We were delighted to receive this wonderful review from Victoria from Germany, who recently studied online with us. Thank you, Victoria, and we wish you the best of luck with your future studies!
From July 20th to 7th August 2020 I was lucky to attend an Online Intensive English Language Course at Advanced Level for University Students at Hilderstone College sponsored by the German National Scholarship Foundation. Moreover, I enriched my learning experience with an additional IELTS preparational course which helped me achieve a C2 level score and enabled me to successfully apply at British universities (as a Visiting Student). In these three weeks, I experienced excellent teaching and support from my teachers who managed the challenging task to teach online without us noticing the difficulty. Not only did they come up with innovative concepts, they also encouraged us to participate in discussions with native speakers and improved my confidence and oral fluency significantly. As our class was already familiar with basic grammatical structures, I enjoyed the chance to engage with language at a deeper level, focusing, for example, on more complex topics such as information flow. Additionally, I highly appreciated the teachers´ effort to focus on every student individually by offering one-to-one teaching or using their expertise to improve our CVs as we could always ask for their help.
Apart from class-time activities, I vividly remember the social programme which provided fun activities and valuable insights into British culture. Now I am not only capable of discussing grammatical structures but also the quality of British food or the peculiarities of British Pub culture.
All in all, I can highly recommend attending a course at Hilderstone College as an outstanding language school but most importantly as a centre for international friendships!
Are you thinking about studying for the Cambridge First or Advanced examination? Then let our experienced teachers help you! Here is some wonderful feedback from one of our Advanced students, Christian Hiemisch, who studied with us back in February, and wanted to thank his teacher, David.
‘This February I had the unique opportunity to improve my English skills at Hilderstone. Coming to Broadstairs was definitely the best choice. It not only has left me with delightful memories, but also it has fostered my personal development.
Back in Germany, after a few months of preparation, I took the C1 Advanced exam in June. I felt well-equipped and confident as I knew that I could rely on my abilities and particularly build upon the things I learnt at Hilderstone. Eventually, the exam day was a tough ride and left me with ambivalent feelings. But all of them suddenly disappeared when I got my result in late July: I passed the exam undoubtedly.
Therefore, I want to thank you and the whole Hilderstone staff again for the valuable experience, the high-quality training and your genuine advice offered to me during my three-week stay. You’ve been a great help to reach my goal. Now I meet all the entry requirements for my favoured traineeship programme at the European Parliament in Brussels and hope that my application will be successful.’
We are very proud that one of our former students, Dr. Zahra Tavassoli Zea, has published her first book, ‘Balzac Reframed: The Classical and Modern Faces of Éric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette’. Zahra studied here in 2011 and later obtained a PhD in History and Philosophy of Art from the University of Kent in Canterbury. Congratulations, Zahra!
Click on the video link below to hear Zahra talk about her book.
Who ever believes that Broadstairs is a contemplative sleepy seaside town is far from correct. Especially in the summer months, students from all over the world bustle up and down the streets of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday destination – in the morning half-asleep on the way to college, during the break at lunchtime in a hurry to the food-to-go shelves in the supermarket or to the picturesque beach, and after a substantial dinner with their host-families they go straight to “The Dolphin” or another quaint English pub. One of the most well-regarded language schools is Hilderstone College – centrally located, just follow your nose from the beach – which is, in my eyes, mainly based on its outstanding teachers. Probably the most charming part is the inner garden, but even more important is the spiritual content of this school. I experienced Hilderstone as an intellectual place where stunning ideas arise, teachers appear to have a never-ending passion for their job, students behave open-mindedly and share each other’s ingenious ideas while having enriching conversations. Teaching thrives on variety, constant encouragement and motivation by the teacher, continuous gain in knowledge, self-confidence and language skills. In addition, recreational activities are also offered in the afternoon such as challenging sports afternoons, amusing folk dance lessons, trips to vibrant and historic cities and places like London and Dover. To top it off, accommodation is provided by caring, responsible and welcoming host families who make you comfortable during your enjoyable and instructive journey.
I’m Miori. I’m from Japan. I’ve been here for 2 weeks.
I’m having fun studying English at Hilderstone College. I’m always disappointed by my English skill, but I wouldn’t have this experience in Japan. So, I have to keep studying English everyday!
Also, my dream was to study in England, so I’m really happy to be here! I can’t see views like this in Japan. I like walking around my house. Everything is different for me.
What’s more, you can go to Canterbury from Broadstairs by train. It takes about 30 minutes. You can see the beautiful city and Canterbury Cathedral. Now, it is being repaired on the outside, but inside is really beautiful! I like European countries, because I can see many churches like this.
This Saturday, I’m going to go to London to see “Les Misérables”. It was also my dream to see this show in London! A lot of my dreams have come true in England.