English language course with a private teacher

This is the most effective way to make rapid progress. You will live with your teacher who will give you private lessons adapted to your goals and needs. In this way, you share his or her daily life and activities and experience a real 24-hour immersion in the language.

You have the possibility to follow a general language course, i.e. a course focused on a specific subject or exam preparation. It is also possible to combine your courses with options (sports, activities, culture).

Destinations

  • Region 1 : Birmingham, Cornwall, Devon, Essex, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Isle of Wight, Lake District, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, North Wales, South Wales, Worcestershire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
  • Region 2 : Aberdeen, Bedfordshire, Belfast, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, North Hampshire, South Hampshire, Hertfordshire, East Kent, North Kent, West Kent, Surrey, Sussex, South Wiltshire
  • Region 3 : Cambridgeshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Stratford

Teachers are not usually located in the town centre, as we put greater emphasis on their quality and competence over geographical location. We would kindly ask you to choose 3 regions of preference on your enrolment form.

A personalized approach to reach your goals

This personalised formula ensures rapid progress and the achievement of your objectives. It is aimed at all profiles and all ages – young people, students, adults or retired people – and at all objectives – personal, academic or professional (preparing for an exam, catching up on school work, a head start, travelling, attending an international conference, etc.). Your teacher adapts his or her courses to your needs, lets you work on your weaknesses and helps you achieve your goals quickly.

As the only student at your teacher’s home you have no contact with other foreign students and no opportunity to speak your mother tongue. The intensity of the courses and the total immersion in a different culture imply a strong investment and motivation of the participants.

Experienced and qualified teachers

All our teachers are experienced and have the required university qualifications. They all followed specific training and were chosen for the quality and hospitality of their welcome. In addition, they are supported by a network of pedagogical experts who draw up teaching methods and organise ongoing language training. If necessary, they can be contacted during their stay.

An exceptional welcome

The family does its best to ensure your comfort and has been carefully selected to meet your expectations. If you follow a special diet or have specific wishes (smokers or not, presence of children or not, etc.), it is important that you let us know when you register. There will always be a teacher adapted to your profile: whether you are young, professional, adult or retired.

Supervision for the younger students

Many children or teenagers participate in this type of stay, because it guarantees guidance within experienced and serious families. The student’s investment is fundamental to the success of the stay. We offer a “Cocooning” option, which is compulsory for children under the age of 15 and generally recommended for all minors. This option guarantees the permanent presence of an adult.

English courses: the basics

  • Lesson length: 60 minutes
  • Schedule: flexible, depending on the availability of the teacher and your wishes. You can choose a balanced distribution of your lessons during the week or you can organize days without lessons to explore the region. This will have to be agreed with your teacher.
  • Placement test: takes place on the first day of your lessons. An online test prior to departure is also available
  • Language level: all levels
  • Certificate of completion and progress report at the end of your stay (on request)
  • Options: specialised vocabulary, cocooning (mandatory for under-15s) (see tab “optional extras”)
  • Qualifications: all the teachers hold a university degree and/or an equivalent qualification, and/or a recognised teaching certificate
  • Number of students per homestay: you will be the only student per homestay. Very rarely, one or two other students of a different nationality may be staying with your teacher.

We offer both standard language programmes and Language & Activities programmes, ideal for practising your target language in a broad range of situations.

English

Choose from 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 hours of private language lessons per week.

Optional extras

  • Specialized vocabulary/exam preparation
  • Cocooning

English & Activities

This programme includes 10 hours of lessons per week plus 5 hours of general activities per week. You can decide on your activity schedule with your teacher on arrival. This programme is a good way to put your Dutch into practice. All activity fees are included in the price (transport, entrance fees, etc.) Option available for all destinations.

Some of the many activities available include: visits, Bus Tour, picnics, cinema outings, swimming, mini golf, restaurant outings, Pubs (if 18+)…

This option is especially recommended for young learners as this is a fun way to learn the language and reap the rewards by practicing during fun and engaging activities.

It is also possible to choose for 10 hours of language course and 10 hours of activities per week.

This option consists of a combination of 15, 20 or 25 hours of English course according to the standard program and 3 sports sessions per week. Entrance fees and transportation to the activities are included for you and the guide. The cultural visits generally take place with your teacher but occasionally you may visit with another member of the host family.

