Devon School of English

1 Lower Polsham Road, The Old Vicarage - Paignton

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he Devon School of English
Welcome from the Hawthorne Family

We are personally involved in the school at every level. Our methods are the best there are for learning English quickly and effectively with lasting results. Our staff and teachers will help make your stay at the Devon School an experience to remember – one that will prove invaluable for your future. We look forward to meeting you soon!

We are a medium-sized, family-run school in Paignton, Torbay, Devon - on the English Riviera. The school was founded by Brian Hawthorne in 1971. The school is housed in two Victorian villas, 50 metres apart, five minutes from the centre of Paignton and five minutes from the sea. We specialise in all year-round general English, over fifty courses and exam preparation, teachers', business and English plus courses - English and Golf, English and Walking, English and Surfing. In the summer we run an adult centre and a teenager centre in the two separate buildings. We also run a successful residential centre in Taunton for 5 weeks in July.

  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Student counselling
  • Visa support
  • Host family accommodation
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Historical sightseeing
  • On campus events
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)


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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk
General English (15 hours per week)

Availability: All year round - minimum 2 weeks
Level: Elementary to Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16
Studying English for 15 hours a week, five mornings from Monday to Friday, leaves your afternoons free to play sport, visit places of interest in the region or just relax! The 15-hour General English Course allows you to take best advantage of our extensive all year-round activity programme

General English (23 hours per week)
Availability: All year round - minimum 2 weeks
Level: Elementary to Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16
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.

General English Combination Course
Availability: All year round
Level: Elementary to Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16
A combination course offers a balance of study which allows students to learn and practise their English communication skills in a class environment and focus on individual needs.

Long Stay General English (12 weeks +)
Availability: All year round - minimum 2 weeks
Level: Elementary to Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16
Long Stay Courses are for students who wish to study for 12 weeks or more at the Devon School of English. The course provides you with 23 hours of General English lessons per week.

Academic Year Course (30 weeks +)
Availability: All year round
Level: Elementary - Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16
A student following an Academic Year Course studies 23 hours a week and stays for 30 weeks or longer.

The landscape of Agatha Christie's novels
Level: Elementary to Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Experience the delights of Agatha Christie's inspiration for her world famous crime writing.

The romantic landscape of Rosamunde Pilcher's novels
Level: Elementary - Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Improve your English, while exploring the romantic landscape of the South West of England, which was an inspiration to Rosmunde Pilcher.

English & Art
Availability: On request
Level: A1 Elementary to C2 Proficient
Paint in the beautiful Devon landscape
Learn how to make pottery and ceramics
Lessons with award-winning artist Emma Carter (painting) & Nicky Stevenson (pottery and ceramics)
Materials provided
Morning English lessons

15 hours of English lessons per week plus, in the afternoons, individual painting classes with the local award-winning artist

English & Golf
Availability: on request
Level: Elementary to advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16
The course consists of a standard 15 hours of class tuition in the mornings followed in the afternoons by the following golf programme.

English & Walking
Level: Elementary - Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16
English & Walking is a 2-week long course for people who would like to combine learning English in the mornings with afternoons spent walking through the wonderful landscape of Devon & Cornwall.

English & Mining
Availability: On request
Level: Elementary - Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16
English & Mining in the historic mining landscape of Devon & Cornwall.

English & Birdwatching
Level: Elementary - Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 18
Discover the wonderful diversity of British birds in the South West of England.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Exams and Prep offered: Cambridge CPE, Cambridge FCE, Cambridge CAE
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
IELTS Preparation Course
The Devon School of English has IELTS Preparation Courses running throughout the year - apart from the peak weeks in July and early August.
Availability: All year round
Level: Pre - intermediate - Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16

Cambridge English First (FCE)
The Devon School of English has a long history of success in preparing students for Cambridge Examinations. Our First Certificate courses are 4, 8, 9 or 12 weeks long depending on the time of year.
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16

Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
The Devon School of English has a long history of success in preparing students for Cambridge Examinations. Our Cambridge English Advanced courses are 8, 9 or 12 weeks.
Level: B2 Upper-intermediate to C1 Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16
15 hours of general English and 8 hours of exam preparation:

Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)
The Devon School of English has a long history of success in preparing students for Cambridge Examinations. Our Cambridge English Proficiency(CPE) courses are 12 weeks long.
Level: C1 Advanced to C2 Proficient
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 16
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: University campus
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
The flexibility of these courses is particularly suited to clients who wish to maximise their progress in General English in a short time, whilst also devoting time to specific language areas. The one-to-one element of a General English combination course may be used for exam preparation, a specific language function, to reinforce certain grammar points or simply to boost fluency and conversation skills. The one-to-one element of a Business English combination course might include technical or vocation-specific language, mechanical or electrical engineering terminology or the language of banking and finance for example, or it might afford the student the perfect opportunity to prepare, refine and rehearse a specific presentation.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Courses For Teachers
Availability: August 10th and by arrangement
Level: A2 Pre-intermediate to C2 Proficient
Maximum Class Size: 12
Minimum Age: 21
15 hours of General English; 8 hours of Teacher Training

We run 2-week Courses for Teachers in January, June and August each year and at other times by arrangement for closed groups. The content of these group courses depends to a large extent on the requests expressed in the needs analyses forms of the participants. A typical lesson mix would be: advanced language lessons in the morning to develop the teachers' confidence in dealing with questions about English structure, phonology and use, followed by methodological sessions in the afternoon where different approaches, materials and teaching techniques are introduced and practised.
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