Sidmouth International School

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SIDMOUTH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL has been named a Centre of Excellence and placed in the top 4.5% of British Council accredited schools in UK (EL Gazette Sept 2014)
Open all year for adults and teenagers: courses start every Monday
The only English language school in Sidmouth

There are separate departments for adults (18+), teenagers (14 – 17 years) and juniors (8 – 13 years) - all within 5 minutes walk of each other.

We are an official teacher training centre (including TEFL) and a Cambridge Examination Centre

Where is Sidmouth?
On the beautiful Jurassic coast of Devon, in the south west of England. Sidmouth is a small, safe and friendly seaside town with excellent leisure facilities, providing an ideal environment for the serious student or those wishing to combine study with vacation.

What courses do you run?
ADULTS (18+): General, Intensive, Business, Vacation (summer only), Teacher Training and Examinations
TEENAGE: (14–17 yrs):. Intensive, Examinations and Vacation (Easter and summer only)
YOUNG LEARNER: (8-13 YRS): Vacation and Intensive (Easter and summer only)

Do you offer a Social Programme?
Yes! We offer three separate social programmes for adults, teenagers and juniors

Are the prices inclusive?
Yes! Prices include: course materials, homestay booking service, social programme every afternoon and evening, one full day and one half- day escorted excursion per week including all entrance fees (adults pay extra to join excursions)
Free London Airport escorted transfers on Saturdays

How far are you from large cities?
We are 20 minutes from the university town of Exeter, 75 minutes from Plymouth, 100 minutes from bath and Bristol – you can visit them all on our excursions. We also run regular escorted day trips to London (2.5 hours by train).

Where can I stay in Sidmouth?
We can arrange homestay, and advice on self-catering apartments, hotels and guests houses. Our homestays are EXCLUSIVE to us and within walking distance, very carefully selected and regularly inspected. Those hosting young students (under 18 yrs) are also checked by both a national and local government service. All Junior students (8-13 yrs) have transfers to and from school.

Do you arrange transport from London, Bristol and Exeter Airports?
Yes we have a FREE escorted school bus to and from London Heathrow Airport every Saturday, all year round. For younger students there is an escort meeting and check-in service. We also offer a school car service to/from other airports. Full details are in the school transport pack.

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Football/Soccer
  • Golf
  • Riding
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Water sports
  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Visa support
  • Host family accommodation
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • Language and Au pair study
  • Film
  • On campus events


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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
Available all year. For students aged 18+ years.
We provide quality language teaching for all our students at all levels. The courses follow a communicative syllabus which includes a balance of grammar, vocabulary and functional English. Our teaching team will help the student to improve their language skills, communicate effectively and gain greater understanding of English culture. SIS is also a teacher training centre. Students can start their course on any Monday during the year. Beginners accepted by special arrangement. Advanced English classes are always available. The adult department is completely separate from the teenage and junior departments.
GENERAL ENGLISH - 20 lessons (15 hours) of tuition per week, mornings only (09.00 - 12.30, Monday to Friday).
INTENSIVE ENGLISH - 28 lessons (21 hours) of tuition per week, 09.00 - 12.30, Monday to Friday; 13.30 - 15.30 Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday).
GENERAL ENGLISH PLUS ONE TO ONE - As the General English course plus 6 lessons of one to one tuition per week (26 lessons: 19.5 hours).
INTENSIVE ENGLISH PLUS ONE TO ONE - As the Intensive English course plus 6 lessons of one to one tuition per week (34 lessons: 25.5 hours).

Free basic social programme - there are charges for all excursions.

ADULT ACCOMMODATION
Our homestay families only take students from Sidmouth International School so we can guarantee no other students of the same nationality. Most homestays are within walking distance of the school. Breakfast and evening meal included, with light lunch at weekends. We can also recommend suitable hotels, guest houses etc.

