St Giles International was founded in 1955 and is one of the largest and most successful international English language training organisations in the world. Winner of the Language Travel Magazine award for Best English Language School in 2006, and shortlisted again every year since, we have a reputation for providing the highest quality teaching and service at very reasonable prices. Year-round Adult Colleges give unbeatable choice in some of the worlds' best known language travel destinations. UK: Brighton / Eastbourne / London Central / London Highgate; USA: San Francisco / New York ; Canada: Vancouver; Brazil: Campinas Our residential Summer Camps for Juniors (8-18 years) offer high quality package programme, in a safe secure environment. UK: Canterbury King's / Canterbury King's Juniors / Nottingham / Cambridge/ London / Southampton; USA: New York / San Francisco /San Diego / Florida / Harvard / Yale / Philadelphia; Canada: Toronto / Vancouver; COURSES INCLUDE: General English / Examination Preparation / International Semester Courses / Platinum Courses for professionals / Vacation courses / Junior summer camps / Courses for Teachers of English / English for special purposes / English plus Work Experience (unpaid). STUDENT SERVICES INCLUDE: Accommodation in families (homestay), residence halls and hotels / Lively programme of social and cultural activities for students after classes and at the weekend / Airport transfers / Academic counselling and university placement service.
In 2015, St Giles International was awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise; International Trade
Our General English courses are designed to help you communicate more effectively and confidently in everyday situations. This course is ideal if you want to improve your English skills in a short amount of time and study from between 1 and 23 weeks. Your lessons will focus on improving your confidence and your speaking and listening skills.
After you take a General English course at St Giles, you should:
• be able to speak with greater confidence and fluency with an increased vocabulary
• have developed your listening, reading and writing skills
• have a greater understanding of the grammatical structure of English
General English Group
Group classes offer you the best value for money and the opportunity to benefit from interaction with other language learners from all over the world. Our maximum class size is 12, which ensures that you will have personal attention from your teacher. You can choose to take either 28 lessons per week for an intensive programme to help you maximise your progress, or 20 lessons per week (in the mornings or afternoons) if you would like to have more free time during your stay. You can also choose to increase your progress during your stay by taking 5 or more additional One-to-one lessons per week.
The minimum age is 14 and the Juniors (14-17) are thought in separate classes of maximum 10 students, and students under 16 can only choose full-day General English Courses (28 lessons per week).
General English for Beginners
This English course of 2 - 4 weeks is carefully designed to deliver essential language skills in a supportive learning environment. It is suitable for students with little or no English Language knowledge and teaches basic grammar and vocabulary, as well as speaking and listening skills. Students will practise everyday English from the beginning of the course, which will improve their
communication skills and boost their confidence. After completing the General
English for Beginners course, students can progress onto a longer General English or International Semester Course at A1 (Elementary) level. You can also choose to increase your progress during your stay by taking 5 or more additional One-to-one lessons per week.
General English One-to-one
Choose One-to-one lessons if you want to develop your skills in a short amount of time and benefit from lessons designed for your needs. You can choose how many lessons you would like each week. In the lessons you can focus on developing your fluency, learn special vocabulary or prepare for an examination. One-to-one lessons can also be combined with any group programme to maximise progress and experience both a tailored programme and the dynamics of group lessons.
Our Examination Courses offer you preparation for a choice of internationally recognised English examinations. We offer preparation courses for Cambridge English (FCE, CAE,CPE), IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC.
Cambridge English Examination Courses
Cambridge English examinations are taken by many thousands of
learners each year, and accepted internationally by employers and
educational institutions. St Giles offers preparation for First (FCE) and Advanced (CAE) exams at all year-round centres and Proficiency (CPE) exams in Brighton,
London Central, San Francisco and New York City. Courses start 4 or 5 times each year (depending on the centre) and last for between 4 and 13 weeks (depending on the centre and time of year). The courses lead up to various examination dates throughout the year. Our centres in Eastbourne, San Francisco and New York are Cambridge English test centres so you can take the exam at the school at the end of your course. It is also possible to take the exam at London Central as the London Exam Centre runs exam sessions in our school building for St Giles students. These courses can either be taken on their own, or as part of an International Semester Course. The programme will include test techniques and strategies for your chosen examination and will also help you
improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
By the end of any examination preparation course at St Giles you should:
• have taken or be ready to take an internationally recognised exam
• have developed independent study and exam skills
• have improved your English level and confidence using the language
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) is an internationally recognised examination. It is the entry requirement for universities in the
UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and is also recognised by
international employers. St Giles Brighton offers an 8 or 12 week preparation course with set start dates throughout the year.Students studying in Eastbourne,
London Central, London Highgate and Vancouver can take 4 (or more) weeks of IELTS preparation with weekly start dates (or set dates in Vancouver). The course offers 20 lessons per week in the mornings of IELTS preparation with the option to add 8 afternoon General English lessons per week.
This course is designed to give students the key skills for future successful study at University level in the UK, with morning lessons of General English, and afternoon lessons of English for Academic Purposes, aimed at developing essential reading, writing and presentational skills necessary for academic life in the UK. The afternoon lessons in English for University Studies can also be combined with an IELTS preparation or Cambridge English examination course of 20 morning lessons per week for a more academic experience.
This course is offered at our UK and US centres. It combines 20 morning lessons of General English with 8 afternoon lessons focusing on English for Business and students can study for between 2 and 12 weeks.
Topics covered will include:
• Managing business meetings
• Negotiations, using the telephone for business
• Giving presentations and writing professional reports
• Emails and letters
Students can also choose to prepare for the Cambridge Business English Certificate (BEC) during the course.
St Giles Teacher Training programmes are offered at six locations in the UK and USA: Brighton, Eastbourne, London Central, London Highgate, New York City and San Francisco.
All the St Giles centres are international English language schools, which give you the chance to fully immerse yourself in a busy teaching environment. They are all excellent study locations offering the latest ELT resources and facilities in a supportive and professional atmosphere. Our Accommodation Officers will be pleased to arrange accommodation for you during your course, if required. The three main types of accommodation we offer are homestay (living with a host family), student residences, and guest houses/hotels.
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