When you think about England, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably London. This magnificent city has a lot to offer but the country doesn’t end on its capital.
Our oldest school is located less than five hours away from London, in the picturesque area called Torbay. If you love a slightly slower pace of life, consider learning English during an English Riviera holiday.
Torbay: General Information
Torbay is a borough in the stunning county of Devon. It’s a popular tourist destination that encompasses three towns: Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. It owes its nickname, the English Riviera, to its seaside, relaxing vibe. Torbay is also known for its pleasant weather.
The LAL school there was founded in 1984 in Torquay. The area surrounding the school is residential but the town centre is a stone’s throw away. The school itself is a perfect environment for students. There are 31 classrooms on the premises and a dedicated study room for those looking for a quiet place to do their homework. Wifi is available to all students free of charge. Other amenities include a cafe, a garden and a patio. Have a look at our video to get an even better idea of what Torbay is:
Why Study in Torbay?
There’s a number of reason why you should consider studying in Torbay. First of all, the school offers programmes for both adults and children. This makes it a perfect spot for families with children that want to improve English together.
The school has also a very diverse offer when it comes to courses offered. Just have a look at all of them:
- Real Life English courses:
- General English – our standard English course enhanced with Real Life English activities
- Intensive English – a more intensive version of our standard English course enhanced with Real Life English activities
- Intensive Mini Group English – a more intensive version of our standard English course run in smaller groups, as always enhanced with Real Life English activities
- Business English – get ready to navigate the business word with this course
- Real Life English+ courses:
- General English + Mini Group – our standard English course enhanced with Real Life English activities and English lessons in smaller groups
- English for Finance and Business – an English course for professionals
- English for Travel and Tourism – just the right thing for those working in the travel industry
- Exam Preparation courses:
- Cambridge B2 First (FCE) – preparation for the first one of the prestigious Cambridge exams
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) – a preparatory course for a Cambridge exam testing advanced English skills
- Cambridge C2 Proficient (CPE) – prepare for the most prestigious and challenging of the Cambridge English language exams
- General English IELTS – perfect for people preparing for the IELTS exam
- Teacher Training courses:
- CELTA – a teaching course for people serious about their teaching career
- DELTA – for people wanting to improve on their CELTA qualification
- Other courses:
- Private Tuition – for people who like to work 1-on-1 with a teacher and have specific language needs
- Travelling Classroom – a great choice for the most adventurous English learners
- English with Trainee Teachers – ideal for people wanting to improve their English who are on a budget
- Study and Work Placement – designed for young people wanting to get their first experience on the labour market
As you can see Torbay offers a variety of courses and every student will find something for him or herself.
Things to Do in Torbay
Our Real Life English courses put as much emphasis on learning in the classroom as they do on doing so outside of it. You can learn more about Real Life English activities by clicking on the link.
Why should you study in Torbay and not in a different locations of ours? They’re all great, of course, but Torbay has a particularly relaxed vibe that makes it perfect for a blissful study holiday adventure. Have a look at the top 5 activities in Torbay:
You can take a stroll on the pier, sunbathe, visit numerous pubs and restaurants or watch an English movie in the cinema. There’s also a number of amazing excursions you can go on to explore that particular corner of England. You can visit Exeter, Brixton, Cockington and of course the two other towns that form part of the borough of Torbay. If you prefer to stay on the school premises you can participate in a chat or book club or an intensive listening session. Don’t worry, though! You certainly won’t be bored. If you ever feel like you need an adrenaline rush, simply book one of the adventure activities in Torbay:
As you can see there are numerous reasons why to study in Torbay! It’s a picturesque seaside location with many things to do and a school that boasts a rich and diverse study programme. The best part of the experience is that there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying both Torbay and London during the same trip. How to do it? Let Leticia share her tricks with you:
Have you made up your mind already? Chat to our Students Advisors and book your trip to Torbay today!
Our summer schools offer consists of many different options to make sure that all our young learners are happy with their well-matched experience their parents have chosen for them. Check out our post about summer school packages with a difference to have a breakdown of our packages created with your child’s individual preferences in mind.
In this post, we’ll focus on the difference between classic and premium experiences offered within our summer school programmes in London, Florida and New York.
Classic and Premium Experiences
Our summer school experiences are all inclusive. This means that your package includes your child’s language course with necessary materials, accommodation, food as well as many activities and excursions. In other words, whether you choose a classic or premium package, your child will have an amazing time with us.
Having said that, premium packages are called premium for a reason. This is because they include certain things that classic packages don’t. We’ll have a look at how these two options differ location by location.
New York Experience Summer School Programmes
The Fordham University campus, where our New York Experience Summer School takes place, is centrally situated. Your child will be based within walking distance from the stunning New York Botanical Gardens.
You can expect your offspring to see such places as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Soho. The exact excursions included in the experience depend on when your child joins the programme and for how long he or she stays with us.