School bus transfer to and from London Heathrow Airport every Saturday.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Exams and Prep offered: Cambridge YLE, Cambridge PET, Cambridge KET, IELTS, Cambridge FCE, Cambridge CAE, Cambridge CPE
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
IELTS COURSE - Available all year for students aged 18+ years.
Ielts is an internationally recognised qualification necessary for university entrance in the UK and most English-speaking countries. The Ielts test us available in nearby Exeter (transport provided). Results are issued within 2 weeks of the test. Early booking of test dates is essential to guarantee a place.
COURSE STRUCTURE
Initially you will take a course which includes: 28 lessons (21 hours) General English to improve and practise peaking, listening , reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary. When you have reached the required level of English, the structure of the programme will change;
20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English (09.00 - 12.30, Mon-Fri)
8 lessons (6 hours) per week of formal Ielts training in small groups, or personalised tutorial groups (13.30 - 15.30, Tues,Wed,Fri)
One to one lessons can be taken at an extra charge.
Sidmouth International School can advise students on the estimated length of course they will need in order to achieve their study aims, although this will depend not only on the students current level of English, but also their commitment and ability to learn.

CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATIONS
First Certificate (FCE), Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE)
Our courses are designed by our examination experts who give you specific exam preparation. We recommend a minimum course of 6 weeks. Examinations are held in March, June, August and December.
Preliminary English Test (PET) - 21 hours tuition per week.
Preparation courses available , contact the school for dates.

Social programme.
School bus transfer to and from London Heathrow Airport every Saturday.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
Exams and Prep offered: IELTS, Cambridge FCE, Cambridge CAE, Cambridge CPE
TEENAGE INTENSIVE YEAR ROUND COURSE (14 - 17 YEARS)
This course is designed for students who have specific individual needs and/or those who wish to rapidly improve their English language knowledge. The teaching focuses on the aims and interests of the student and encourages each student to develop their full potential. All four language skills are practised in class and effective communication is encouraged alongside both accuracy and fluency.
Homework is set and marked regularly.
Total 21 hours tuition per week. 20 lessons (15 hours) of group tuition in English language (09.00 - 12.30, Mon - Fri). 8 lessons (6 hours) of English language tuition (13.30 - 15.30, Tues, Wed, Fri)
Free social, cultural and sports programme.
The social programme includes a half-day excursion on Thursdays and a full-day excursion on Saturdays (expect on weekend of departure). All entry fees included. Activities include various sports, arts and crafts, discos, beach barbecues etc. Teenagers have an indoor recreation centre.

TEENAGE ACCOMMODATION
Our homestay families only take students from Sidmouth International School so we can guarantee no other students of the same nationality, no overcrowding, no adult or junior students. All families hosting under the age of 18 are checked by a local government agency and regularly inspected by the school. Most homestays are an easy walk from the school. Breakfast and evening meals included, with light lunch at weekends. Weekday lunches are not included: lunch is easily purchased locally and can be eaten at the recreation centre.

School bus transfer to and from London Heathrow Airport every Saturday.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
Sidmouth International School has over 30 years' experience of delivering Business English courses. We are a successful teacher training centre and are actively involved in teacher development resulting in a qualified teaching team available to help our business students attain their objectives.
The town of Sidmouth is a unique, unspoilt British seaside resort situated in a World Heritage site. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the town will inspire you to meet your learning goals and you can experience real British life in a peaceful environment where you can relax and learn - perfect for intensive study.
Sidmouth also has excellent hotels and amenities, and good links to London and local airports.

BUSINESS ENGLISH 1 (Individual course - one to one)
Available 20-40 lessons per week
This course gives the professional the opportunity to work intensively on specific individual needs. Your course content will be determined by a detailed needs analysis which can be done prior to arrival. Guidance is also available throughout your stay. A small team of instructors will teach you and your progress will be monitored closely by the academic team.

BUSINESS ENGLISH 2 & 3 (General English plus Business one to one)
Many professionals would like to feel more confident when using English in meetings, speaking on the telephone, reading and writing business correspondence/reports and generally working in an international environment. These courses help you improve your skills. Group lessons in classes of maximum 6 students (9 in summer) encourage effective communication and individual requirements can be studied in the one to one lessons.

