Test your level
Photo Gallery
Lorna starts Homestay

If you have ever tried learning a language then you will have, at some point, heard someone saying that the best way to do this is to visit the country where that language is spoken.

This is exactly what Stephan Fiedel, area manager for international supermarket chain Netto in Germany, did when he booked a one-week full immersion language course staying with a host family/teacher in Birmingham.

Stephan had little interest in learning English at school and he admits he was more excited by learning Russian, however a trip to visit a German friend in Malaysia several years ago sparked a renewed interest in language learning:

"I was site seeing in Kuala Lumpur one day when an English speaking tourist approached me and started speaking to me. I couldn't understand what he was saying to me but I guessed from his hand gestures that he wanted me to watch his shopping bags whilst he went to the toilet!" Stephan explains.

It was this embarrassing incident which spurred Stephan into action and on his return to Germany he booked some English lessons. He persevered with the lessons and in December 2010, with a week of annual leave still left to take, he took the bold step of booking an immersion course in the UK.

He contacted Live and Learn Homestays, a Birmingham-based company run by entrepreneur Lorna Allen and was sent detailed information about his host and teacher Sharon, together with pictures of her home where he would be staying for duration of his visit.

Stephan enjoyed 20 hours of private language tuition, 24 hour learner support and even went to a football match with Sharon's grown-up sons! Stephan summed up the value of homestays for language learning, saying:

"Sharon and her sons were very welcoming and treated me as part of the family. I particularly liked that they included me in family discussions at mealtimes. You wouldn't get this valuable learning experience if you attended an English course at college."

Homestay on You Tube
Brochure Request
Newsletter Signup

New Teachers, New Areas


We now have new teachers in the following areas:


Kendal (Lake District)




We're really excited to be able to offer you even more choice of locations for your full immersion English course.

We're adding their profiles to the 'Meet a Host' page so check them out now!

Mumpreneur 2011 Award


Local mum and entrepreneur, Lorna Allen, has earned herself a place in the final lineup of The Mumpreneur Awards, an annual ceremony aimed at celebrating parents throughout the UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life.

The mother of 2 runs Live and Learn Homestays Ltd., an organisation offering personalised English courses and leisure activities to people visiting the Midlands region from abroad. Lorna's customers (homestay guests) benefit from a full immersion experience where they are placed with host families and have the unique opportunity to improve their English skills and learn about British culture through sharing their host families' lives.

Lorna Allen, Director of Live and Learn Homestays tells NetworkMilan.com how you can improve your English and feel at home in the “Heart of England”

Live and Learn Homestays Ltd is a small English language homestay company based in Birmingham, the "Heart of England", in the UK. The company is owned and managed by Lorna Allen, a local entrepreneur who worked part-time as a homestay tutor and local organiser for a large, international language homestay company for over seven years.

Read full article here: www.networkmilan.com