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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 […]

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

Decorating the College Christmas tree

Holiday season is here and at the College we start with decorating a traditional Christmas fir tree. Watch the students and staff in action: https://youtube.com/watch?v=txVF66GN85s&t=18sHave you put up your decorations yet? Please like and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

FOOTBALL SURVEY

Two of our students, Eisa and Mohammed, recently did a football survey and asked some of our football-mad teachers lots of questions about the sport. Here’s what Eisa found out about Jonny…. His favourite team is Manchester United because he was introduced by friends. They are in the Premier League in 7th position.They normally play […]

An interview with Martin, our Finance and Administration Manager

Interviewed by Alice Chiarbonello For how long have you worked for Hilderstone College? For 10 years, from 1995 to 2005, then I left for some years and then I came back in 2016. What did you do from 2005 to 2016? I was a business manager in a local secondary school and a Finance and […]

TEACHER WORKSHOP IN THE NETHERLANDS

Hilderstone tutor and trainer Dominic Srivalsan writes about his recent visit to a school in Doorn. Revius Lyceum Doorn is a secondary school in the small  town of Doorn, not far from Utrecht in the Netherlands, with whom Hilderstone has had a close association over the years, having sent a number of teachers here for […]