BUSINESS ENGLISH 2 - 20 group lessons (9.00 - 12.30 Monday - Friday) plus 6 lessons of one to one (19.5).
BUSINESS ENGLISH 3 - 20 group lessons (9.00 - 12.30 Monday - Friday) plus 12 lessons of one to one (24hr).

Free basic social programme - there are charges for all excursions.

ADULT ACCOMMODATION
Our homestay families only take students from Sidmouth International School so we can guarantee no other students of the same nationality. Most homestays are within walking distance of the school. Breakfast and evening meal included, with light lunch at weekends. We can also recommend suitable hotels, guest houses etc.

School bus transfer to and from London Heathrow Airport every Saturday.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
Sidmouth International School has over 30 years' experience of delivering Business English courses. We are a successful teacher training centre and are actively involved in teacher development resulting in a qualified teaching team available to help our business students attain their objectives.
The town of Sidmouth is a unique, unspoilt British seaside resort situated in a World Heritage site. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the town will inspire you to meet your learning goals and you can experience real British life in a peaceful environment where you can relax and learn - perfect for intensive study.
Sidmouth also has excellent hotels and amenities, and good links to London and local airports.

BUSINESS ENGLISH 1 (Individual course - one to one)
Available 20-40 lessons per week
This course gives the professional the opportunity to work intensively on specific individual needs. Your course content will be determined by a detailed needs analysis which can be done prior to arrival. Guidance is also available throughout your stay. A small team of instructors will teach you and your progress will be monitored closely by the academic team.

BUSINESS ENGLISH 2 & 3 (General English plus Business one to one)
Many professionals would like to feel more confident when using English in meetings, speaking on the telephone, reading and writing business correspondence/reports and generally working in an international environment. These courses help you improve your skills. Group lessons in classes of maximum 6 students (9 in summer) encourage effective communication and individual requirements can be studied in the one to one lessons.

BUSINESS ENGLISH 2 - 20 group lessons (9.00 - 12.30 Monday - Friday) plus 6 lessons of one to one (19.5).
BUSINESS ENGLISH 2 & 3 - 20 group lessons (9.00 - 12.30 Monday - Friday) plus 12 lessons of one to one (24hr).

Free basic social programme - there are charges for all excursions.

ADULT ACCOMMODATION
Our homestay families only take students from Sidmouth International School so we can guarantee no other students of the same nationality. Most homestays are within walking distance of the school. Breakfast and evening meal included, with light lunch at weekends. We can also recommend suitable hotels, guest houses etc.

School bus transfer to and from London Heathrow Airport every Saturday.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk
TEENAGE VACATION COURSE (14-17 YEARS)
AVAILABLE EASTER AND SUMMER ONLY.

This course is ideally suited to teenagers who require a general English course combined with an interesting and varied social activities programme. Mixed nationality groups follow communicative courses with an emphasis on improving their fluency and increasing their language knowledge. Our teacher work with their students to develop communication skills, increase their confidence and broaden understanding of both English language and culture.
20 lessons (15 hours) of tuition per week, mornings only, 09.00 - 12.30 Mon - Fri.
Comprehensive supervised leisure programme.

TEENAGE INTENSIVE
This course is designed for students who have specific individual needs and/or those who wish to rapidly improve their English language knowledge. The teaching focuses on the aims and interests of the student and encourages each student to develop their full potential. All four language skills are practised in class and effective communication is encouraged alongside both accuracy and fluency.
Homework is set and marked regularly.
Total 21 hours tuition per week. 20 lessons (15 hours) of group tuition in English language (09.00 - 12.30, Mon - Fri). 8 lessons (6 hours) of English language tuition (13.30 - 15.30, Tues, Wed, Fri)
Free social, cultural and sports programme.
The social programme includes a half-day excursion on Thursdays and a full-day excursion on Saturdays (expect on weekend of departure). All entry fees included. Activities include various sports, arts and crafts, discos, beach barbecues etc. Teenagers have an indoor recreation centre.

