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!
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.