The Classic New York Experience gives your kid an opportunity to experience the most famous New York spots with 1 full day and 5 half day excursions per week. This experience can be as short as 1 week and as long as 4 weeks.
If you feel that you want your child to see as much of New York as possible within 2 weeks, we suggest you go for the Premium New York Experience. On top of what the classic option has to offer, your offspring will enjoy the following additional excursions during their 2 week stay: 1 Off-Brodway Show, 1 Major League Baseball Game and 1 Time Square by Limo.
Both the Classic and the Premium option allow you to buy more trips from our offer of optional upgrades.
If your child loves big cities in particular remember to check out our post “Summer School in a Big City“.
Florida Experience Summer School Programmes
The Florida Experience Summer School programmes are hosted by LAL Boca Raton. Students have the time of their life in a location where summer never ends. It’s a particularly good opportunity for kids who would like to work on their American accent.
The Classic Florida Experience is a perfect option if you want your child to spend between 1 and 4 weeks in that destination. Excursions that can be part of your offspring’s Classic Florida Experience include a trip to Miami Beach, a Seaquarium and museums. There are 3 half day excursions and 1 full day one planned per week on top of the usual activities.
If you feel like the Classic Experience isn’t enough and your child needs to have even more fun, book a Premium Florida Experience for them. They’ll get an additional full day excursion to the NASA Centre and a half day excursion to Miami in a limo during their two-week stay.
Whichever option you go for you can always invest in additional upgrades for your kid. Here’s a link to a place where you’ll learn even more about the US summer schools.
London Experience Summer School Programmes
In London there are not two but four difference experiences to choose from. LAL Twickenham organises a London Classic and Premium Experience programmes and the same is true for LAL Westminster.
LAL Twickenham is based in a tranquil suburb of London. By sending your child there you let him or her experience both the hustle and bustle of the central London during excursions and a more quiet environment to enjoy while they’re at school.
The Classic London Experience at LAL Twickenham means 1 full day and 4 half day excursions during the week on top of a regular language course and activities. Kids enrolled in this programme will enjoy trips to places like Oxford, Tower of London and Kew Gardens.
The Premium London Experience gives young learners enhanced excursions and an additional full day excursion during the two-week period.
Both programmes can be additionally upgraded, including a top up with an extremely popular excursion to Harry Potter Studios.
LAL Westminster is a perfect choice for kids who love big cities with all their heart. The school is more central so they will experience a different part of London than kids studying in the Twickenham branch.
Those enrolled in the Classic Central London Experience programme at LAL Westminster will be spoilt with as many as 3 full day and 3 half day excursions per week. They’ll visit the landmarks of London such as the British Museum, Hyde Park and Madame Tussaud’s.
Kids and teenagers participating in the Premium version of the programme will benefit from enhanced excursions and an additional one day trip over a two-week period.
Would you still want to learn more? Click here to learn even more about our schools in the UK.
Whichever package you decide to choose you may be sure that your child will be working on improving his or her language skills in a safe and fun environment.
Which package are you going to book for your child this year? The London Premium experience or the Classic New Your Experience? Chat to our Student Advisors about it now!
Real Life English is a signature LAL programme that allows you to learn English… by living in English.
Of course, a big part of your experience with us is a language course. When you study with LAL you can be sure that you’ll work with qualified and experienced teachers. A language course, however, is certainly not the most important part of the Real Life English experience. It’s what you do outside the classroom that really matters and makes our offer so unique.
Today, we’re going to tell you all you need to know about Real Life English activities.
Real Life English 101
Let’s start with a quick explanation of what Real Life English really means:
We offer two main types of activities: on school premises and outside the school. There are many activities that happen at school. Some mean going out but not to do your usual touristy stuff. We do have regular tourist activities available for booking through our schools but they’re different to what counts as the main part of Real Life English.
Let us explain the difference on the basis of activity such as shark diving in Cape Town, one of the 5 amazing extreme sports activities you can do there. Can you practise English while talking to a service provider during your shark diving experience? Of course, but a Real Life English Activity is more than accidental language exposure. You learn the language by doing what the locals do! Such activities are also either free or can be enjoyed at low cost.
Each of our Real Life English activities consists of two elements: a what and a how. A what is simply what you’re going to do. An example of a what is wine tasting at LAL Torbay. The how of an activity is how it’ll help you improve your English. In this case that would be a discussion about wines in English with other participants and defending your views.
We offer three main types of activities:
- Welcome Events
- English on the Go
- Other Real Life English Activities
Od course, you can top them up with excursions for an even better adventure abroad!
Welcome events are a crucial part of your Real English experience at our schools. We want you to feel at ease as soon as possible. That’s why these events happen on Monday, to wrap up your first day at school. You’ll be introduced to the school, the destination and new, international friends. Each LAL school has something unique for you to say “Hello” to you:
- LAL London
Enjoy a guided tour of the suburb the school is based in, Twickenham. Finish your experience with a visit to a British pub, where you’ll play games with your new friends over a pint of beer.
