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Language Courses: 
Frequently Asked Questions 

Language Courses: Details and Frequently Asked Questions 

On this page you can find further information and explanation related to course details. If you have more questions, do not hesitate to contact us

Test on arrival 

On the first day of your stay, we will give you a short test. Do not worry, this is just to be sure you will be placed in the right class. The test usualy contains vocabulary and grammar as well as listening.  

Course materials 

You will have access to the school library during our opening hours. You do not need to buy any coursebooks for our lessons unless you want to. 

Options classes 

The afternoon Options classes enable you to choose from a range of topics which will include: 
Language Development 
Academic Skills 
IELTS preparation (IELTS tests available locally every month) 
TOEIC preparation 
Cambridge FCE, CAE and CPE options (fixed dates - see our Cambrdge Courses

Long Stay Tutorial 

Individual tutorials are given by the Senior Teacher every four weeks to all students on courses of 8 weeks or longer. These tutorials are an opportunity for the student to discuss their learning plan including their goals and progress and also highlight areas where they particularly need help and support. There is also a limited amount of tutorial time available each week to students studying on shorter courses. 

School activities 

Learning English is all about communicating with people - and people learn better when they're happy and relaxed. The programme changes every week. We try to design programmes to suit the weather, the different age groups and tastes of all our students. 
 
By joining the social programme you will be in contact with other students and widen your experience of different nationalities and customs. The cost of the programme is not included in your course but each week there are 1 or 2 free of charge activities you can join such as the Monday afternoon guided walk on your first day, film club, mystery sightseeing trips, volley-ball, football, table-tennis tournaments and many others. 
 
Sample of our Social programme 
International Food Night 
Evening activity 
Time for you to do some cooking. This is the night when you do the work and cook up a speciality from your part of the world. Even if you can't cook you can still come along and try different food from around the world. 
Fishing Trip or Film Club 
Afternoon activity 
We have the rods and the bait all we need are the fish! If you don't like fishing don't worry, there will be a film in the lounge. 
Walking on Dartmoor 
All day activity 
A walk across Dartmoor with Nick the Dartmoor postman. A fabulous day, a long walk, wonderful stories of Dartmoor. Watch out for the Hound of the Baskervilles – this is where Sherlock Holmes solved his greatest mystery. 
Barbecue & Volley-Ball 
Evening activity 
Good food great company and Volley Ball on a summer evening at TIS. 
Kents Cavern 
Afternoon activity 
A visit to one of the most important prehistoric caves in Europe. This is where the oldest known human bone in Britain was found. 
Exeter and Topsham 
All day activity 
An all day excursion along the Devon Coast to Exeter, the capital city of Devon. Exeter has a wonderful cathedral and a really modern shopping centre. Then we go on to the litte port of Topsham which has a fantastic craft market and is an ideal spot for bird lovers. 

Study Room 

The study room on the second floor has a wide variety of self-study books which allows students to do extra practice for their reading, writing, listening or grammar. 
 
There are exam practice books for Cambridge Keystage, Preliminary, First, Advanced and Proficiency as well as IELTS along with materials for other exams like TOEIC and TOEFL. In addition to this, the study room has dictionaries, reference material, graded readers and sets of popular and classical fiction. For students who want to check their progress, there are also progress tests and other tests available. 
Accredited by the British Council
TEN - The English Network
IALC - International Association of Language Schools
English UK
Business English UK
Torquay International School, 15 St Marychurch Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3HY, England ▪ Registered in England 08737177 
www.tisenglish.co.uk ▪ study@tisenglish.co.uk ▪ Tel: +44 (0)1803 295576 
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