The sports sessions last about one hour. If they are done in groups (of approximately the same level), the activity may take longer. They will be supervised by professionals, family members or a local organiser.

It is important to communicate your sports level to us at the time of registration.

  • Horseriding
    • Birmingham
    • Cornwall
    • Devon
    • Isle of Wight
    • Kent
    • London
    • Oxford (3 x 45 min)
    • Sussex

Includes private lessons, transport to and from the riding arena.

  • Golf
    • Birmingham
    • Cambridge
    • Cornwall
    • Devon
    • Dorset
    • Kent
    • London
    • Oxford
    • Sussex

Includes golf kit rent (clubs, balls), golf course rent, individual sessions (approx. 1 hour in length), practice, transport to and from the golf course

  • Windsurfing:
    • Isle of Wight (2 x 2H)
  • Surfing:
    • Cornwall
    • Devon (2 x 2H)
    • Dorset (Bournemouth) : (2 x 2H – Beginners only)
  • Tennis:
    • Cambridge
    • Isle of Wight
    • Kent
    • London
    • Oxford
    • Sussex
  • Sailing:
    • Cornwall (2 X 2H)
    • Devon
    • Isle of Wight (2 x 2H)

This option consists of a combination of 15, 20 or 25 hours of English course according to the standard program and 3 of the cultural visits mentioned in the weekly schedule.

Entrance fees and transportation to the activities are included for you and the guide.

The cultural visits generally take place with your teacher but occasionally you may visit with another member of the host family.

  • Buckinghamshire: Choose a trip to London (visits of British Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum), Oxford (Ashmolean, Museum of Art or Oxford University Tour) or Windsor (trip to Windsor Castle) + 1 visit OR 3 activities from the ‘close to home’ list: Uxbridge Shopping Mall or other shopping venues close to family home, Bekonscot model village, Absolutely Karting Maidenhead, Spitfire Simulator & Air Transport Auxiliary, Animal Rangers Holyport, Boulter’s Lock & Ray Mill Island, Windsor boat trip
  • Birmingham: Choose 3 visits from the following: Dudley Zoo and Castle, Sea Life centre, trip to Stratford, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Lichfield Cathedral & town, Black country living & working museum
  • Cambridge: Choose 3 visits from the following: Cambridge University Colleges, punting tour on the river Cam, open top bus tour of Cambridge with sightseeing tour guide, Ely Town & Cathedral, Audley End House, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Duxford Imperial War Museum, The Folk Museum, Grantchester Village including the famous Orchard Tea Garden
  • Cornwall: Choose 3 visits from the following: Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro Cathedral, Pendennis Castle, Tintagel Castle, Newquay Zoo, Lands End Experience, Eden project, Poldark Mine, Minack Theatre, St Michael’s Mount, The lost gardens of Heligan
  • Edinburgh: Choose 3 visits from the following: Edinburgh Zoo or Edinburgh Castle or The Royal Yacht Britannia, Rosslyn Chapel, National Museum of Scotland, Museum of Childhood, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art. For over 18s: Pub tour, Whisky tasting
  • East Kent: Choose 3 visits from the following: Dover Castle, Walmer Castle, Canterbury City Tour (including shopping, Canterbury tales & the Cathedral), a Zoo, a Wildlife Park, Broadstairs (including Dickens House Museum & Botany Bay), Margate (including Turner Gallery, boutiques & artisan shops), Folkestone (including the Creative Corner shops & cafes with artist workshops & galleries), White Cliffs Walk, trip to Rye
  • Isle of Wight : choose 3 visits from the following: Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle, Quarr Abbey, Blackgang Chine, Robin Hill Park, Owl & Monkey Sanctuary and Tapnell farm
  • London :
    • London 1: Choose 3 visits from list B
    • London 2 :Choose 1 visit from list A + 2 visits from list B
    • London 3 :Choose 2 visits from list A + 1 visit from list B
    • London 4 : Choose 3 visits from list A
  • List A: Madame Tussauds, London Aquarium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, London Eye, London Dungeon (age 13+), Bus Tour, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Westminster Abbey
  • List B: British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Museum of London, Tate Modern, Charles Dickens Museum, Sherlock Holmes Museum, National Gallery, Covent Garden, Camden Market, Piccadilly Circus/Oxford Street/Regent Street, Harrods, M&M’s® World, Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
  • Manchester: Sea Life Centre OR Manchester United FC stadium + choice of 2 visits from Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Museum, City Art Gallery, Trafford Shopping Centre
  • Oxfordshire: Choose 3 visits from the following: Blenheim Palace, Oxford University Tour, Harry Potter Tour of Oxford, Tour C.S. Lewis’s Home, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Natural History Museum, Oxford Science Museum, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford Botanic Garden,
  • Sussex: choose 3 visits from the following : Brighton Royal Pavilion, Lewes Castle, Sea Life Centre, Lama farm, Brighton Museum, Batemans (house of Rudyard Kipling), Arundel Castle, Smugglers Caves Experience

