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Back in July, I recommended Lorna and her company to a German colleague. His 16 year old son was struggling with his English at school. I told him about what Lorna does and suggested that it might be a possibility. Now, after having met the father again, I can say that Lorna's concept works and must be supported. His son's English grades improved after only a 2 week stay with one of Lorna's 'host families'.

The father showed me the end of course report. It explained very clearly the problem areas the tutor recognized and what was done about them and further recommendations. What is also worth mentioning is that in the placement process, Lorna uses a matching system to find the most appropriate tutor / host family for the student. In this case, the student had an interest in music, so Lorna had the ideal combination of a qualified teacher married to a musician.

What also came to light, mentioned by the student's father, was that the host family integrated their guest, showed him the local sights and took him to restaurants or take aways. The latter has the consequence that the student refuses to go to an Indian restaurant in Germany because they are not as good as those in England!

Lorna is committed to her business and to her customers. She picks up the students from the airport and brings them back. The attention to detail, the whole process involved has shown me the professionalism her business reflects which is enhanced by a warm human touch, so very necessary in an learning environment.

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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