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Live and Learn Homestays prides itself on offering exceptional value for money.

Our English courses include:

  • Return airport transfer (Birmingham International airport)
  • Full board (3 meals a day) homestay accommodation and private bedroom
  • 1:1 English lessons with your very own private tutor
  • Diagnostic test - your teacher will test you to find out your level before your course commences
  • At least 2 half day excursions with your host
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Course report
  • 24 hour telephone support
  • 2 x 20 minute SKYPE conversation sessions after you've returned home (optional)

Sample Timetable

This sample timetable is given as a guide only; your teacher will design a course to address your personal needs.

Day Lesson (am) Lunch Lesson (pm) Evening Activity
Sunday Arrival in Birmingham. No lessons today; your teacher and his/her family will spend time getting to know you and making sure that you are comfortable and settled in their home. Lunch Dinner with your teacher and family
Monday Diagnostic Test: Your teacher will test your English skills so that you can both see which areas yo need to improve on.
Grammar: Tenses - exercises and practice.
Lunch Skills Development: Listening and speaking - your teacher will offer you a range of listening and speaking exercises designed to improve your listening skills, fluency and pronunciation. Dinner with your teacher and his/her family. After dinner, your teacher may suggest a visit to a local pub
Tuesday Grammar: Verb patterns.
Vocabulary: Idioms
Lunch Skills Development: Reading and writing - improve your English comprehension and writing skills. After dinner, relax with your teacher and family and maybe play some board games
Wednesday Grammar: Expressing quantity
Vocabulary:Suffixes and prefixes
Lunch Skills Development: Listening and speaking – your teacher will engage you in lively discussion and will be assessing your understanding before moving on to the next exercise Your teacher may take you out for dinner with friends so that you can practice your newly improved speaking and listening skills
Thursday Grammar: Expressing habit
Vocabulary: Guessing meaning
Lunch Skills Development: Reading and writing - Your teacher will help you to develop your skills by supporting you to use more complex structures and vocabulary in your writing. Dinner and a movie with your teacher and family.
Friday Visit to Stratford-upon-Avon (William Shakespeare’s birthplace) or other local place of interest. Pub lunch Skills Development: Listening and speaking - your teacher may design an activity based around today’s visit to Stratford
Recap and consolidation – you will have the opportunity to re-visit any work that you haven’t fully understood.
Your teacher will also test you again to show you how much you have improved!
He/she will also prepare your course report.
If you have an interest in English cookery, your teacher may give you an informal cookery lesson whilst preparing dinner. After dinner, you may decide to sample the local night-life (clubs and bars) with or without your teacher.
Saturday Certificate of attendance given. You have a free day to explore the city or maybe do some shopping. Lunch Dinner with your teacher, family and maybe family friends.
Sunday Departure!

After we have received your completed course enquiry form, we will send you a host tutor proposal. You will be able to see a photograph of him/her, any family members, their qualifications, a description of their home and a photograph of your room. You will also receive a brief description of their lifestyle, including hobbies/interests and how they spend a typical day.

Once you accept our proposal, we will send you confirmation and your invoice for payment. If the course that you require is not detailed in the student section e.g. you’d like to combine your course with a sporting or cultural activity, e.g. English and golf or English and water sports, please complete our enquiry form. We’d be happy to tailor make a course for you!


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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