This option consists of a combination of 15, 20 or 25 hours of English course according to the standard program and the listed activity, once a week. Admission and transportation to the activity is included.

The sessions are individual and last approximately 1 hour, unless otherwise stated. Your teacher, a family member or a professional organization organizes these activities.

  • Cookery:
    • Buckinghamshire (Cooking or Baking)
    • Birmingham
    • Cambridge
    • Kent East
    • London
    • Oxfordshire
    • Stratford
    • Sussex5 hours of traditional English cookery with your instructor.
  • Shopping:
    • London: Choose 2 shopping outings from the following: Carnaby Street, Covent Garden, Harrods, Camden Market, Portobello Road (depending on family location) + traditional English meal in a local pub OR teatime and appetizers
  • Theme Parks:
    • Cornwall : choose 2 excursions from the following: Flambards, Holywell Bay, Crealy Adventure, Trethorne, Adrenalin Quarry
    • Devon : choose 2 excursions from the following: Woodlands Family, Quaywest Aqua Park, Crealy Adventure, Watermouth Castle, Wookey Hole, Go Ape, Ultimate Adventure Centre, The Big Sheep, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
    • Hertfordshire : Harry Potter Studio Tour – visit of the Warner Bros studio where the movies were made (only on request)
  • Dance:
    • Dorset: choose between Ballroom, street dance, ballet, or Scottish country
    • North Kent: modern or jazz

Option ” Specific vocabulary/preparation of exams”.

Your teacher will put together a course to prepare you for an exam (such as Cambridge First Certificate, Proficiency, TOEIC or TOEFL) or a course for learning specific vocabulary for school subjects (mathematics, geography, literature) or technical terms in professional fields (medicine, engineering, law, computer science, architecture, tourism, etc.). Please note that the carefully selected teachers are not necessarily engineers, doctors or lawyers.

Please note: the program is only there to prepare the exams, so you will not take the exams on site. The teaching material is only provided for the above exams. For any other exam, you will need to bring your own teaching material (books, copies of previous exams or other necessary documents for preparation).

Surcharge : see ” Dates & Prices “.

Option ” Cocooning “

The “Cocooning” option guarantees the presence of an adult (teacher or other adult member of the family) at any time of the day, throughout the stay. This option does not include any activities and only ensures the supervision of an adult. This option is compulsory for young people under the age of 15 and is strongly recommended for participants under the age of 18.

Surcharge : see ” Dates & Prices “.

Option ” Special dietary needs “

If you follow a specific diet, it is important to mention it before departure so that the teacher can adapt to it. If the diet requires many adjustments from the host family, such as gluten-free, halal, etc. a surcharge will be charged.

Surcharge : see ” Dates & Prices “.

Option ” Special needs “

Some teachers have been prepared, and have adapted their homes, to accommodate students with physical disabilities (e.g. visual or auditory impairments), emotional or behavioural disorders (e.g. ADHD), or learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia). If you wish to make use of this, please let us know in advance. This option offers a stay adapted to the specific situation of the participant.

Under no circumstances does this supplement provide for any medical care that may be required.

Surcharge : see ” Dates & Prices “.

Option “Five stars”: Luxury service

This option is especially for business courses and professionals, and for their families, who want more comfort. The “Five stars” program includes a private bathroom and special meals and more attention for the student.

