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ONLINE ENGLISH CLASSES AND COURSES

Studying English abroad might be a problem right now, but don’t despair – Hilderstone is online! You can benefit from English language learning from your home or office over the internet with a Hilderstone teacher. Classes can be arranged for small groups or individuals. How does it work? Online level evaluation and needs analysis to […]

Temporary closure

Following the UK Government’s announcement of school closures and in line with English UK advice, Hilderstone College will essentially close from tomorrow until further notice. At this difficult time, we are assisting all our current students with their arrangements to return home, and we are looking forward to seeing many of them return when the […]

PHRASE OF THE WEEK: ‘from scratch’

17th March 2020 If you do something from scratch, it means from the start of the process without anything which already exists. Jane: “This ravioli is delicious! Where did you buy it?”Gordon: “I didn’t! I made it myself from scratch.” #HilderstoneExperience #hilderstonephraseoftheweek

PHRASE OF THE WEEK: ‘piece of cake’

9th March 2020 If something is very easy, you can describe it as a piece of cake. Yu-Ting: “I’m very worried about my exam. It’s going to be really hard.”Ali: “Don’t worry. You’ve studied so hard it will be a piece of cake!” #HilderstoneExperience #hilderstonephraseoftheweek

PHRASE OF THE WEEK: ‘in the same boat’

4th March 2020 If you say you are in the same boat as someone, it means you are in the same difficult situation. “Sorry Lee, I can’t come out with you on Friday because I haven’t got much money at the moment.”“Don’t worry, Rachel. I’m in the same boat. Let’s go out next week instead.” […]

PHRASE OF THE WEEK: ‘do the trick’

24th February 2020 If something does the trick, it does what was necessary or wanted. Louise: “Oh, you’ve fixed the heating, Stuart. Well done!”Stuart: “Yes. I’m not sure what was wrong but changing the water pipe did the trick.” #HilderstoneExperience #hilderstonephraseoftheweek

PHRASE OF THE WEEK: ‘up in arms’

18th February 2020 If people are up in arms about something, they are angry and upset about it. “The plan to build a new superstore outside Broadstairs has really upset people, hasn’t it.”“Yes, the whole town is up in arms about it!” #HilderstoneExperience #hilderstone #hilderstonephraseoftheweek #upinarms

PHRASE OF THE WEEK: ‘to miss the boat’

11 February 2020 If you are too slow to decide to do something and therefore miss the opportunity, you can say you have ‘missed the boat’. “Why are you so sad, Rachel?”“I’m going to be 47 this year. I want to have a romantic relationship with someone but I think I’ve missed the boat.” #HilderstoneExperience […]

TEACHER SUE’S TRIP TO RUSSIA

One of our teachers, Sue, travelled out to Buzuluk in Russia at the New Year, at the invitation of one of our partners, to teach local students and teachers. Here is her account of her experiences there. Hi everyone. You may have read my blog this time last year, written after returning from St Petersburg […]

HILDERSTONE AT 50

ELT authors and former Hilderstone teachers/teacher trainers TESSA WOODWARD and SETH LINDSTROMBERG write about their Hilderstone memories. We joined Hilderstone College, as part-time lecturers, in 1986 and left, as part-timers, 32 years later, in the summer of 2018. Over that time we saw a few changes! When we arrived there was a big tree in […]