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1. What is 'full immersion'?

Full immersion is the most rapid and effective way to learn a language. Travel to England, live with your English teacher, have private English lessons in your teacher’s home and communicate in English 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You’ll be fully immersed in English and we promise that you’ll be amazed with your progress!

2. What experience/qualifications will my host tutor have?

Your progress, comfort and safety are important to us at Live and Learn Homestays. We pay particular attention to the quality of host tutor that we recruit. All host tutors are well educated and qualified at least to degree level. Many have additional TEFL, TESOL etc. qualifications and have years of experience teaching and welcoming foreign students into their homes. You will be able to see your host tutor’s qualifications on the host family profile form that we will send to you when you book your course and pay your deposit. You will also receive a photograph of your host tutor, their family, the house, your bedroom and any pets if applicable.

3. What happens if there is a problem during my stay?

You will be reassured to know that we are available on our office number during office hours - Monday to Friday 9a.m - 5p.m. You will also be given an emergency number to call outside of office hours if the matter is urgent. You will be telephoned 2-3 days after your arrival to find out how things are going. It is important that you let our representative know of any problems as soon as they arise. Problems are reported to our Director straight away. If the problem cannot be resolved, we will offer you a change of host family as quickly as possible (usually within 24 hours). It is important to note that students often feel a little homesick or find it difficult to adapt to a new way of life. Our host tutors and their families are used to handling such matters and you will usually find that any awkwardness that you may feel will pass in just a few days.

4. It's my child's first time away from home and I'm feeling a little anxious about their safety.

Each home has been checked for comfort and safety. For example, our hosts are obliged to fit smoke alarms in their houses to ensure everyone's safety in case of fire. Our Director will telephone your child 2-3 days after arrival. If a problem occurs before this, please contact the office via email or telephone (remember that your child may just be homesick so give him/her a chance to 'settle in'). For further reassurance, your child will then be telephoned once a week during their stay. Live and Learn Homestays ensures that all host tutors accepting young students (under the age of 18 years old) have a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) certificate to state that they have no criminal convictions against children. An important note from our Director (a parent of 2 children): "Let's keep our children safe. We hope that you choose Live and Learn Homestays for your child's English Language Homestay. If, for some reason, you do not choose us, please insist that the organisation that you choose has a copy of the host tutor's CRB certificate".

5. Is there anything I should do before I arrive?

You will be given you host tutor's full contact details once you have paid for your course in full. Please try to contact your host tutor before you arrive. Send a letter, email or telephone and if possible, send a photograph. This will give you the best possible start to your English course as you will be getting to know each other before you arrive. You will be at an advantage because you will be able to get straight down to learning instead of wasting time overcoming any shyness and awkwardness!

6. I am a smoker; will I be allowed to smoke in my host tutor's home?

Most non-smoking tutors will allow you to smoke in the garden. However, this will be made clear in the host family profile. If you smoke, we will try to match you with a smoking tutor though this may not always be possible. If you are a non-smoker and agree to be placed with a smoking tutor, we will ask that he/she does not smoke in your presence if you prefer.

7. Would I be expected to share a bedroom/bathroom?

You would not be expected to share a bedroom unless you choose to share a course with a friend/partner. Your course fee includes a private bedroom. Should you require a private bathroom, you will have to pay a supplement (please refer to course pricelist).

8. What should I bring?

Please bring any stationery that you may require e.g. pens, pencils, notebook, eraser, coloured pens etc. It may also be useful to bring 1 or 2 English language textbooks that you have been using at home. Don't forget warm clothes (even in summer), a camera and an umbrella. You may wish to purchase a phone card so that you can make inexpensive calls back home.

9. What happens if I don't want all of my lessons?

Your lessons are pre-paid. You will not be entitled to a refund should you require a shorter course after you have booked and paid.

10. What happens outside of lessons?

You are not only a student; you are a family guest and so will participate in the daily activities of your host family. Whilst you are not obliged to take part in the family's life, you are encouraged to do so to make the most of your Live and Learn Homestays experience. You are guaranteed to make even further progress with your language skills as you learn to adapt to a new way of living during your short stay.

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New Teachers, New Areas

Newsflash!

We now have new teachers in the following areas:

Hereford

Kendal (Lake District)

Sussex

Brighton

Surrey 

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

BIRMINGHAM BASED "MUMPRENEUR" REACHES FINALS OF NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS

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