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; 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.
Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
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.
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 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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