Immersion English (Adults)

Avalon International Academy

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The Immersion English course is for students who want to have a balance of classroom time and activities/excursions time. The course focuses primarily on speaking and communication skills, with lessons on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary, as well as reading, writing, speaking and listening. There are options for students to request specific topics and approaches.

Textbooks and a variety of other materials are used in instruction, including role-playing, newspapers, magazines and other materials. Topics include: fluency practice, media studies, film and theatre, local culture, current events, politics, and research. Intermediate and advanced students also have the option of studying for test preparation and/or in subject-specific areas. Students can also elect to take the Cambridge English Exam (ESOL).

During the week, students will have either morning or afternoon lessons, with the rest of the day filled with a variety of activities and trips, including cultural activities such as visiting Berry Pomeroy Castle or Agatha Christie's house, social activities such as games night or a cinema trip, and other fun activities like going to the beach and the Victorian pier, or going shopping in Plymouth and visiting the aquarium. At the weekends, a full programme of activities and trips give students extra opportunity to see more of Torbay and to spend time with their classmates and teachers, honing their language skills through immersion.

All of our programmes include a free trial of our Continued Learning Scheme, with access to ongoing online tuition to keep your English skills in shape!

Students can also book for optional extra tours to cities such as London, Oxford or Cambridge, to see more of U.K. culture.

Course topics

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar and Activities

Class schedule

Course duration
1-3 weeks
Start dates
01 Mar 2020
Classes per week
15 lessons per week (each lesson lasts 60 min)
Class days
Monday - Friday

Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.

Class level

All levels, beginner to advanced
You will take a placement test on your first day to determine your class level.

Class size

Average 10 students
Maximum 25 students

Student age

Age range 20 years old and older
Average 28 years old
(26 in the summer)

Certificate

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.
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"The knowledge to be brave no matter what"

MAYA GIMAEVA

Everything is about motivation. Now I know it for sure. Now I can say, that Avalon International Academy gave me not only English language skills, but the most important things ever — the freedom to talk and the incredible confidence in this world. So I can say, that Aaron and Ellie are not only English teachers, but mentors with the most deep understanding of the importance of the meaning of this word. And they take all the responsibility for us, whom they taught. We are friends for more than 7 years.

Well, for me a Teacher is a person, who does not give you the information as a rule (though I agree, that in language-studying it should be so), but gives you the right explanation why it is so. It is like he shares a secret knowledge (for us — not-native speakers — it was English) and motivates you to accept and recognize this knowledge as your own experience.

It was the first time ever in my life when I got the opportunity to turn studying in my own experience of life. English became a need.

I have been studying English since 5 y.o with varied success. But only in Avalon International Academy I started to talk, started to describe the world in English words, to describe myself and to accept the world as it is.

What is the result?
Now I am 23 y.o documentary-filmmaker, an independent artist, a storyteller, sharing my deeply personal stories and experiences all around the world. I have this power of storytelling because of Aaron and Ellie, who taught me to be brave no matter what.

I have visited 63 countries in the world, half of them — with camera. I studied in Venice, graduated in Moscow, worked as a journalist, writer, art-dealer and photographer for more than 5 years. I met a lot of people on my way and hope to meet more.

Now I am eager to become a peacemaker and a member of United Nations to stand for values, in which I believe.

All this opportunities gave me the most international language in the world — English. And the most humane and important school Avalon International Academy.

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Duration of study
8 weeks
Date of study
1 Jul 2013 - 30 Aug 2013
Would you recommend this school?
Yes

"The teachers are an inspiration and the experience was exciting,changed my way to see life and improved my English skills."

Elisabetta Oliva

I've been having the best time with the best teachers I could ask for !!! They are not only kind and funny but also very professional and helpful with their teaching!! They thought me English whilst having fun and keeping me always interested in all their fascinating activities.
Also,I loved Torbay as a place to stay and my host family was very welcoming.
I enjoyed deeply our activities around Torbay like Dartmoor, Plymouth aquarium, castles and Totnes!!
And I loved going to the beach, it really felt like the place was full of life but also calm
Where you can be relaxed and at the same time enjoy all the activities!
Highly recommend !!!!
Really an extraordinary experience.

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Duration of study
2 weeks
Date of study
1 Aug 2019 - 16 Aug 2019
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"Informative and inspiring"

Emily Evans

Fantastic teachers who were very friendly and knowledgeable. Lovely idyllic location. I found it greatly improved my confidence in my grammar and writing skills which is very useful for work. I would highly recommend.

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Duration of study
2 weeks
Date of study
8 Apr 2019 - 22 Apr 2019
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Housing

Avalon offers the following housing types:
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Homestay - 2-person shared room - Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

A$ 291
weekly
Age range: 12 - 19 years old
Location: Torbay
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (21 meals per week)
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, telephone, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, and heating
Distance to school: 1 - 50 minutes by bus
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 291
A large part of the experience of travelling to another country is where you stay. We aim to give students the best possible experience of being immersed in English language and culture, organising stays with local Host Families in the area. All Host Families are thoroughly vetted, including via interviews and Home Checks, to make sure our students have a great experience.

The homes are often between 15-50 minutes away from the school by public transport. All of our homestays include three meals per day: breakfast and dinner at home, and a packed lunch for going to school. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Students must be 12 years old and older for a shared room, or 16 years old and older for a single room.

Homestay - Single-person room - Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

A$ 416
weekly
Age range: 16 years old and older
Location: Torbay
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (21 meals per week)
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, telephone, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, and heating
Distance to school: 1 - 50 minutes by bus
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 416
A large part of the experience of travelling to another country is where you stay. We aim to give students the best possible experience of being immersed in English language and culture, organising stays with local Host Families in the area. All Host Families are thoroughly vetted, including via interviews and Home Checks, to make sure our students have a great experience.

The homes are often between 15-50 minutes away from the school by public transport. All of our homestays include three meals per day: breakfast and dinner at home, and a packed lunch for going to school. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Students must be 12 years old and older for a shared room, or 16 years old and older for a single room.
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Visa support

We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.

If you are studying in the UK for over 11 months, you will receive a reference number called a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that you need to submit to the UK embassy along with your General Student Visa application. Students who have successfully booked a language course and have paid their fees will receive a CAS from Avalon. Please note that UK law states that a CAS can only be issued to students who intend to pursue English language studies for over 11 months.

If you are studying in the UK for 11 months or less, you have to apply for a special visitor visa called a Student Visitor Visa. As a student visitor, you will not be able to work part-time while studying. If you plan to study in the UK for 11 months or less, a letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you.

Learn more about how to get a UK visa »

Flights and airport transfer

Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Devon based on your budget, schedule and preferences.

Travel insurance

Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.

Learn more about our insurance plan »

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