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My name is Federica and I spent a week in Birmingham in August 2011.

I needed to improve my English quickly so I booked 20 hours of private English lessons with my host/teacher, Frank.

Before I booked my English course with Live and Learn Homestays, I contacted 2 other companies - EF and a smaller company.

I chose Live and Learn Homestays because the director, Lorna, was very kind and helpful; I also read her interview on the Network Milan website.

I'd give my host family 10 out of 10; they were fantastic and Frank was the best teacher I'd ever had. The family was always available to speak with me and they spent lots of time with me.

The house was beautiful and clean and they treated me as part of their family.

Lorna came to meet me to make sure that everything was going well; we also spent an evening together at a salsa club!

Even though I only spent a week there, I was able to improve my spoken English and work on my grammar.

As well as improving my English, I was able to spend time with the family and learn about British culture and customs; this was really important to me. I also got to see many beautiful places around Birmingham and the Midlands.

I congratulate Lorna for doing a great job and suggest that she considers taking au-pair students and offering conversational English lessons via SKYPE; I'd be her first client!

If you're considering using Live and Learn Homestays, my advice would be to "Just do it!"

My only regret is that I could only stay for 1 week.

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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