the crack of dawn
Very early in the morning
Here is an account written by the group leaders:
Last June, a group of students from our school, with two teachers, went to Hilderstone College to improve their English.
The adventure began at Valencia airport and, after landing in London, we were picked up by a bus from the College, to take us to Broadstairs. There, different families were waiting for us and they took our students back to their homes in pairs.
This was really important because they are fourteen and fifteen years old and, for most of them, it was their first journey alone outside Spain. It was an interesting way to immerse themselves in British life in a secure environment which gave both them and their parents peace of mind.
The programme was really complete and very intensive. They had to go to the college each day from Monday to Friday for classes with their teachers. They were divided into two groups according to their level. David, Sue and Jonny were responsible for the classes, and, with their methodology and humour, they managed to make them dynamic and fun.
In the morning, the students got up and had breakfast with the families at home. Then, they walked to the college and started the classes. After one and a half hours they had a break (which they usually spent playing table football or air hockey in the games room) and then they continued till lunch time. Every day they had a packed lunch but if anyone wanted to eat something more, they could buy food cheaply at the College snack bar. Kumiko was the cook and always surprised us with her varied, exotic and succulent meals. When they finished, they could go to the media room, to the games room, to the garden to do something else or just relax and unwind.
Their afternoon classes were different, and often involved excursions and games. At five o’ clock, they finished and went back home for free time and dinner until eight o’clock. In the evening there were more activities with Hilderstone, like the talk on British geography (very, very interesting), bowling, karaoke, disco, etc. All of them were unforgettable and great fun thanks especially to Dave and Lynn.
At the weekend, we visited London and walked around the Houses of Parliament and the Westminster area, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, China Town, the Glove Theatre, the Tate Modern Gallery, Tower Bridge, etc. It was a very intense day and we were very tired at last!!
Another day, in the afternoon, we went to Canterbury and walked around its streets, visited the library, cathedral and some parks. A very nice place! As well as that, we went on two excursions more, one walking to Ramsgate around the coast and the other, visiting nearby towns and places of interest. Teachers and other members of staff were always with us to explain everything we saw.
It was a very interesting experience and we will always remember this time. Broadstairs is a very nice place. I can hear the beach with the seagulls and see the people in Dickens Week dressed up in the clothes of the 19th century.
The families were really hospitable and all our pupils were very comfortable with all of them. And, of course, I must mention Hilderstone College and all of its teachers and other staff who did everything possible to help us have a fantastic time. I am grateful to the teachers Dave, Sue and Jonny, to Natacha and Lynne in the marketing department (who helped organise everything before we arrived), Dave and Lynne, the social activities organisers and to the Principal, Director and Deputy Director of Studies. Thanks again and I hope to come back another time.
Teacher and Principal at IES Lus Vives
This charming Victorian town is in the south-east of England in the county of Kent (sometimes called ‘the garden of England’), and it’s 80 miles from London. The town is not too big and the city centre is near the main beach, Viking Bay. There are also other beautiful beaches with golden sand such as Botany Bay, Joss Bay, Louisa Bay and Stone Bay.
Here there are a lot of shops, cafes and restaurants all around the world, including Chinese, Turkish, Mexican, and Italian.
There is also a little train station, with 2 platforms, where you can take a train to London and the nearby towns. Here, the train, in my opinion, is the best way to travel because it is cheaper and faster than the car or the coach.
The town is known for its sandy beaches, which attract a lot of tourists every year, and some of its buildings such as Charles Dickens’ house, in which he wrote his novel ‘David Copperfield’.
In the town centre there are also, in certain periods, some festivals, like the Water Gala, in which there are rides and the ferris wheel and people playing water games and sandcastles competition, or the Folk Week. In this last event there are a lot of people playing an instrument or dancing in the city centre streets. This is a very particular event and I liked it.
There was a very inclusive atmosphere: all people together with no difference. There were also some stands that sold typical food and objects like clothes, garlands of flowers, handmade objects such as ceramic pots or bracelets, plaques written to beautify the house or the garden but also food such as fresh fruit, crepes and donuts.
During the summer there are also fireworks.You can see them near Viking Bay four times: once a week for three weeks (18th, 25th July and 1st August) and finally on the 22nd of August. Before the fireworks you can dance or listen to live music in the square near the beach.
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.
We are delighted to announce the launch of two brand new Hilderstone College promotional videos (90-second montage and 3-minute video with student interviews and comments). The videos were filmed in Broadstairs this summer with the participation of staff and students. We hope you like them and welcome your comments!
See the shorter, ‘montage’ video here.
For the full-length version, click on the link: : https://youtu.be/d6xDQjI6tOU
What is the correct preposition for each gap?
1) If you’re walking _____ the post office on your way to work, could you buy me some stamps?
2) He got ____ the bus in the High Street and bought a return ticket.
3) I broke my arm falling _____ my horse.
4) I’ve worked at this company _____ 5 years.
5) Where were you ________ 9 am and 3 pm yesterday?
6) We flew _____ the mountains on our way to Switzerland.
7) I’m not very good ____ maths.
8) ___ average, men still earn more than women.
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Can you correct the mistakes in these sentences?
1) ‘Oh no! I’ve forgotten my lunch money!’
‘Don’t worry – I’m going to lend you some.’
2) It rains really heavily at the moment.
3) I lived here for five years now.
4) This house built in the 18th century.
5) The price of the course depends of how many weeks you
6) Who did write ‘Pride and Prejudice’?
7) The man which you saw is my uncle.
8) When I was young, I must go to bed at 9 pm.
9) I do a lot of mistakes in my homework.
10) I’m not used to have dinner so early. It’s really strange!
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