English Courses in Torbay UK, School of English in Torbay UK, learn English in Torbay in the United KingdomThe school was founded in 1984. Our purpose-built school provides an ideal language learning environment. The school has more than thirty classrooms, a dedicated internet study, wireless internet access, a listening centre, bookshop, student lounge and student café. Renovations have also provided an executive lounge, an attractive garden and patio, a large reception and student service areas. The school and its programmes have been specifically designed so that adults and young learners are able to study and socialise separately.

Within walking distance of the school are our two popular student residences, both recently renovated. Students may book excursions and activities as part of their package (Young Learners only), or on-site at our Leisure and Activity Reception.

English Courses in Torbay UK, School of English in Torbay UK, learn English in Torbay in the United Kingdom


Course 20h
English Courses in Torbay UK, School of English in Torbay UK, learn English in Torbay in the United KingdomIdeal if you want to plenty of free time to explore the English Riviera and soak up the local culture. The course will cover everyday English reading, writing and listening with an emphasis on speaking and practical communication in common situations, such as travelling, shopping, and leisure time. There will be support with grammar and pronunciation, and we will also introduce study skills to help you to become an efficient learner and to keep learning when you are out of the classroom.


Course 30h
Intensive English includes 22.5 hours of English lessons per week, in two parts: 20 lessons of General English, which follows the same programme as our General English courses, and 10 further lessons of communication skills, which may be with different students.

This course is suitable for you if you would like to become a confident speaker of English and maximize your ability to use English in everyday situations. Intensive English is a group course which is ideal for learning everyday English with an emphasis on fluent communication and practical language skills.


Mini-group 20h / 30h
This course is similar to our standard Intensive English course, but the smaller class size (max. 6) helps ensure that you get more attention from the teacher. This makes the course ideal if you want to make good progress at a reasonable price, or if you are less self-confident.


English Courses in Torbay UK, School of English in Torbay UK, learn English in Torbay in the United KingdomBusiness English 20h+10h
If your motivation is effective communication in business these are the courses for you. The course combines 20 lessons General English Focus with 10 lessons of Business English.

Our Business English Course is topic based and designed to provide a flexible learning programme. The sessions focus on functional language in specific situations. These lessons are largely task based and are planned to extend vocabulary, improve pronunciation, provide practice and develop confidence and fluency in a lively and communicative way. The content of the Business English course is negotiated with students and is adapted to suit the interests of the group. Individual needs are taken into account through a negotiation task in the classroom, and in this way, you will be involved in the planning of the week’s work.


Exam preparation (FCE / CAE)
This option allows maximum flexibility and can be added to any of our language programmes. Private tuition gives you the opportunity to focus on individual needs – extra work on pronunciation, vocabulary building or English related to your business or professional life. We even offer a web-based course so you can study at home, or improve your English further before or after a traditional course.


Teacher Training CELTA (4 weeks)
English Courses in Torbay UK, School of English in Torbay UK, learn English in Torbay in the United KingdomThe CELTA course is designed for people with little or no English teaching experience.  It is a stimulating but demanding course, and lasts for 120 hours. During this time you will receive around 50 hours of input sessions, complete 6 hours of assessed teaching practice and spend 6 hours observing experienced and qualified teachers. It is a very practical course which will raise your awareness of language and learning, and give you a range of techniques to use in the classroom. You will be given plenty of help with lesson planning, and there will be tutorials to help ensure you are getting the most from your course. You can choose to do the course full-time or part-time; the syllabus for these courses are the same.
The full-time intensive course runs over four weeks (from 08.45-17.30) and is particularly demanding, but suits people who are keen to get qualified quickly. You will be teaching every other day, and will need to work most evenings and weekends on lesson planning and written assignments.
Applicants for these courses need to have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. The course is open to people from all language backgrounds. All participants must have a competence in English (equivalent to IELTS 8 or 9), both written and spoken, that will enable them to follow the course and complete all assessed and non-assessed elements successfully.


Teacher Training DELTA (6 weeks)
The DELTA Course is intended for experienced teachers wishing to extend their knowledge and teaching skills and leads to the most widely recognised Diploma in English Language Teaching. It places an emphasis on the integration of practical classroom approaches with a thorough understanding of language systems and learning theories.

The course is run on a semi-intensive basis and covers  Modules 1, 2 and 3 of the DELTA. The programme consists of a  6-week intensive course in January / February , followed by 12 weeks of online support and ending with a further 1-week intensive course in May.
Module 1 is assessed by an exam taken in June; Module 2 is assessed through a series of  Teaching Assignments, which demonstrate the integration of classroom skills, theoretical knowledge and the ability to develop professionally to meet new challenges. Module 3 is an extended written assignment which involves designing a course. 
The DELTA is open to people from all language backgrounds who have at least two years of teaching experience. All participants must have a competence in English (equivalent to IELTS 8 or 9), both written and spoken, that will enable them to follow and complete the course and successfully.




