Development Day. As a result of […]

PHRASE OF THE WEEK: Fingers crossed

20 January 2020 If you say ‘fingers crossed’ to someone, you are telling them that you hope they will be successful or lucky. “I’m nervous, Turki – it’s my IELTS exam tomorrow.”“Fingers crossed, Ahmed!” #HilderstoneExperience#hilderstonephraseoftheweek

A CLIL-tastic week at Hilderstone

Teacher Development course review by Laura Mitchell and Froukje Ris As teachers of vocational English and CLIL-coaches-to-be, we spent a week training at Hilderstone to develop our confidence in both areas. The first lesson? As our tutor Dominic puts it: when applying CLIL, you are basically ‘just’ teaching. And so we enjoyed learning new tips […]

Working in International Student Recruitment

by LYNNE HOENES, Head of Marketing Travelling overseas to promote our courses to students, parents, educational tour operators, has been a highlight in my career.  It is an honour to meet people from so many different countries and cultures, and to be welcomed so warmly. Without knowledge of the language it can be a little […]

Air travel project for students

Teacher Angharad’s upper-intermediate class – Ömer, Stella, Mohammed and Eythor – have been learning airline vocabulary, and reading amusing stories about events on aeroplanes. They have also researched and shared stories they have found on the internet. Ömer from Turkey, who is training to be a pilot, took these photos of the Isle of Thanet […]

Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Broadstairs inspired the novelist Charles Dickens.  He visited regularly between 1837 – 1859.  Charles Dickens had a summer residence in Broadstairs, now known as Bleak House.  The house is currently a bed-and- breakfast and a wedding venue, but you can visit the room where he sat at his desk overlooking Viking Bay, which inspired him […]

MY FAVOURITE ACTOR: Jason Statham

by Mohammed Mohammed and his classmate, Eisa, wrote about their favourite actors for a class project. Here’s what Mohammed found out about Jason Statham… He was born on 26/7/1967 in England in Chesterfield. He lives in California. He is an actor, football player, boxer player. In recent years he has had many important films, for […]

MY FAVOURITE ACTOR: Will Smith

by Eisa Eisa and his classmate, Mohammed, wrote about their favourite actors for a class project. Here’s what Eisa found out about Will Smith. Will Smith is an American actor, producer and rapper.He was born on September 25, 1968. He has enjoyed success in TV, movies and singing. In 2007 Newsweek described him as the […]

Book reviews: ‘THE LOST SHIP’

Two of our students, Eisa and Mohammed, wrote these reviews of a popular student reader, ‘The Lost Ship’ in their class. Here are their opinions. EISA’S REVIEW The title of this book is The Lost Ship. The author of this book is Stephen Colbourn. It was published in 2005 by Macmillan Publishers. The story is […]

Rachel at TESOL France event

Our Deputy Director of Studies, Rachel Connabeer, recently attended the TESOL France Annual Colloquium in Lille, and presented a session on the subject of ‘Integrating Pronunciation, Grammar and Lexis’. Happily, she also had a little spare time to see the delights of this historic city near Christmas! Here are some of her photos. #HilderstoneExperience#hilderstoneTESOL France