- LAL Torbay
Allow Torbay to welcome you with an unforgettable evening in a traditional, small town pub. This is certainly an experience to write home about.
- LAL Cape Town
Enjoy a tour of the beautiful Mother City. You’ll be hungry when you get back so the school will spoil you with a traditional South African barbecue, a so-called braai.
- LAL Fort Lauderdale
Let the LAL staff introduce you to your stunning, sunshiny destination before you enjoy your first truly American barbecue.
Sounds amazing? Remember that this is only the beginning!
English on the Go
Our English on the Go lessons are actual English lessons outside the classroom, not just an opportunity to practise English in a guided way. They take place once a month and are all unique experiences that make you enjoy your stay in an English-speaking country even more. Have a look at some examples of where these awesome classes can take you:
…and many more extraordinary locations for an English lesson!
Other Real Life English Activities
During the week there’s usually a different Real Life English activity available every day. As we said before, such activities are either free of charge or can be experienced at low cost. Have a look at other sample Real Life English activities from our schools:
- LAL London
Who can say no to a Scavenger Hunt? You can also go for a run along the river or watch a movie and play charades. All of these activities are for free.
- LAL Torbay
Try the very traditional fish and chips, go go-karting or de-stress with yoga on the beach, while practising English.
- LAL Cape Town
Meet the African penguins, hike the Lion’s Head or taste local gins in a beautiful surrounding.
- LAL Fort Lauderdale
Enjoy a sunrise on the beach, take part in a spelling bee competition or check out speed friendling as your English gets better than it has ever been.
What About Excursions?
Don’t worry, you’d still have some time left to pamper your inner tourist with numerous excursions showing you the best of the best of your destination. Excursions take place in the afternoons during the week so you can alternate between them and Real Life English activities. You can also enjoy them to the fullest on the weekends.
Real Life English is an amazing opportunity to learn English by living in English. As you can see, our signature experience goes way beyond your average learn English abroad programme.
Are you ready to experience an exciting English-speaking destination like locals do? Choose your LAL school today!
In this blog posts we’ll address the most common concerns of parents of children and adolescents to put your mind at ease. When you send your child to participate in a Summer School experience with LAL you have nothing to worry about!
A summer school in a big city such as London, Manchester or New York is an amazing holiday choice for your child. Read our article to help you choose where to send your child next summer.
More and more people need to use English in their professional lives. What’s important to remember is that business communication is different to the way you speak with friends or people you meet on the street.
How to make sure that you know how to navigate the business world in English? A good idea is to take courses specifically designed to help you work on your language skills related to professional life. In this article we’ll present our business course offer to you to show you how we could help you improve your resume.
Business English is a phrase that you definitely know as a language learner. What does it really mean, though? In brief, it’s a language that you can expect to hear in an English-speaking workplace.
Knowing it is important because having informal conversations is very different to, for instance, delivering a speech in English. Fortunately, our Business English course has been created to help you exactly that as well as communicate during meetings, negotiations and perform well on job interviews. What’s more, during ours courses you’ll have the opportunity to learn business English, while networking with other professionals.
English for Travel and Tourism
If you work specifically in the travel industry or you’d like to start a career in tourism, there’s specific industry vocabulary that you need to know.
This is exactly why we’ve designed for you the English for Travel and Tourism course. It takes place in the afternoon, complementing the General English course in the morning. That way you improve your general English level AND become a more qualified industry specialist at the same time.
English for Finance and Business
Do you feel that your English skills still need to be worked on and committing fully to a Business English course would be too much for you? Not a problem at all! We have the English for Finance and Business course for you!
This course gives you an opportunity to work on your speaking, writing, listening and reading in the morning during General English classes. In the afternoon, you’ll focus on vocabulary related to finance and business. If it sound like something you want to do, click here!
English for Law
English for Law is another option in our offer, combining working on more general English skills and specific vocabulary. During this course, you’ll earn a lot of vocabulary related to the topic of law.
You’ll work on actual legal texts and case studies so that you can be sure that the vocabulary will be relevant to your job.
English for Marketing
Marketing is a new, exciting field for career oriented individuals. If you’d like to work or you already have a job in advertising or public relations, this course is simply perfect for you.
Increase your knowledge of marketing vocabulary in English in the afternoon, while working on improving your everyday English skills just after breakfast.
As you can see our offer of English courses for people learning English for professional purposes is very strong. They all have one thing in common: you need level B1 to attend them.
Chat to our Student Advisors on the LAL website to help them assess your level. Don’t worry, if you’re not ready for these courses. You can always improve your level with General English classes for a few weeks and later upgrade to one of the professional courses.
Are you ready to boost your career and improve your future professional prospects? Book one of our courses from our English for work offer today!
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