English Courses in Torbay UK, School of English in Torbay UK, learn English in Torbay in the United KingdomOur school provides an extensive leisure programme with experienced Torbay tour guides and school owned minibuses as well as coach excursions to the region's best locations. We offer daily afternoon and evening excursions as well as full-day excursions at the weekend, all year round. Our experienced staff will ensure that the trips are enjoyable and interesting. Whatever your interest, we will do our best to meet your requirements. Standard and special excursions can be booked at the school at our dedicated Leisure/Activity Reception desk, five days a week.

A short 20 minute walk from the school is the well-equipped Torbay Leisure Centre. It is open to non-members every day from 09.00 and closes in the early evening (the times vary on each day). Students gain automatic membership at discounted rates.

Students wishing to play tennis or golf will find that a short 15 minute walk will take them to Oldway Mansion (for Tennis) or a 10 minute walk for a pretty 9-hole pitch and putt course, both of which are open to the public and are very reasonably-priced. Golf courses are located at Churston and Torquay (both approx. 25 minutes by bus); students must have a handicap certificate to play on these courses.

Torbay houses a number of popular cinemas, the ground-breaking Living Coasts marine wildlife centre and fun attractions such as a ten-pin bowling alley and fun house.

English Courses in Torbay UK, School of English in Torbay UK, learn English in Torbay in the United KingdomTorbay has a wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants and also offers major chains of supermarkets and major retailers. Especially popular are the various tea-rooms where students often congregate and, of course, the parks, promenades and beaches.

There are many restaurants and cafes in Torbay, including Italian, Thai, Indian and Chinese restaurants. The most popular with our students are the many pubs that offer traditional English bar-food at reasonable prices.

At night, Torbay’s seafront comes alive with illuminations and is perfect for an evening promenade. The opening of a multi-million pound multiplex cinema and the redevelopment of the Palace Theatre, together with the numerous bars and nightclubs, has provided an exciting mix of entertainment.




Adult Homestay
This popular choice of accommodation is ideal for students who are interested in learning about and experiencing life with a typical English host and regularly practicing their English. Our hosts can include retired couples, families with children, a childless couple,  single parent, or a single person.


Student Residences
English Courses in Torbay UK, School of English in Torbay UK, learn English in Torbay in the United KingdomOur student residence is exclusively for the use of our students and offers budget accommodation close to the school. The hill-top residence has superb sea views across Torbay towards Brixham. The residence accommodates 50 adults aged 18 years or older.

Our student residence is self catering and rooms are booked strictly on a 'room-only' basis, although optional fridges and other services are available on request. There is a selection of standard or sea-view single and twin rooms. Both sea-view and standard rooms vary in size. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms or shower rooms with WC.

The residence has a shared kitchen, lounge, TV room and an attractive garden and patio. You can use free wireless internet access on the ground floor, or internet is also available on a public computer at extra cost.



Option 1: If you are looking for a hotel in Paignton that can provide you with a quality service and a relaxing atmosphere, the Summerhill is the place for you.
This fine family-run hotel is only 10 minutes from the school and, like our student residence, overlooks the pleasure beach of Goodrington Sands. The hotel has a lift and level access, comfortable bedrooms and lounge, licensed bar, restaurant with good food, and a warm personal family welcome. All bedrooms have television, radio alarm clock, hairdryer and complimentary tea/coffee making facilities. Distance to school: 10 minutes on foot.

Option 2: Quietly located in Torbay between Paignton and Goodrington Sands, St Marguerite bed & breakfast is an oasis of tranquillity, offering a warm welcome, clean, smartly decorated rooms, and good home-cooked food (using locally produced items whenever possible). Rooms come with private bathrooms, tea & coffee making facilities, digital flat screen TV with Freeview and integral DVD/CD player, wireless internet access and hairdryer with an iron and trouser press readily available. Distance to school: 5 minutes on foot.

Option 3: Conveniently located, the Aquamarine is situated close to the shops, seafront and attractions. It is a family run Guest House with en-suite bedrooms, offering bed & breakfast accommodation.
Comfortable, quality accommodation, and individual attention is the key to our continued success and your guarantee to a really enjoyable stay!

Option 4: uperb quality bed & breakfast in a fully refurbished modern 10 room guest house in the heart of The English Riviera.
Overlooking the beautiful Goodrington Park and lake, with its wealth of birdlife by day and the breathtaking illuminations at night. The beach, and facilities of Quaywest about 200 metres away, with a short stroll to numerous bars and restaurants. Distance to school: 15 minutes  on foot.





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