Hilderstone College

St Peter's Road - Broadstairs

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What makes Hilderstone College special
Since 1970, Hilderstone has established an outstanding reputation for running top-quality courses and works closely with universities, companies and government agencies in the UK and worldwide. As a non-funded state further education college its mission is to provide quality English language training for students and teachers of English from around the world.

Quality
We aim to provide you with the highest quality in all aspects of your course – in the classroom, with your homestay family, in the College itself, and outside the College during social activities. We have a rigorous system of quality assurance, and do everything we can to ensure that you enjoy and benefit from your time at the College.

With 45 years of experience, and an international reputation for quality, Hilderstone College is an accredited English language school with a range of English language courses, Cambridge and IELTS exam courses, Pre-University courses, Business English courses and Erasmus+ eligible Teacher Development courses for teachers of English and CLIL. The College is located in the lovely seaside town of Broadstairs in Kent, south-east England.

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  • Football/Soccer
  • Golf
  • Rugby
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Snowboarding
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Water sports
  • Student counselling
  • Host family accommodation
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Historical sightseeing
  • Photography
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)

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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
There are different course options available:

Intensive English Course:
Our Intensive English Course is designed to improve your overall level of English to make you more confident, fluent and able to communicate in different life and work situations.
Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are presented in meaningful and enjoyable ways, and the teaching programme is designed to improve all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Monitoring your progress
We evaluate your level of English at the start of your course to understand your individual needs. We monitor your progress through continuous assessment, as well as regular tutorials every 4 to 6 weeks. At the end of your stay you will receive a personal report and certificate confirming your final level and the progress you have made.

Course length: Minimum 2 weeks. Level:
Minimum age: 17
Class size: Maximum 12, average 8
Hours per week: 21 hours of classes and between 8 and 16 hours of optional supervised self-study.

You can also book a private tutor for a one on one cours.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Exams and Prep offered: Cambridge FCE, Cambridge CAE
Levels: Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Cambridge First Certificate (FCE):

The perfect preparation course for reaching your full potential at the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) examination.
This course focusses on the language skills required for each section of the exam, as well as specific skills for achieving your full potential on the day of the exam.

Morning programme: classes covering grammar and vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension, varieties of written English and speaking practice, all of which are essential for success in these examinations.

Afternoon programme: special classes focusing on writing and exam techniques, vocabulary development and speaking skills.

Your classroom studies will be supported by carefully-guided homework and self-study throughout the course. Regular one-to-one tutorials are held to enable you to discuss your progress with your tutor.

Course length: 8 and 11 week courses
Minimum age: 17
Class size: Maximum 12, average 8
Hours per week: 21 hours of classes and between 8 and 16 hours of optional supervised self-study.

Cambridge (CAE) Preparation for Teachers:
Course content
Language Development
This part of the course is designed to help you improve your fluency and command of English in stimulating ways. We use a continuously updated range of resources, materials and approaches and cover areas such as: advanced language practice including idiomatic range, appropriacy and accuracy of expression, current usage, collocation, style and register, metaphorical and imaginative use of language, grammatical review, expansion of vocabulary, development of oral fluency, and also pronunciation with emphasis on the features of connected speech.

CAE Preparation
This section of the course focuses on specific skills for achieving your full potential in each aspect of the CAE exam including:
Reading and Use of English which will enable teachers to deal confidently with different types of text.
Writing which will focus on developing the skills and language required to produce different text types.
Listening, which will enable students to follow and understand a range of spoken materials.
Speaking which will include pronunciation work, discussion and problem solving activities.
British cultural awareness, which will reflect upon aspects of British culture such as social and cultural events, and Britain today.

Please contact the College for a full course description.

Suitability
Primary school, secondary school or college teachers with a level of English at CEFR B2 or above.

IELTS:

Intensive English and IELTS:
Prepare for IELTS by developing your overall English ability, as well as preparing for the specific requirements of this internationally-recognised test.

