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. There is also a 22 lesson per week option in the USA for students on an F1 Student Visa. 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 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
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most popular exam for North American English, and the preferred English language qualification and entry requirement for universities in the USA and Canada. St Giles offers a 4 week course for the TOEFL exam at our Vancouver and Brighton centres and a course of 6 weeks in San Francisco and New York. Please see our Course Dates and Prices for more information. TOEFL examinations are held regularly throughout the year and St Giles can help students to book their exams. New York and San Francisco are test centres for the exam, so if there are available
dates during your stay you can also take the exam at the school.
The Test of English for International Communication, or TOEIC, is an internationally recognised English language examination designed to test the
everyday English skills of people who use English in the workplace. There are two papers: Speaking & Writing, and Reading & Listening. St Giles offers a preparation course of 4 weeks with 2-4 starting dates per year. You can prepare for the Reading & Listening paper at our US centres and for both papers at our Vancouver centre. Both US centres are also test centres for the examination.
Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
English for Academic Purposes
Our English for Academic Purposes programme is designed to give you the key skills you will need for university life in the USA. It can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of an ISC or a University Pathway Programme. The course is 8 weeks with regular start dates throughout the year and 20 or 22 morning lessons per week. You can also choose to take an additional 8 lessons per week in the afternoons of General English to increase your progress.
The minimum age for this course is 16.
Topics may include
• Academic writing including note taking
• Study skills
• Exams techniques
• Introduction to the local culture
You will also have regular academic counselling from your teachers and, if required help with university or college applications.
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 students can apply to progress to a popular and exciting range of University Preparation Courses via our new partner INTO. Students will first take an International Semester Course (ISC) of 24+ weeks at any St Giles centre in the UK or USA in order to reach the required English level for an INTO course. They will be required to take an IELTS (UK)/TOEFL (USA) examination preparation module during their course (see page 36) and can also take our ‘English for University Studies’ (UK) or ‘English for Academic Purposes’ (USA) modules (see pages 40 and 41) to fully prepare for their course with INTO. Entrance into any specific INTO University Preparation Course is subject to meeting set academic requirements in addition to the language requirements. Providing that these requirements are met, students will gain a conditional offer of acceptance from one of INTO’s partner universities in the UK or USA. Following completion of the chosen INTO course, students will be able to progress onto the first or second year of university depending on the course selected. Throughout this programme, you will receive support from both St Giles and INTO. We will make the process as easy as possible for students who would like to study and experience university life in the UK or USA!
Fast-Track University Pathway Programme
Students aged 18 and older who take an International Semester Course (ISC) in San Francisco can take advantage of our Fast-Track University Pathway Programme to apply directly to one of our partner colleges. Some of our partners require an Upper- Intermediate level of English and some will require an Advanced level. Students will be offered academic counselling throughout their ISC course and we can help them to apply for one of our partner colleges to take a two year Associate Degree. The Associate Degree can then lead to a third year at an American University to gain a Bachelors Degree. We recommend that students who want to take advantage of this Pathway take our English for Academic Purposes module during their ISC course. This module helps students to develop their academic study skills and prepare for University.
Platinum Courses are designed for professionals, executives and mature learners looking to enhance their language ability and skills in a short amount of time. All courses are tailored to meet the needs of the clients. Platinum courses are available in our dedicated Platinum Centres in Brighton, London Central, New York City, San Francisco and Vancouver.
• A choice of small group courses
(up to 5 per class), tailor made one-to-one classes, or a combination of the two
• Lessons tailored for your needs
• A focus on quick progress and achieving your objectives
• High quality teaching and support from experienced English trainers, some with
When you book a Platinum Course at St Giles, we will send you a link to our online pre-course questionnaire. This is designed to find out what you need and want from your time with us. We then use this to design the programme for you. We adapt group courses to address the needs of all clients in the class, whilst one-to-one lessons will be tailored specifically for you.
Group classes will commonly include English skills for:
• Social Situations
• Written Communications
Clients taking one-to-one classes can choose to have training in English for Special Purposes such as Aviation, Law, Finance, Journalism, the Military, Human Resources and Medicine. For busy clients, we can also offer
flexible training with in-company
The Platinum Centres are separate from the rest of the school, offering an exclusive place to study, relax and network with other professionals. They
feature modern classrooms with the latest equipment and resources, as well as comfortable and relaxing Platinum lounges. Our Platinum lounges offer you
a warm and friendly welcome from our Platinum staff, business facilities including free Wi-Fi, and complimentary refreshments. Platinum Living Outside the classroom we invite you to participate – along with your classmates and language
trainers – in social and cultural activities every week, giving you the chance to further improve your skills in a relaxed social environment. One complimentary social programme activity will be offered to you every two weeks. One-to-one clients also enjoy a complimentary three-course lunch with their trainer at the end of their course. We also offer you a choice of carefully selected accommodation. For Platinum clients, we particularly recommend Superior Homestay (with the option to have a private bathroom at most centres) or our choice of Hotels and Guest Houses.
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.
The California State East Bay campus is located in the scenic Hayward Hills with spectacular views over San Francisco Bay, and only 40 minutes from the centre of the city.
The campus offers high quality teaching and leisure facilities such as modern classrooms with digital projectors and plenty of outdoor space to relax and enjoy the social programme.
Accommodation is in a modern residence with twin rooms and communal areas. On-site food courts and shops complete the university experience!
This is a relaxed, fun and caring young learner experience, on a self-contained campus offering excellent levels of supervision. Outside of the classroom students can enjoy fantastic trips and activities in and around the beautiful Bay area.
The minimum family number for this course is 1 child (7-15 years old) and 1 adult.
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