General English (23 hours per week)

23-hours a week intensive courses are for students who want to devote as much time as possible to their English studies and maximize their progress during their time in England.
Availability: All year round - minimum 1 week
Level: Elementary to Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16

“Students receive an excellent education in keeping with the school’s aim to respond to the interests and professional or academic needs of students”
(Taken from the Devon School's ISI Report 2012)

  • Improve your all round English ability and confidence
  • Enjoyable lessons with experienced and qualified teachers
  • Small class sizes (maximum of 12 students)
  • Weekly start dates throughout the year
  • Morning and afternoon lessons
  • Student counselling available
  • End of course certificate and recommendations for future study

23-hours a week intensive courses are for students who want to devote as much time as possible to their English studies and maximize their progress during their time in England. Students are placed in classes based on their entrance test score and a brief interview with the Director of Studies. Homework is given daily and students’ progress is tested each week. At the end of the course, students receive a course certificate and recommendations for future study.

For information about our year-round activity programme go to the ACTIVITIES and LOCATION page. You can check your current English level with our FREE ONLINE ENTRANCE TEST.

What will I learn?

The emphasis during lessons is on increasing fluency, accuracy and confidence when speaking and on improving and developing your listening skills. You will acquire the vocabulary, expressions and strategies needed to cope effectively in the most important everyday situations. At higher levels, taking part in discussions and debates will enable you to more fully understand British culture and society. Reading skills are developed using a wide range of authentic texts. The writing syllabus, based on classroom activities, provides the basis for homework and important consolidation.

When do the courses start?

Courses start on any Monday throughout the year. CLICK HERE to enter your preferred dates and receive a quote.

How do I get to the school?

Getting to Paignton is easy with fast and frequent coach and train services from London airports. We offer a complete travel advisory service that will help you organize your journey. We can book your bus or train tickets, provide timetables or arrange to have representative meet you on arrival at the airport. For a full list of transfer options click here or download the GETTING TO US PDF. All students will be met by a member of their homestay hosts or a member of staff when they arrive in Paignton.

What does the course include?

  • 23 hours of English lessons each week.
  • Homework activities and weekly tests.
  • Access to student counselling to help you improve your study habits.
  • Welfare and advisory service.
  • Administrative service to help you organise travel, car hire etc in England.
  • All the materials for your lesson.
  • Access to DVDs, CDs and books in the school library.
  • A Devon School folder complete with information pack, pen, writing paper and local maps.
  • Comprehensive library of local guides/maps available for loan
  • End of course certificate and report

Extras available:

  • Accommodation: staying with a carefully selected English host
  • Transfers to and from the airport.
  • Accompanied trips and activities complete with transport.

How much does it cost?

To receive a quotation for your selected course, please CLICK HERE

Please be advised, there is an £8 fee added to all transactions to cover international bank charges. A non-refundable enrolment fee of £77 applies to all course bookings, plus a £41 accommodation booking fee. If you have any other questions, please CONTACT US and we will do our best to help.


Please note: If you are under 18 booking on a General English 15 hour course, you will be at school and supervised Monday to Friday from 09:00 until 12:30. If you are booking on a English 23 hour course you will be in school from 09:00 until 15:30 Monday to Thursday, finishing on Friday at 12:30. Outside of these periods, and during the 30 minute morning coffee break and 60 minute lunch break, you will not be supervised and will have free time in the afternoons after lessons, in the evenings and at weekends.

We do provide information and support for the students on staying safe in their free time, and a wide range of afternoon and evening activities and day trips at weekend are organized by the school – students need to book and pay for these individually. There are full day excursions organized at the weekends, and students can book and pay for these during the week. It is also possible by arrangement for you to join some of the activities of our teenager school which runs in parallel (again on a pay-as-you-go basis).

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