You will spend your mornings building your overall level of English - grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This will allow you to develop your language, your fluency and your confidence.

On this part of the course, in the afternoons, you will practice and improve your academic English skills in order to reach your full potential at IELTS.

Course length: Minimum 2 weeks
Minimum age: 17
Class size: Maximum 12, average 8
Hours per week: 21 hours of classes and between 8 and 16 hours of optional supervised self-study.

Pre-University and IELTS Course:
The perfect preparation for successful entry and study at a British university on your chosen course.
The College has been running pre-sessional courses since 1976 and works closely with a wide range of British universities.

Objectives
This course is designed to ensure your English reaches the entry requirement for your chosen university course, normally by achieving a specific IELTS score. It also focuses on the key skills you will require to study effectively at university, including: writing reports and essays, note-taking, research skills, understanding lectures, participating in seminars and making presentations.
If you do not already have a place at university, we can help you find the right course for you and make an application.

Course length: Minimum 2 weeks.
Minimum age: 17
Class size: Maximum 12, average 8
Hours per week: 21 hours of classes and between 8 and 16 hours of optional supervised self-study.
You will improve your academic English skills and language in order to study effectively on a university undergraduate or postgraduate course, as well as preparing for IELTS.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Kent Pre-Sessional Course:

Pre-Sessional Courses for students with a conditional offer
from the University of Kent
Hilderstone College and the University of Kent are pleased to offer a specially designed course to prepare international students, who do not have English as a first language, for academic study.
This course focuses on developing your English language and study skills so you can meet the level of proficiency required for your chosen programme of study.
Completing this course and achieving a final grade which meets your condition of entry means you won't need to take another IELTS or TOEFL examination to progress to your chosen course at the University of Kent.

Course content
Language development:
Developing academic writing, reading, listening and speaking skills, grammar review, lexical expansion, pronunciation and fluency practice.
Study skills:
Understanding lectures, research skills, presenting seminars, essay and report writing, note-taking, reading for gist and for detail.
Assessment
You will be assessed by means of:
• coursework, in the form of both written work and oral presentation
• The Kent International Test of English (KITE).
When progressing to the University of Kent after this course, you will not need to take another IELTS or TOEFL exam provided you meet the rules of progression.
Additional Activities
Additional activities include:
• Lectures and seminars at Hilderstone as well as the University of Kent
• Visits to the University of Kent Campus
• Evening talks on aspects of British history, society and culture.

Class size: Maximum 12, average 8
Minimum age: 17
Hours per week: 21 hours of classes and between 8 and 16 hours of optional supervised self-study.

Pre-University and IELTS Course:
The perfect preparation for successful entry and study at a British university on your chosen course.
The College has been running pre-sessional courses since 1976 and works closely with a wide range of British universities.

Objectives
This course is designed to ensure your English reaches the entry requirement for your chosen university course, normally by achieving a specific IELTS score. It also focuses on the key skills you will require to study effectively at university, including: writing reports and essays, note-taking, research skills, understanding lectures, participating in seminars and making presentations.
If you do not already have a place at university, we can help you find the right course for you and make an application.

Course length: Minimum 2 weeks.
Minimum age: 17
Class size: Maximum 12, average 8
Hours per week: 21 hours of classes and between 8 and 16 hours of optional supervised self-study.
You will improve your academic English skills and language in order to study effectively on a university undergraduate or postgraduate course, as well as preparing for IELTS.

Also available: International Foundation Course

Both Hilderstone College and East Kent College are state further education colleges located in the centre of the lovely seaside town of Broadstairs, just a short walk from each other. Specialising in different areas of education they have combined to offer international students a unique international foundation course, the perfect way to start on the path to a university qualification in your chosen subject.

Choice of courses:
- English and Business Studies
- English and Engineering
- English and Computing
- English and Catering and Hospitality

This course is designed for students who wish to improve their English, as well as their academic knowledge in their chosen subject. With a clear path of progression through to an HNC course and degree course it is the perfect starting point for your academic studies in the UK.

