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The Hilderstone Magazine New Year edition

Magazine head - Welcome to 2017

Hilderstone News:

  • Happy New Year! 2017 will be an exciting year for the college with new courses for old and young.
  • Happy Lunar New Year, too!
  • We have had a bit of a face-lift over the holidays with classrooms 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 all getting redecorated. We even decorated the staff room!
  • In the next few months, we will be welcoming students from all over the world. However we said goodbye to some wonderful people in December and we wish them well with future studies. There were some great IELTS results and we are waiting for the Cambridge results, which will come out very soon.
  • 2017 dates and fees – Our brochure is available online and in print. Please contact us if you would like a copy or click here for the brochure.
  • Online English courses – Check out our Online English course option for those that can’t make it to the College or if you need to brush up your English.
    Something academic

    Something academic.

Here is a question for you to think about:

When talking about past time / routines / habits etc, what is the difference between past simple, “used to” and “would+base”?

If you cannot remember, then email Lee and he will explain!

IALC Survey
As some of you may remember, we are a member of IALC - International Association of Language Centres. From time to time they like to do surveys to learn about students and their learning experiences. If you would like to tale part in their latest survey, please go to: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3068116/2017-IALC-Survey-Student-Preferences-English
Completing the survey enters you into a draw to win an I-pad!!

Can you discover the seven-letter word using each of the letters only once? Email your answer to us, including your name and nationality, and we'll let you know who was the fastest in next month's edition!

Last month's winner: congratulations to Gertjan Goossens from the Netherlands for being the first to reply to us with: 'compare'.


Phrase of the week
Each week we feature a 'phrase of the week' on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Follow us to get the latest one each week. Here are three of last month's:



Ring (rang/rung) a bell



Sound familiar



A - You know Sarah Machin, my friend in Canada?
B - The name rings a bell, but I can’t actually remember meeting her.



start as you mean to go on



Do things the right way – from the beginning.



A - You went for a run at six o’clock; it must have been freezing!
B - Start as you mean to go on!  I’m going to get fit this year.



odds-on (adjective)



Will probably happen, win, etc. (From horse racing



A -  wonder who’ll be the new head of department?
B - Well, Marion is odds-on to get the job, as long as she doesn’t mess the interview up.
What's on this month
  • Check out the Visit Thanet website for a list of the many varied events happening this month.
  • There are exhibitions at the Turner Contemporary art gallery:
    • View a selection of etchings and mezzotints from JMW Turner’s celebrated Liber Studiorum, a series of 70 landscape engravings. 
    • and other exhibitions
  • Margate Museum in the old town has some interesting exhibits - it is not far from the Turner Contemporary art gallery.
Hilderstone students get a discount for shows at the Sarah Thorne Theatre – check out what is on in the coming weeks.
Student stories
Student Focus on Pavita Pavita Taetrongjit (back row on the right) was a Pre University student in the summer of 2014. When she wasn’t studying, she was often seen running around the streets of Broadstairs and Margate with the Director of Studies When she left us she went to the University of Kent to study a Masters in Management and International Business. In November 2016 we received the fantastic news that she passed her course with a “Merit”. Congratulations Pavita!

“Hilderstone  is the first place where I studies English properly. The teachers and staff offered not only knowledge but also care and friendship. I met many lovely people - from my country and from around the world. It was a great experience and the friendships remain. When people ask me where is a good school, I say that Hilderstone is not just a school, it is a great place to start your UK experience.

If you have a student story you would like to share - please email us with a photograph and a short description of what you are doing now!

Hilderstone College • English Studies Centre
St Peter's Road • Broadstairs • Kent • CT10 2JW • United Kingdom
www.hilderstone.ac.uk • Tel: +44 (0)1843 869171

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