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Riviera English School

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48 The Terrace , Torquay (view map)

About Riviera English School

Riviera English School was established in 1996 and is an independent, medium-sized, family-owned school. Most of our students come to us through personal recommendation from others who have studied here. Many students come back to attend our courses year after year.

We are open all year, except for Christmas and New Year. The maximum class size is 12 on adult courses and 16 on the junior courses and ministay. However, the adult average is much fewer, especially in the winter, when typically class numbers will be between 4-8 students. There are four full-time office staff and a varying number of teachers, depending on the time of year. There is a pleasant, friendly atmosphere and visitors will always get a warm welcome.


  • Host family accommodation
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • Shared Apartment


General English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One

General and Intensive English look at the skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing and Grammar, although there is a particular focus on communication:
- All students are tested on arrival, then placed in a suitable class.
Elementary-Advanced (no beginners).
- You will be taught by experienced, qualified and friendly teachers
- Homework will be given on most days to practise what has been done in the
- Afternoons free for private study or sightseeing/activities/sailing
(unless taking Intensive or one-to-one courses)
- Mixed nationality classes
- Only modern books are used
- Certificate and Teacher's Report on course completion

General German

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

English Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Location Type: Seaside, Town/City

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

Cambridge English First (formerly FCE)
Cambridge English Advanced (formerly CAE)

Business English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

We have organised and conducted courses for people from many companies including:
Toyota (Japan), Porsche, UAE government, Sony, French Guyanan Airlines, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (Germany), Bombardier Transportation, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Gemco International (Monaco), Siemens, Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Italian Navy, Schindler Lifts (Switzerland), Baltimar (Latvia), Teleglobe (Milan), ICAEngineering (Mexico), Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education, Andorran Government Tourist Office, Latvian Chamber of Commerce and many others.

There are three options for studying Business English:
General English Plus 4 Business/Specialist English (4 one-to-one lessons per week)
General English Plus 8 Business/Specialist English (8 one-to-one lessons per week)
Executive Intensive (30X 45minute one-to-one lessons)

English Summer Courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Location Type: Seaside

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

Please note that arrivals and departures should be on a Sunday and minimum booking is 2 weeks. Many weeks in recent years were fully booked, so please book early!

The Junior/Teenage course will be in our wonderful new school building, and will mean that parents wishing to take lessons will be in the same location as their children. Adults and juniors are of course segregated.


20 lessons per week. In busy periods, lessons may be AM or PM
16 per class maximum
Host Family accommodation, shared room, all meals
Host families will meet the students on arrival at the coach station in Torquay, and take them to the coach station on the departure day
On the first day of school, the host family will take the students to the school.
Social Activity program with 5 afternoon activities/trips,
+ 2 evening activities + 1 full day excursion per week +Sunday social day with host families or our leaders
Course materials
Welcome pack including ID card, local information and map
End of course certificate
End of course teacher's report
24 hour emergency support
Accompanied airport transfer from Heathrow Airport on dates above
(see notes below in red)
FREE BUS PASS for unlimited local travel



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