Surcharge : 100% of the price of the chosen course

Shared accommodation

It is possible to take lessons in pairs, threes or fours with other participant(s) of your choice, provided they choose the same dates and have the same language level.

You get 20% discount for each student if you leave with two and 25% discount if you leave with three or four.

Seniors

Students aged 60 years and older get an additional discount on the entire stay between October and May.

Discount : 5%

Christmas period and/or New Year

It is possible to follow a program during the Christmas period. A surcharge is applied to stays on days 24, 25 and 26 December or 31 December and 1 January. If you are staying during both Christmas and New Year, the surcharge will be applied twice. The supplement includes activities such as New Year’s Eating, counting down to the New Year, going to see the fireworks, a city walk, and shopping.

Surcharge : see ” Dates & Prices “.

Travel

Arrivals: Sunday

Departures: Sunday

(7-night stay – some teachers are flexible on arrival and departure days)

Arrival airports and train stations:

Information about the nearest airport or station will be provided with the details on your teacher and host family. You will be picked up and dropped off by your host family, local organiser or by a private driver (usually by car, though occasionally by public transport).

If you decide to travel to an alternative airport or station, or if you arrive before 8:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m., an additional fee will be charged. Students under 16 must book pick-up and drop-off, except if you inform us in advance that they are accompanied by their parents.

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course (approximately 8 days after we receive your deposit).

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.


Dates & Prices 2020

Dates 2020

Course start dates: every week, year-round

Prices 2020

All registration fees and taxes included

WPCS 42.0.1
Standard program - Price per week 
Destination10 hours15 hours20 hours25 hours
Region 1 865] 1.005 1.145 1.285
Region 2 950 1.085 1.225 1.365
Region 3 1.055 1.195 1.335 1.475
Combined programs
Program / Price per week depending on the regionRegion 1Region 2Region 3
10 hours of lessons + 5 hours of activities (basic program) 975 1.055 1.165
15 hours of lessons + 5 hours of activities 1.055 1.195 1.305
20 hours of lessons + 5 hours of activities 1.255 1.335 1.445
25 hours of lessons + 5 hours of activities 1.390 1.475 1.585
Program Language and sport
Price per week depending on sportGolfHorse ridingSurfingTennisSailing
All regions- 265- 220-
Berkshire, Cambridge, Oxford, Stratford 335----
Cornwall, Devon (2x2 hours), Newcastle (3x2 hours)-- 220--
Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire (2x2 hours)---- 220
Language and culture program (except London)
Surcharge 3 visits per week 255
Language and Culture Program (London)
Type of program (description under tab "program").Prog. 1Prog. 2Prog. 3Prog. 4
Surcharge 3 cultural visits per week 255 345 405 485
Options - Per week
Special dietary requirements 115
Exam preparation / Business English / Special vocabulary 105
Option Cocooning (mandatory for -15y) 115
Private bathroom option 160
Surcharge New Year & Christmas 115
Special care - physical disability / dyslexia / learning disabilities 115
Extra night
Options depending on regionRegion 1Region 2Region 3
Price per night 90 105 115
Transfer from train station / airport - per trip *
Nearest train station or airport 110
Surcharge for transfer on Sunday or Easter Monday 25
A surcharge can be applied if the airport or train station is not the closest.
A surcharge of 12.5 GBP will be applied to a transfer from St. Pancras or London City Airport **

*return trip obligatory for 16 years and younger. During the summer, program of 15 hours minimum.

Prices include:

  • The chosen program
  • The courses and use of the teaching material
  • Stay in an individual room with your private teacher
  • Full board
  • All taxes and registration fees
  • Assistance by the regional coordinator
  • Level test, participation certificate and internship report (on request)

Prices do not include:

  • The journey and transfers
  • Possible supplements (” Specific vocabulary/preparation for exams “, ” Cocooning “, stay ” Five Stars “)
  • Supplements for end-of-year celebrations during stays (24, 25, 26, 31 December and/or 1 January)
  • Possible extra nights
  • Visa fees, if any
  • Possible optional insurances

Discounts

  • If 2 students with the same level wish to stay together and follow a course, each of them receives a 20% discount.
  • If a person wishes to accompany the participant and share the room, but does not wish to take lessons, this person benefits from a 20% discount.