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

USA: Chicago, Denver, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Miami, New England, San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Orlando

Canada: Toronto, Vancouver

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.

USA

  • Basketball
    • New England
  • Golf
    • Chicago
    • Los Angeles
    • New England
    • San Diego
    • San Francisco

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

  • Horse riding
    • Los Angeles
    • New England
    • San Diego
  • Surfing
    • Hawaii
    • Los Angeles
    • San Diego
  • Tennis
    • Chicago
    • Los Angeles
    • New England
  • Yoga (only for adults)
    • Hawaii

Canada (only Toronto)

  • Golf
  • Tennis

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.

USA

  • Los Angeles

Choose 3 visits from the following: Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Planes of Fame Air Museum, Museum of Art, Discovery Science Centre, Surfing Museum, Getty Center/Getty Villa Museum, Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary Ocean Liner Tour, Shopping in Beverly Hills or Hollywood,

  • New England (Boston)

Choose 3 visits from the following: Museum of Science, Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Campus Tour, Museum at Harvard, MIT Museum, Boston Tea Party Museum, local museum depending on family location

  • New York

Choose 3 visits from the following:

1) walking tour from Rockefeller Plaza to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, through 5th Avenue and visit of Museum of Art

2) walking tour from Wall St Stock Exchange, ferry to Staten Island and back to NY for photos and view of Statue of Liberty. Visit of Museum of the American Indian.

3) walking tour of Central Park, John Lennon memorial and the street where he lived (Dakota Building), visit of Museum of Natural History

4) shopping on 34th Street, starting on 5th Avenue to see the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and Macy’s 5) walking tour through Chinatown and Little Italy

6) walking tour through Harlem, starting at Harlem Heritage and Cultural Center, continuing to 125th Street (for shopping) and Apollo Theater

  • San Francisco

Choose 2 from the following 4 options:

1) Alcatraz Island Cruise & Tour (must be booked one month in advance) OR San Francisco Bay Cruise near Golden Gate Bridge & Alcatraz

2) San Francisco Modern Arts Museum OR The Exploratorium Museum of Science Art & Perception

3) California Academy of Sciences and Steinhart Aquarium

4) Aquarium of the Bay

Canada

  • Toronto

Walking tour, CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Casa Loma, Ripley Aquarium, Hockey Hall of Fame, Distillery District, Ontario Science Centre, Kensington market and Chinatown, Toronto Zoo, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto Ferry to Centre Island and Waterfront

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.

  • Hula lessons
    • Hawaii: 2 sessions of 1H30
  • Theme Park
    • Los Angeles : Full-day excursion to Disneyland or Universal Studios
    • Orlando: Full-day excursion to Disney World

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 
Program / Price per week according to region15 hours20 hours25 hours30 hours
Canada 1.290] 1.465 1.640 1.820
USA (EXCEPT NEW YORK) 1.350 1.525 1.705 1.880
USA (NEW YORK) 1.395 1.570 1.750 1.925
Combined program - Price per week
Language & activities programCanadaUSA (Except New York)USA (New York)
10h lesson + 5h activity 1.390 1.450 1.495
15h lesson + 5h activity 1.565 1.630 1.675
20h lesson + 5h activity 1.745 1.805 1.850
25h lesson + 5h activity 1.920 1.980 2.025
Language & sport program
Sports supplement per weekTennisHorse ridingBasketballGolfSurfing
Canada 250 365---
United States 255 255 255 255 405
Language & culture program
DestinationCanadaUSA (Except New York)USA (New York)
Supplement 3 cultural visits per week 300 285 400
Language & leisure program
DestinationHula Lessons(USA)Theme park (Canada)Theme Parc (San DiegoTheme park (Chicago)Theme park (Los Angeles/Orlando)
Activity supplement per week 230 205 255 275 370
Optional supplements (per week, unless otherwise stated)
Additional night (Canada) 125
Additional night (United States) 135
Transfer (Canada (one way)) * 90
Transfer (USA EXCEPT NEW YORK (per trip)) * 95
Transfer (USA NEW YORK ** (one way)) * 115
Transfer (USA NEW YORK *** (per trip) * 140
Exam / Business Preparation 115
Option cocooning (obligatory -15 years) 135
Christmas or New Year supplement 130
Private bathroom option 160
Special diet 135
Special needs - Handicap, dyslexia, ADHD 135

*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.