OUR ONLINE COURSES: ‘I would like to repeat this experience.’

Our latest feedback for our online courses has been fantastic, and we would like to share some of our students’ comments with you!

‘Very professional, a friendly and experienced teacher, a lot of content.’

‘I liked the lessons, and I also liked the fact that we didn’t spend forever on one thing, but that it went on quickly. I also liked the fact that in the breakout rooms they paid attention to what level you were at, which was more productive when you were speaking.’

‘Quite a detailed enrolment form, but very friendly help from Natacha (Enrolment Officer).

‘The enrolment process was very well structured and every single step was understandable.’

‘When I had questions before the start of the course and sent them per email, I always got such friendly answers.’

‘The communication was very clear and there weren’t any problems concerning the administration.’

‘I have made significant progress.’

‘I would like to repeat this experience.’

‘The combination of Zoom and Google Drive was very useful for our course.’

‘Zoom was very good because there are so many possibilities like breakout rooms, surveys, etc.’

‘The use of break-out rooms really provided some variety during the lessons.’

‘We received a variety of different materials and additional materials, which we could use to get further practice.’

‘We decided some topics together, so we learned what we wanted/needed.’

‘It was a great experience! I did not expect a course which is adapted to our own needs, that was really surprising for me. Therefore, it was a huge benefit for me.’

‘I learned a lot during these three weeks. Those parts when I presented something or we discussed were those when I actually learned the most. Our Hilderstone teacher did a very good job and identified our needs very well.’

‘The course really helped me to grow more confident in speaking English and I very much enjoyed the exercises and discussions. The revision of grammar was really helpful as well.’

‘While the lessons comprised plenty of speaking exercises, we were also encouraged to hand in our writing for correction.’

‘The content was adjusted to the needs of the participants. That was very good.’

‘I really enjoyed my lessons at Hilderstone College, despite the fact that everything had to be done online. The teaching platform worked surprisingly well for me, mainly because our tutor Jon adapted his style of teaching perfectly to the new situation. What really contributed to my learning experience was the way the content of our course was tailored to the needs of our group.’

‘Liz (tutor) found the perfect balance of theoretical input and practice. I really enjoyed the lessons. These three weeks have passed way too fast! Although I was unfortunately not able to meet anybody in person, we had the possibility to get to know each other. I had a great time.’

‘It was a good mix of input papers, exercises and also of writing, listening and watching tasks.’

‘Jon tailored the lessons specifically to our needs and provided additional material if needed.’

‘I liked that we students got grammar sheets and exercises with regard to these. So, I will be able to learn the topics again, if I forget some of them.’

‘I liked the mixture of grammar, speaking and writing. It is a great idea to offer lessons, but also homework, extra activities, reflective journals etc. Therefore, everybody is able to adapt the learning process to daily life.’

‘Great topics and interactive lessons! Thanks for all the material as well. This will be great to check my language/grammar later on. In the middle of week three I had some trouble phrasing a German sentence, which is a level of immersion into the English language I hadn’t expected for an online-course. Overall a great course!’

‘Very good mixture of different types of exercises concerning all topics I wanted to work on.’

‘Rachel (tutor) did the best job and was super flexible and supportive!’



QUIZ OF THE WEEK commencing 18th February 2019: Question tags

What are the correct tags for the gaps?

Example: You can’t swim, CAN YOU?

1) It was a lovely day, __________?
2) They had a good holiday, ___________?
3) You will remember to call me, __________?
4) Let’s go out, _____________?
5) He has a Mercedes, ___________?
6) We haven’t got a meeting later, ___________?
7) You don’t like cheese, ____________?
8) I’m a good student, __________?

Check the answers below: 

QUIZ OF THE WEEK commencing 28th January 2019: Spelling

This text contains ten spelling mistakes. Can you find them all?

‘A man who is tired of London is tired of life’. So goes the famous qotation, and it is true that the city offers an imposible variaty of activities and sights for the turist with only a few days in this famous capital. But they can be expensive!

If you are on a budgit, why not focus on the muzeums and galeries? Most of the big ones are free to enter, although there are admision fees for certain exibitions. You could spend a whole day just in the British Museum or the Tate Modern. And in the warmer months, save money at lunchtime with a picnic in one of the beautifull parks!

Check the answers below.

QUIZ OF THE WEEK commencing 21st January 2019: Compound adjectives

Here are some examples of compound adjectives:

An eighty-page document
A well-prepared lesson
A brown-eyed dog

Can you combine a word from Group 1 with a word from Group 2 from the list to describe the nouns below? There is sometimes more than one possible answer.

Group 1

Group 2


Check your answers below.

Teacher Sue’s trip to Russia, January 2019

Recently one of our teachers, Sue, was invited to teach a small group of teenagers in St Petersburg, Russia, on a trip organised by Perspective Language School. Here is Sue’s account of her trip, with some great photos.

Hi everyone, my name’s Sue and I am one of the teachers at Hilderstone College. I have been working here for nearly five years and I love it!

Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to go to St Petersburg in Russia for the college to teach English to a group of teenage students from the Orenburg area in the South of Russia. It was a special project arranged by their school for them to combine learning English with a winter holiday including the period from New Year to the Russian Orthodox religious celebration of Christmas Day on the 7 January. Due to that I had a second Christmas with the students and we enjoyed all the lit up Christmas trees and beautiful sparkling lights in the city and after lessons on Christmas Day, exchanged Christmas presents, played games and compared Christmas traditions in our different countries.

The students were lovely and worked hard in the morning before daily excursions to historical sights, museums and palaces like the Hermitage in Palace Square. Everyday we met our super guide Viktoria, who is Russian and lives in the city… but she spoke in English all the time, which the students had requested so they could practise their English all day.

Of course, we also found time for shopping in Nevsky prospect, which is like Oxford Street in London, and at the Christmas Markets. We did a lot of walking in the snow and the lowest temperature was -16, and we went on the metro every day especially Admiralteyskaya, which is one of the deepest metro stations in the world at 86 metres below ground. We timed it and it took 5 minutes to reach the platform!!

All in all, it was an amazing trip to a beautiful and cosmopolitan city and I am looking forward to meeting some of the students again when they come to Hilderstone in the Spring for some more English lessons!