YOUNG ADULT VACATION COURSES (16 - 18 YEARS)
These courses are for the more mature, well-motivated student in this age group and are taught in the Adult department. Small classes of maximum 9 students ensure a high level of individual attention. Full social programme included. (Beginners not accepted on these courses)
YOUNG ADULT GENERAL COURSE
20 lessons (15 hours) of tuition per week, mornings only, 09.00 - 12.30 Mon-Fri.
YOUNG ADULT INTENSIVE COURSE
28 lessons (21 hours) of tuition per week.
09.00 - 12.30 Mon-Fri, 13.30-15.30 Tues, Wed, Fri.

ACCOMMODATION
Our homestay families only take students from Sidmouth International School so we can guarantee no other students of the same nationality, no overcrowding, no adult or junior students. All families hosting under the age of 18 are checked by a local government agency and regularly inspected by the school. Most homestays are an easy walk from the school. Breakfast and evening meals included, with light lunch at weekends. Weekday lunches are not included: lunch is easily purchased locally and can be eaten at the recreation centre.
School bus transfer to and from London Heathrow Airport every Saturday.

COURSES FOR YOUNG LEARNERS
JUNIOR COURSE (8-11 YEARS) & TWEENS COURSE (12-13 YEARS)
Both courses are based in our Junior department, which is separate from the Adult and Teenage departments. The courses are specially designed to teach English to the young learner in a holiday atmosphere, with the emphasis on improving their fluency and increasing their language knowledge. Students are placed in class according to their age and level of English and work together to development their communication skills. They leave with more confidence and a greater understanding of both the English language and culture.
20 lessons (15 hours) of English tuition per week, 09.00 - 12.30 Mon - Fri.
Busy, fully-supervised leisure programme in the afternoons.

YOUNG LEARNER INTENSIVE COURSES (8-13 YEARS) - Summer/Autumn
An intensive course designed for younger students.
20 lessons (15 hours) tuition, as the Vacation courses.
8 lessons (6 hours) tuition on 3 afternoons (13.30 - 15.30 Tue, Wed, Fri)

JUNIOR ACCOMMODATION
Students on Young Learners courses are placed with special homestay families who have children, and who provide care and supervision as well as the correct environment for children of this age.
All Junior homestays are checked by a local government agency and regularly inspected by the school.

TRANSPORT
The School has an escorted bus every Saturday from/to London Heathrow Airport, with a meeting and check-in service for unaccompanied students (extra cost). There is also a school car service available: experienced School drivers will meet students at the arrivals gate and assist with check-in on departure. All students under 14 years travelling alone must book our escort service.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
COURSES FOR OVERSEAS TEACHERS OF ENGLISH.
Sidmouth International is a successful teacher training centre and is actively involved in teacher development. We have an experienced teaching team and offer developmental courses for overseas teachers of English. The town of Sidmouth is an excellent place for teachers to study. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere of the town means you can experience real British life, enabling you to achieve a greater understanding of both the language and culture.

COURSE FOR INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH
This course is available all year round for a minimum of one week. Language and/or methodology development courses are designed to meet the specific needs of teachers. The course includes 15 hours per week (09.00 - 13.30, Mon-Fri) of language development in mixed nationality groups and 6 hours per week (13.30 - 15.30, Tues, Wed, Fri) of specialist ELT sessions including methodology, material etc. - a total of 21 hours. Class observations can be arranged. Students can start any Monday.

ONE TO ONE TUITION/PERSONAL INTENSIVE COURSE
In English and a range of subjects to suit your requirements.

Free basic social programme - there are charges for all excursions.

ADULT ACCOMMODATION
Our homestay families only take students from Sidmouth International School so we can guarantee no other students of the same nationality. Most homestays are within walking distance of the school. Breakfast and evening meal included, with light lunch at weekends. We can also recommend suitable hotels, guest houses etc.