Minimum age: 18
Hours per week: 21 hours of classes and between 8 and 16 hours of optional supervised self-study.
The level of the course in the subject area is NVQ3.

Successful completion of the course is achieved with:
• IELTS overall score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas
• a satisfactory level in the vocational subject
• an attendance of at least 85%

You can also book a personal tutor for one on one courses.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: One-to-One
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
The perfect course if you have specific objectives and priorities or if you are short of time and need results fast.

Whatever your individual objectives: professional English for your job, preparation for a specific English exam, working on your language difficultuies, or perhaps preparing for an important meeting or presentation, your personal tutor will create a programme focussing specifically on your priorities.

This course is particularly suited to business people and executives. We can help you arrange hotel or guest house accommodation, instead of homestay, if you prefer.

Course length: Minimum 1 week Level:
Minimum age: 17
Hours per week: 15 or 21 hours of individual classes, and between 8 and 16 hours of optional supervised self-study.
Outcomes: You will establish your specific outcomes with your personal tutor at the start of your course.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Levels: Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk
Vacation English Courses for Over 50s

Improve your English language level in the mornings, whilst discovering and experiencing the culture and sights of this beautiful area of England - Kent: the Garden of England.
Academic Programme
The intensive academic programme on this course is designed to develop your overall proficiency in English, with a focus on the grammar, vocabulary and communication skills required by adult learners.
Social Programme
A full cultural programme of guided visits, talks and activities to discover this beautiful, historic area of England.

Course length: 2 weeks.
Minimum age: 50
Class size: Maximum 12, average 8
Hours per week: 15 hours of classes, optional supervised self-study and a busy programme of trips, excursions and visits.

Outcomes:
You will improve your accuracy and fluency in English as well as discovering many of the sights and much of the culture of the 'Garden of England'.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Teacher Development Courses

A wide range of professional development courses for
teachers of English, teachers of CLIL and teacher trainers.

All of our teacher development courses offer a 25 hour academic programme including 21 hours of classes, are small (normally maximum 12, but may occasionally rise to 15) and use a wide range of up-to-date resources and materials.

We offer an interesting and varied social programme as well as homestay accommodation within walking distance of the College in the beautiful seaside town of Broadstairs.

Whilst our open courses run at the start of the year and through the summer, we also welcome many closed groups of teachers and trainers throughout the year as well as running courses around the world for schools, colleges, universities, Departments of Education, the British Council and Teacher Training Colleges.

Courses for upper primary school or lower secondary school teachers:
• Teachers of Young Learners
• Teacher Development Courses for groups

Courses for secondary school, college or adult education teachers:
• Creative Teaching
• Creative Teaching and British Life and Culture
• CLIL
• Cambridge Advanced short course preparation for teachers
• Teacher Development Courses for groups
Cambridge (CAE) Preparation for Teachers:
Course content
Language Development
This part of the course is designed to help you improve your fluency and command of English in stimulating ways. We use a continuously updated range of resources, materials and approaches and cover areas such as: advanced language practice including idiomatic range, appropriacy and accuracy of expression, current usage, collocation, style and register, metaphorical and imaginative use of language, grammatical review, expansion of vocabulary, development of oral fluency, and also pronunciation with emphasis on the features of connected speech.

CAE Preparation
This section of the course focuses on specific skills for achieving your full potential in each aspect of the CAE exam including:
Reading and Use of English which will enable teachers to deal confidently with different types of text.
Writing which will focus on developing the skills and language required to produce different text types.
Listening, which will enable students to follow and understand a range of spoken materials.
Speaking which will include pronunciation work, discussion and problem solving activities.
British cultural awareness, which will reflect upon aspects of British culture such as social and cultural events, and Britain today.

Please contact the College for a full course description.

Suitability
Primary school, secondary school or college teachers with a level of English at CEFR B2 or above.
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