Lynne Hoenes, our Head of Marketing, talks about meeting our partners abroad.

A part of my role as Head of Marketing is to attend workshops and exhibitions designed to meet new educational tour operators.  These events are a wonderful opportunity to meet new partners from around the world – all in one room!

I pre-make appointments and at the event, each educational tour operator comes to my table for a 20 – 30 minute meeting.  In that time, I need to make Hilderstone stand out as being a language school they would like to send students to.  Of course, there is a lot of follow-up afterwards and getting to know each other on a professional basis.

Our partner educational tour operators are paramount to our student recruitment activity and have a very important role in helping students to enrol in the best possible school to meet their personal needs and goals.

FREE ARRIVAL TRANSFER OFFER EXTENDED until January 2019

We are pleased to announce that the FREE ARRIVAL TRANSFER offer will be extended for courses starting before 31 January 2019.

This may be by shuttle bus or by taxi, depending on flight time and which London airport.

The promotion will be available for all new individual enrolments on courses starting before 31 January 2019.

Bookings must be of a minimum of 2 weeks on the following courses:
Intensive English
Pre-university/IELTS
Cambridge English
One-to-One
Combination

Exclusions
• Bookings shorter than 2 weeks
• Bookings received before 1 November 2018
• Bookings from UK-based sponsors
• Closed groups

Conditions apply. Please see our website: http://www.hilderstone.ac.uk/

QUIZ OF THE WEEK commencing 01 October 2018: IDIOMS

Can you choose the correct response in each case, from a – h?

1) Don’t tell anyone – it’s a secret! 
2) How do you know about his new job?
3) What’s her brother’s name?
4) Did you catch the train?
5) I’ve got some juicy gossip for you!
6) Do you fancy a coffee? My treat.
7) Do you think our team will win the league this year?
8) It’s freezing outside, but I’ve got to do some gardening.

a) Now you’re talking!
b) I’m all ears!
c) A little bird told me.
d) Pigs might fly!
e) My lips are sealed.
f) Rather you than me.
g) Oh…it’s on the tip of my tongue!
h) Yes, but by the skin of my teeth.

Check your answers below.

QUIZ OF THE WEEK commencing 24th September 2018: ARTICLES

Put a/an/the/- into each gap.

1) Excuse me! Is there _____ supermarket near here?
2) I’m going to _____ supermarket. Do you want anything?
3) I go to _____ church every Sunday.
4) There’s a concert at _____ church tomorrow evening.
5) I work as _____ teacher.
6) _____ teacher told us to be quiet.
7) _____ Italian food is my favourite.
8) _____ food at that restuarant is terrible!
9) If you’re lonely, why don’t you get ____ dog?
10) _____ dog that bit me was a Rottweiler.

Answers below!

 

QUIZ OF THE WEEK commencing 17th September 2018: GRAMMAR

Some grammar for you this week!

Can you add the MISSING word in each sentence?

1) When I walking down the street, I saw my sister.

2) I lived here since I was 10 years old.

3) We were chatting to Peter, and he told he was a
teacher.

4) If he doesn’t arrive soon, we go without him.

5) I have a friend lives in Rome.

Now can you remove the EXTRA word in numbers 6 – 10?

6) My brother he is a taxi driver.

7) Can you to help me?

8) I don’t know who does lives there.

9) I don’t like the spiders!

10) Do you have a time for a drink?

Answers below.

 

QUIZ OF THE WEEK commencing 10th September 2018: SHOPPING

Summer is officially over – but the good news is that there are lots of sales in the shops!

You can buy almost anything in a supermarket these days, but do you know the name of the specialist shops for these items or services?

Example: fish and seafood – A FISHMONGER’S

1) fruit and vegetables
2) flowers
3) meat
4) bread and cakes
5) aspirin, cough medicine, soap
6) a diamond ring or a necklace
7) a new pair of glasses or an eye test
8) a new hairstyle or hair cut
9) a massage or spray tan
10) envelopes, paper and pens

Check the answers below.

QUIZ OF THE WEEK 3rd September 2018: BRITAIN QUIZ

This week it’s another of our occasional quizzes on Britain.

Do you know the answer to these questions?

1) What is Ben Nevis?
2) What kind of books did Agatha Christie write?
3) What happened in 1066?
4) How many wives did Henry VIII have?
5) What is the largest city in Scotland?
6) What is the capital city of Wales?
7) Which famous female writer is on the back of the £10
note?
8) What meat do British people traditionally eat on
Christmas Day?

Answers below.

LUIS VIVES, SECONDARY SCHOOL FROM VALENCIA (SPAIN) AT HILDERSTONE COLLEGE, BROADSTAIRS (ENGLAND)

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.

Carmina Valiente.

Teacher and Principal at IES Lus Vives

 

Valentina writes about Broadstairs

BROADSTAIRS

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.

Lisa-Marie from Germany

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.

 

September 2018