School bus transfer to and from London Heathrow Airport every Saturday.
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This course is for students aged: 13-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
TEENAGE VACATION COURSE (14-17 YEARS)
AVAILABLE EASTER AND SUMMER ONLY.

This course is ideally suited to teenagers who require a general English course combined with an interesting and varied social activities programme. Mixed nationality groups follow communicative courses with an emphasis on improving their fluency and increasing their language knowledge. Our teacher work with their students to develop communication skills, increase their confidence and broaden understanding of both English language and culture.
20 lessons (15 hours) of tuition per week, mornings only, 09.00 - 12.30 Mon - Fri.
Comprehensive supervised leisure programme.

TEENAGE INTENSIVE
This course is designed for students who have specific individual needs and/or those who wish to rapidly improve their English language knowledge. The teaching focuses on the aims and interests of the student and encourages each student to develop their full potential. All four language skills are practised in class and effective communication is encouraged alongside both accuracy and fluency.
Homework is set and marked regularly.
Total 21 hours tuition per week. 20 lessons (15 hours) of group tuition in English language (09.00 - 12.30, Mon - Fri). 8 lessons (6 hours) of English language tuition (13.30 - 15.30, Tues, Wed, Fri)
Free social, cultural and sports programme.
The social programme includes a half-day excursion on Thursdays and a full-day excursion on Saturdays (expect on weekend of departure). All entry fees included. Activities include various sports, arts and crafts, discos, beach barbecues etc. Teenagers have an indoor recreation centre.

YOUNG ADULT VACATION COURSES (16 - 18 YEARS)
These courses are for the more mature, well-motivated student in this age group and are taught in the Adult department. Small classes of maximum 9 students ensure a high level of individual attention. Full social programme included. (Beginners not accepted on these courses)
YOUNG ADULT GENERAL COURSE
20 lessons (15 hours) of tuition per week, mornings only, 09.00 - 12.30 Mon-Fri.
YOUNG ADULT INTENSIVE COURSE
28 lessons (21 hours) of tuition per week.
09.00 - 12.30 Mon-Fri, 13.30-15.30 Tues, Wed, Fri.

ACCOMMODATION
Our homestay families only take students from Sidmouth International School so we can guarantee no other students of the same nationality, no overcrowding, no adult or junior students. All families hosting under the age of 18 are checked by a local government agency and regularly inspected by the school. Most homestays are an easy walk from the school. Breakfast and evening meals included, with light lunch at weekends. Weekday lunches are not included: lunch is easily purchased locally and can be eaten at the recreation centre.
School bus transfer to and from London Heathrow Airport every Saturday.

COURSES FOR YOUNG LEARNERS
JUNIOR COURSE (8-11 YEARS) & TWEENS COURSE (12-13 YEARS)
Both courses are based in our Junior department, which is separate from the Adult and Teenage departments. The courses are specially designed to teach English to the young learner in a holiday atmosphere, with the emphasis on improving their fluency and increasing their language knowledge. Students are placed in class according to their age and level of English and work together to development their communication skills. They leave with more confidence and a greater understanding of both the English language and culture.
20 lessons (15 hours) of English tuition per week, 09.00 - 12.30 Mon - Fri.
Busy, fully-supervised leisure programme in the afternoons.

YOUNG LEARNER INTENSIVE COURSES (8-13 YEARS) - Summer/Autumn
An intensive course designed for younger students.
20 lessons (15 hours) tuition, as the Vacation courses.
8 lessons (6 hours) tuition on 3 afternoons (13.30 - 15.30 Tue, Wed, Fri)

JUNIOR ACCOMMODATION
Students on Young Learners courses are placed with special homestay families who have children, and who provide care and supervision as well as the correct environment for children of this age.
All Junior homestays are checked by a local government agency and regularly inspected by the school.

TRANSPORT
The School has an escorted bus every Saturday from/to London Heathrow Airport, with a meeting and check-in service for unaccompanied students (extra cost). There is also a school car service available: experienced School drivers will meet students at the arrivals gate and assist with check-in on departure. All students under 14 years travelling alone must book our escort service.
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